[visionlist] Apply now for funded PhD project on situation awareness in remote operation

Durant, Szonya Szonya.Durant at rhul.ac.uk
Mon Feb 13 06:42:14 -04 2023

Project title: Situation awareness during the live operation of remote vehicles
Primary supervisor: Prof. Polly Dalton<https://pure.royalholloway.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/polly-dalton(d2a3428a-f374-4895-867b-9c140d5fa217).html>
Second supervisor: Dr Szonya Durant<https://pure.royalholloway.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/szonya-durant(64105598-776f-4034-ab30-7e10b4e1d348).html>
University: Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Psychology
Collaborative partner: Transport Research Laboratory UK<https://www.trl.co.uk/>
Collaborative partner supervisor: Dr Shaun Helman<https://www.trl.co.uk/about-us/who-we-are>
Degree structure: Either a three-year PhD programme (+3), or a one-year Masters degree, followed by a three-year PhD programme (1+3)
Project background
Driverless cars will need to be operated remotely under some circumstances. For example, a remote human operator may need to take over control when a problem arises that challenges the vehicle's driving software (such as a person temporarily directing traffic with hand signals, or unusual weather conditions such as fog). The remote operator will need to control the car, potentially in busy traffic, using information conveyed "second hand" from the scene. This project examines the factors influencing situation awareness in these contexts. These are now urgent research priorities given the likelihood that autonomous vehicles will soon become widespread.
The project will be based on Royal Holloway, University of London's beautiful campus close to London. The Department of Psychology has an excellent research reputation including an active postgraduate research community and cutting edge facilities. It was ranked joint third among UK psychology departments in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. TRL is an internationally recognised centre of excellence providing world-class research, consultancy and product testing, covering all aspects of transport. TRL has access to a range of dedicated facilities including advanced driving simulators.
Please contact Polly Dalton  Polly.dalton at rhul.ac.uk<mailto:Polly.dalton at rhul.ac.uk> if interested , deadline 27 Feb 2023
More info: https://senss-dtp.ac.uk/senss-collaborative-studentship-project-9

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