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European research project to use smart technology to tackle global water issues

A new £ 660 million European project will see smart technologies and state-of-the-art sensors used to help tackle global water challenges and create a new generation of researchers.

Birmingham City University and Greek technology firm Singular Logic have been handed €761,644 (£ 665,966) by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks scheme.

An array of smart technology sensors will be put to work to monitor and provide real-time updates on the quality, quantity and demand for water in urban areas and find new ways to provide accessible and affordable water. The developed technology could have a major impact on future policy by finding ways to improve the efficiency and performance of water systems across the UK and Europe.

" With the rise in smart technology we now have a real opportunity to rethink how we view some everyday problems, and can gain a level of insight into issues of water we would never have been able to get before " Professor Wenyan Wu

Other partners involved in the project are United Utilities Plc in North West England and Madrid based engineering consultancy Aqua-Consult Ingenieros. It is hoped that the initiative will help spawn generation of researchers in the field and create a legacy of knowledge which can help create long-term solutions for water systems across the world. Data outputs from the project will be made publically available so that they can be used to help shape future industry initiatives and government policy.

Professor Hanifa Shah, Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise at Birmingham City University, said: "This is the first grant of its kind to be awarded to Birmingham City University and we are delighted to be at the forefront of looking at how new technologies can transform our approaches to water engineering in urban environments". "Using the longstanding expertise of our academics in advanced sensors, ICT and the Internet of Things we will be able to pass on knowledge and hopefully have a lasting impact through the training of the researchers on this project". "This project epitomises our commitment to working in partnership and joining up academic expertise with industry partners while training and developing doctoral researchers".

£ 660m EU research project to use smart technology to tackle global water issues

A new £ 660 million European project will see smart technologies and state-of-the-art sensors used to help tackle global water challenges and create a new generation of researchers. For more visit the link EU research project on WaterBriefing

New job opportunities of Early Stage Researchers for IoT4Win project


The research project IoT4Win Grant Agreement focuses on advanced sensors and IoT technology for water and environment monitoring and control. IoT4Win will exploit the synergies between smart sensor, ICT; intelligent data processing; water distribution system knowledge and social sciences through multilateral relationships between academia; technology providers and water suppliers in the public and private sector. The successful candidate will work alongside Professor Wenyan Wu within the Centre of Engineering at BCU, UK and industrial partners from Greece, Romania and Spain. As the part of the training programme of IoT4Win project you will be expected to spend 18 months with our industrial partners (Singular Logic, Acing, UU) in Greece, Romania and Spain as well as the UK. You will be registered for a PhD programme at Birmingham City University.

The successful candidates will be expected to work with following areas:

Position1: Design a context aware framework in heterogeneous sensor and device network for smart water distribution networks by applying a deep analysis on the necessary remote, in-situ, real-time and continuous data from monitor; cost-effective sensors, instrumentation and actuators; communication standards; communication nodes embedding; and computing operations involved (BCU, UK).

Position 2: IoT smart framework and dynamic web platform for Integrated Knowledge Management in Urban Water Networks(SWN) (BCU, UK).

Position 3: Data intelligence and security in water management by exploring smart sensing data and IoT to enhance water security and resilience in smart water networks(Singular Logic, Romania and BCU UK).

Successful candidates will receive a three year, full time employment contract with Birmingham City University in accordance with the European Commission rules for ESRs. In addition to a competitive annual salary, the successful candidate could be eligible for a mobility allowance if they are relocating from overseas.

Applicants of any nationalities are eligible and must comply with the European Commission, Horizon 2020 Guidelines mobility rules. In particular, they must not have performed their main activity in UK for more than 12 months of the 36 months preceding the position. Early-Stage Researchers must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.

Applicants should have the following qualifications / experience:

  • MSc or equivalent in Electronic, Computer Science, Control Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or closely related fields and have knowledge of sensor technology and wireless sensor network, communication and IoT technology.

  • It is desirable that applicants have relevant industrial experience and academic publication record. Applications for these two roles must include a research proposal that is aligned with the topic of the project and present the candidate’s approach to the problem at the link for application submission. Applications should include proposal, CV, list of 3 referees and a motivation letter.
  • This research proposal should include the note: the proposal is to a response to H2020-MSCA-ITN-IoT4Win .Informal enquiries can be addressed to Prof. Wenyan Wu on wenyan.wu@bcu.ac.uk with reference IOT4WIN. The selected candidates will be invited for an initial interview, via Skype or phone.

    For more visit the link Job opportunity for IOT4WIN