Summary: EngD Studentship:
Simulation of vehicle environments
Project description: Applications are invited for an EngD studentship on the laboratory simulation
of car environments for optimising the vehicle characteristics.
The motion and noise environment in a car contains information that informs drivers and
passengers about the state of the car and the road. The optimisation of the vehicle response
requires knowledge of human perception of vibration and noise and how this depends on the
magnitude, frequency, and direction of vibration and other factors. There is a need of a simulation
facility capable of real-time interactions with the driver, allowing the optimisation of the vehicle
characteristics of standard and hybrid power mode transitions during the acceleration,
deceleration, gear shift and breaking events.
This multi-disciplinary EngD project will develop the simulation facility in the ISVR to provide real-
time interactions with the driver, so that it can be used to study for the vehicle optimisation. The
research will build on previous projects in collaboration with Jaguar Cars Ltd.
The project will use state-of-the-art facilities in the
ISVR: a unique six-axis motion simulator capable of
high fidelity reproduction of multi-axis motions.
The ISVR has an international reputation for research.
The successful candidate will work within the Human
Factors Research Unit (HFRU), which has highly