Two PhD Scholarships in Autonomous Technology for Navigation

A fully-funded PhD fellowship in human resources is available at Technical University of Denmark. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. Applications are welcome before April 22, 2019.

The Automation and Control Group at DTU Department of Electrical Engineeringseeks highly qualified motivated candidates for a number of PhD positions. Applicants are invited to apply for a specific project from the list below. Additional information concerning individual project proposals can be obtained from the contact persons listed below. The procedure for applying is also described below.

A total of five PhD projects are part of the ShippingLab Autonomy Work Package (WP) . Two of these vacancies are advertised below. The ShippingLab Autonomy research will be a joint effort between senior faculty with Professor Mogens Blanke as Principal Investigator, experienced developers and navigators from partners, four PostDocs and five PhD candidates.The Autonomy WP is a joint effort between DTU (Kgs. Lyngby), SIMAC, Wrtsila-Lyngs Marine, Logimatic Engineering, Danelec Marine, TUCO Marine, DFDS, Danske Frger and a Harbor Bus Operator. The Autonomy WP will provide the research and development necessary to obtain maritime autonomy over a range of levels, from decision support to enhance safety and voyage economy, to a ferry on demand solution that would be able to operate without a navigator on board.

PhD candidates will participate in measurements, test and validation at sea. Candidates are expected to be dedicated, productive and ambitious team players, who wish to obtain an international level in their area.Scientific publication and experimental validation of results will be part of all the PhD projects and candidates a will include two or more publications in international scientific journals plus a number of conference papers. Presentation at international conferences will be part of the research training and elements of didactics will be obtained through experience as teaching assistants.

The research of this project has civilian objectives. However, equipment restricted by export licenses and ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) is being used inthis research. Applicants that are citizens of Denmark, Norway and other NATO countries, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, or Japan are eligible. Other applicants should provideevidence of eligibility to use such equipment for their application to be considered.

This research focuses on the development of methods for classification and estimation of relative location of relevant marine crafts and other objects at sea, and provide a prediction of the behaviour of these objects. The project will employ techniques that can classify objects at sea and thereby obtain knowledge that is relevant for the safe navigation of a vessel with temporarily unattended bridge or with a navigator located remotely. The fusion of information from existing and new on-board sensors, and from electronic sea chart data, should support prediction of behaviours of other vessels based on COLREGS and incremental experience. The project could adopt techniques from machine learning and deterministic/stochastic automata theory to address some of the challenges. The research focus development of the localization of surrounding objects and structures used to bring an autonomous marine vessel safely to quay. This will include detection of shoreline, quay, ships and other objects relevant for safe navigation close to shore and in confined area inside a harbour. A route for the vessels to take given the conditions is also part of the scope.The research should include detection and tracking of objects close to shore, for example using techniques from the fields of machine learning, deep learning and classical image analysis, and fusing these with data streams' from other sensors, such as short range RADAR and/or LIDAR

Applicants must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. Applicants who will obtain such degree by 1 August 2019 can also apply, but they cannot begin before having received the degree.

The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates 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 Assessment of applications will be made by the Principal Investigator together with Faculty from the Autonomy WP. Furthermore, the DTU Human Resources office will participate in interviewing and evaluating candidates. 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. 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. You can read more about Further information about all PhD projects may be obtained from the Principal Investigator, Professor Mogens Blanke, tel.: +45 4525 3565, mob: +45 2991 0965. Please submit your online application no later than22April 2019 (local time). Evaluation will be ongoing during the application period and all candidates can expect a response within 30 days after the deadline. 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


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