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Integration of driving simulation technologies for autonomous vehicle research

Eligibility: UK/EU

Award Details: £15,000 Bursary plus tuition fees - UK/EU only

Duration: Full time - 3 years 6 months Fixed Term

Application deadline: This opportunity will only remain open until a suitable candidate is identified- early application is therefore advised. Standard University research application closing dates apply http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/application-dates/

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Professor Andrew Parkes to discuss this opportunity.

Congratulations on taking your first steps toward a Research Degree with Coventry’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing. As an ambitious and innovative University, we’re investing an initial £100m into our new research strategy, ‘Excellence with Impact’. Through original approaches from world-leading experts, we’re aiming for our research to make a tangible difference to the way we live. As a research student you are an integral part of Coventry’s lively and diverse research community and contribute to our reputation for excellence. With our exceptional facilities and superb support mechanisms you are afforded every opportunity for academic success.

The Project

This project will develop and test a conceptual architecture for linking a driving simulator with emissions and traffic modules for real time evaluation of CAV technologies.

Depending on the student’s academic background, we foresee a programme of research that may include:

  • The analysis of the state of the art in driving simulator architecture
  • The development of a conceptual framework for an architecture that could incorporate driving simulation, traffic simulation and emissions models
  • Development a low cost open systems simulator
  • Demonstration of the utility of the simulator for research into connected and autonomous vehicles
  • Drawing out the implications of research findings for future system development.

About the Centre/Department

Our research in Mobility & Transport works across our faculties and focuses on the design and engineering of future transport systems, including the growing influence of the internet and connectivity. The focus is on inclusive, sustainable and safe transport integrating the strongest research elements in design and engineering. The Centre currently has around 50 staff and 70 PhD students. The studentship would be based at Horiba MIRA who co-support this programme.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average,or
  • A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at merit level (60%).
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Additionally:

  • Enthusiasm and aptitude for driving simulator development and experimental scenarios (E-Prime)
  • A successful background in computer systems with an emphasis on virtual reality systems
  • A wish to publish academic research in the highest quality journals
  • An understanding of the ethics of experimentation with human participants.

Eligibility & Application Procedure

Eligibility:

All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.