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Intelligent Safety-Critical Control and the implementation in Autonomous Vehicles

   Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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  Dr Chengyuan Liu, Prof W.H. Chen  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This project aims to address the safety and reliability problems in autonomous systems, which is also one of the biggest challenges in autonomous vehicles. The research outcome will unlock enhanced and adaptive safety-critical functionalities, including but not limited to failure recognition, fast criteria computation, and intelligent control.

The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to develop intelligent safety-critical control algorithms, enabling improved sensing reliability and operational safety. Adaptive model predictive control and learning technologies will be adopted in the development. The effectiveness and efficiency of the algorithms will be tested in one of our autonomous vehicle testing platforms.


Primary supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Liu

Secondary supervisor: Prof Wen-Hua Chen

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 will be an advantage.

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

Knowledge in control theory is essential. Understanding in machine learning methods will be desired.

English language requirements

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

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How to apply

All applications should be made online and must include a research proposal. Under the programme name, select 'Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering'. Please quote the advertised reference number AACME-23-024 in your application.

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

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Funding Notes

The AACME Studentship competition offers the chance for UK and International applicants who are interested in undertaking a PhD to have their full-time studies paid for.
Applicants could receive full or partial funding for 3-years, including a tax-free stipend of £17,668 (2022/23 rate) per annum, and/or a tuition fee waiver.
Studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to advertised projects within AACME with the reference ‘AACME-23-XXX’ with the end changing depending on the project number allocated. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of March 2023.
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