The Opportunity

TUPA(Transport Urban Planning Arena) invites applications for multiple Masters and PhD positions in various areas of the Transportation engineering under BK21 Four support

BK21 Four

BK21 Four is the project to strengthen the education and training capacity of excellent graduate schools and foster academic successors in order to enhance national competitiveness in the future. Only 7 universities in Korean universities were selected to enhance the area of Smart City. Our department successfully grants it to support highly competitive graduate students for next 7 years.

TUPA(Transport Urban Planning Arena)

TUPA was established by Dr. Inhi Kim in 2015 consisting of two research teams; one is in Monash University, Australia and the other is in Monash Suzhou campus, China. The Monash team does research aligned with Institute of Transport Study ( ITS is a leading transport institute at Monash University with a long history as the Key National Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Research in Transport Management recognised by the Australian Government. The Suzhou team was established to gain a range of advanced skills with a global perspective and develop more sustainable transport systems.

Now TUPA has just started a new chapter in Kongju National University, Korea. We dedicate our valuable time to improve our daily lives by providing solutions to urban and traffic problems.

Tupa is embarking on a range of exciting research projects, offering an unprecedented opportunity for recent graduates to establish their postgraduate career in various transport engineering fields. The TUPA offers a coherent PhD and Masters by research program for high achieving passionate students and is committed to creating an intellectually exhilarating and vibrant environment towards excellence.

Research Topics

  • Machine learning in Transportation
  • Safety analytics
  • Data science in Transportation
  • Simulation including VR/AR
  • Advanced transport planning strategy
  • Modelling temporal spatial analysis


Please visit Dr. Kim’s webpages to see what research has been conducting.


  • Tuition fee for 1st semester (Journal publications are necessary to maintain the tuition fee scholarship for the succeeding semester).
  • Monthly stipend. Top-up scholarship available.
  • Participating in research and development projects.
  • Attending local and international conferences.

Qualification Requirements

  1. Applicants must have completed at least a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering or Data Science, Transport engineering, Urban planning.
  2. The applicant must have a strong academic record, which, for example, amounts to a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher, or an average score of 70 or higher, or equivalent to H1 or First-Class Honours Degree.
  3. The applicant is highly recommended to have some knowledge/background and a strong interest in the following areas: machine learning, big data, simulation, modelling.
  4. The following criteria will be considered during the assessment:
    • Candidate’s academic performance in the bachelor’s degree (or Master’s degree),
    • Quality of the degree completed (preference will be given to Master’s degree),
    • Completion time of the degree,
    • Knowledge in the relevant research field including any publications in reputable journals and conferences,
    • English language proficiency and
    • Online interviews and references.

Expected commencement date: The selected applicants will be admitted on the spring semester in Feb 2021.

Faculty/Portfolio: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Location: Cheonan Campus, Kongju National University, South Korea

Closing date for expression of interest (EOI): 05 October 2020

Interview: Selected candidates will be given an interview early Oct 2020

To Apply:

  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of published works
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency

Inquiries shall be sent to:

The Lead Chief Investigator, Dr Inhi Kim, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kongju National University, South Korea