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  Intelligent Traffic Management Systems for Autonomous Vehicles

   School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

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  Dr S Mohamed  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Research Overview:

The future of urban transportation is on the brink of a transformative era with the rise of autonomous vehicles. To propel this evolution and address the challenges and opportunities it presents, we invite applications for a PhD scholarship focused on one aspect of our comprehensive research project titled "Towards Transportation Optimization in Urban Environments: Intelligent Traffic Management for Autonomous Vehicles."

Research Objectives:

The selected candidate will contribute to the development of a traffic model for an urban sector. The primary goals include optimizing traffic flow in real-time, addressing challenges in optimization, and implementing adaptive control strategies. The research aims to redefine urban mobility by leveraging the capabilities of autonomous vehicles and creating an efficient, scalable traffic optimization system for this type of vehicles.

Collaborative Environment:

The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Associate Professor Shadi Mohamed at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, in collaboration with Professor Enrique Zuazua at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, as well as other partners in the UK and Germany. The project aims to build a cohesive research team to create an adaptive and efficient traffic management system.


This project is open to all students, whether home, EU or overseas.

The successful candidate will have at least an upper second-class (2:1) undergraduate honours degree and ideally a Masters Degree in the relevant subject area (e.g. Transportation Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computational Engineering) as well as proficiency in programming languages (e.g., Python, MATLAB) and a background in optimization and/or traffic modelling is an advantage.

We may also consider candidates who can demonstrate appropriate alternative learning such as experience gained in the workplace or professional qualifications.

We recognise that not every talented researcher will have had the same opportunities to advance their careers. We therefore will account for any particular circumstances that applicants disclose (e.g. parental leave, caring duties, part-time jobs to support studies, disabilities etc.) to ensure an inclusive and fair recruitment process.  

How to Apply

To apply you must complete our online application form.

Please select PhD Civil Engineering as the programme and include the full project title, reference number and supervisor name on your application form. Ensure that all fields marked as ‘required’ are complete.

Once have entered your personal details, click submit. You will be asked to upload your supporting documents. You must complete the section marked project proposal; provide a supporting statement (1-2 A4 pages) documenting your reasons for applying to this particular project, outlining your suitability and how you would approach the project. You must also upload your CV, a copy of your degree certificate and relevant transcripts and an academic reference in the relevant section of the application form.

You must also provide proof of your ability in the English language (if English is not your mother tongue). We require an IELTS certificate showing an overall score of at least 6.5 with no component scoring less than 6.0, or a TOEFL certificate with an overall score of at least 85, including reading 20, listening 19, speaking 20 and writing 21. Alternatively, if you have received an English-taught Bachelors or Masters degree from one of the countries listed on the UK Government Guidance under ‘Who does not need to prove their knowledge of English’, and it was obtained less than two years from your intended start date, you should provide evidence of your award that clearly states it was delivered and assessed in English language.

The primary supervisor for this project is Shadi Mohamed. Please contact [Email Address Removed] for further information or an informal discussion.

Please contact [Email Address Removed] for technical support with your application.


The closing date for applications is 22 March 2024 and applicants must be available to start in September 2024.

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Mathematics (25)

Funding Notes

James Watt Scholarship
This is a full scholarship which will cover tuition fees (Home and Overseas) and provide an annual stipend (£19,237 in 2024-25) for 42 months. Thereafter, candidates will be expected to pay a continuing affiliation fee (currently £130) whilst they complete writing up their thesis.
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