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Intelligent Control for Autonomous Vehicles

   Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project


The School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering has seen 100% of its research impact rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, underlining the wide-ranging positive impacts that our research has on the world (REF, 2021).

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. Find out more.


One of the biggest challenges of autonomous driving is safety. Reliable and safe intelligent control schemes are essential for achieving autonomous functionalities.

This project offers a unique opportunity to develop intelligent control algorithms enabling improved sensing, reliability, and safety. It can unlock enhanced and adaptive functionalities, including but not limited to efficient autonomous braking, driving condition monitoring, and reliable vehicle merging.

The novel control schemes will be based on the combination of a computationally efficient nonlinear control (e.g. adaptive model predictive control) and artificial intelligence for ensuring quick response while satisfying safety objectives. The potential of the control schemes will be analysed and tested in our developed vehicle simulator and test platform.


Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the drop-down below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Students should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject.

A relevant master's degree and/or experience will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.


UK FEE: To be confirmed

INTERNATIONAL FEE: £25,100 (Full-time degree per annum)

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.


All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select 'Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering'. Please quote the advertised reference number AAE-CL-2114 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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