HDR Scholarship - Smart Home system for patients with cardiovascular disease

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Smart Home system for patients with cardiovascular disease'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Dr Shariful Islam (IPAN, Deakin University), Professor Kon Mouzakis (School of Information Technology, Deakin University) and Professor Henning Langberg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)


Melbourne Burwood or Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus 

Research topic

The University of Copenhagen – Deakin University joint PhD program offers research students an unparalleled international experience, working alongside world-class researchers across two continents. Joint degree students spend time working with their supervisors at both universities. As a result, they gain unique exposure to different cultural and scientific environments and substantially increase their employability after graduation. Upon completion of the joint degree program, students receive a dually badged internationally recognised doctoral degree from both institutions. The PhD candidate will have to spend time at both Deakin University and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality globally and causes significant burden to healthcare systems. In recent years, innovations in information technology showed potential to improve health service delivery and outcomes. Patients with CVD require support at home and out of hospital settings where they spent most of their time. However, such interventions are often difficult to implement and expensive. Using information technology, we aim to improve risk factors monitoring, self-management and develop a new model-of-care for secondary prevention of CVD in Australia and globally.

In collaboration with the School of Information Technology, Deakin University, leading information technologists and researchers, we have a Smart Home system that uses text messaging, interactive voice-system, wearable devices, online platform and a mobile phone App. Our Smart Home system could help to empower patients to improve self-management behaviours and reduce cardiovascular risk factors. However, the feasibility and effectiveness of Smart Home systems in patients with cardiovascular disease needs to be tested in real-life. The PhD project will investigate what features of a smart home are acceptable to participants, feasible to deliver, and the potential for improving health outcomes.

Project aim

In this project, the PhD student will start by undertaking a systematic review of the literature on smart home technologies for self-management of CVD. The student will design and conduct a trial of Smart Home in people with CVD. The project will involve using sensors and wearable devices for monitoring activity and physiological data, medication adherence, developing cloud-based databank, using information technologies and advanced data analytics for understanding factors that contribute to morbidity.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 14 January 2019.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Expertise in Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Sciences, or Psychology.
    Experience in Information Technology, Computer Science, Data Science.

How to apply

Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page

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Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Ralph Maddison or Dr Shariful Islam.

Professor Ralph Maddison
Professor in Physical Activity and Disease Prevention
Email Ralph Maddison 
+61 3 9244 6218

Dr Shariful Islam
Senior Research Fellow
Email Shariful Islam
+61 3 924 68393