We will deliver a workforce trained to address the considerable challenges in interconnecting the automotive, aerospace, rail and power sectors. Office for low emission vehicles has identified the need for new training programmes to develop specialists in electric vehicles, charging and energy storage infrastructures.
We will address this need using a whole system approach to deliver:
Addressing the challenges associated with delivery under these four key themes will form the key research goals of the IDTH.
Expanding these challenges leads to more specific work areas:
A rapid transit/public transport system: integrated timetabling, single ticketing systems, cybersecurity, response to policy initiatives (e.g.improved quality of public transport;congestion charging).
Autonomous vehicles: with different ownership models that can be shared by users and be multi-functional e.g. Mobility as a Service (MaaS).
Transport networks for pedestrian and cyclists: integrated transport/ land-use planning, public bike share schemes, electric cycles/ quadricycles, micro-mobilities.
Cleaner vehicular technologies: Light weighting, health monitoring, recyclability, demand(uptake).
Cleaner fuel technologies: EVs, charging technologies, battery recycling, hydrogen, hybrid, biofuels, synthetic fuels, emissions, particulates.
Research management – students will receive training on project management during their Hub Orientation Event after which they will take responsibility, with the support of their supervisor, for the management of their individual research projects. At the initial review stage (3 months) students will submit a project plan including aims, objectives, proposed methodologies, work packages, tasks, deliverables and milestones. They will also be expected to identify risks and propose mitigation strategies. From this point on, they will be responsible for the review of progress against these objectives etc during regular reviews.
Writing a research proposal – students will receive training on writing a research proposal during their Year 1 Summer Training School. They will then prepare a proposal for funding to attend a conference to present their work. Students will be involved in reviewing each other’s proposals prior to the Year 2 Winter Training School at which a mock panel meeting will be held to discuss the proposals and their strengths and weaknesses. This will provide sufficient time for students to work on these proposals before submission in discussion with their supervisors.
Teaching/supervision – students will be expected to contribute annually to the demonstrating/teaching activities within their school, students will also be involved in supervising one undergraduate project per year alongside their supervisors.