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External Interfaces for Autonomous Vehicles in Shared Spaces

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, June 22, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship. This PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. This is a fully funded doctorate for 3.5 years in duration, with tuition fees covered and bursary / stipend paid. The successful applicant will spend 1 year at Deakin and 2.5 years at Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities. This is a unique opportunity to conduct doctorate level research at two leading international Universities. Costs associated with travel between the UK and Australia are covered by the programme.

Project Details

The research community has demonstrated growing interest in the interaction between autonomous, aka driverless or self-driving, vehicles and vulnerable road users (VRUs) such as pedestrians and cyclists. This usually focuses on technology or engineering solutions to detect pedestrians and their intention to cross. However, design and Human Factors focused alternatives exist which attempt to understand how vehicles should communicate their manoeuvring intention(s) to pedestrians and cyclists via external human machine interfaces (HMI). These interactions are particularly problematic when VRUs have to share the same environments with autonomous vehicles, for example, in semi-pedestrianised areas. Studies have suggested that in the absence of an ability to communicate eye-to-eye or face-to face with a driver, it is important and necessary to communicate the vehicle’s manoeuvring intentions to pedestrians.

This PhD will investigate such external interfaces for autonomous vehicles in shared spaces. The doctoral researcher will be based at the National Transport Design Centre (ntdc) and have use of our world leading VR and Mixed Reality facilities to design and evaluate the user-centred interfaces.

Cotutelle Details

This PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. This is a fully funded doctorate for 3.5 years in duration, with tuition fees covered and bursary / stipend paid. The successful applicant will spend 1 year at Deakin and 2.5 years at Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities.

This is a unique opportunity to conduct doctorate level research at two leading international Universities.

Costs associated with travel between the UK and Australia are covered by the programme.

Training and Development

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.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area, with a minimum 70% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average.

PLUS

• The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
• A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Prof Stewart Birrell ().

If interested, who should you apply to?
All of the research projects have been jointly agreed, and a lead institution identified for each project. The lead institution is clearly identified within the details of each of the advertised research projects. The applicant should apply to both institutions.

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.

To apply to Coventry University please visit: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/

To apply to Deakin University please visit: https://www.deakin.edu.au/research/become-a-research-student/how-to-apply-research-degrees

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.

Start date: September 2020

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 22nd June 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Enquiries: To find out more about the project please contact Prof Stewart Birrell ()

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