[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] Faculty positions in Big Data Cybernectics, NTNU Trondheim, Norway

Kanna Rajan kannarajan.mbari at gmail.com
Sat Oct 14 22:38:46 PDT 2017


Two faculty positions in Big Data Cybernectics at the Norwegian Univ. of Science & Technology, Trondheim, Norway

In collaboration with KONGSBERG <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__kongsberg.com_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=b-8ATvn0bV7tZa69FBAX5MXV_Vv_ZgHOZmGmb4fTd0g&s=XDg--SVsv13XRV_y3MBahwK5bChlevTZOYm81sxx_Fo&e=> and Statoil <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.statoil.com_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=b-8ATvn0bV7tZa69FBAX5MXV_Vv_ZgHOZmGmb4fTd0g&s=Wa0T_3Vyryu4AQ3Bf8SYxeukYIsSZwfNFFWnLxczfCI&e=>, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is establishing the world’s first two professorships in Big Data Cybernetics, combining the fields of automatic control and multivariate data modelling. We seek ambitious candidates with complementary backgrounds and enthusiasm for merging these fields by working together. For the successful applicants, this represents a unique opportunity to play a central role in the development of a new interdisciplinary field.

We seek: 

one candidate with a strong background in automatic control/cybernetics/system identification and 
one candidate with a strong background in multivariate data modelling/chemometrics/subspace modeling. 

The purpose is to bridge the between theory-driven and data-driven modelling, to provide better understanding, monitoring and control of complex dynamic systems. The positions are affiliated with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU’s Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering in Trondheim, Norway (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ntnu.edu_itk&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=b-8ATvn0bV7tZa69FBAX5MXV_Vv_ZgHOZmGmb4fTd0g&s=SdWw8_ymUXXTEQaRqKxDpDRFX0VDOVgwBP8jaczj9O0&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ntnu.edu_itk&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=b-8ATvn0bV7tZa69FBAX5MXV_Vv_ZgHOZmGmb4fTd0g&s=SdWw8_ymUXXTEQaRqKxDpDRFX0VDOVgwBP8jaczj9O0&e=>).

ITK has 22 full-time professors, 11 adjunct professors, about 10 postdocs and researchers as well as 70 PhD candidates. Approximately 100 MSc candidates graduate annually from the three study programs in cybernetics, which comprise about 650 students in total. The department is involved in numerous research projects and centers, including the Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS, https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ntnu.edu_amos&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=b-8ATvn0bV7tZa69FBAX5MXV_Vv_ZgHOZmGmb4fTd0g&s=tqfgUx0wAdJU13GXbSzKCtN8TIGijWzWeyXB2TChPAk&e= <applewebdata://141F63DF-3DD2-4346-A3B0-1652A633228B/%22>).

The new field Big Data Cybernetics is envisioned to combine methods from automatic control and multivariate data modelling in order to discover systematic structures in the spatial, temporal and property-profile domains, and to convert these structures into quantitative, human-interpretable information.

The main goal is to translate “big data” from a large number of sensor channels into ”smart data” represented by a combination of theory-driven and data-driven models, by combining science’s prior knowledge with nature’s unexpected patterns to identify the relevant structures and develop interpretable and useful models. The overlap between cybernetic subspace identification and chemometric partial-least-squares regression could for instance be a fruitful common ground for the desired high-dimensional, spatio-temporal modelling. The outputs from such models shall be intuitively understandable by humans, who then can use their background knowledge and creativity for further refinement and development. This means that black-box modelling, such as e.g. artificial neural networks or support vector machines, are not the focus of Big Data Cybernetics.

The applicants’ methodological basis should include theory and tools for describing scientific knowledge in terms of both first-principles mathematical models as well as unexpected cluster and subspace structures in large data sets. It is required to document solid competence in at least one of the two fields of automatic control and multivariate data modelling, and the applicant must demonstrate a strong interest in merging these two fields. Knowledge in system identification, nonlinear dynamics, feedback control and self-organization, signal processing, image analysis, visualization or machine learning is an advantage. Thus, several different scientific backgrounds are relevant for this new interdisciplinary field.

The candidate will join a research community at ITK which was rated "excellent from an international perspective" in the Norwegian Research Council’s evaluation of 53 ICT communities in Norway in 2012, as one of three ICT communities to receive such a rating in the Norwegian university and college sector.

The position is announced at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.jobbnorge.no_ledige-2Dstillinger_stilling_142924_two-2Dprofessorships-2Dassociate-2Dprofessorships-2Din-2Dbig-2Ddata-2Dcybernetics&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=b-8ATvn0bV7tZa69FBAX5MXV_Vv_ZgHOZmGmb4fTd0g&s=oPPgOaJUvcR5BL8oZb-ujjhATQyFOCQNLaYfTrlSLZM&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.jobbnorge.no_ledige-2Dstillinger_stilling_142924_two-2Dprofessorships-2Dassociate-2Dprofessorships-2Din-2Dbig-2Ddata-2Dcybernetics&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=b-8ATvn0bV7tZa69FBAX5MXV_Vv_ZgHOZmGmb4fTd0g&s=oPPgOaJUvcR5BL8oZb-ujjhATQyFOCQNLaYfTrlSLZM&e=> with a deadline of October 30th. 

Contact Head of Department Morten Breivik, e-mail: morten.breivik at ntnu.no <mailto:morten.breivik at ntnu.no>

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About NTNU, Trondheim and Norway:

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NTNU is Norway's largest university, with an annual budget of almost USD 1 billion. Its 70 departments are spread out over fourteen faculties, educating 39.000 students at any one time, of which half study technology and the natural sciences. NTNU graduates about 6.500 bachelor and master students every year, while about 380 doctoral degrees are awarded annually. 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.

Many of the technological and cultural innovations that allow Norway to extract oil and gas from the North Sea, grow healthy salmon in fish farms, or interpret the country's 9.000 years of human history have been developed at NTNU. The university itself, founded in 1910, has contributed a solid century of academic achievements and discoveries that have shaped Norwegian society. 

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 187.353 (January 1, 2016), it is the third most populous municipality in 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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