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MSc by Research (MRes) Studentship - Remote Operation for Autonomous Vehicles

Oxford Brookes University - School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Location: Oxford
Salary: £19,237 bursary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th July 2024
Closes: 14th July 2024

Eligibility: Home UK students

Bursary: £19,237

Fees: Paid by the university          

Start date: September 2024 

Overview

The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes University seeks an independent and highly motivated candidate from a science / technology discipline. An excellent candidate will research innovative solutions to profound challenges in autonomous driving - in particular remote operation (teleoperation). 

Project Description

To develop a remote operation system for ‘out-of-vehicle’ control of an autonomous-ready delivery vehicle in association with Oxfordshire County Council and the GREENLog consortium, undertaking original research which may include; wireless communications, robotic systems integration, data collection, control systems, robot / vehicle communication systems (e.g. CANBus, ROS, SPI, I2C, Flexray etc) and hardware-in-loop testing. 

Oxford Brookes University has a world-leading Autonomous Driving and Intelligent Transport group (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/research/units/tde/groups/autonomous-driving-and-intelligent-transport). The MRes will be supported by our experts in AI, machine vision and robotics, supported by the newly-formed Institute for AI, Data Analysis, and Systems (AIDAS). 

Essential selection criteria include:

  • An upper second class degree in a Science or Technology discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in managing, processing, and analysing technical data.
  • Capability to work independently and within a team.
  • Good written and oral communication and organisational skills.
  • Passion for and commitment to research.

Desirable experience would include:

  • An interest in software engineering.
  • Potential to work in a senior position within a team to develop the vehicle control system.
  • Vehicular / robotics communication (e.g. CANBus / Flexray etc).
  • ROS middleware.
  • Software development / coding experience.
  • Low level communications (e.g. SPI / I2C etc).
  • Wireless networking & communications (e.g. 4/5g, WiFi etc).
  • Mobile robotics system integration.
  • Embedded software development.
  • Software engineering skills.

The successful candidate will:

  • Collaborate with students and staff across the School.
  • Carry out research on autonomous and/or remotely operated vehicles.
  • Oversee day-to-day operation of a small group of students working towards vehicle development, regular updates with academic staff, managing project resources.
  • Be responsible for coordinating and delivering an effective technology demonstrator for last-mile logistics.
  • Participate in research meetings and undertake supplementary research training.
  • Receive training and mentoring to develop leadership skills.

Entry requirements 

UK applicants and ‘home’ students may apply (https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/eligibility-for-home-fee-status-and-student-support-in-england/). 

Application process

To apply for this studentship see the submission instructions here: https://sites.google.com/brookes.ac.uk/tde-research/studentships-how-to-apply

Your research proposal should demonstrate an understanding of recent legislation on remote operation of automated vehicles, and propose a pathway toward development of a remote operation system.

When completing your application Online via the above ‘Apply’ button. - please note:

Title: Remote Operation for Autonomous Vehicles

The selection process may involve an interview. 

Select the following course: Masters by Research in Engineering / Computing 

Applications must be completed by 5pm GMT on Sunday 14th July. 

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Andrew Bradley (abradley@brookes.ac.uk).

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