Cardiff School of Engineering EPSRC/BRE PhD Studentship (PhD Studentship)
Reference Number: R892
Key Studentship Information
Recently BRE Institute in Sustainable Engineering - Cardiff School of Engineering - secured several EU-FP7 / EPSRC / TSB (and other industry) projects and PhD scholarships (from EPSRC and industry) - RegBIM: BIM based Regulatory Compliance Design Environment (EPSRC/TSB), GovernBIM: Governance Model for BIM Implementation (BRE Trust), SportE2: Intelligent Management System to integrate and control energy generation, consumption and exchange for European Sport and Recreation Buildings (FP7) and Resilient: Renewable, Storage and ICT, for Low carbon Intelligent Energy management (FP7).
Our current main research themes focus on Building Information Modelling (BIM) / City Information Modelling oriented computing infrastructure, and sustainable buildings and future cities. The ultimate target is to build up the fundamental modelling framework / methods / process to simulate building blocks, infrastructure and large scale urban environment, to enable better strategic decision making stemming from highly intelligent, data rich and accurate fundamental modelling.
1. Project Title - EPSRC & BRE Trust PhD Studentship: The Governance and Collaboration Model for Building/Infrastructure Information Modelling
This project will offer a pragmatic and scalable delivery mechanism of the proposed UK BIM roadmap and overall agenda which involves a blended (organisational, legal, contractual and technical) approach informed by UK construction business specificities. The key research elements include (a) UK multi-disciplinary and total lifecycle governance and collaboration model for BIM informed by existing standards, initiatives and best practices; (b) distributed BIM data/information/models storage strategy/framework based on the developed governance and collaboration models; (c) integration of BIM data, collaboration process and different analysis modules (in an intelligent, universal and dynamic way). The project outputs will be validated in real business conditions and establish the route for large scale adoption in line with the UK government BIM vision.
2. Project Title - BRE Trust PhD Studentship: Large Scale Urban Infrastructure Modelling Supporting Intelligent Decision Making for Future Cities
The ultimate target for this project is to build up the fundamental modelling framework / methods / process to simulate the large scale urban environment, to enable the strategic decision making stemming from highly intelligent, data rich and accurate fundamental modelling to get better outputs. The candidates should have engineering background and excellent computing skills. The experiences working with CityGML / GIS / IFC / Cloud Computing / Knowledge Engineering would be highly desirable.
For more information on these projects, please visit the Cardiff BIM website.
The studentship offers full cost support including tuition fees plus a full stipend for the entire PhD duration.
Number of Awards: 2
Academic Criteria: We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates who have degrees in computer science, operations research, or related areas, a strong background in artificial intelligence, constraint programming, or operations research, and good modelling and programming skills, such as distributed database, high performance distributed computing (e.g. HPC / GRID / Cloud Computing), knowledge engineering (ontology development), scientific work flow, systems engineering etc.
How to Apply
Applications should be made through Cardiff's online application service.
The successful PhD candidates will be registered for the degree of Ph.D in the BRE Institute in Sustainable Engineering, Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University.
Application Deadline: End of September 2012.
For more information please contact Prof. Yacine Rezgui at rezguiy@Cardiff.ac.uk.