Automated Analysis of Public Health Protection Data – MPhil Scholarship

Automated Analysis of Public Health Protection Data

Aberystwyth University, Department of Computer Science

Project ID: AUM60001
Annual Stipend: £11,819
Application Deadline: 6th January 2021

Project Description

Noise pollution has been identified not just as a nuisance, but as a serious risk to health[1].  This project will investigate the application of machine learning algorithms to extract additional value from audio and associated data recorded from NoiseApp.  The NoiseApp is developed by RHE Global for capturing data (audio recordings, location, time and other meta data) for supporting cases of noise nuisance. It helps both victims and professionals investigating complaints to resolve issues quickly.  It has been used to capture a large existing database of related data.  This dataset has been largely unexplored in terms of additional value that could be extracted from it.  This project will involve the application of supervised and unsupervised methods, signal processing and analysis in order to automatically identify the nature and seriousness of the problem.

The work involved would include a thorough review of current literature (including available tools and techniques), exploring the available data using existing machine learning tools, signal processing and analysis of sound recordings using traditional and deep learning methods and integration of the two.  Some additional manual data annotation (e.g. by human subjects listening to and classifying a subset of the sound files) may be required to maximise the utility of the data.

The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree, and be available to take up the studentship by 25th January 2021. The project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the European Union’s Convergence programme administered by the Welsh Government. KESS II MPhil scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners. (Applicants need to only apply, they do not need to search for partners.)

To apply, please submit the following to the Postgraduate Admissions Office (address below) by 6th January 2021:

  1. 1. A completed Research Programme Application Form, two references. Application and reference forms may be downloaded from
  2. 2. A completed KESS II Participant proposal form (put the reference number AUM60001 in the top right-hand box of the application form) and an up-to-date CV. KESS II application forms are available to download at the link below.

  1. 3. A MPhil proposal of up to 1,000 words where you expand on your experience and interests and describe why you are a good candidate for this research studentship. Please refer to the Project Description.


Value of Award: A stipend of £11,819. Each scholarship has an additional budget for travel, equipment/consumables and training to support your research. KESS II MPhil Scholarship holders do not pay fees.

Length: Full-time for 1 year. (Theses must be submitted 3 months after the funded one-year study period.)

Training: The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS II scholar (The PSDA is based on a 60 credit award, which is an additional award to the MPhil).

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for a KESS II award, you must be resident, upon starting the scholarship, in the Convergence Area of Wales and you must be able to take paid employment in the Convergence area on completion of the scholarship.

The Convergence Area means the following counties of Wales:

Isle of Anglesey
Neath Port Talbot
Rhondda Cynon Taff

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Bernard Tiddeman at or 01970 621777

Address for applications:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Recruitment & Admissions
Student Welcome Centre
Aberystwyth University
SY23 3FB

Quote Reference AUM60001

Closing date for applications 6th January 2021