Funded PhD Studentship (Large-scale Mobile Phone Data Analysis)

Faculty of Maths, Computing & Technology

Available from 1 October 2013

Based in Milton Keynes

This is a full-time PhD studentship funded by the Open University (OU) and the Orange Labs. The studentship is available for UK, EU, and overseas applicants. The project is concerned with analysis of large-scale mobile phone data (location traces and communication patterns) to better understand the role of social factors on travellers’ decision-making and mode choice behaviour.

The studentship will be hosted by the Open University, UK, however it is expected that the student will spend approximately 70% of his/her time with the Orange Labs in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.

Requirements of candidate

  • General interest in social computing, urban computing, and pervasive computing.
  • Strong background in data mining, machine learning, and statistics.
  • Good programming skills in high-level language e.g., R or Matlab.
  • Good command of written and spoken English.


Studentship covers tuition fees and includes a stipend (approx. €1,700/month) and funding for research expenses and travel.

If you wish to discuss your application or receive advice on the research project please contact: Dr Santi Phithakkitnukoon, email: or Dr Zbigniew Smoreda, email:

To apply, email your CV and letter of interest to and

For more information:

Closing date: 22 July 2013.

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