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PhD Position in Realistic Automotive Sensor Models

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This PhD will focus on the investigation and development of realistic automotive sensor models to support autonomous control functions/systems development, test and validation. This is a challenging and unique PhD opportunity for a student with a background in machine learning, probabilistic models, sensor simulations and an interest in applying their knowledge in the rapidly growing area of connected autonomous vehicles.

Rich simulated virtual environments are increasingly being used to support research and development of autonomous control functions from the early stages of the development cycle. Simulated virtual environments are also widely accepted to play a vital role in autonomous control function validation and verification testing - given their complexity and vast number of possible inputs that would make it impractical to purely test in the physical world. On-vehicle and infrastructure sensors (i.e. LIDAR, radar and camera) form the core inputs to the functions (perception, path planning and decision making) that make up an autonomous vehicle. Accurate and reliable sensor data is therefore critical in testing and evaluating the behaviour and performance of these functions.

Current simulation software packages that are available on the market lack realistic sensor models (particularly LIDAR, but also RADAR, Ultrasonic and camera). For example, most software packages provide only idealistic range data for each LiDAR beam. Without consideration of optical beam properties, material properties, weather conditions and interference from other sources. This limits the overall value offered by simulation software during development and test.

The PhD will explore methods to significantly improve existing sensor models and to create novel realistic sensor models to support automotive applications. The project will look to use novel tools and techniques such as computer simulation and machine learning to develop sensor models that are more realistic and representative in behaviour and performance as their physical counterparts.

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the Intelligent Vehicles research group at WMG, University of Warwick with the following attributes:

• A minimum 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng) and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) in a science and technology field: Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science.

• An understanding of and experience in using virtual simulation tools for development and test.

• Familiarity with machine learning and probabilistic models, preferably including generative models.

• Relevant software knowledge and experience, for example Python and tensor frameworks (PyTorch or TensorFlow), C++, etc.

• Analytical and numerical skills.

• Ability to define and build experiments and analyse data.

• A driven, professional and independent work attitude.

• Ability to liaise with academic supervisors from a range of disciplines.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

WMG is at the forefront of collaborative R & D on automotive engineering with significant research and exciting growth plans in the area of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. With an extensive programme of research in collaboration with industry and unique research facilities such as a multi-million 3xD simulator for development of autonomous driving systems, WMG is leading some cutting-edge research projects in collaboration with automotive industry. WMG is co-located with Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) research department and Tata Motor’s European Centre, which creates a unique opportunity for co-creating cutting edge and impactful research. WMG will soon inaugurate the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) in a joint investment of £150 million in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors providing an unparalleled environment for research and innovation.

If you would like to be considered for this position or have any questions please complete our online enquiry form using the "Visit Website" button below.

Funding Notes

Funding is available for UK/EU or International applicants for 3 years.

Stipend Amount: Standard Research Council Maintenance Award - £15,009 for 3 years

The post is open to both Home/EU and overseas students.

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