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User centred design of domestic energy feedback

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Award Details: No award (Self-funded)

Duration: Full Time - 3 years 6 months fixed term

Application deadline: This opportunity will only remain open until a suitable candidate is identified- early application is therefore advised. Standard University research application closing dates apply.

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr. John Halloran to discuss this opportunity.

Congratulations on taking your first steps toward a Research Degree with Coventry’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing. As an ambitious and innovative University, we’re investing an initial £100m into our new research strategy, ‘Excellence with Impact’. Through original approaches from world-leading experts, we’re aiming for our research to make a tangible difference to the way we live. As a research student you are an integral part of Coventry’s lively and diverse research community and contribute to our reputation for excellence. With our exceptional facilities and superb support mechanisms you are afforded every opportunity for academic success.

The Project

In response to the need to reduce carbon emissions due to the housing sector, the aim of this PhD is to contribute to developing the state of the art in energy feedback for occupants. 

There are three related objectives, which will form iterative phases. The first is to engage with a representative sample of occupants to carry out participatory design of energy feedback interfaces. This will involve user studies to investigate and characterise occupant energy behaviour. The second is to derive requirements for interface designs, and run participatory design sessions with occupants both individually and in groups to rapidly prototype preferred solutions, using a range of resources. The third objective is to create and deploy fully working energy feedback systems back to occupants and study their engagement and use. This deployment phase will itself form the next iteration of user studies, to be followed by further participatory design and deployment to optimise the feedback system.

About The Centre/Department

The Centre for the Built and Natural Environment is seeking exceptional and motivated scholars who wish to engage with global, policy or industry related research that will demonstrate a measurable sustainable improvement in the performance of the built environment. Our key research themes are: building materials or low carbon technologies including their dynamic performance; new standards of building performance involving owners and occupiers; resilience and adaptation to climate change; or, pervasive data in sensoring and monitoring buildings including human computer interaction. It is our aim to improve the sustainability and performance of the built environment.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average, or
  • A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with a minimum overallmarks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a minimum mark at merit level (60%).
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Additionally:

  • Substantial experience in human computer interaction, interaction design, usability, or user experience design
  • Computer science skills: coding, working with sensor data, web implementation, app development
  • Experience in designing and running user studies
  • Graphic design and information visualization skills

Eligibility & Application Procedure

Eligibility:

All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.