University of Manchester

Multi-objective analysis and optimisation for achieving sustainability targets towards a circular economy

Deadline: Open all year round

Project Description

This exciting project constitutes a collaboration with the health and hygiene Industry and entails a holistic engineering systems approach towards achieving sustainability targets specific to the industry, but which can be useful in a broader industrial context under the Industry 4.0 objectives.

The project will include the construction of detailed process models based on a combination of fundamental principles and data-driven approaches, and machine learning (ML) techniques using historical data directly form the industrial processes. Novel methodologies for multi-level and real-time optimisation (RTO) will be subsequently developed based on the ambitious sustainability targets the for health and hygiene Industry. The project is expected to develop new technological solutions at different steps of the whole supply chain. It will combine modelling, optimisation, optimal control, sustainability analysis, together with laboratory testing and analytical techniques. A number of technological advances both sector-specific and more general are expected to emerge.

The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the industrial partner and will be an integral part of the company’s industrial development.

The project is expected to start in July or September 2021 in agreement with the industrial sponsor.

Funding Information

The project is funded on a competitive basis through a combination of Industrial and EPSRC DTP funding (available only to UK/EU students).

Eligibility Requirements

Computational experience in terms of computer programming, modelling and optimisation techniques is essential. Understanding sustainability from a holistic point of view is critical for the success of the project. A good process understanding in an industrial context is also desirable.

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