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PhD Studentship: In Complex Transport Systems in the Digital Age (EPSRC iCASE PhD)

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: See advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th July 2020
Closes: 31st August 2020
Reference: ENG070

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,285

Start date and duration: October 2020 for three years

Application closing date: 31 August 2020


Understanding the complex transport systems bringing together technology, people and process.

The aim of the PhD is to develop a systems-view of transport using data-rich environments and real-time positioning information of movements across modes and locations. Data analytics, machine learning and systems thinking are core components of this work to ensure the precise interface to higher levels of software/applications can be defined, be robust and secure.

Specific expected outputs will be an international data taxonomy and methodology with global transport application to compile relevant data from multiple heterogenous sources influencing mobility.

This PhD is supervised by Newcastle University in collaboration with Ove Arup and Partners

The majority of the work will be lab based at the University with collaborative workshops with Local Authorities, regional authorities, operators and system providers. Progress is intended to be disseminated through regular 'update findings' to Arup and community and will form the basis of training modules to Arup staff to extend learning in this subject


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and ARUP

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Roberto Palacin (main supervisor)
Professor Phil Blythe

Eligibility Criteria

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s postgraduate application system.

You need to:

  • insert the programme code 8090F in the programme of study section
  • select 'PhD Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical and Systems Engineering' as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code ENG070 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG070 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications


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