On-fabric wearable computers PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Reference number:
Start date:
01 April 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
01 March 2018



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Project detail

This project will develop new paradigms in wearable parallel computing. In a previous study it was found that it is feasible to connect multiple microprocessor cores in a network, along with a set of sensors, and to program the network so that overall it behaves like a parallel computer. This studentship will take the research to the next stage and develop custom microprocessor cores that perform these functions. The research project will also include development of the programmer's model for the unit, which is essential for making such a device function. It requires a graduate who has some previous experience of practical electronics, a good understanding of embedded microprocessors and previous experience in VLSI design.


Primary supervisor: Dr James Flint

Secondary supervisor: Dr Vassilios Chouliaras

Find out more

Our previous work appears in the IEEE Sensors 2017 conference. The paper can be provided to interested applicants on request. For further information please call Dr James Flint on +44(0)1509 227036 or email J.A.Flint@lboro.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Electronic Engineering or Computer Science.

A relevant master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: VLSI design; wearable sensors; or parallel computing.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School. 

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. Please quote reference number: JF13092017