The Centre for Knowledge Based Engineering at Birmingham City University are pleased to invite applications for a three-year PhD studentship in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). The research will be undertaken at the Centre for Knowledge Based Engineering within the School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems, and supervised by Dr Pathmeswaran Raju and Prof Craig Chapman. The successful applicant will join a fast-growing research group, which works with industrial partners such as Rolls-Royce.
Background: MBSE is the formalised application of modelling to support system requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation activities beginning in the conceptual design phase and continuing throughout development and later life cycle phases. A model is an approximation, representation, or idealisation of selected aspects of the structure, behaviour, operation, or other characteristics of a real-world process, concept, or system.
Project: Current systems engineering languages and tools are restricted in certain aspects of their expressiveness and do not provide the ability to model knowledge and specify semantics. Some attempts have been made integrating systems with knowledge such as developing UML profile for modelling knowledge. On the other hand, knowledge modelling with semantic languages such as ontologies provides logical formalism, and reasoning abilities, which are generally not possible in systems engineering languages. The research will investigate the underlying methods and tools for developing system models (e.g. SysML) and knowledge models (e.g. OWL) and proposes new approaches and techniques for integrating systems with knowledge.
Person specification: Applicants will be enthusiastic and self-motivated persons who meet the academic requirements for enrolment on a PhD degree at Birmingham City University. Applicants should have a 1st or 2.1 class Bachelors or Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Physics or related discipline. A keen interest in system modelling, knowledge representation or knowledge modelling will be appreciated.
Funding: The studentship will cover tuition fees, and a tax-free bursary of £13,863 per year will be provided for three-year duration. Overseas students are eligible to apply.
Application: Please send your CV including contact details of two professional referees with a cover letter to Sue Witton at Sue.Witton@bcu.ac.uk with the subject line of “PhD Studentship in Model-Based Systems Engineering”. Informal enquiries prior to making an application may be addressed to Dr Pathmeswaran Raju at Path.Raju@bcu.ac.uk.
Closing date: 31st October 2014, however, early application is strongly encouraged.