Development of Manufacturing Systems Using Advanced Sensing PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

One potentially major disruptive technology for construction equipment manufacturers is “smart vehicles” where the vehicles become the decision makers. This removes the need for personnel to be present in dangerous and unpleasant environments and to enhance productivity.

Presently, the steps to reach fully autonomous vehicles are uncertain, as too are how they would become deployable and mainstream within the sector. The aim of this project is to develop a concept of an advanced adaptive system that could provide real-time feedback to key stakeholders. This includes a formalised technology development process and a systems design for future vehicles. 


Primary supervisor: Dr. Laura Justham

Secondary supervisor: Dr Mey Goh

Find out more

For further project details email Dr. Laura Justham or register your interest and ask us a question.

Find out more about the supervisors, research Centre and school at the following websites (listed in order with respect to the information above):

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience also will be an advantage, as will experience of high value manufacturing, systems engineering and an interest in design, modelling and systems deployment. 

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS24

Application details

Reference number:  WS24
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 09 March 2018