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Human-Machine Cooperation (HMC) in Novel Urban Infrastructures

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: WS25
Start date of studentship: 1st January 2020
Closing date of advert: 16th August 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr Diana Segura-Velandia
Secondary supervisor: Prof. Andy West

Loughborough University

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Full Project Detail

Advancements in autonomous vehicles have led companies to mainly focus on increasing their computational capability and enhancing sensor systems. However, due to strict road-safety regulations, the realisation of this vehicle-centric approach may take several years to happen. Partial deployment of these vehicles impact street safety and accessibility.

To address these issues, this project focuses on creating affordable interventions to street infrastructure as way to unburden the heavy computational requirements of these vehicles. The development of a “smart” urban infrastructure such as human-machine readable traffic signs and urban tattoos can effectively allow lightweight autonomous vehicles to be widely deployed and safely operate in most urban environments.

The Embedded Intelligent Integrated Systems Group at Wolfson School works actively with industrial collaborators to develop and industrially deploy adaptive intelligent systems and their related software services (e.g. analytics, visualisation, multimodal interaction) with particular emphasis on developing methods and systems in harsh industrial environments characterised by imperfect knowledge and uncertainty.

The research topic will be specifically defined based on the background and interests of the applicant after acceptance. Applicants should have a strong background in design and or mathematics and algorithms, excellent writing skills, and experience or genuine interest in smart systems. Prior research experience in systems design, specification, validation and test and related fields will be a plus. Applicants are expected to have also a solid background in programming (e.g. C, python) and computational techniques and demonstrate an interest to work in interdisciplinary research environments.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: robotics, computer science, applied math, electrical engineering.

Contact details:
For enquiries please contact Dr Diana Segura-Velandia indicating your areas of interest and including your CV with qualification details.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Electronic and Electrical Engineering’

Please quote reference number: WS25

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 p/a). While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th September 2019.

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