PhD Studentship - Information Fusion for a Collaborative Perception with a Network of Connected Autonomous Cars

University of Warwick - Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)

Funding: 3.5 years UK/EU students

Supervisors: Professor Paul Jennings, Professor Merhdad Dianati

Supporting company: Jaguar Land Rover

Start Date: October 2017

Project overview

The applicant will join WMG’s Intelligent Vehicles Group, working on the CARMA Project (also called SCDC project) with a prestigious research programme, TASCC, jointly funded by EPSRC and Jaguar Land Rover.

The PhD candidate is expected to systematically investigate feasibility and performance of collaborative perception in a network of connected autonomous cars in order to create a reliable and highly accurate perception of the state of a subject autonomous vehicle, e.g., its location, as well as the surrounding environment. The research will build on the top of existing techniques that autonomous vehicles currently apply for the above-mentioned purposes addressing their shortcomings in terms of accuracy and reliability without needing expensive on-board sensory and computing resources. To this end, the research will investigate alternative approach of using off-board information that can be made available through V2X communications and integrate them in a robust manner to deal with potential disruptions of communication systems.

Entry requirements


You must have an MSc or BSc degree, with an outstanding academic record, in a related discipline such as Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. We are looking for a highly ambitious applicant with strong desire to address highly challenging research problems to produce top quality research output that can be applied in practical systems and published in top international journals.

Applicants should also demonstrate they have the academic background to quickly learn and research in at least a number of subject areas such as Estimation Theory, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition is required.

Studentship funding
Due to funding regulations, the applicant should be eligible as a Home/EU student. A stipend of £14,296 will be paid per annum for 3.5 years.

To apply

This is a COMPETITIVE application process and our online enquiry form must be completed. The information supplied will then be sent for review to assess your suitability and interviews will be conducted.

As part of the application, please supply your CV, grades and qualifications (achieved and/or expected), and a two-page maximum cover letter/project plan/personal statement on why you think you should be considered for this position and your idea. References do not need to be supplied but may be sought after shortlisting with your permission. The awardee will however be required to supply satisfactory references at the acceptance stage.

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