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2 PhD positions : TU Delft Sensor AI Lab

Opening for: PhD student

Status details

Status:Closed
Announced:15 Dec 2021
Closing date:15 Jan 2022
Duration:4 years

2 PhD positions are open under the newly funded Sensor AI Lab within the TU Delft | AI initiative. Our aim is to "Bring AI closer to Sensors", and to develop novel algorithms to tackle challenges in diverse fields including human motion estimation; distributed learning in sensor networks; and navigation of swarms of multi-agent systems such as robots, ships, drones and satellites.

PhD Position 3) will focus on developing algorithms for relative navigation of multi-agent swarms (e.g., drones, satellites and automotive) which include localization, time-synchronization, environment perception and path planning for anchorless systems. Bayesian optimization approaches including graphical models and neural networks will be explored to address this challenge. This PhD candidate will be located at the Circuits and Systems (CAS) group of the Electrical engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) faculty at TU Delft.

PhD Position 4) will focus on developing algorithms for distributed learning in multi-agent networks, which would address the challenges of distributed sensing, distributed processing and statistical inference for large-scale distributed networks. In particular, energy-efficient distributed probabilistic machine learning algorithms will be explored for time-varying graphs, which naturally arises in mobile autonomous systems. This PhD candidate will be located at the Circuits and Systems (CAS) group of the Electrical engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) faculty at TU Delft.

Requirements

  • Completed a relevant MSc degree in an applied sciences field relevant to PhD research
  • An affinity with teaching and guiding students
  • Proficiency in expressing yourself verbally and in writing in English
  • The ability to work in a team and take initiative
  • A background and / or strong interest in Sensor Fusion, Artificial Intelligence, Bayesian Estimation, Data Science, Gaussian Processes, Optimisation and Mathematical modelling
  • Good programming skills, e.g. in Matlab or Python, for implementing state-of-the-art advanced algorithms.
  • For position 3 we expect you to have: A strong background in estimation theory. Applicants with a background in projects related to navigation, localization, formation flying, control systems, and autonomous sensor systems are preferred.
  • For position 4 we expect you to have: A strong background in distributed estimation and detection theory. Applicants with a background in projects related to distributed statistical inference, control systems, and autonomous sensor systems are preferred.

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Contact

dr. Raj Thilak Rajan

Assistant Professor

Circuits and Systems Group

Department of Microelectronics

Related project

Delft Sensor AI Lab

Distributed AI for sensor networks

Additional information

In The Netherlands, almost all PhD positions are linked to funded research projects. This has several implications:
  • PhD students are employed: they receive a salary rather than a grant. Most projects have a duration of 4 years.
  • Positions become available once a project is funded. This can happen at any time during the year.
  • It typically takes 6 to 9 months for a project proposal to receive funding. In this period, a position may be anticipated but the outcome remains insecure. Once a project is funded, the open position needs to be filled as soon as possible.

If you are interested in our research, it merits to inquire whether openings will be available. We collect resumes of prospective PhD students throughout the year, for each of our research tracks.

General requirements

We make our selection based on the following general requirements:
  • Formal requirements regarding prior education: you should have earned an MSc degree at a recognized institute for higher education.
  • Background: this depends on the specific project.
  • Excellence: your Grade-Point-Average should be above 8 (10). Also your MSc thesis should have received a grade above 8 (10).
  • English: you should be able to communicate well in english (written and oral). Provide TOEFL/IELTS scores if available.
  • Originality: your MSc thesis or later work (publications) should reflect some original ideas. Critical and independent thinking is very important.
  • Team player: you should be able to work well in a team of other project members.
Your resume should contain contact information of prior advisors/supervisors who can provide feedback.