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Simulating the City

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Digital twins are fast becoming an essential feature in understanding how to build and maintain assets in complex, connected, intelligent urban environments. A digital twin is a model: according to the UK National Infrastructure Commission, a “dynamic representation of a system which mimics its real-world behaviour. This will typically be a real-time, updated collection of data, models, algorithms or analysis. A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical object or system across its lifecycle, using real-time data to enable understanding, learning and reasoning”. In the academic literature, a digital twin is considered to be "a digital replica of a living or non-living physical entity”, which exists simultaneously with the physical entity. This project will tackle the challenge of how to build and unlock the benefits of large-scale digital twins. It will be driven by the aspiration to build a digital twin of Birmingham, which will serve to expose the challenges and viable solutions needed to do so.
Collaborator: Arcadis

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Funding Notes

This studentship provides a maintenance allowance (currently £14,777 per year) and covers tuition fees at the home/EU level. Applicants from outside the EU are welcome but they will need to pay the difference between the home/EU and international fee levels; that difference is currently £12,290/year.

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