Open PhD Position at Transport & Planning, Delft University of Technology
A PhD Studentship on 'Performance and Safety Evaluation of Dedicated Lanes Design for Automated Vehicles' is available at Delft University of Technology as part of the ITS Edulab, and funded by Rijkswaterstaat who is responsible for the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands.
Dedicated lanes for automated vehicles have been frequently proposed as a potential scenario for integrating automated vehicles on our road network since the 1990s. On dedicated lanes, automated and connected vehicles can drive with shorter time headways and in platoons, thus increasing the lane capacity and throughput and reducing fuel consumption. Dedicating specific lanes for automated vehicles, however, highly depends on their penetration rate in traffic and on the implications on traffic safety and efficiency.
There is a clear knowledge gap and lack of scientific evidence whether dedicated lanes are the preferred design choice compared to mixed traffic, and how does this change for different automation levels and their penetration rates in traffic. There is also lack of knowledge regarding the performance and safety implications of different design configurations of road sections with dedicated lanes, and the impact of different lane policies on the behaviour of drivers, and as a result on traffic performance and traffic safety. Therefore, the main objective of this research project is to evaluate the feasibility and safety level of different lane policies and operation strategies at different automation levels.
We are looking for a PhD researcher with Civil, Traffic Engineering or other relevant background, who will develop different design alternatives for dedicated lanes, study driver behaviour on these sections, and evaluate traffic operation and safety.
The ability to communicate in Dutch is required.
The student will be supervised by Dr. ir. Haneen Farah ([log in to unmask]) and Dr. Henk Taale ([log in to unmask]). The promotors of this PhD studentship are Prof. dr. Bart van Arem ([log in to unmask]), and Prof. dr. ir. Serge Hoogendoorn ([log in to unmask]).
Closing date for application: Tuesday 10th April 2018.
The project will commence as soon as possible.
You can apply for this position at: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/TUD/vacancy/45998/lang/en/fl_preview/
When applying, please include:
1. Cover/motivation letter explaining your interest and approach to this research
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact details of two academic referees
For more details on the project please contact: [log in to unmask]
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