MPhil scholarship: Driver and pedestrian behaviour in shared environments
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Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech
Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($28,597.00 - $28,597.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia
UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific
Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World
University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66
in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic
Ranking of World Universities.
School of Civil Engineering
UQ's Transport research group in the School of Civil Engineering is a strong
and growing research group with a vibrant and collaborative environment for
transport research and application to industry. The group has access to large
real-world mobility datasets and a broad range of traffic and transport
analysis software, as well as traffic and driving simulation and virtual
Supervisor – Professor Mark Hickman
There are many environments where pedestrians and vehicles may share road
space. In this project, we are examining the factors that influence both
pedestrian and driver behaviour in these shared spaces. Over the past 15
years, there has been growing research into pedestrian and driver behaviour
within these spaces, but the results of different management strategies seems
to be dependent on the local context. Moreover, many studies have missed the
collection and use of data that would seem to be important in evaluating the
safety and effectiveness of different traffic management strategies for shared
This project, supported by Brisbane City Council through the Transport
Innovation and Research Hub (TIRH), is exploring the safety and
effectiveness of different strategies in managing shared space. Three specific
areas of interest include Local Area Traffic Management (LATM), or local
neighbourhood traffic calming; pedestrian crossing treatments along higher-
volume two-lane neighbourhood, district, and suburban roadways; and pedestrian
crossing treatments at "slip" lanes at signalised intersections, where left-
turning traffic may only need give way before making a left turn.
Considerations in these cases could include the vehicle operating speed,
pedestrian speed, road user visibility, road geometry, and vehicle and
This research will explore mixed methods to evaluate strategies for managing
these shared spaces, in terms of physical treatments, signs, markings, and
related traffic management devices. Field observation amongst a range of
facilities in Brisbane has begun and will continue through this project. These
data will need to be analysed, and formal conclusions should be drawn across a
wide range of cases across the Brisbane City Council area. To supplement these
field observations, we also propose driving and pedestrian simulator
experiments. The University has recently invested in two STISIM driving
simulators which can be configured to test driver response to various shared
space environments. The University also has developed a new Virtual Reality
environment to test pedestrian reactions to vehicle and driver behaviours at a
zebra crossing in Brisbane. Both the driving simulation and VR environment can
be employed as part of this research.
A working knowledge of traffic engineering fundamentals, observational traffic
studies, traffic simulation and virtual reality would be of benefit to someone
working on this project.
To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher
Degrees by Research at UQ.
This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and
International students who are currently in Australia at the time of
application and commencement.
Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the
applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards,
and employment history.
The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of
transport engineering or systems engineering and the potential for scholastic
A background or knowledge of traffic engineering, design of experiments and
basic statistics is highly desirable.
The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is
AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for 3.5 years,
with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
For further information, please contact Professor Mark Hickman at
firstname.lastname@example.org +61 7 3365 3692
How to apply
To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate
application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request
scholarship consideration on the application for admission.
Before submitting an application you should:
check your eligibility
prepare your documentation
contact Professor Mark Hickman (email@example.com) to discuss your
suitability for this scholarship
When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative
study section you:
Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative'
Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
Select ‘Other', then ‘Research Project Scholarship' and type in ‘DRIVER-HICKMAN' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
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Applications close: 10 August 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time
Advertised: 20 Jul 2021
Applications close: 10 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time