Reference code: ENG047

Closing date: 12 July 2019

Supervisors: Dr Damian Giaouris, Dr Haris Patsios, Dr Sara Walker

Sponsor: School of Engineering

Start date and duration of the award: 23 September 2019 for 3 years


The potential for buildings to offer flexibility to the local grid, through smart control, shall be quantified in this research programme. This approach to control of smart buildings as parts of smart grids, with energy storage and electric vehicles, may use machine learning (ML) and model predictive control (MPC) algorithms.

You will be based in the School of Engineering, collaborating alongside the ABC (Active Building Centre) project, working in a community of researchers. This provides unique opportunities to develop research within a vibrant consortium of leading UK universities. The ABC aims to revolutionise the way the UK designs, constructs and operates buildings by realising the potential for the integration of advanced offsite manufacturing with state of the art digital design. This will include the integration of energy generation, storage, and control technologies to create Active Buildings which substantially reduce the operational costs of buildings and their demand on the UK energy infrastructure.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

For further details, please contact Dr Damian Giaouris email:

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8060F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering (full time) – Computer Engineering as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code ENG047 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG047 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Entry Requirements

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree in an engineering/computer science or a related subject or international equivalent.

This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fee (band 2) and annual stipend of £15,009. International candidates will be required to fund the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

12 July 2019

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