Advanced integrated Human-Machine-System (HMS) • Universität Duisburg-Essen • Duisburg

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    Open Positions 1
    Time Span 01 Mar 2017 for 36 months
    Application Deadline 30 Sep 2016
    Financing no
    Type of Position
    • PhD - Doctoral Programme
    Field of Research
    • Engineering
    Subjects Dynamics and Control
    Description Modeling and qualification of the Human-Machine-Interaction is one of the key reserach fields of the Chair SRS (Dynamics and Control) in Duisburg.
    Based on qualitative modeling techniques we are able to build cognitive-based descriptions of the interaction itself, related mental models etc. Based on cognitive functions and procedures action spaces can be calculated allowing to qualify the actual state of the interaction, to judge the quality of human decisions as well as to give situated recommendations to improve the interaction behavior of the human. In combination with other known approaches, advanced interfaces or interaction technologies has to be developed.

    Beside the development of method(s) we validate our approaches using our own test equipment. Using our professional driving simulator we are able to realize driver-in-the-loop experiments. In other projects the driving simulator is combined with our hybrid powertrain simulator (HIL-testrig with batteries, supercaps etc.). Actually we are increasing our hardware platforms with the goal also to test autonomous/semiautonomous/assisted guidance of unmanned aerial vehicles.

    From the new candidate we expect that she or he is willing to become very fast an important and valuable member of our CTS (cognitive technical systems) team.
    Therefore we expect
    i) a shown and strong expertise in related scientific fields to be integrated,
    ii) your ability and commitment to develop and validate NEW methods and approaches, and
    iii) your ability and commitment to write scientific contributions on a world class level.

    Depending on the candidate’s background this can be related to approaches defined by the following keywords (Bayes, Dempster-Shafer, Cognitive ergonomy, Situation recognition, Cognitive frameworks, Planning, Advanced and reliable Machine Learning approaches, Cognitive Reasoning, Probabilistic theories for knowledge representation/inference/perception), Mode Awareness, Situation Awareness).

    Methods and competences related to the following keywords will not be considered: Ergonomics, Automotive Applications, Statistical Evaluation, Simulator research, Vehicle Technology, Neural networks

    In case of interest please provide beside the usual application material (CV, grades, ...) material stating that you have strong English language skills (TOEFL IBT better than 95) and a detailed and described interest ONLY in the described research fields. Your German language skills can be (if necessary) improved by language courses in parallel (for example at the Goethe Institute, Düsseldorf) (on your cost). For further information about the requirements see also the website of the Chair SRS:

    Be aware about the time schedule of your DAAD-application:
    application now or in September/October 2015 leads to the beginning of german language courses in May/June 2016 and start PhD research at the Chair SRS in October 2016.

    The successful candidate is primarily directly related to:
    Prof. Söffker (Scientific supervisor: Prof. Söffker)

    Specific prerequisites:
    Bachelor and Master degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or Information science (with clear related specification) necessary, deep interest in the field, excellent grades in related courses.

    Next steps:
    1. Be aware of your national DAAD application deadline
    2. Contact Prof. Söffker directly by E-Mail (, subject: DAAD-Appl. HMS) and send copy of CV, certificates, recommendation letters as well as a first proposal (2-3 pages) about your understanding of the intended topic, your intended working schedule, the state of the art in this field as well as the deduced definition of your project. A ‘copy and paste’-strategy will disqualify you immediately.
    3. Be aware about the time schedule of your application: application in September/October year 1 leads to begin language courses in May/June year 2 and start PhD research in October year 2.
    4. Joint improvement of the proposal: If the quality of the project proposal is finally fitting to the groups standard (=perfect) Prof. Söffker will invite you by writing the required acceptance letter.
    5. The final decision is with the DAAD committees.

    About the Chair SRS at U DuE, Germany:
    With a mix of coworkers and PhD students financed by the university or by public funding, coworkers and PhD students financed by industry projects and PhD students financed by their home countries or by DAAD scholarships the Chair has a large tradition in supervising academic qualification. The internal organization scheme will allow an improved organization of the academic work of the PhD students in guided groups. Academic qualification includes not only the PhD topic related work but also advising coworking students (Bachelor/Master level) based on individual qualification and skills etc.
    Requirements University degree on the level of a Master (e.g. of Science, of Engineering) in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a mentioned specific area of an accredited institution.

    Very good written and spoken English language skills (TOEFL IBT better than 95)

    Very good communication skills

    Able to work in an open minded, very international team

    Very good mathematical background and programming skills

    Understanding of what system theory, control technique, and system dynamics means in this field. Additionally the understanding of how such systems are technically realized is required.

    Readiness to learn german initially and for continously improvement of language skills (during the whole time of PhD work)
    Working Language
    • English
    • German
    Language of Dissertation
    • English
    Required Documents
    • CV
    • Reports, certificates
    • Letter of Motivation
    • Research Proposal
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