[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-Doctoral Position in the Control of Hybrid Vehicles at Institut Pascal / IMobS3 (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

Lounis Adouane Lounis.Adouane at univ-bpclermont.fr
Thu Jan 7 09:43:04 PST 2016

The MACCS (http://maccs.univ-bpclermont.fr/) team at Institut Pascal / 
IMobS3 (http://ip.univ-bpclermont.fr/, 
http://www.imobs3.univ-bpclermont.fr/ (Clermont-Ferrand, France) is 
seeking applications for 1 post-doctoral fellow position in the field of 
the Control of Hybrid Vehicles.

Keywords: Tri-actuated bus (Electric, Hydraulic and Thermic); Optimal 
Powertrain Control; Online and offline optimal control; Artificial 
Intelligence (Dynamic programming, MDP, Fuzzy logic, etc.).

Context: The opened post-doctoral position will be in the context of 
BUSINOVA Evolution project, funded by ADEME agency (“Investissements 
d’Avenir”) of French government. This project aims to enhance the 
energetic performance of an urban bus (called BUSINOVA) while optimizing 
the powertrain control strategy to deal with its three possible modes of 
actuation (Tri-Hybrid: Electric, Hydraulic and Thermic). While working 
in the MACCS team, the successful candidate will have the chance to work 
with close collaboration with Safra  (Albi, France), the company which 
designed and produced the BUSINOVA (http://www.businova.com/).

Main objectives (in short): Proposition of optimal control 
strategies/laws in order to optimize the energy consumption of the 
Tri-actuated bus. The research aims to find the most efficient way to 
switch/merge between the different actuations modes to cope notably with 
the power-peak demand during the bus starting phase and to store the 
high power flow during the stop phase. The performance of the bus must 
be also optimized in terms of battery autonomy, passengers comfort, time 
to the stations, etc.

Simulation and experimental platforms: The modeling and the control of 
the overall system will be done first using MATLAB/Simulink and while 
using dedicated simulator as TruckMaker. Thereafter, effective 
implementation in C++ will be done on the actual system in Safra Company 
at Albi.

Candidacy and contacts:  Applicants should have a PhD Degree in 
Electrical Engineering (Automatic control or Robotics) or in Computer 
science. Candidates with a strong background in the control of Hybrid 
Electric Vehicles, Optimal control and/or artificial Intelligence 
methodologies (Dynamic programming, MDP, Fuzzy logic, Neural network, 
etc.) are particularly encouraged to apply. Good skills in C++ and/or 
MATLAB/Simulink will be appreciated.

The initial term of appointment is for 12 months, with the possibility 
of renewal (until 24 months) based on satisfactory performance. 
Potential start date: February 1, 2016. Competitive salary is offered.

The candidates should e-mail ASAP a single pdf file to 
Lounis.Adouane at univ-bpclermont.fr, including: a Cover Letter  describing 
background and motivation, CV, letters of recommendation  and 2 to 3 
most relevant publications. Please put "Control of Hybrid  Vehicles 
Postdoc" in the subject line.

Best regards,

PS: The pdf version of the post-doc position can be downloaded via: 
or via: 


Maître de conférences - HDR (Associate Professor),
Institut Pascal
UMR CNRS 6602, Campus Universitaire des Cézeaux
Bâtiment UFR Sciences et Techniques

Tel : +33 (0)4 73 40 72 45
Fax : +33 (0)4 73 40 72 62

Web : http://lounis.adouane.online.fr

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