PhD Scholarship - Detection of negative emotions in everyday life using wearable sensors

Apr 13, 2019
Apr 13, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

UQ's School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering is at the leading-edge of information and communications technology (ICT) and electrical engineering. With a reputation for teaching excellence and expert research, our students, graduates, teachers and researchers are revolutionising technology to solve the world's greatest challenges.

The role

This PhD project is concerned with the development of a mobile multimodal lifelogging platform designed specifically to detect negative emotions in everyday life. It is proposed to develop a system, where signals from the body and contextual data from the environment are monitored and quantified in order to:
  1. Develop a valid quantifiable index of negative emotions using advanced mathematical techniques
  2. Develop effective feedback visualisations of mental wellbeing and negative emotions
  3. Evaluate the working prototype, in terms of (a) impact on mental health and (b) technical robustness

The project will require the student to: work with biological signals, develop data processing protocols, develop visualisations and design and run evaluations with human participants.

The person

Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline and either an Honours degree or a Masters degree, or at least two years of relevant experience. Publications and other indications of research experience and activity are an advantage but not essential.

A demonstration of competency, experience or awareness of Java/Android programming, machine learning and digital signal processing techniques would be advantageous, as successful candidates will primarily be working in MATLAB. Similarly, an interest in psychophysiology and/or working with biomedical signals and data visualization would also be an advantage.

To be eligible to apply you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ, please visit the Graduate School's website .

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships .

A domestic part-time student with carer's responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University's Diversity and Inclusion website ( ) for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.


$27,596 per annum tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually.


To discuss this role please contact Dr Chelsea Dobbins on +61 7 3365 2005 or .

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