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PhD Scholarship(s)

UNSW Sydney (UNSW) offers the following prestigious scholarships to candidates of exceptional research potential to undertake a higher degree by research at UNSW. Scholarship applicants will be automatically considered for all of the scholarships available for their specific residency, to undertake either a Doctor of Philosophy or a Research Masters degree, as appropriate.

Applicants must also meet the conditions and application requirements for admission.

Scholarship applications are ranked competitively and awards are made on the basis of academic merit, research experience and research potential. The guideline is available from UNSW Research website.

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Project Title:

Mathematical modelling of traffic flow with autonomous vehicles

Name of Supervisor:

Dr Meead Saberi

Email of Supervisor:

Name of Joint/Co-Supervisor:

Prof Vinayak Dixit

Email of Joint/Co-Supervisor:


School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Research Area (Theme):

Intelligent & Autonomous Systems

Applicable to other Engineering

Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications
Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering




With the advent of automated vehicles, also known as driverless cars, we expect to see a change in traffic flow characteristics on freeways and urban arterials. In this project, the student is expected to formulate and solve a mathematical model of traffic flow with mixed autonomous and human-driven vehicles.

Research Environment:

The research project will be carried as part of the CityX research laboratory ( The group consists of several PhD students and Master's students who are working on a wide range of topics with some students working in the same area.

Novelty and Contribution:

The main contribution of the project lies in the proposed mathematical model and its solution. It is expected that the model will be solved analytically and/or numerically that could provide a comparison between different approaches and will be applied to a real case study.

Expected Outcomes:

The project is expected to provide methodological contributions to the field of traffic flow modelling of autonomous vehicles. The outcomes are also expected to be applied to a motorway case study in Sydney as a real-world example.

Reference Material Links:

A multi-class traffic flow model – an extension of LWR model with heterogeneous drivers

Continuum Modelling of Traffic Systems with Autonomous Vehicles

Will the student visit the premises of an industry partner, or undertake any activity on premises external to UNSW?


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