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The primary objective of this Infineon Technologies AG sponsored project is the development of novel Radar based systems for detecting driver attentiveness via non-contact vital sign monitoring and gaze detection. For level 3 autonomous driving, the human must be attentive in order to take over from the autonomous systems in the vehicle if required. Recent research has shown that it is possible (in a lab setting) to measure vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygenation using non-contact methods such as Radar. These vital signs can be combined (via sensor fusion methods) with movement detection to develop new models of driver attentiveness. For example, low variation in heart rate and a reduction in body temperature are good indicators of drowsiness.

Infineon Technologies AG are specalists in developing automotive Radar systems that are currently used predominantly for collision avoidance and external sensing. This project represents an exciting opportunity to use this same low-cost automotive technology for driver attentiveness monitoring. 

This project is offered within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS CDT). The centre aims to create a diverse and stimulating environment where you can deepen your knowledge in your discipline through your PhD whilst giving breath to your skills through collaborations.

Prospective students will be applying for the integrated PhD programme run by the AAPS CDT which includes a one-year MRes (full time) followed by a PhD programme. The MRes course will be conducted as a cohort with a focus on technology, team-working and research skills. On successful completion of the MRes, you will progress to a PhD programme which can be conducted on a full-time or part-time basis.

AAPS is determined to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members. The whole CDT community will come together at specific events during the calendar year, most notably the induction events, workshops and guest lectures. All new students joining the CDT will be assigned both an academic personal tutor and a student mentor. Each student will be assigned a minimum of 2 academic supervisors at the point of starting their PhD.

Funding is available for four-years (full time equivalent) for Home students.

See our website to apply or for more details (go.bath.ac.uk/aaps-cdt).


Funding Notes

AAPS CDT studentships are available on a competition basis for UK students for up to 4 years. Funding will cover UK tuition fees as well as providing maintenance at the UKRI doctoral stipend rate (£15,609 per annum for 2021/22) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum.

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