Human factors and complex systems approaches for the safe introduction of autonomous vehicles

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The Office of Research will accept applications until 4pm on 28 September 2018.

Opportunity for a PhD scholarship to apply and extend human factors and complex systems approaches to understand and mitigate risks to safety associated with the introduction of autonomous vehicles into mixed traffic road environments.

A PhD scholarship is available within the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast 

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Gemma Read as part of an Australian Research council funded Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA) project which aims to apply human factors and complex systems modelling approaches to support the safe introduction of autonomous vehicles. Co-supervision will be provided by Professor Paul Salmon.

The successful candidate will conduct research to understand changes to road user behaviour, the road system, and safety risks due to the introduction of autonomous vehicles using human factors and complex systems methods and approaches. The focus of the overall research project is to identify, and develop strategies to manage, emergent risks to safety associated with the introduction of more highly autonomous vehicles. The candidate will use methods such as agent-based modelling, systems dynamics, cognitive work analysis (CWA), and the event analysis of systemic teamwork (EAST). The candidate may also choose to work on related theoretical, methodological, or practical questions outside of the autonomous vehicles domain, based on their research interests.

The successful candidate will be able to access $3,000 from USC in research support over the course of their candidature which can be used for research materials, and attending conferences to present their research findings. They will also be expected to publish their research in peer reviewed journals.

An international tuition scholarship may be available for international applicants.

Eligibility:
  • Domestic or International HDR student at USC
  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours (or equivalent)
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one being applied for
  • Not the recipient of an equivalent award providing greater than 75% of the RTP rate to undertake a HDR
Selection criteria:
  • Academic qualifications
  • Alignment of the proposed research to the strategic direction of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems
  • Record of research publications
  • Professional research experience
  • Strong background in the field of human factors, computer science/computation modelling, complexity science or psychology
  • Demonstrated capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study
Eligible programs:
PhD
Number available:
1
Value:
  • Annual stipend (valued at $27,082 in 2018).
  • If the successful recipient is an International student the scholarship will include tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover (single cover)
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