Exit Menu

Artificial Intelligence-based Household Food Waste Reduction

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is “Artificial Intelligence-based Household Food Waste Reduction” led by Dr Ruiheng Wu in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £18,062 including outer London allowance plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 42 months (3.5 years).

You should be eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but there is a limited number of studentships (no more than two) available to overseas applicants, including EU nationals, who meet the entry criteria.

The Project

The aim of this project is to develop an affordable, easy-to-use and smart phone-based system that can easily recognise the ‘best before’ dates of the foods and detect whether the food is going bad. Smart recipes and shopping list can be provided to manage their food consumption with lower waste level. The project includes the development of the hardware and AI (artificial intelligence)-enabled software.

Please contact Dr Ruiheng Wu at Ruiheng.wu@brunel.ac.uk to find out more.



You will have or will receive an undergraduate degree classified at 1st class or 2:1 (honours) in an engineering subject. A postgraduate masters degree may be an advantage. Where appropriate, applicants must have English language proficiency to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Skills and Experience

You should demonstrate knowledge of wireless sensors and networks, RFID and its applications plus artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Project management, software development, hardware design and testing skills are essential. You should be a highly motivated individual and possess a strong sense of curiosity. The ability to study independently, think critically and collaborate with others is essential.

How to apply

Email the documents below as a single PDF file to cedps-studentships@brunel.ac.uk by 16:00 on Friday 3 June 2022. Please state the name of the project supervisor in your email.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your 300-word personal statement setting out why you are suitable for this position;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent, if applicable;
  • Two references, one of which can be provided by a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Interviews will take place in June 2022.

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Ruiheng Wu - Dr Ruiheng Wu received his BEng and MEng degrees from Tianjin University, China, in 1982 and 1986 respectively. Following 10 years as a faculty member in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tianjin University and two years research at the City University of Hong Kong, he joined the Analogue Circuit Design Research Group at Oxford Brookes University as a PhD student in January 1999, where he completed his PhD thesis entitled 'Design of Wide Bandwidth High Linearity Amplifiers'. In January 2002, he joined the School of Engineering, University of Greenwich, where he worked as a senior lecturer until January 2018. Between January 2018 and January 2020, Dr Wu worked in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University. Currently, Dr Wu is a senior lecturer in electronic and electrical engineering, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London. Dr Wu is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the IET.