Deakin Project Supervisor
A/Prof Ashim Debnath (Deakin)
Deakin School or Institute
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus (Australia) and Coventry University (UK)
This project and scholarship are offered as part of a collaborative doctoral cotutelle program between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (UK). The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by a team of leading researchers from Deakin University and Coventry University and will graduate with a jointly supervised doctoral degree from each institution. The program is for a duration of 3.5 years. It is anticipated that the PhD candidate will spend at least 1 year during the program at Deakin University, with the remainder of the program based at Coventry University.
The PhD scholar will have access to the world class research facilities of both universities and work under joint supervision of an expert supervisory team (Prof Ben Horan and A/Prof Ashim Debnath from Deakin University; Dr William Payre and Prof Stewart Birrell from Coventry University). This collaborative arrangement offers a unique research strength that data and resources from two different institutes and study contexts could be accessed for comparative analysis in this PhD research project.
Fully automated driving (FAD) is expected to increase road safety. However, in a dynamic traffic environment, the deployment of FAD on public roads raises questions not only on the interactions with other vehicles, but also with all sorts of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, and now future mobility users such as micromobility. Furthermore, crossing the road is the most frequent event in pedestrian accidents and in 2018 pedestrians accounted for 26% of road deaths in Great Britain. Therefore, it is crucial to investigate pedestrian-FAD interactions when crossing a road, and their possible variations over time.
While the design of FAD exterior human-machine interface supports transparency as regards the vehicle status and intention, it does not shed light on how pedestrians adapt their behaviour when crossing a road after repeated exposures. This seems particularly relevant as previous research showed that automotive safety measures (e.g., ABS) led to road users' behavioural adaptation (e.g., driving with shorter time headways between vehicles), offsetting the initial intended safety effect. To comprehend and model behavioural adaptation under such circumstances, the proposed longitudinal research applies innovation in terms of the application of the risk homeostasis, an immersive approach of pedestrian simulation in virtual reality, and a range of behavioural and attitudinal measures.
This project aims to understand the interactions and the cooperation between pedestrians and fully automated vehicles at road crossings (with or without zebras). More specifically, the research will examine pedestrians’ behavioural adaptation when exposed to fully automated vehicles and the effect of social norms on crossing behaviour.
Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 31 August 2022.
This scholarship is supported by Coventry University and is available over 3 years and includes:
- Stipend of £15,000 per annum
- Tuition Fee Waiver
- One return economy airfare to Deakin University to support residency period in Australia
- Student visa and health insurance costs for period of residency at Deakin University in Australia
To be eligible you must:
- be either a domestic or international candidate currently residing in the UK. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
- meet the PhD entry requirements of both Deakin University and Coventry university, including English language proficiency requirements
- enrolling full-time
- be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia)
How to apply
Applicants should firstly contact A/Prof Ashim Debnath
If successful, you will be invited by Deakin University to lodge a formal HDR application.
The successful applicant will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to Coventry University via the 'Making an Application' page. Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.