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PhD Studentship: Human Performance Modelling and Simulation for Future Control, Command and Signalling Systems

University of Southampton - Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £19,181 For UK students, tuition fees and a stipend of £19,181 tax-free per annum (2024/25 rate) for up to 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 31st January 2024
Closes: 29th February 2024
 

PhD Supervisor: Prof Mark Young

Supervisory Team: Prof Mark Young / Dr Katie Plant

Project description:

The University of Southampton, in collaboration with Network Rail, is offering an exciting opportunity to inform future railway signalling strategy through a programme of PhD research.

The PhD focuses on future control, command and signalling strategy (F-CCS) that sets out a heavily automated future for the railway.  But with little previous research on how such advanced signalling control might impact performance in the wider sociotechnical system, this programme seeks to understand the benefits of automation and how human performance fits in with that at all stages of the lifecycle.

The work will consider the scope of changes that will be introduced following realisation of the F-CCS strategy and digitalisation of the railway system.  You will capture the human-system integration issues that will result from the development of next generation signalling systems and the introduction of intelligent and autonomous systems.  Areas of focus will include:

  • Classification approaches for human performance in highly automated railway systems
  • Approaches for managing human-automation teaming and the introduction of autonomous rail technologies
  • The need for human performance models to feed into the design of joint cognitive systems and explainable artificial intelligence
  • Human modelling and human-in-the-loop simulation

The research is expected to result in tangible outputs including: approaches to hazard analysis, simulation and modelling that can be used to inform system design; and enhanced methods for the prediction, measurement and modelling of mental workload, decision-making and situation awareness.

You will have expertise in human factors through a degree in a closely related discipline or through experience applying human factors in industry.  Experience and knowledge of railway systems and operations is also highly desirable.

You will carry out your PhD in the Transportation Research Group in the School of Engineering at the University of Southampton, supervised by Professor Mark Young and Dr Katie Plant.  Prof Young has nearly 30 years’ experience in human factors and incident investigation, while Dr Plant has been researching systems-based human factors methods in sociotechnical systems since 2009.  You will also benefit from industrial supervision through Network Rail’s ergonomics and human factors team

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Professor Mark Young, Transportation Research Group, Email: m.s.young@soton.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 3713

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g., human factors, health psychology, occupational health).

Closing date: 29 Feburary 2024.

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified.

Funding: For UK students, tuition fees and a stipend of £19,181 tax-free per annum (2024/25 rate) for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Apply online: Search for a Postgraduate Programme of Study (soton.ac.uk). Select programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Mark Young

Applications should include:

  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

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