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Sustainable Fish Farming: Development of an Integrated monitoring & control system to maximise production and reduce waste

AQUA-EYE is an autonomous monitoring platform of ambient conditions in fish farms, for remote alerting of sub-optimal conditions in real-time, to minimise waste and maximise production. The technology provides the critical diagnostic function for an online software tool which is already being developed with cloud data storage. The device will provide fish-farmers with real-time information to inform their decision-making when optimising conditions in their fish farms to maximise fish production. This will help minimise waste and loss of fish stocks. The project will involve design, fabrication for the device followed by marine field trials at fish farms located along the Mediterranean Sea Coast. The project is in collaboration with European Research Institutes and Industrial Partners.

Students with a background in engineering should apply with strengths in Arduino programming, sensors and electronics.

Please specify your lab, software and field skills in your CV and list modules taken and their marks. Detail any previous research projects (e.g. dissertations) including the skills used and the mark achieved.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Gera Troisi - Dr Gera M. Troisi is a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Design at Brunel University London since 2001, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Medical Device Risk Management, Environmental Risk Assessment and Life Cycle Analysis on Biomedical, Sustainable and General Engineering courses and has supervised several postgraduate students to successful completion of PhD-doctoral degrees, MPhil and MRes. She is a Chartered Toxicologist-Ecotoxicologist (UK & Europe) and is a member of the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which advises on the classification, labelling and restriction of chemicals within the European Union under the REACH and CLP regulations. Her principal research interests are environmental toxicology of humans and wildlife (ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption, biomonitoring, biosensors, environmental analysis); Risk Assessment and Aquaculture. She has over 30 research publications covering these disciplines. She has coordinated a number of research and consultancy projects related to environmental toxicology funded by both non-governmental (RSPCA, WWF, Care for the Wild, Greenpeace) and governmental agencies (DEFRA) and industry (Safeway, Slimming Systems Ltd and Lufthansa-Hawker Pacific Aerospace). Before beginning her career in academia, Dr Troisi worked as a Senior Scientific Officer in the Medical Research Council (MRC) Institute for Environment & Health. She holds a doctorate degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Essex and is a member of the British and European Toxicology Societies. Dr Troisi offers the following consultancy services: Medical Device Risk Management; Environmental Risk Assessment; Health Risk Assessment; Ecological Risk Assessment; Life Cycle Analysis; Environmental Impact Assessment; Health and Ecological Impacts; Laboratory analysis of environmental pollutants (polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and metabolites (Methyl sulphones), pesticides, heavy metals and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); emergent pollutants (brominated flame retardants)) drugs and biologically-active compounds (steroid hormones).

Konstantinos Banitsas - Dr. Konstantinos Banitsas has been a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London since end 2005. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, University of Portsmouth (1995), an MSc in Electronic Engineering, University of Portsmouth (1997), an MA in Education from Brunel University London (2011) and a PhD in Telemedicine from Brunel University London (2004). He is an active member within the Wireless Networks and Communications Centre research laboratory headed by Prof. Cosmas, handling the Telemedicine and Telecare part of the research. He is the author of numerous journal and conference articles as well as book chapters in the general area of telemedicine.