EPSRC FIBE2 CDT PhD studentship with National Highways on Enabling the
Roads Metaverse: Visualisation & Human Interaction
This is a four-year (1+3 MRes/PhD) studentship funded through the Cambridge
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built
Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2 CDT). The FIBE2 CDT aims
to develop the next generation of infrastructure professionals who can create,
shape and deliver the national vision for UK infrastructure, who will be
equipped with a versatile and cross-disciplinary skill set to meet the most
complex emerging challenges and contribute effectively to better
infrastructure decision-making in the UK. Further details can be found at
https: // www. fibe-cdt.eng.cam.ac.uk/
Project details: Road stakeholders are increasingly realising that there is
tremendous potential value to be gained by embracing Digital Twin - based
information and asset management for the entirety of a road life-cycle. Yet,
past experience with Asset Information Modelling has shown that even the
richest asset models are significantly underutilised by stakeholder employees.
This is particularly true of employees with below average technological
competence and familiarity. IT providers have rushed to place the blame on the
employees and suggest that the sole remedy to this problem is supplemental
technological education. In reality, the problem lies with the gap between
current ways for human - data interaction in this sector versus general
platforms (Microsoft Metaverse) and social media firms (Meta).
MRes/PhD Project Objectives Derive a framework for Digital Twin to data
visualisation environments communication. The purpose is to enable (i)
secure data exchanges via distributed ledger concepts; (ii) multidimensional
visualisation and Extended Reality (XR) environments usability; (iii) low
latency; and (iv) futureproofing.
PhD Project Description The project will focus on expressways only to maintain
feasibility. The student will: (i) derive a pareto front of solutions for
human-data interaction/communications and leverage National Highways data
insight teams to choose suitable solutions; (ii) use datasets provided by
the Digital Roads of the Future initiative to conduct laboratory scale initial
validation. This includes verifying data exchange integrity during "round
trips" (to DT and back) and user experience performance feedback.
MRes Component The student will create an Information Delivery Manual
containing existing expressway information requirements and future
requirements from smart materials, monitoring IoT outputs, and data science
process inputs to identify protocol requirements.
PhD - Expected Outcomes, Contributions to Knowledge & Practice This research
will produce a prototype for the visualisation of and interaction with
expressway Digital Twins. This will set the foundations for encompassing
Digital Twins (DT) into modern methods of working, thus tear down one of the
key DT adoption barriers.
For general enquiries, please email email@example.com. For
project-specific enquiries please e-mail the supervisor Professor Ioannis
Brilakis at firstname.lastname@example.org or advisor Professor Mark Girolami at
Applicants should posses a Bachelor or Masters in any Engineering discipline,
Computer Science, or Architecture. They should have some computing skills or
experience and very good English language skills.
The FIBE2 CDT studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for
eligible students. Further details about eligibility and funding can be found
at: https: // www. ukri.org/councils/epsrc/
https: // www. postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees
https: // www. cambridgetrust.org/scholarships/
To apply for this studentship, candidates must apply through the University's
Postgraduate Admissions application portal. The portal is at:
https: // www. postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdfib and there
is a £75 fee for PhD applications, with the title of the project quoted on the
form and Professor Ioannis Brilakis identified as the potential supervisor.
The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and
encourages applications from all sections of society.
Department of Engineering, Cambridge
19 November 2021
2 December 2021