PhD Scholarship in Computer Science in Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation

Work on uncertainty modelling in agent-based simulations. This work will be applied to activity-based transport modelling for the purpose of quantifying health implications of active transportation in the future cities of Australia.

This PhD will undertake a quantitative study in the handling of uncertainties in the context of agent-based models for the specific purpose of modelling future scenarios. In general, uncertainties creep into modelling outputs from imperfect knowledge (epistemic uncertainty), the model inputs (uncertainty in measurements of inputs, in parameter values), and from the model itself (uncertainty in capturing reality, in numerical approximations, from stochasticity). Specifically, this study will investigate how sources of uncertainty can be formally represented for modelling, how uncertainties can be operated upon and propagated in modelling processes, and how uncertainties in modelling outputs can be effectively communicated for consumers and policy makers. The direct application of this work will be modelling of active transportation and understanding health implications for the future cities of Australia.

This PhD forms part of an NHMRC/UKRI project called JIBE. The PhD candidate will join the international research team, but will be located in Australia working with a team with expertise Agent Based Modelling. However, the PhD candidate will benefit from working with the Australian and UK JIBE team of experts in transport, planning and public health.

$36,260 per annum pro rata (full-time study).

Prospective applicants must hold a current PhD offer from RMIT University to be eligible for this scholarship. 

Scholarship applicants should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for Research Stipend Scholarships.

Alsol, project specific criteria apply to this scholarship. In particular, the applicant must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and be based in Australia for the duration of the PhD
  • Hold an Honours equivalent degree in computer science, mathematics, or related discipline, with a GPA of 3.5+
  • Demonstrate experience in modelling and simulation
  • Have strong Java programming skills
  • Working knowledge of QGIS for geospatial analysis and R for statistical analysis is highly desirable
  • Prior experience with modelling and simulation for the health and/or transport domains is favourable.

Potential candidates should email the following documents to Judy Boyce via

  • Cover letter (research statement)
  • Copy of electronic academic transcripts
  • CV that includes any publications/awards and the contact details of two referees.

Only applications with complete information will be assessed.

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

The JIBE project involves several streams of inter-disciplinary work and the successful candidate will engage regularly with a broad range of stakeholders with and without modelling experience. Good communication skills and the ability to clearly articulate technical content to the wider group in a palatable form will be vital to this role.

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