[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD fellowship in sensor fusion for maritime collision avoidance at NTNU, Norway

Edmund Førland Brekke edmund.brekke at itk.ntnu.no
Wed Nov 26 22:01:27 PST 2014

A PhD fellowship in sensor fusion for maritime collision avoidance is available at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

Work description

The topic of the PhD project is algorithms for vehicle navigation and target tracking, with applications in collision avoidance for unmanned marine vehicles. Such vehicles must rely on a variety of sensors (e.g. radar, IR and/or camera) in order to navigate safely in dynamic, cluttered environments. The main goal of the project is to develop reliable and accurate algorithms for detection, tracking and classification of both moving and stationary obstacles in the vicinity of a moving unmanned vehicle.

At ITK and AMOS, the PhD fellow will be part of a large and world-leading research community within applied marine control systems. The research work will include theoretical development and analysis, implementation and verification by computer simulations, as well as validation by real-world experiments. The PhD fellow will collaborate with researchers in DNV GL, KONGSBERG and Maritime Robotics.


Candidates applying for this position should have a Master’s degree in cybernetics, marine technology, applied mathematics and/or statistical signal processing. Competence in sensor fusion, programming, SLAM, Kalman filtering and estimation methods in general will be considered beneficial. Personal qualifications, theoretical abilities and hands-on experience are also considered important. Fluency in Norwegian and/or English is required. The successful candidate will be appointed for a period of 3 years, namely for 2015-2018, with possible extension to a fourth year if the candidate undertakes teaching related duties.

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

It is a prerequisite that the PhD scholar applies for and is granted admission to the NTNU PhD studies as soon as possible after employment. NTNUs PhD-rules require a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best).

Applicants are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  *   TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  *   IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  *   CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

For further information about the position see http://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/107400/phd-research-fellowship-position-in-sensor-fusion-for-maritime-collision-avoidance. The deadline is December 3rd.

About AMOS and the Department of Engineering Cybernetics

NTNU’s Department of Engineering Cybernetics (ITK)<http://www.itk.ntnu.no/> in collaboration with the Department of Marine Technology and industry partners were recently awarded a Centre of Excellence by the Norwegian Research Council for the period 2013-2022.

The Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS)<http://www.ntnu.edu/amos> aims to create a world-leading research centre within fundamental and interdisciplinary knowledge in control systems, hydrodynamics and marine structures. The research results will be used to develop intelligent ocean vessels and structures, as well as autonomous unmanned vehicles and robots for high-precision and safety-critical operations in extreme marine environments.

About NTNU

NTNU is Norway's second largest university, with an annual budget of about US $800 million. Its 51 departments are spread out over seven major faculties, and graduate about 3,300 students every year, two-thirds of which are master's or PhD candidates. The university has more than 100 laboratory facilities distributed among the different faculties and departments. These are central elements in NTNU's education and research work.

NTNU research is cutting edge, and many of the technological and cultural innovations that allow Norway to extract oil from the North Sea , grow healthy salmon in fish farms , or interpret the country's 9,000 years of human history have been developed here. In fact, the university itself, founded in 1910, has contributed a solid century of academic achievements and discoveries that have shaped Norwegian society.


About Trondheim

Trondheim was Norway's first capital city, founded more than 1.000 years ago, in 997 - but now instead of Viking raiders and Hanseatic traders, you'll find jazz musicians and an international student body savouring Trondheim city life. With a population of 181.513 (October 1st, 2013), it is the third most populous municipality in Norway.


About Norway

With its snow-capped mountains, deep green valleys and sapphire blue fjords, Norway is recognized the world over for its scenic beauty. Combine that with Norway's cultural heritage, and you'll find that living in Norway has something to offer everyone.

While Norway lies at the very top of Europe – and in fact includes the island archipelago of Svalbard, home to the most northerly communities on the planet – the country's climate is moderated by the Gulf Stream, and features four distinct seasons. Norway's natural beauty and a history of famous polar explorers are two reasons why the outdoors is such an important part of Norwegian culture.

Newcomers to Norway will find the Norwegian work culture to be relaxed, but efficient. The typical work week is 37.5 hours long, with a generous summer holiday time and official holidays sprinkled throughout the year. The work culture reflects the culture at large, which is respectful of individual rights and supports a generous welfare system.


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