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PhD Studentship: City-scale Big Data in Urban Mobility

Loughborough University - Civil and Building Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009 a year
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st October 2019
Closes: 17th November 2019
Reference: ABCE19/HH


Primary supervisor: Dr. Haitao He

Secondary supervisor: TBC

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. The School boasts world class facilities, with £1.4m recently invested in its 3,000m2 laboratory and one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK. 

Full Project Detail:

Digitisation is transforming urban mobility. Digitisation of vehicles (e.g. autonomous cars), infrastructure (e.g. smart motorways), and services (e.g. integrated mobility platforms) can empower multimodal urban mobility and create an integrated transport system with seamless intermodal connections. 

The ‘Transport and Planning’ research group invites applications for a fully funded PhD position in the broad area of city-scale big data in urban mobility. Under the supervision of Dr. Haitao He, Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Urban Mobility and Intelligent Transport, the PhD student will have the unique opportunity to explore the wide application of big data in transport system planning, design, management, operation and control, addressing issues including efficiency, resilience and sustainability challenges in urban mobility. The exact topic will be decided considering the student’s interest and background. 

We are seeking a talented student who is enthusiastic in developing innovative urban mobility solutions in this evolving field. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the topic, the candidate could have a background in civil engineering, electric engineering, computer science, optimisation, control, mathematics or any relevant subject. The candidate should have strong analytical and programming skills and ideally have experience working with large data sets. The successful candidate will have the chance to conduct innovative research with leading researchers both within the UK and internationally. 

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage. 

Funding information:

The three-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 a year (2019/20 rates – stipend will rise in line with the level set by the Research Council) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The funding is only available for UK/EU/EEA nationals.

Contact details:

For information about the project, please contact: 

Name: Dr. Haitao He

Email address:

For information about the application process, please contact: 

Name: Mr. Berkeley Young

Email address: 

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering. The applicant is encouraged to contact Dr. Haitao He before submitting the online application. 

Please quote reference number: ABCE19/HH

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