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Smart habitat for aged persons: Improving working and domestic environments to increase positive life experience

  • School: School of Art & Design
  • Starting: 2019
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK)


By 2050, the number of people in the EU aged 65 and above is expected to grow by 70% and the number of people aged over 80, by 170%, which will increase demand and costs for healthcare. Integrating ICT solutions into domestic habitats will allow the elderly to remain in their family home and continue to contribute to work, be active and productive for extended periods, managing cognitive and or physical limitations.

The project will investigate ways in which smart technologies can assist aged persons in both working life extension and active retirement. This will be achieved through smart textile products that integrate into everyday objects, such as domestic upholstery and garments. This will generate valuable data captured through embedded sensors in materials such as fabrics that are discretely part of designed wearables and furniture, such as clothing and the upholstered interior.

A good understanding of e-textile design and related techniques, as well as experience of working with sensors will be expected of candidates.


Professor Jake Kaner

Professor Philip Breedon

Professor Tilak Dias

Entry qualifications

Entrants must have a first/undergraduate Honours degree, with an Upper Second Class or a First Class grade (in Art & Design; Product Design, Textiles or Engineering Design). Entrants with a Lower Second Class grade at first degree must also have a postgraduate Masters Degree at Merit or Commendation.

Interviews are likely to take place: 4 February 2019 - 7 February 2019.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications close at 12 pm on Monday 7 January 2019.

Download an application form here.
Please make sure you take a look at our application guidance notes before making your application.

Further information on how to apply can be found on this page.

Fees and funding

This is a fully funded NTU studentship, covering UK/EU fees and paying a stipend in line with UKRI. International students will receive the UK/EU fees and the stipend, but will have to cover the shortfall.

Applications from non-EU students are welcome, but a successful candidate would be responsible for paying the difference between non-EU and UK/EU fees.

The studentship will commence in April 2019.

Guidance and support

Further information on guidance and support can be found on this page.

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