External vacancy: PhD position on Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Research at Midlands3Cities (United Kingdom)
Midlands3Cities is offering four fully-funded PhD studentships to work on innovative projects in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Research. One of these positions concerns the Virtual Urban Room project, which focuses on empowering local communities in deprived areas to design smart neighbourhoods.
About the project
In collaboration with a participating community, this project will develop an innovative and virtual social engagement platform (The Virtual Urban Room), aimed at facilitating community involvement with the planning process. The virtual platform will be available in any location at any time using any commonly encountered device (i.e. mobile phone, tablet, etc.). A key issue with current digital technologies dealing with this problem is that they do not integrate enough data. By a collaborative process of mapping, participatory design, and evaluation, the project findings will be used to answer the following research question: in the context of deprived areas, how can we support communities to facilitate their understanding of, and engagement with, urban design, planning, social innovation and policy making, through the use of existing open access digital content?
The AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C) brings together a dynamic mix of leading universities in the Midlands: the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.
Studentships will normally be for up to three years for full-time study, or up to six years for part-time study, starting at the beginning of the 2018/19 academic year.