PhD Opportunity: A sensor framework to enable Self-Care and Shared Decision Making for People Living with Dementia

Technological University Dublin

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    Technological University Dublin
    Aug 6, 2020

Supervisor name & contact details:

Name Dympna O’Sullivan
School Computer Science
Email [email protected]

Funding Arrangements

Fully Funded (ie Scholarship, Fees & Materials funding available)


Funding Agency

SFI (Frontiers for the Future Program)

Funding Details

Student Stipend                  € 18,500 p.a.

Materials/ Travel etc         € 1,500 p.a.

Fees                                      Covered

Subject Area

Computer Science, Computer Engineering

Title of the Project

A sensor framework to enable Self-Care and Shared Decision Making for People Living with Dementia

Project Description

TU Dublin are seeking to recruit a highly motivated PhD student to work on an SFI funded project ‘Enabling Self-Care and Shared Decision Making for People Living with Dementia’.  This project will develop a computerized toolkit to support people with dementia, together with their carers and healthcare professionals to self-manage their care at home. The toolkit will integrate individualized care plans with passive and on body sensor data to deliver individualized planning, monitoring and interventions for persons with dementia.   The focus of this PhD studentship will be on the following:

·        Developing a framework of sensors to collect data about specified care goals for persons with dementia. Environmental and on-body sensors devices will be configured and deployed to collect and fuse sensor data from home environments and integrate this data from personal care plans.

·        Developing and evaluating techniques to analyse data gathered via sensors using machine learning techniques. The algorithms will determine whether and to what extent activities outlined in the personal care plan are being achieved.

·        Evaluating the feasibility of the sensor framework and machine learning algorithms in the homes of people with dementia.

The project is a collaboration with NetwellCASALA at Dundalk Institute of Technology and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. The successful candidate will be required to attend project meetings, contribute to project reports for SFI and disseminate the research through academic publications and presentations.


Student requirements for this project
•             A first / upper 2nd class honours degree in: Computer Science, Electrical /Computer Engineering or equivalent.

•             Strong analytical skills and good knowledge in machine learning tools and techniques such as Matlab and Python programming.

•             Knowledge / research background in IoT

•             Good interpersonal, communication and English language skills.

•             Be enthusiastic and willing to learn new concepts and ideas.

Deadline to submit applications (only for funded projects)


Interested applicants should complete an Expression of Interest and email it to [email protected]