Biomimetics and Biomimicry in Engineering

PhD opportunities – Embedded Intelligence

Embedded Intelligence means greater productivity, connectivity and efficiency.

Smarter products and systems for a smarter life.

A successful Embedded Intelligence application is one that we don’t even realise is there.

There is more to Embedded Intelligence than a sensor with code that processes acquired data. Embedded Intelligence is the ability of a product, process or service to reflect on its own operational performance, usage load or in relation to end-user or environment.

This is facilitated by information collected by sensors and data processed locally or remotely to yield understanding/insight

e.g.  A manufacturing production line that never breaks down, or has no unintended stoppages for whatever reason.

Loughborough University has been awarded the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Embedded Intelligence. In collaboration with 30+ external partners (large companies, SMEs and other organisations that support training and industry impact) and Heriot-Watt as academic partner, this centre will train the engineers and scientists of the future at post-graduate level before they join industry as high calibre employees.

The research activities in this CDT are around the integration of ‘intelligence’ into products, machines, buildings, factories, work environments, transport systems, and supply chains.

The 4-year programme includes: (i) technical training in key areas of Embedded Intelligence; (ii) non-technical training in the ‘Double Transition’, to equip our students with the skills to be effective researchers during their PhD (from undergraduate into postgrad studies), and to become suitably qualified employees (from students to graduates); and (iii) industry interaction from early days throughout in a myriad of applied research rich-impact activities.

Successful Embedded Intelligence Applications require the orchestration of multiple disciplines to deliver value-added, efficient solutions to à priori captured end-user requirements. These include:

  • Design of both physical and functional elements and partitioning of these elements within the overall system;
  • Packaging & integration, that sees the physical embodiment of the functional elements and their connectivity;
  • Manufacturing solutions to incorporate the embedded intelligence elements in the product, process, service;
  • Intelligent software, operating across the EI system, from low-level embedded processing elements through to back-end analytics, processing data to information and thence to knowledge/insight;
  • Services systems, service foundations, composition, management and monitoring, e.g. to provide on-demand intelligent product life cycles.

Our training will deliver graduates who are highly-effective members of multidisciplinary teams, and, through our integrated Transition Zone training, become future leaders in the field, capable of and comfortable with:

  • Leading multidisciplinary teams to tackle complex problems and projects;
  • Negotiating and managing the commercial and technical relationships with their clients for Embedded Intelligence applications;
  • Launching their own commercial ventures to realise their intellectual capital.

We are recruiting prospective PhD students interested in any of the aspects of Embedded Intelligence for a September start. If you would like more information about the PhD research opportunities, scholarships eligibility and industrial sponsors, contact cdt-ei AT 

Here you will find more information about the scholarships: 2015 CDT-EI info presentation

Visit to find out more

2015CDTEI recruitment poster


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