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Funded PhD Studentship: Investigating Smart Meters in the Home

Funded PhD Studentship: Investigating Smart Meters in the Home

11 September 2013

UCL-Energy students

Applications are invited for an interdisciplinary PhD studentship to understand how people use and react to Smart Meters and home energy data. Jointly based at the UCL Energy Institute and the UCL Interaction Centre (www.ucl.ac.uk/uclic), the student will be part of internationally leading Human-Computer Interaction and energy research groups.

UCL has a substantial track record of energy research and world-leading competencies in a wide range of disciplines and the UCL Energy Institute (UCL-Energy) was established in response to the global challenges of mitigating climate change and providing energy security in the 21st century. For more information and examples of recent work in the area, please click on EDF Studentship information below. 

This studentship is funded for 42 months full-time starting January 2013 by the EPSRC and EDF Energy R&D UK. Full UK/EU fees, an enhanced annual stipend of approximately £18,000 plus a substantial research budget is available only for UK/EU applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start date.

This studentship is funded for 42 months full-time starting January 2013 by the EPSRC and EDF Energy R&D UK. Full UK/EU fees, an enhanced annual stipend of approximately £18,000 plus a substantial research budget is available only for UK/EU applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start date.

Studentship Description

This project intends to conduct research on how people use and understand home energy data and how future systems might be better designed to meet peoples’ needs. Under the supervision of Duncan Brumby (UCL Interaction Centre) and Tadj Oreszczyn (UCL Energy Institute), the student will conduct field studies to understand peoples’ behavior and attitudes towards energy usage following a user-centered design perspective Based on this understanding, prototype Smart Meter systems will be built and evaluated. A particular focus of the planned work will be given to understanding how feedback on energy usage should be represented so that people can easily understand their usage patterns. 

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