PhD: Aging with Internet of Things (IoT)

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PhD: Aging with Internet of Things (IoT)

PhD: Aging with Internet of Things (IoT)

The University of Aruba, in collaboration with KU Leuven (Belgium) and facilitated with funding from the European Development Fund (EDF), is seeking to expand its research and teaching capacity in bio-environmental engineering, technology, engineering, informatics, and data sciences. In 2019 the curriculum of the new academic bachelor in sciences, technology and engineering and mathematics (STEM) will open its doors and will graduate its first bachelors in 2022. This three-year program will consist of a 180 European credits program with a focus on sustainable development in small island states. A 90 credit master program will start in 2021. For this new STEM sciences program, the University of Aruba will start with the education and research training of the new academic staff needed to provide this program and is looking for a:


Aging in Place in Aruba in Comfort and Security with Internet of Things (IoT) Services

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The main responsibilities are:
The junior researcher will teach modules in the program and conduct PhD research within a PhD research program at the University of Aruba and KU Leuven. The PhD is expected to be completed in 2022/23.

Project: Aging in Place in Aruba in Comfort and Security with Internet of Things (IoT) Services
The greater aim of the project is to let elderly people in Aruba live longer in their own home with a good quality of life. This requires personalized care services based on a care profile. In this project we complement subjective (home nurse or family member) and discontinuous (every months) services of care to objective daily services using IOT sensors and wearables. Depending on the specific needs of elderly persons in need of care in Aruba, use-cases are identified. Potential use-cases are: fall detection services, food intake services and self-reliance services. This work is in strong collaboration with Aruban care organizations. ICT Prototype systems will be developed which are able to translate raw sensor data to actionable information. This requires competences in system integration, machine learning and signal processing.

Key words:   

  • Aging in place on Aruba
  • Personalized IoT services
  • System integration
  • Machine learning
  • Signal processing

Responsible professor for this project at KU Leuven:
Prof. Bart Vanrumste
Department of Electrical Engineering  (ESAT), KU Leuven

The ideal candidate:

  • Holds a master’s degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited university.
  • Has an affinity for research, academic education and sustainable development through sciences and engineering.
  • Has an ambition to contribute to sustainable development.
  • Is a team-player that can also work independently.
  • Is open for coaching and training and can provide and receive constructive feedback to/from peers and students.
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

The University of Aruba offers:
Candidates will be registered as research students of KU Leuven and receive excellent educational training and coaching as well as research training and supervision by both KU Leuven and the University of Aruba. An exciting new opportunity for a four-year term contract, on the condition that the research proposal is approved in the first year. This four-year contract provides an attractive benefit package including APFA pension, additional health insurance, and a competitive wage. After successful completion of the PhD program, junior researchers are eligible for senior academic positions in the program.

Interested? Submit your application letter and resume via the Apply button located on the right on this page before Monday, September 30, 2019. If you need further information regarding the position, please contact us at One (or more) job interviews, a medical exam, an assessment test and a certificate of good conduct are in accordance with our rules of application and a standard part of our recruitment and selection procedure.

Candidates with a demonstrated strong affinity for Aruba and the Caribbean and for challenges in small island states are strongly encouraged to apply.