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PhD scholarship: Computer Vision and Road Safety

DTU Management
Copenhagen, Hovedstaden (DK)
Closing date
Sep 7, 2022

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DTU Management’s Transport Division invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in the field of computer vision, edge computing, federated learning, and road safety. The successful candidate will join the Transport Psychology Group and will work under the supervision of Assistant Professor Felix Siebert, Senior Researcher Mette Møller, and Professor Francisco Pereira.

The PhD project will investigate privacy-preserving detection of safety-related behaviour of road users in the road environment, with computer vision and federated learning. Relevant data will be collected in road environments in Denmark and Singapore. State-of-the-art object detection approaches will be applied on the collected data. Detection robustness and privacy-preserving features, including edge computing and federated learning, will be developed. Collected behavioural data will be used to identify patterns of safe and unsafe behaviour of road users, within the scopes of short- and long-term trends.

The project is a strategic collaboration between the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and its Alliance Network partner Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and will be conducted under the DTU-NTU double degree framework agreement which offers the opportunity to receive PhD diplomas from both DTU (home institution) and NTU (host institution). Your PhD study will include a 1-year stay at NTU.

You will be a member of the Transport Psychology section at the Department for Technology, Management and Economics (DTU Management) at the Technical University of Denmark. You will work under the supervision of Senior Researcher Mette Møller, Professor Francisco Pereira (Machine Learning for Smart Mobility section), and Assistant Professor Felix Siebert. Further supervision is provided by Professor Dusit Niyato from the School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) at NTU.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your primary tasks will be to

  • Plan and conduct systematic roadside video data collection in Denmark and Singapore Based on the collected data, develop, test, and apply object detection approaches for safety related behaviour Advance the state of the art in edge computing and/or federated learning to facilitate data privacy Analyse the collected road user data for behavioural patterns Write academic papers aimed at high-impact journals Participate in international conferences and workshops Disseminate research results and teach as part of the overall PhD education


You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Specifically, we seek applicants with a master's degree in transport, mathematics, statistics, computer science, civil engineering, industrial engineering, or a related discipline.

We are looking for an ambitious, self-organized individual with strong project management and communication skills. Applicants should have experience in some of the following areas: computer vision, federated learning, edge computing, statistics, machine learning, data collection, and analysis. Programming skills in Python or similar and proficient English language skills are also required.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.

The review of applications will begin on 8 September 2022.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. The preferred starting date is 1 January 2023. The position is a full-time position.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

This PhD study is under the Double Doctorate Degree agreement between DTU and NTU. DTU will be the home institution that will handle all the administrative and financial aspects of the joint education. DTU will enrol the candidate in one of its PhD programs and nominate the main supervisor. NTU will be the host institution and will also enrol the candidate in one of its PhD programs. The candidate must spend a minimum of one year at each of the two institutions.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assistant Professor Felix Siebert (

You can read more about DTU Management at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 7 September 2022 (Danish time).

Apply online here: PhD scholarship: Computer Vision and Road Safety.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale


You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion, or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

About the department
The Transport Psychology section and the Machine Learning for Smart Mobility section belong to the Transport division of the Department of Technology, Management and Economics (DTU Management) at DTU. The division conducts research and teaching in the field of traffic and transport planning, with particular focus on road user behaviour modelling and analysis, machine learning, and simulation.

DTU Management conducts high-level research and teaching with a focus on sustainability, transport, innovation, and management science. Our goal is to create knowledge on the societal aspects of technology - including the interaction between technology and sustainability, business growth, infrastructure, and prosperity. Therefore, we explore and create value in the areas of management science, innovation and design thinking, business analytics, systems and risk analyses, human behaviour, regulation, and policy analysis. The department offers teaching from introductory to advanced courses/projects at BSc, MSc, and PhD level. The Department has a staff of approximately 350 people.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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