PhD Developing a realistic reference model for human driving behaviour

PhD Developing a realistic reference model for human driving behaviour

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26 Jul 28 Aug Delft
Your PhD research will help in future development of self driving cars and getting them on the road faster!

Job description

i4Driving is a large new EU project in which we aim to develop a methodology to benchmark level 3 and higher vehicle automation ("autopilot") algorithms. Using this methodology (from data collection, modelling, virtual testing, to fieldtesting) the OEM industry and the road regulators should be able to make plausible predictions about whether such auto-pilot algorithms behave like a "skilled and attentive human driver" (and preferably much safer!) when interacting with other vehicles.

A central component in this framework is a (more) realistic simulation model of tactical human driving behaviour (than is available today), that is, a model that describes and predicts the planning and execution of trajectories of say a few hundred meters.

Your task is to develop the conceptual, mathematical and numerical ideas underlying that simulation model.

Of course, you don't have to start from scratch and you do not work alone on this problem. This is a huge interdisciplinary project with top-institutes across the EU and beyond (Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Spain, US, China, Australia and more).

At TU Delft the team consist of dr Calvert, dr Martinez, prof van Lint, a new postdoc and one or two dedicated programmers. This work lies on the interface of research and development, so we follow the evidence, and not blindly the project objectives. Having said that, we will produce a lab-validated methodology, however uncertain many of the ideas may be. What is certain, is that this is a challenging project, which will lead to a highly relevant PhD thesis.

Specifications

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Requirements

  • A Master's degree Msc in Transportation, Physics, Math, Computer science or any relevant field.
  • You have a passion for science and doing research and have a CV that proves it.
  • You love coding (Python, JAVA?) and/or are prepared to learn and become even better at it.
  • You are a natural collaborator and have a CV that shows it.
  • You have affinity with behaviourial research.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Employer

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Department

Faculty Civil Engineering & Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof.dr.ir. J.W.C. (Hans) van Lint, e-mail: J.W.C.vanLint@tudelft.nl.

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD02573

Employer

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 28 August 2022 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 28 August 2022 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Make sure to apply no later than 28 Aug 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).