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  Information technology solutions for enhanced regional connectivity in the North and West of Ireland


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  Dr Amaya Vega, Dr Eoghan Furey, Prof Trevor Cadden  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Postgraduate Research Programme in Innovation, Digitalisation, Enterprise and Society (IDEAS) offers 12 PhD research scholarships to commence in 2024. Each project will include an enterprise placement of minimum 12 weeks duration.

Project (IDEAS 5): Information technology solutions for enhanced regional connectivity in the North and West of Ireland

In the era of digital transformation, the ability to capture, interpret and transform data for strategic decision making is an ever-increasing capability required by businesses. The freight transport sector (FTS) is no exception to this trend, with more data than ever available for collection by freight operators throughout the supply chain, including tracking data - GPS locations of trucks and trailers - and inventory data - information on the goods shipped, origin, destination, or status of shipment. In this data-rich environment, emerging information technologies such as big data analytics (BDA), sensor technologies, distributed ledger technologies and advanced modelling are showing increasing promise to exploit this data and enhance the connectivity, traceability, sustainability, and accountability of regional freight transport systems. This project aims to utilise information technology solutions to address the challenge of fragmented and proprietary data points and information systems in freight transport. The project will do so by exploring how these solutions can harness the big data available and create a shared solution for the benefit of all participants in the FTS, thereby enhancing connectivity, sustainability, and the competitive advantage in our region. This is a multidisciplinary project suitable for candidates with a strong interest in the disciplines of Transportation, Economics and/or Business Information Systems.

There are three main objectives:

1.Understand the modelling frameworks, existing practices, and applications of how emerging information technologies can contribute to shared data solutions in the freight transport sector.

2. Undertake exploratory research to investigate the opportunities and challenges of emerging information technology solutions such as big data analytics (BDA) across multiple freight transport stakeholders.

3.Develop an industry-based collaborative pilot to assess the feasibility and connectivity implications of identified data sharing solutions at key freight transport nodes in the Northern and Western region.


A minimum of 2.1 honours degree (Level 8) in a relevant discipline.

Project Duration:

48 months (PhD)

Preferred Location:

ATU Galway, Galway City Campus


Application Form / Terms of Conditions can be obtained on the website:

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, (GMT) Monday 29th April, 2024.

Only selected applicants will be called for an online interview (shortlisting may apply).

Business & Management (5) Computer Science (8) Economics (10) Information Services (20) Mathematics (25)

Funding Notes

TU RISE is co-financed by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the ERDF Southern, Eastern & Midland Regional Programme 2021- 27 and the Northern & Western Regional Programme 2021-27.
Funding for this Project includes:
• A student stipend (usually tax-exempt) valued at €22,000 per annum
• Annual waivers of postgraduate tuition fee
• Extensive research training programme
• Support for travel, consumables and dissemination expenses
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