2022: Fully-Funded Smart Cities And AI Scholarships – Coventry University, UK

Coventry University
2022: Fully-Funded Smart Cities And AI Scholarships – Coventry University, UK

Scholarship Description:
Under 2022: Fully-Funded Smart Cities And AI Scholarships – Coventry University, UK applications are being invited from eligible candidates. Domestic Students, International Students are eligible to apply for this program. The scholarship allows PhD level programm(s) in the field of Information Technology taught at Coventry University . Interested candidates may apply for the scholarship as per set deadline. The application deadline is 04/05/2022

Subjects offered and Degree Programs:
You can apply for Information Technology taught at Coventry University

Funded by: Coventry University.

This transdisciplinary project aims to fill a gap in the research into the ethical development of innovative data-driven technologies for Smart Cities. These technologies, for example, sensor networks, cameras, robotics and augmented reality, increasingly make use of AI for automated decision-making.

This kind of decision-making raises many ethical questions for AI developer communities. One well known issue relates to facial recognition systems that are aimed at reducing crime rates but have been shown to unfairly target some groups. After more than a decade of discussion, there is consensus on the guidelines that are necessary for ethical AI deployment, and these are widely published and disseminated. There are also many toolkits out there now that aim to implement these guidelines in practice.

However, there is little research looking at how well these toolkits have led to increased awareness and positive change in the ethical know-how of developers working with AI. Therefore, this project will take a practice-based approach and combine methodologies from the humanities and social sciences with expertise in computing science and engineering. The aim is to identify tangible steps for improving ethics-in-practice in the context of Smart Cities and AI development.

Sponsor Value

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Eligibility Criteria
  • 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. PLUS
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
Additional Requirements

A 500-word statement providing evidence of the candidate’s understanding of transdisciplinary research and practice-based approaches.

Application Procedure

All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus one of the following ( please select one option)

For pre-determined (named) projects an up-to 2000-word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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