Integrated control systems for safe automated driving in emergency conditions

Supervised by Aldo Sorniotti (University of Surrey), Patrick Gruber (University of Surrey), and Wouter De Nijs (Flanders MAKE), this is a 3 year studentship supported by Flanders MAKE, Belgium. The studentship will cover fees and a stipend, for admission in April 2018.


3 years

Application deadline

Funding source

Directly Funded Project (European/UK Students only)

Funding information

The studentship will cover fees and a stipend for Home and EU applicants.


The studentship will deal with a centralised approach for the integrated control of automated steering, active brakes, active/semi-active suspension system and torque-vectoring. Automated optimisation-based tuning procedures of the controller parameters will be implemented. The focus will be on the active safety enhancement in emergency manoeuvres. The project will include a detailed experimental comparison between the centralised controller and conventional decentralised controllers during autonomous driving in limit handling conditions.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants for this studentship should have a strong background in vehicle dynamics, control systems engineering, model-based control or numerical methods. The minimum academic requirement for this studentship is an upper second class UK Bachelors level degree or overseas equivalent, though preference will be given to applicants who also hold a Masters degree.

How to apply

Formal applications must be made through our programme page.

For any information on this position, do not hesitate to contact Professor Aldo Sorniotti, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, Email:, Tel: +44 (0)1483689688.

Closing date for applications is: 30th April 2018.

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Contact details

Aldo Sorniotti
13 AA 03
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689688

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