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Thesis Work - Development of motion comfort & sickness prediction models and methods for AD

Thesis Worker at Volvo Cars

Welcome to explore the world of Volvo Cars by writing your thesis with us! As a thesis worker in our organization you are supported by a supervisor who follows you during your project. All thesis projects are arranged in business critical areas and therefore you will be able to contribute to our company purpose – providing freedom to move in a safe, sustainable and personal way – from day one! 




At Volvo Cars we are redefining the automotive experience and are innovating to make people’s lives less complicated. Freedom to move! This is our purpose. The future belongs to those who are empowered by a great idea and with ability to carry it out. 


The Autonomous Drive and Pilot assist function team purpose is to take the lead in safe, customer valued and purposeful functions for Autonomous Driving (AD). We design the customer function with high attention to customer interaction, we develop the functions in collaboration with suppliers and we integrate, verify and validate that the customer experience is achieved as intended. Our autonomous technology for AD and Pilot assist functions will take relaxed and safe car journeys to a new level in; this is the future of driving and mobility that will impact the whole society! To make this happen we need talented people on-board that wants to make a difference.  


You have the opportunity to join a team working on one of the largest challenges the automotive industry has ever seen; autonomous driving is a high profile, high tech field with an exciting future at the heart of Volvo Car’s business plans. By applying to this Master Thesis proposal, you will have the opportunity to join us, and help us, on this exciting journey into the future. 



The task, for 2 students working together, is to create and develop human models and methods for analysing the comfort feeling within Autonomous Drive (AD) using collected data. The test data will be collected from performed predefined test scenarios using IMUs on human body and test vehicle. The human models and methods, based on biomechanical theories and data analyses, will be used to identifying the comfort zone of AD/ADAS functions.

Humans are sensitive to some specific range of oscillations which is specified in the ISO 2631-1:1997 standards. However, the standard is providing the limited weighting filters for calculation of motion dose for prediction of motion comfort & sickness. The standard needs to be re-visited to enhance the models for AD and may also be extended for more accurate 6 DoF human models (including vestibular system) which can be run in real-time.

An important factor that affects the acceptance of autonomous driving is the capability of passengers to perform non-driving tasks like reading, relaxing, and/or socialising in a comfortable way with no or limited motion sickness/discomfort symptoms. Since “Comfort” is one of the main drivers for AD functions, the final aim of the project is to understand the customer expectations and draw the limits of the motion comfort & sickness.



We would like you to have studied and learnt Matlab/Simulink, biomechanics modelling, control theory, hands on measurement system experience, signal processing and system identification, applied estimation theory (Kalman filters etc.) Preferably you are, or make a good team in, Master’s degree students in Biomedical/Biomechanics Engineering in a combination with Systems, Control and Mechatronics Engineering. Thesis work will need you to be at Volvo Cars site in Gothenburg for specific activities



  • Academic credits: equivalent to 30 ECTS
  • Starting date: January 2021, to be discussed.
  • Estimated end date: Summer 2021
  • This is a thesis work for 2 students (preferably) working together


How to Learn More and Apply
Selection will be ongoing during the application period, so do not hesitate to send in your application. Attach your resume and cover letter and copies of grades. You can provide a reference if you would like. Please note that due to GDPR applications by email will not be accepted.


If you have any additional questions regarding the position, you are welcome to contact:S

Supervisor, Ilhan Yunus,, ilhan.yunus@volvocars.com , +46734637344


We want your application at the latest 2020-12-06


Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 

Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Job requisition ID:  48247

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