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  • Full time
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  • Computer science


  • Phd

Apply by: 2024-02-29

Doctoral student in Human-AI interaction for autonomous vehicles

Published 2024-02-09

Project description

Autonomous transportation poses a host of human-machine interaction challenges, both from the perspectives of passengers, pedestrians, fleet managers. This doctoral project will unfold in the emerging field of human-AI interaction where there are a host of challenges emerging from the very theoretical foundations of Human-Computer Interaction and AI respectively. The position is funded by the highly successful initiative “StandUp for Energy”, a multi-disciplinary environment where we at Human-Centred Technologies focus on user interfaces for Electric vehicles, which we expect to be fully autonomous in the medium term.

Possible research topics include, but are not limited to: interaction between vulnerable road users and autonomous electric vehicles,  external human-machine interfaces for autonomous vehicles, control tower operator interfaces for fleets of autonomous vehicles, interaction between drivers of non-autonomous vehicles of all types and autonomous vehicles, etc.

Third-cycle subject: Human-Computer Interaction

Supervision: Prof. Cristian Bogdan and co-supervisor Assistant Prof. Andrii Matviienko

What we offer

  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world. Read more
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • Human-Centered Technologies/Media Technology and Interaction Design at KTH is one of the pioneering departments in the fields of HCI and CSCW, and among the founders of participatory design in the Scandinavian tradition and more recently soma design. Our department features a vibrant multi-disciplinary environment, with teams like Interaction Design, Sustainability, Sound and Music Computing, etc.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a second cycle degree (for example a master's degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. Candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach,
  • analyse and work with complex issues and
  • present good programming skills.

Candidate should have strong knowledge of human-computer interaction and machine learning/artificial-intelligence.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency. 

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. In the case of studies that are to be completed with a licentiate degree, the total period of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education for two years.

Union representatives

KTH's website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

section's website.

To apply for the position

Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages. Copies of originals must be certified.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

The position may include security-sensitive activities. To become authorized, you therefore need to pass a possible security check.

Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

For information about processing of personal data in the recruitment process please read here.

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.