Low Terahertz Radar for Pedestrian Identification and Tracking

University of Birmingham - Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship to undertake research in the area of application of low THz frequencies for automotive radar, in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), from as soon as possible. This PhD project will be concerned with investigation of capabilities of low-THz (150-600 GHz) radar sensors for pedestrian classification and tracking in Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Systems (PCMS).  In particular the PhD student will work on (i) development of the simulation models for pedestrian recognition and tracking in high resolution automotive radar; (ii) development of processing algorithms to improve pedestrian classification and tracking by radar imagery combined with video or stereo camera images; (iii) experimentation to verify developed algorithms and approaches for signal characterisation. Other activities supporting the study will also be carried out when required. The project will be led by the University of Birmingham (UoB) and the study will be jointly supervised by Dr Marina Gashinova and Prof Mike Cherniakov (UoB) and JLR. It is expected that the student will work in close collaboration with other researchers, both in the UoB and JLR. The involvement of a major international company highlights not only the importance of the research and the potential impact that can be generated by cooperative work on fundamental research questions, it also will give the student an outstanding opportunity to work in an environment that combines academic and industrial research. The student must spend at least three months at the company.

Candidates should have a first class honours degree or equivalent (and preferably a Masters Degree) in any relevant area including Electronic Engineering, Communications, Physics, or a related field, and the ability to demonstrate a strong physical background and analytical skills. Matlab programming skills are also required.

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