The Autonomous Motion department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany (research group Dr. Sebastian Trimpe) is looking for an outstanding and highly motivated PhD researcher in control, networks, and autonomous multi-agent systems. The fully funded position is to be filled as soon as possibly and initially offered for a duration of three years with employment contract according to the rules of the MPI. The project involves collaborations with partners at, inter alia, TU Dresden (Dr. M. Zimmerling), KTH Stockholm (Prof. K.H. Johansson), and ETH Zurich, with ample opportunities for research exchange and connections with national and international top researchers. This research is expected to have high impact both in science and industry.
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About the project: The next generation of engineered systems will tightly integrate the physical world with computing and communication systems. In these cyber-physical systems (CPSs), estimation, control, and learning is distributed among multiple autonomous agents that interconnect to form large-scale dynamic networks. This project targets the joint design and tight integration of distributed event-based control and low-power wireless networking to demonstrate tangible benefits of CPS design over traditional systems design in terms of, for example, superior performance and robustness, reduced costs, and unprecedented flexibility. CPSs are widely anticipated to play a major role in future applications such as transportation, smart grid, or autonomous robotics.
Within this project, the PhD researcher will do cutting-edge research on novel methods and theory for distributed and event-based control and learning, a principled framework for the co-design of control and communication systems, theoretical guarantees for wireless control systems, and other topics depending on the candidate’s interest and aptitude. For validating the developed theory, a novel CPS demonstrator will be developed (see PDF announcement), and also several state-of-the-art robotic platforms at MPI can be used (see PDF announcement).
Applicants should have Master’s degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or related disciplines, with a strong background in dynamic systems and control. Successful candidates will typically have ranked at or near the top of their classes, have a good mathematical background, relevant computer programming skills, and are proficient in oral and written English. Experience with real-time control implementations is a plus.
Max Planck Institutes are internationally renowned and regarded as one of the world’s foremost organizations for fundamental research. The MPI for Intelligent Systems is a young, highly dynamic, and internationally oriented institution with excellent research opportunities and close ties to several national and international partners (e.g., Univ. of Stuttgart, ETH Zurich, Univ. of Southern California). The working language is English. This PhD project will be carried out at the Autonomous Motion department in the research group of Dr. Sebastian Trimpe with the opportunity of funded exchange stays at collaborating research institutions. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such individuals.
Applications should be sent as a PDF file by e-mail to Dr. Sebastian Trimpe (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include a research statement (indicating your motivation for a PhD with us and how your interests relate to this project, max. 2 pages), a CV, grade transcripts, two sample research documents (e.g., publication, thesis), and contact details of at least two references (letters of reference are not requested until possibly a later stage).
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We look forward to receiving your application.