Research Fellow in Digital Validation of Autonomous Vehicles

Cranfield, Bedford
£32,094 per annum
16 Apr 2018
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16 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate university specialising in technology and management research whilst demonstrating global leadership in the quality of its education provision (both to students and to executive-level professionals). Cranfield is number one in the UK for training and producing engineering and technology postgraduates, ranked number one for defence education and fourth for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering education in the UK. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 exercise, 81% of our research was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. Cranfield has also been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Further and Higher Education four times, for our Fellowship in Manufacturing Management (2005), work in Humanitarian De-Mining (2007), Aviation Safety through research and training in air accident investigation (2011) and for our research on water and sanitation for developing countries (2015). Critical intellectual mass at Cranfield has recently been organised around eight major themes, Energy, Environment, Leadership and Management, Manufacturing, Transport, Aerospace, Defence and Security, and Agrifood; each supported by a theme leader who provides strategic direction and thought leadership. The themes reflect the core strengths and they pull together the breadth of the talent and experience across the University enabling researchers to apply a multi-disciplinary approach that enables cross-boundary collaboration, benefiting researchers, students and clients.

The aerospace theme is led by Professor Iain Gray, and represents one of the largest academic centres in Western Europe for strategic applied research, development and design within aerospace. This is represented by a number of advanced facilities, tools and expertise in the field, including capabilities unique to Cranfield, and several close commercial partnerships with companies, including Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing and Rolls Royce. The aerospace theme at Cranfield has also seen significant University investment over recent years, including the development of a new Aerospace Integration Research Centre. This is to be built at Cranfield University, with Airbus and Rolls-Royce as co-investment partners, following the award of funding from the Higher Education.

This is fixed-term position to support the delivery of research on Digital Validation for the Innovate UK-funded project HumanDrive. The main aim of the project is to provide a demonstration of driverless car with the capability of emulating human driver behaviour. As a part of the demonstrator development, there is a need to validate the autonomous ability to emulate human driving styles. The purpose of Digital Validation is to provide quantifiable comparison between the desired and actual behaviours together with traceability of the differences. Simulated and measured data will be used to quantify the degree to which the autonomous control deviates from the acceptable trajectories observed in human drivers. This will provide driving behaviour data which can be analysed as statistical residuals which can be traced back to contributing factors within the synthetic and physical test environments. Hence, this post requires a combination of skills in system analysis and traceability.

The post will involve collaboration with academic and industrial partners. You will need to be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with staff from all organisations across a wide range of disciplines to discuss research methodologies. The ability to communicate, rapidly assess information, resolve problems and respond in a timely manner is essential. A PhD in aerospace (or close to completion) or related engineering/science subject is essential. Industrial experience would be an advantage.

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Antonios Tsourdos, Head of the Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre, on +44 (0)1234 75 8211;

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