PhD Scholarship in Machine Learning and Demand Modeling

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark is offering PhD position in ethnic. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. Applications are welcome before October 23, 2018.

The Machine Learning for Mobility (MLM) and the Demand Modeling (DM) groups of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Management Engineering, are looking for excellent applicants to pursue PhD studies in a joint research project.

We do methodological research in Statistics and Machine Learning, with particular focus on Transportation problems. Given the complexity of our cities and transportation systems, we believe we need both a strong methodological background as well as deep domain knowledge to have true impact in the real-world. Thus, we always aim to contribute to both research communities, of Machine Learning, and Transportation. It is an ambitious, yet very exciting place to be!

A strategic research direction in our group focuses on applying cutting edge methodological research from Machine Learning into Transport Demand models. This PhD will belong to this direction, particularly on the intersection between Deep Learning and population synthesis.

Responsibilities and tasks

The focus of this project is on developing generative models (Generative Adversarial, Variational Autoencoders, Exponential families, Restricted Boltzmann machines, etc.) that are able to learn multiple dimensional population characteristics across space and time.

We believe that, in near future, we will have a combination of Machine Learning, Simulation and "classical" Choice modelling, as the state-of-the-art of Transport Modeling in General.

The objective is thus to advance the current and future paradigms for more scalable and accurate methods, through transfer learning. Since the PhD is not restricted to a single option in Machine Learning, reasonable proficiency in its statistical and probability foundations is important.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by 25 October 2018.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace will be DTU Lyngby Campus.

Further information

For more information, please contact Francisco C. Pereira, or Jeppe Rich,

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Please submit your online application no later than 24 October 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


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