Sensing in the community – Wearables and other sensors for at home monitoring of health and wellbeing

This project sits with the ACRC Academy , a dedicated centre for doctoral training based with the Advanced Care Research Centre. The programme is novel, structured, thematic, cohort-based, and of 48 months duration, with an initial taught year followed by three years of PhD research. Each PhD research project within the Academy has been devised by a supervisory team comprising academic staff from at least two of the three colleges within the University of Edinburgh.


We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated student to undertake a PhD in biomedical sensor development. The project will be supervised by Dr. Stewart Smith (Engineering), Liesbeth Tip (Health in Social Science) and Dr. Kasia Banas (Usher Institute) with collaborators from EPSRC - Our Health. The aim of the project is to develop and apply wearables and other sensor systems to improve health and wellbeing for older people living with complex health needs. This exciting project involves a combination of experimental and computational engineering, as well as interdisciplinary training in data science, psychology, and participatory action research.  


We have long term collaborative partnerships with older people in the local community who are living with complex health needs, via the University of Edinburgh’s Community-University Interdisciplinary Research Programme - EPSRC Our Health and Dr. Helen Szoor-McElhinney: 

Potential collaboration with Healthcare AI company, Pharmatics Ltd.  

LT references on self monitoring:

Further Information: 

Stewart Smith -

Dr Liesbeth  Tip -

Dr Kasia  Banas -

The University of Edinburgh is committed to equality of opportunity for all its staff and students, and promotes a culture of inclusivity. Please see details here:

Closing Date: 

Friday, November 26, 2021

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


A stipend of £16,748 (2022 rate) and fees are payable for home students. There is funding available for stipend and fees for international students as part of the highly competitive ACRC Global Scholarship.

Further information and other funding options.

Informal Enquiries: