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Machine Learning Based Modelling in Autonomous Vehicles (SAM11)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

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Project detail

The Wolfson School of School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering Loughborough University is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 3-year PhD project in intelligent system modelling.

This project develops innovative modelling approaches based on the recent developments in machine learnings. We are particularly interested in its application in autonomous vehicles which shape the future of the automotive industry. Autonomous vehicles use environmental perception to make decisions and low carbon vehicles strongly depend on the dynamic optimisation of powertrain behaviour. The efficient modelling would provide a crucial part in breaking down a wall that currently exists between research in autonomous driving and powertrain control. The results developed in this project would be applied not only in autonomous vehicles but also in other related areas.

The project will be carried out in the signal processing group in the Wolfson School, and also collaborate with expertise in other schools/department including the largest university-based automotive research groups in the world. You will have access to world-class vehicles and powertrains research facilities. You will also receive supports from experienced researchers and practitioners in the field. System modelling in autonomous is a flourish area with great job opportunities. Most leading automotive companies have announced strategic partnerships with IT companies to explore this area including Ford and Google; Toyota and Microsoft; General Motors and Lyft; and Volvo and Uber.

Start date of studentship: 1 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in electronic engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and system identification, programming skills (e.g. Matlab, C, C++ and Python).

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: SAM11.

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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