This theme addressed the challenges in creating the whole system form and function to ensure a fit for purpose solution (including cost, functionality, availability, reliability, resilience etc...)

  • Effective, robust capture of the application requirements to dictate the specific technology solution sets for the embedded intelligence.
  • Determination of the solution spaces for: sensor modalities (temperature, pressure, acceleration, orientation); communications technologies (wired/wireless, near field, far field, frequency, antenna design, communications network topology); power sources (scavenged, mains, battery); processor selection (with/without, I/O capabilities, clock frequency, memory capacity, power requirements, thermal management requirements, packaging solution);
  • Multi-variable design trade-off techniques, balancing the cost, quality, time and effectiveness of embedded intelligence solutions;
  • Design of standard platforms of hardware and software on an open-research basis.

exemplars of PhD projects with a focus in design included:

  • Dimitrios Pantazis co-sponsored by HSSMI "Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Wireless Intelligence"
  • Matthew Smith co-sponsored by Ordnance Survey "Using embedded sensors in mobile/wearable devices to provide customised navigation support and enhanced digital maps through crowdsourced information"
  • Robin Hamer co-sponsored by EDF Energy "Safety & Ergonomics in the Nuclear Industry"
  • Gajarajan Sivayogan co-sponsored by AVL List GmBH "Tribo-dynamic analysis of bevel and hypoid gears"
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