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PhD iCASE Studentship: From real world to simulation: Digital twins of traffic intersection controllers for co-operative and connected traffic systems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards:

Start date and duration:
January 2020 for 48 months.

An exciting PhD opportunity in the Future Mobility Group at the University of Newcastle, UK. You will work alongside our world-leading industrial partner, Siemens Mobility Ltd, in developing the next generation of traffic signals and traffic simulation tools.

You will look at state-of-art methods to produce ‘digital twins’ of signal controls within a suitable traffic micro-simulation tool, with a view to developing a robust approach capable of analysing and assessing the performance of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) and Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) in near future, smart urban environments.

Whilst the PhD is based at Newcastle University, you will also be embedded within Siemens Mobility, working alongside their researchers and practitioners, with industrial placement (minimum of 3 months per year) at Siemens Mobility Ltd, based in Poole, Dorset. You will have the opportunity to learn from them, working on cutting-edge software development, based around the AIMSUN micro-simulation model. You will bridge the gaps in existing approaches in simulating signal controls. An important aspect of the work towards the latter stages of the PhD, will involve testing the scalability of approach, and validation of the simulation in real-world conditions, for example, using existing C-ITS smart corridors in Newcastle.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Siemens Mobility Ltd.

Name of supervisor(s):
Professor Phil Blythe, Future Mobility Group, School of Engineering

Paul Brookes, Head of R and D, Global Innovation Manager, Siemens

Eligibility Criteria:
You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in Engineering (esp. Civil, Electrical or Transportation Engineering), Mathematics or Statistics, Computing or Computer Science or a related subject or experience.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

insert the 8040F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD Civil Engineering – Transport’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code ENG054 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG054 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
You should also send your covering letter and CV to Dr. Paul Goodman (email to .

Dr Paul Goodman,
School of Engineering,
Telephone: +44(0) 191 208 5945

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living expenses from a base of £15,009 p.a. (full award-rising with inflation) topped up to £20,000 p.a. through funding by Siemens Mobility Ltd. Reasonable travel/accommodation support will also be provided by Siemens.

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