PhD Studentship

By 26th March 2015 No Comments

01TSSGlogo60mmThe successful PhD applicant will join the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group and Teagasc and work at the intersection of Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analysis in distributed systems and Bioinformatics. The Internet of Things enables an increasing connectivity of everyday devices and objects. These connected devices provide us with new insights into our daily life and we rely on Big Data Analysis to extract these insights. One aim of this PhD position is to develop new learning algorithms and compression techniques that may be applied to mid-range infrared spectroscopy measurements of milk to detect the presence of different components in the sample. However, these learning protocols will have to be amenable to efficient deployment on resource constrained sensing devices, in order to meet the requirements and applications of the Internet of Things, specifically, large scale farm deployments. This PhD will also combine these techniques with Big Data Analysis to enable, for example, improved use of resources and sustainability in agri-food environments and to underpin decision support systems of the future. This PhD’s work will interface with a prototype platform which is being developed in collaboration with research teams from the disciplines of sensor and biosensor development, communication protocols and bio-informatics. The overall objective of this collaboration is to increase the environmental and economic sustainability of Irish pasture based dairy farms (The project is a collaboration between Teagasc, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG), and commercial partner True North Mapping from Shannon, Co Clare. It has been awarded Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funding within the Future Agri-Food research theme.) The PhD student’s major responsibility will be to pursue their own doctoral studies. The student will be expected to develop their own scientific concepts and communicate the results of their research verbally and in writing to both a national and international audience. Read More