Integrated control on freeway and CAV fleet to improve safety
Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements
Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/International - including EU at international rates from September 2021)
Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term
Application deadline: 21 June 2021
Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates
Start date: September 2021
For further details contact: Dr Ashim Debnath
This fully-funded PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
The successful applicant will spend the 1st year at Deakin University and the following year at Coventry University and then the final 1.5 years at Deakin University.
The supervision team will be drawn from the two Universities.
This project aims to investigate and develop an adaptive hybrid nonlinear controller to minimise crash risk on freeway by considering the driving behaviour of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) at various levels of automation and at various levels of control (over the CAV fleets).
Using data and case studies from Australia and the UK, this project will develop microsimulation models and novel control algorithms to regulate mixed-traffic flow with the target to improve efficiency and minimise crash risk.
The project will also investigate the impacts of CAVs penetration rate and ‘cooperativeness’ on the effectiveness of the proposed control algorithms. Comparative analysis between Australia and the UK, including undertaking a benefit analysis to explore how the controller may regulate the trade-off between risk and efficiency, will be done to inform guidelines for a staged approach for CAVs adoption for road agencies in the jurisdictions.
This is a fully-funded studentship, including:
- Full tuition fees (for up to 4 years)
- A stipend for up to 3.5 years subject to satisfactory progress
- A one-time economy return airfare to host institution
- Conference allowances
Throughout the programme, the candidates will have a joint supervisory team and work in close collaboration with researchers in both UK and Australia. The supervisory team offers a substantial track record in successful doctoral supervision and expertise in the thematic areas identified.
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
Applicants must meet the admission and scholarship criteria for both Coventry University and Deakin University for entry to the cotutelle programme.
- Applicants should have graduated within the top 15% of their undergraduate cohort. This might include a high 2:1 in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark (80% for Australian graduates) in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average (80% for Australian graduates).
- A Masters degree in a relevant subject area, with overall mark at minimum Merit level. In addition, the mark for the Masters dissertation (or equivalent) must be a minimum of 80%. Please note that where a candidate has 70-79% and can provide evidence of research experience to meet equivalency to the minimum first-class honours equivalent (80%+) additional evidence can be submitted and may include independently peer-reviewed publications, research-related awards or prizes and/or professional reports.
- Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
- The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study.
For an overview of each University’s entry requirements please visit:
Please note that it is essential to be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia).
How to apply
To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Ashim Debnath (DoS).
All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.
Please note that applications must be made to both universities.
What is the application process?
Applications are submitted to both institutions. Applicants must ensure they meet eligibility requirements. Selection involves academic staff from both institutions. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel including academic staff from each institution. Applicants will need to submit copies of certificates to both institutions in line with their respective requirements.