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EPSRC FIBE2 CDT PhD Studentship with National Highways on Enabling the Roads Metaverse: Visualisation & Human Interaction

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cambridge
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible students
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd November 2021
Closes: 2nd December 2021
Reference: NM29108

Department/Location: Department of Engineering, Cambridge

Closing date: 02 December 2021 

This is a four-year (1+3 MRes/PhD) studentship funded through the Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2 CDT). The FIBE2 CDT aims to develop the next generation of infrastructure professionals who can create, shape and deliver the national vision for UK infrastructure, who will be equipped with a versatile and cross-disciplinary skill set to meet the most complex emerging challenges and contribute effectively to better infrastructure decision-making in the UK. Further details can be found at https://www.fibe-cdt.eng.cam.ac.uk/

The project is funded in collaboration with National Highways. National Highways, formerly the Highways Agency and later Highways England, is a government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving motorways and major A roads in England.

Road stakeholders are increasingly realising that there is tremendous potential value to be gained by embracing Digital Twin - based information and asset management for the entirety of a road life-cycle. Yet, past experience with Asset Information Modelling has shown that even the richest asset models are significantly underutilised by stakeholder employees. This is particularly true of employees with below average technological competence and familiarity. IT providers have rushed to place the blame on the employees and suggest that the sole remedy to this problem is supplemental technological education. In reality, the problem lies with the gap between current ways for human - data interaction in this sector versus general platforms (Microsoft Metaverse) and social media firms (Meta).

The project will focus on expressways only to maintain feasibility. The student will: (i) derive a pareto front of solutions for human-data interaction/communications and leverage National Highways data insight teams to choose suitable solutions; (ii) use datasets provided by the Digital Roads of the Future initiative to conduct laboratory scale initial validation. This includes verifying data exchange integrity during "round trips" (to DT and back) and user experience performance feedback. 

For general enquiries, please email cdtcivil-courseadmin@eng.cam.ac.uk. For project-specific enquiries please e-mail Professor Ioannis Brilakis at ib340@cam.ac.uk or Professor Mark Girolami at mag92@cam.ac.uk.

Applicants should possess a Bachelor or Masters in any Engineering discipline, Computer Science, or Architecture. They should have some computing skills or experience and very good English language skills.

The FIBE2 CDT studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible students. Further details about eligibility and funding can be found at:

https://www.ukri.org/councils/epsrc/

https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees

https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholarships/

To apply for this studentship, candidates must apply through the University's Postgraduate Admissions application portal. The portal is at: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdfib and there is a £75 fee for PhD applications, with the title of the project quoted on the form and Professor Ioannis Brilakis  identified as the potential supervisor.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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