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Safe e-Navigation and Collision avoidance of autonomous ships

Project Description

This project aims at developing a simulation model and a decision support system (DSS) for supporting e-navigation on avoiding direct and near-miss collisions and obstacle avoidance. It will consider the operation of both manned and marine autonomous surface vessels (MASV). Particular focus will be given in developing and validating appropriate model to represent the behaviour of the vessel propulsion systems taking into account the manoeuvring response of the investigated vessels. The uncertainty of the complete chain from sensor to the decision point along with its influence on the proposed actions will systematically studied. The crucial parameters for the ship response including the environmental conditions and the hull characteristics will be incorporated into the performed analysis.


Applicants should have a distinction pass at Master’s level in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering or related disciplines.
Eligibility for RCUK studentships
• Research Council (RC) fees and stipend can only be awarded to UK and EU students and not to EEA or International students.
• EU students are only eligible for RC stipend if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting their PhD.
• If an EU student cannot fulfil this condition then they are eligible for a fees only studentship.
• International students cannot be funded from RC funds unless they are ‘settled’ in the UK. ‘Settled’ means being ordinarily resident in the UK without any immigration restrictions on the length of stay in the UK. To be ‘settled’ a student must either have the Right to Abode or Indefinite leave to remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC law. If the student’s passport describes them as a British citizen they have the Right of Abode.
• Students with full Refugee status are eligible for fees and stipend.

Project Details

For further information on the specific details of this project go to:


Dr Gerasimos Theotokatos - University of Strathclyde, Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering – Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC).
Dr Evangelos Boulougouris - University of Strathclyde, Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering – Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC).

Further Information

The project is multi-disciplinary requiring skills from various areas including naval architecture, marine systems engineering, systems modelling, decision support development techniques and computer programming. The candidate should be able to undertake, complete and disseminate the outcomes of this research in international conferences and high impact research journals.
The student will have support from with the MSRC industrial sponsors (DNV GL and RCCL). The student will complement the MSRC research group focusing on autonomous ships research.
The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering is a world-leader in research, whose main interests lie in: Ship Stability and Safety, Marine Hydrodynamics, Marine Structures, Ocean Engineering, Marine Engineering, Emerging Technologies, Offshore Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels. The Department makes a significant contribution to National, European and International policy-making in Marine Technology research and its application.
As part of a significant Industry-University partnership involving, the University of Strathclyde – Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and DNV GL Classification Society, the Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) of Excellence was established with the vision to shape the future of maritime safety.

How to Apply

Applicants should send their application directly to Mr Stuart Hewitt– by the 31st May 2019.

Applications should include:
• Cover Letter;
• CV with two references;
• Degree transcripts and certificates (in English), and if English is not your native language, a copy of your English language qualifications (IELTS).
• Research proposal
The applicants need to demonstrate excellent organisational, interpersonal, verbal and academic writing skills.
An interview will be arranged for the shortlisted applicants.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Gerasimos Theotokatos – .

Funding Notes

The funding covers UK/EU student tuition fees and stipend in line with University rates for 36 months.
Start Date and Duration: October 2019, for 3 years.

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