24/05/2018

Postdoc: Computer scientist to implement a Teleo-Reactive approach for autonomous vehicles

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Sociedad para el Avance Cientifico, Society for the Improvement of Science (SACSIS)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    22/06/2018 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Alcalá de Guadaira
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40

SACSIS is selecting a competitive candidate for the Electronics Engineering and Systems Division (DSIE) at the Technical University of Cartagena. The project involves the use of the Teleo-Reactive approach for the specification and implementation of the behavior of an autonomous vehicle. The vehicle is a comprehensible and reliable platform for autonomous driving technology development as well as for testing purposes. It has been developed in the Intelligent Vehicles Lab at the Technical University of Cartagena. Driving automation—considered a low-risk activity for humans—is a matter that needs the continuous evaluation of two main factors: (a) the current vehicle state (position, velocity, acceleration, etc.) and (b) the environmental conditions (nearby vehicles, obstacles, pedestrians, etc.). To the extent that these two factors are accurately assessed, appropriate decisions can be taken towards reliable autonomous driving, and we will be closer to a vehicle-centric approach to autonomous driving, where the main goal is the safe movement of the vehicle.

In this context, the Teleo-Reactive approach is a very interesting tool to be explored. The Teleo-Reactive paradigm allows the definition of the behavior of a reactive system as a set of prioritized condition/action rules. The software behavior of the agents is specified in terms of goals, perceptions and actions over the environment, achieving higher abstraction than using general-purpose programming languages and therefore, enhancing the involvement of non-technical users in the specification process. The approach has been already considered for implementing robotic systems but there is no contribution for the definition of missions and the behavior of more complex systems such as autonomous vehicles. The research work includes the definition of languages, the use of model-to-model techniques for obtaining executable code, the implementation of validators and simulators to test the behavior of the vehicle, among others.

Benefits

  • Competitive candidates will be selected for applying to a Marie Curie IF grant that covers full salary (4.650€/month) + family allowance (500€/month) + R&D expenses.
  • High motivation and ability to be involved in an international multidisciplinary team. Mobility experience, participation in research projects and scientific productivity is appreciated.
  • Selected candidate will be mentored and trained for applying to a Marie Sklodowska Curie IF grant.

Eligibility criteria

  • Most fitting profile (expertise) for the described project.
  • Mobility rule: Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, investigation, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline (14/09/2018).

Selection process

  • Open quest to select the best candidates
  • Documents needed to apply: CV + One page motivation letter is positively valued

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Computer science: PhD or equivalent
    Engineering: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

  • Computer Science Degree and PhD covering all or a subset of the fields: Software Engineering, Model-driven Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Multi-agent systems, Software.

Specific Requirements

  • Exceptional scientific production in this field.

 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Sociedad para el Avance Cientifico, Society for the Improvement of Science (SACSIS)
Spain
Alcalá de Guadaira
41500
Guatemala 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 308989

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