The University of Southampton invited applications for PhD Studentship in Computer Science from highly enthused international students. The primary purpose of the scholarship is the research in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Mechanism Design for Optimal Routing of Connected Vehicles. To be eligible for this PhD scholarship, you have to typically be a UK national or an EU national who has been a UK resident for three years.
|Scholarship Sponsor||University of Southampton|
|Scholarships level||PhD studentship|
|Award Amount||Tuition Fees and an enhanced stipend of £18,500 tax-free per annum|
|Fellowship Period||Four years|
|Study area||Physical Sciences and Engineering, Computer Science|
|Opening date||February 09, 2021|
|Closing date||March 22, 2021|
Connected and autonomous vehicles have the potential to make better use of the existing road infrastructure. In this PhD project, jointly supervised by Siemens Mobility, you will achieve this by developing techniques for suggesting personalised routes to users.
In particular, this project will integrate the following strands of research:
1. Congestion prediction. To predict congestion, your system will use routes shared by other users in real-time. This will need to be done in a privacy-sensitive manner.
2. Preference learning. In order to learn a user’s preference while minimising cognitive burden, your system will learn tacitly from observations and limited interactions (e.g., by presenting simple alternatives).
3. Suggestion optimisation. Based on the predictions and the personal preferences of individuals, your system will come up with route suggestions that maximise the overall benefit across all users, considering diverse objectives such as travel time and pollution.
4. Incentives. You will use game theory and mechanism design to offer appropriate micropayments to users, in order to incentivise them to follow suggested routes. Additionally, you will explore the use of blockchain technology to implement these incentive mechanisms.
Depending on your interests, your project may emphasise some of these strands over others.
This project is in collaboration with Siemens Mobility. This is a unique opportunity to work with a global player in connected and autonomous vehicles, and you will receive dedicated supervision from both the University and Siemens. During your PhD, you will be mainly based at Southampton, but are expected to spend at least some of your time at the Siemens offices in Poole and/or London. These arrangements can be flexible, depending on your interests.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are central to our ethos. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position.
If you wish to discuss this project informally, please contact Sebastian Stein, Email: [email protected], Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 7645
- Applicants are expected to have a first-class degree or equivalent in computer science, maths, transportation or operation research/economics with some experience in artificial intelligence and/or optimisation.
- Good programming skills are essential.
Applications should be received no later than March 22, 2021, for a start in May 2021. A later starting date, up to September 30, 2021, maybe possible. Later applications may also be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.
Tuition Fees and an enhanced stipend of £18,500 tax-free per annum for up to 4 years. There is generous additional travel funding for conferences, workshops and meetings with Siemens.
For details see: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility/
Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2021/22, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Computer Science (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form, you should insert the name of the supervisor, Sebastian Stein.
Applications should include:
- Research Proposal
- Curriculum Vitae
- Two reference letters
- Degree Transcripts to date
Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page For further information, please contact: [email protected]