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What is Embedded Intelligence?
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Embedded Intelligence is...

Embedded Intelligence is characterised as the ability of a product, process or service to reflect on its own operational performance, usage load, or in relation to the end-user or environment in terms of satisfactory experience.

This self-reflection, facilitated by information collected by sensors and processed locally or remotely, must be considered from the design stage such as to enhance the product lifetime and performance, increase quality of process or service delivery, or ensure customer satisfaction.

  • a truly multi-disciplinary subject area

    By its very nature Embedded Intelligence requires a multidisciplinary approach for successful implementation.

    It is underpinned by diverse areas of expertise Aeronautical, Automotive, Electrical, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering; Microelectronics, Sensors; Design, Functional Materials, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Management.

  • Intel predicts

    Intel predicts that the integration of embedded processors with sensors, intelligence, wireless connectivity and other components with high level operating systems, middleware and system integration services for industries including medical, manufacturing, transportation, retail, communication, consumer electronics and energy will take a development direction that makes intelligent designs become a part of all of our lifestyles.

latest developments

Our researchers are at the forefront of the latest developments in Embedded Intelligence and supported by over 40 academic members of staff at Heriot-Watt and Loughborough specialised in this field. They are part of a cohort of students recruited every year, the majority of which are working on industrially critical research problems for major companies as well as for SMEs, world-leaders in their fields.

  • industry-informed programme

    Each researcher follows a bespoke and strategic individualised industry-informed programme of training over a period of four years, comprising:

    A focused, deeper technical training and experience in an embedded intelligence thematic area central to their doctoral studies coupled with group and individual industry-led projects in their first year.

    Translational training in essential underpinning knowledge for embedded systems and technology; Transferable skills to fulfil expectations of their future leadership roles in the industry, in society and as entrepreneurs.

  • Our unique 4-year PhD

    Our researchers have access to considerable expertise in postgraduate teaching and research supervision in the fields of sensors, system design, embedded software and systems, applications engineering and systems services.

    They also benefit from the accredited 'Transition Zone' training programme and have the opportunity to gain an ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management.

What Can You Expect?

Our students follow a bespoke, industry-informed programme of training with focused, deep technical training and experience in an embedded intelligence thematic area central to their doctoral studies.

This is coupled with group industry-led projects from the first month of studies; translational training in essential underpinning knowledge for embedded systems and technology; and transferable skills to fulfill the expectations for future leadership roles in industry, in society and as entrepreneurs.

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