Skip to main content

User-in-the-loop simulation and virtual testing

PGR-RA-153

Expertise of research area
agent-based simulation; distributed simulation; driving simulation; eye/motion tracking; motion cueing; pedestrian simulation; virtual reality; virtual testing


Coronavirus information for applicants and offer holders

We hope that by the time you’re ready to start your studies with us the situation with COVID-19 will have eased. However, please be aware, we will continue to review our courses and other elements of the student experience in response to COVID-19 and we may need to adapt our provision to ensure students remain safe. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, regularly visit our website, which we will continue to update as the situation changes www.leeds.ac.uk/covid19faqs

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Research on how to best develop and use our advanced suite of virtual reality tools (driving simulators, pedestrian simulators) to answer questions about driving, traffic safety, automation, and more. Generating realistic cues (vision, motion, haptics, &amp;hellip;) and detailed measurements of human behaviour. Also use of completely virtual environments, with simulated human agents and automated vehicles.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>We have opportunities for prospective postgraduate researchers in the <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/transport-human-factors-safety">Human Factors and Safety research group</a>. Example projects and funding opportunities can be found in our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/">PhD directory</a>.</p> <p>In addition to the research study associated with a specific project, prospective students can also suggest their own topic. In this case, we ask prospective students to contact <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/stafflist?searchFilter=allfields&amp;query=&amp;isSupervisor=true&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=all&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=academic&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=professional&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=visiting&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=honorary&amp;schools=all&amp;categoryIDs%5B%5D=6&amp;categoryIDs%5B%5D=4&amp;categoryIDs%5B%5D=178&amp;categoryIDs%5B%5D=5&amp;departmentIDs%5B%5D=102">possible supervisors</a> for an informal discussion, before submitting a research proposal.</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sJxdNLEYCYQ" width="560"></iframe></p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/transport-research-degrees">Research degrees within the Institute of Transport Studies</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/transport-human-factors-safety">Human Factors and Safety research</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/transport-research">Institute of Transport Studies,&nbsp;Research&nbsp;and Innovation&nbsp;</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-leeds-doctoral-college">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/transport/staff/973/professor-richard-romano">Professor Richard Romano</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk">env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 5326.</p>


<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Linked funding opportunities</h2>