PhD Position Control of Evasive Manoeuvres for Automated Driving

Research / Academic

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands is seeking qualified candidates for a four-year PhD position within the research area of control of evasive manoeuvres for automated driving.

Project description

Automated Driving is a promising but also challenging area of innovation in the automotive industry. Despite the recent advances in deep learning for automated driving, hazardous driving scenarios such as evasive manoeuvres are “edge cases” where learning methods are less effective because representative data are statistically rare. In this project we will tackle these edge cases by means of an integrated physics plus data-driven learning approach, especially exploiting recent advances in tyre/road sensing technology to gain real-time information on vehicle states (e.g. tyre forces) and road conditions. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop novel adaptive and pro-active control and robust trajectory planning approaches that can deal with such variable and non-nominal vehicle/road conditions The position is motivated by a challenging practical problem, yet it requires a strong control-theory approach.


The department Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at Delft University of Technology. The Centers' research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimisation and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology development in physical imaging systems, renewable energy, robotics and transportation systems.


What do we ask?
We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in Systems and Control, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related discipline, with a strong background in model-based control, adaptive control,  hybrid systems, and/or machine learning.  The candidate is expected to work on the boundary of several research domains. A good command of the English language is required.

What do we offer?
We offer the opportunity to do scientifically challenging research in a multi-disciplinary research group. This position is funded within the NWO-TTW proposal EVOLVE (NWO 18484). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), and are depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected.

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Work Hours:

32 - 38 hours per week


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