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Junior Researcher/Developer (f/m) Automated Vehicle Real-Life Testing: Data Processing and Impact Assessment
AUTOMATED VEHICLE REAL-LIFE TESTING: DATA PROCESSING AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Occupation: Full-time Period: Fixed-term contract extendable Place: Leuven Apply no later than: October 31, 2017
The Flemish government, Imec and KU Leuven are building a high tech test environment to support and test in real-life
automated driving. The test site contains part of a highway [10-20 km E313 and a part of the ring of Antwerp R01]
combined with a regional road [Turnhoutsebaan N12 towards the city centre of Antwerp]. These roads will be equipped
with wireless communication (both 802.11p and LTE-V) and sensor technologies, supporting connected and automated vehicle
applications like Highway Pilot and Truck Platooning. Because of the high traffic loads and congestion levels, high truck
percentages and complex maneuvering inside the bottleneck sections, safe and efficient AV operation in this test site poses
AUTOMATED VEHICLE REAL-LIFE TESTING: DATA PROCESSING AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT Website unit
KU Leuven’s role in this project is to determine conditions in which these so-called Level 3 automated driving systems (SAE, 2014)
can be granted permission to operate fully automatically, or when hand-over to the driver is mandatory. In addition, traffic control
strategies will be developed and tested that exploit the V2I communication to enhance integration of AV’s in mixed traffic conditions,
safety, and throughput in the critical bottleneck sections of the test site. Before, during, and after the field trials, detailed traffic,
vehicle, and telecommunication data will be collected, allowing analyses and assessment of AV-applications in real-life mixed-traffic
conditions in a wide variety of traffic densities.
KU Leuven is looking for a junior researcher/developer with a (traffic) engineering profile, programming skills, and experience with
microscopic traffic simulation, traffic operations data analysis, traffic operations control, AV operations analysis. The role of the
researcher is to build and validate detailed micro simulations of traffic operations at the test site for extensive ex-ante analysis of
a wide set of AV-deployment scenarios, and to develop and optimize accompanying traffic control measures (which may be aimed at either
the AV’s or the human-controlled normal traffic). The simulation software that will be applied is yet to be determined. The candidate
may use the results of this research to continue his work towards a PhD degree.
The project team at L-Mob CIB with whom you will collaborate consists of:
junior researcher responsible for traffic simulations (parallel vacancy)
junior researcher responsible for data analysis and impact assessment (you)
medior researcher supervising and co-ordinating with other project partners (IMEC, Flemish Government, EU-consortium - dr.ir. Willem Himpe)
senior researcher final responsible of the project (prof. Chris Tampère)
Candidates should discuss in their motivation letter specific skills, education and/or past experience that make them the perfect candidate
for this specific research. Please note that candidates with irrelevant background and experience should refrain from applying - their
candidacy will be neglected without further notice.