School of Computing and Engineering

Implementing advanced technology in sustainable urban planning and development

Primary supervisor: Dr Charlie Fu

Start dates: January, May and September of each academic year

Duration: 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Research context

Research at the University of West London lives in an ecosystem of interdisciplinary research. This PhD position is based in the School of Computing and Engineering. This research focuses on the innovative application and implementation of the advanced IT technology, such as geospatial analysis technology and virtual reality technology in sustainable urban planning and management. 

Geospatial analysis has been becoming a very popular and feasible method and technology to carry out the quantitative analysis of urban environments, which is based on geo-referenced statistics or “big data” from various sources of governmental, non-governmental and business organisations. This will promote the accuracy and quality of urban planning and management.

Virtual reality technology is an advanced computer visualisation technology which could promote the analysis and presentation of urban environment. This can enhance the public’s and planning decision makers’ understanding of both predictable and non-predictable phenomenon of urban environments via interactive visual simulation.  

Research goal

The research aims to implement such technology in the research and practice of urban planning and management, and develop the innovative implementation principles and technology to the knowledge based of urban planning and management via a number of pilot or practical case studies. 

Candidate Profile

Applicants will be expected to hold a good first degree (first or upper second class) and a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Computing, Built Environment, Architecture, Civil Engineering or similar. Ideally applicants should have experience in AutoCAD Revit, 3D Max, and/or VRML.

All applicants for whom English is not their first language must also demonstrate their English language proficiency through evidence of IELTS at overall 7 (with 6.5 in all four skills) or by providing access to MA/MSc chapters or published work.

Further Information

For general enquiries about the application process visit the Graduate School pages.

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