We’ve had the pleasure of supporting many students since CCAAR was formed in 2016. This page profiles some of our alumni and their projects.
Dan obtained his first degree from Coventry University and had a successful career as a software engineer developing a wide range of high value industrial and financial projects, from programming microprocessors in control equipment to managing teams designing and producing software for financial services. He is a Chartered Engineer with an interest in the social impact of technology and the trustworthiness of the computer systems that we use to run our world. Looking for a new challenge he returned to Coventry University to obtain a Masters in Forensic Computing and pursue research in the new field of automotive cybersecurity.
The rapid increase in computational power, digital networks and connectivity in road vehicles and city infrastructure (Smart Cities) coupled with new connected sensor technologies (Internet of Things) is providing new opportunities to engineer systems that solve existing and emerging socioeconomic issues. He believes that it is important to ensure that new technology is safe and secure to use in an accessible and natural manner. Connected cars and autonomous vehicles are high impact technologies and there are theoretical and proven cyber threats to such systems. His doctoral research contributed a cybersecurity testing technique for vehicle systems to help combat future threats.
Following a degree in transport design at Coventry University, Joscha completed his PhD at HORIBA MIRA and the National Transport Design Centre.
His research focused on the passenger experience and comfort in driverless first and last mile mobility vehicles.
The research was based around the MiCar concept, a driverless first and last mobility vehicle which was designed specifically for the MIRA Technology Park. The concept was initially used as a visualisation tool to synthesise the findings from a passenger comfort model for this type of vehicle. The concept was then evaluated using a traditional ergonomic buck, focusing on accessibility and usability. As such an ergonomic buck gives little insight to the full design of the vehicle, a mixed reality simulator was developed which provides trial participants with a fully immersive journey experience in the MiCar concept. Ultimately this work provides a guideline for the development of a user centred design of a driverless first and last mile mobility vehicle.
Maciej Cieslak was a PhD research student in the field of vehicle ride comfort. He conducted his research in a collaborative programme co-funded by Coventry University and HORIBA MIRA Ltd., based in Nuneaton, UK.
Before joining Coventry University for doctoral studies, Maciej obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (WUST) in Poland. After completing his undergraduate studies, he went on to finish a Master of Science in Automotive Engineering at the same university. During his studies at WUST, he was also involved in Formula Student and Smart Moto Challenge competitions as vehicle dynamics and numerical simulation specialist. His studies were completed with an industry partner and led to a formulation of a new hydraulic arm design for electronically controlled small demolition machines. The findings were captured in a dissertation titled: “Development of the new arm system solution for small mobile demolition vehicle through design thinking and numerical methods”.
In his research at Coventry University, he completed a PhD titled: “Perception of Vehicle Ride Quality”. He focused on novel methodologies for objective and subjective vehicle ride comfort data correlation as well as the influence of vibration on human physiology. The research led to the formulation of a predictive model for ride comfort data correlation based on artificial neural networks. Secondly, an innovative methodology of subjective vehicle ride comfort assessment and evaluation using biometric data was tested and proved to be accurate.
Maciej’s further research interests include the impact of vibration on human ride perception, motion sickness and active/adaptive suspensions systems for autonomous vehicles.