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Research Asociate Post

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Designing for Adaptability and Evolution in Systems of Systems Engineering (DANSE)

Required to develop and improve the underpinning technologies such as large-scale modelling/simulation and model based systems engineering, and to understand the operation and behaviour of the constituent systems of SoS, their interdependencies and to allow them to work together for a common goal and/or a global end-to-end optimisation of behaviour.

A Research Associate is required to undertake research in the following areas:
1. Develop Systems of Systems Architectural Patterns and associated research to investigate systems architectural approaches that help define SoS and in particular how to express the architecture through patterns.
2. Investigation of systems architectural approaches that help define SoS and in a number of case studies involving Integrated Water Treatment SoS, Urban Transport SoS, Air Traffic Management SoS and Emergency Response SoS.
3. Research SoS model based simulations by embodying patterns within IBM Rhapsody as a SysML model and creating executable simulations.

A good (class 1 or 2:1) degree in a computer science or systems related area, experience of using system design tools such as UML and a knowledge and understanding of systems thinking and systems engineering approaches is essential. Experience of UPDM (MODAF/DoDAF), object orientated architectures, model based systems engineering using SySML systems architecture modelling tools to create simulations is highly desirable.

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PhD Studentship

Wolfson School of Engineering - 2 PhD Research Opportunities

PhD Studentship - SFRK022017

Developing Deep Learning Intelligence for Forecasting Effects from Engineering Big Data

 

Project Detail:

The increasingly interconnected world is advancing so fast that it is overtaking our understanding on how to best architect and maintain future complex systems. In addition, the need to continue to support legacy systems until they can be phased out is a potentially weak link in terms of designing adaptability and resilience into future systems. We are only too aware of the huge cost implications when products enter service and unanticipated behaviours/faults appear. This studentship is focussed on creating a new branch of engineering where functional aspects of a system are maintained within an architecture rather than in software code that becomes obsolete in the future. The goal is to create an executable architecture that is independent on the implementation hardware but can be auto-coded for future technology. This will afford a great deal of obsolescence protection whilst facilitating reuse. This research will use the very latest systems and software engineering tools to create a seamless pipeline from system architecture development to deployable software. One of the key research goals is to develop new approaches to detecting undesirable emergent behaviour/design flaws before a product or system goes into service.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for any funding opportunity which may become available in the School.  

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or Computer Science related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in these subjects would also be advantageous.

Contact details:

Name: Prof Roy S. Kalawsky

Email address: r.s.kalawsky@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number:  01509 635678

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Please quote the reference SFRK022017 on all correspondence and especially on the application form. Please ensure that you select ‘Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering’ under ‘Programme Name’ on the application form.  

Application details:

Reference number: SFRK022017

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor: Prof Roy S. Kalawsky

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PhD Studentship - SFRK022017

Executable Systems Architectures for Agile and Resilient Systems

 

Project Detail:

The increasingly interconnected world is advancing so fast that it is overtaking our understanding on how to best architect and maintain future complex systems. In addition, the need to continue to support legacy systems until they can be phased out is a potentially weak link in terms of designing adaptability and resilience into future systems. We are only too aware of the huge cost implications when products enter service and unanticipated behaviours/faults appear. This studentship is focussed on creating a new branch of engineering where functional aspects of a system are maintained within an architecture rather than in software code that becomes obsolete in the future. The goal is to create an executable architecture that is independent on the implementation hardware but can be auto-coded for future technology. This will afford a great deal of obsolescence protection whilst facilitating reuse. This research will use the very latest systems and software engineering tools to create a seamless pipeline from system architecture development to deployable software. One of the key research goals is to develop new approaches to detecting undesirable emergent behaviour/design flaws before a product or system goes into service.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for any funding opportunity which may become available in the School. 

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or Computer Science related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in these subjects would also be advantageous.

Contact details:

Name: Prof Roy S. Kalawsky

Email address: r.s.kalawsky@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number:  01509 635678

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Please quote the reference SFRK022017 on all correspondence and especially on the application form. Please ensure that you select ‘Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering’ under ‘Programme Name’ on the application form.  

Application details:

Reference number: SFRK022017

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor: Prof Roy S. Kalawsky

Fully Funded Studentship - Industry 4.0 Digitalization - Augmented Reaility

Wolfson School of Mechanical,Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Eliminating errors in aircraft assembly and maintenance procedures through the use of digital technologies involving Augmented/Virtual Reality and Deep/Machine Learning

Start date of studentship: 1st October 2018

Closing date of advert: 20th August 2018

This studentship is concerned with undertaking exciting research by developing new digitalisation techniques for Industry 4.0. This will involve researching novel augmented/virtual reality and deep/machine learning techniques that help increase safety through elimination of serious maintenance/assembly errors that can occur with critical systems. The successful candidate will have a superb opportunity to engage with an international world-class aerospace company and help deliver a real-world impact.  The research is funded through an EPSRC iCASE Award and is a collaboration between Airbus Helicopters and Loughborough University.

The PhD will be supervised by Prof Roy Kalawsky who directs the Advanced Research Centre and who has recently been awarded the highly prestigious Airbus/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Digital and Data Engineering Information Systems.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Full Project Detail:

The UK Industrial Strategy has identified digitalisation transformation as a priority area that will completely change how engineering and manufacturing is undertaken in the future. Concepts such as Industry 4.0 are key enablers to this strategy along with technologies such as augmented /virtual reality, big data and deep/machine learning.

This studentship will focus on researching novel augmented/virtual reality techniques in conjunction with deep/machine learning technologies that will increase safety through elimination of serious maintenance/assembly errors that can occur with critical systems. These technologies are potential solutions for creating intelligent future systems that could be employed to improve training methods and reducing learning curves thus transforming industry and future supply chains. Proof of concept demonstrators addressing complex maintenance procedures will be developed to show how the use of digital technologies can provide improved traceability and certification compliance through e-signatures ensuring correct maintenance procedures have been affected. The research will additionally critically investigate human factors issues associated with augmented/virtual reality as potential technologies that can be employed to improve training methods and reducing learning curves.

The successful candidate will be a high quality, highly motivated student for the prestigious industrially sponsored PhD I-CASE position in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, based in the Advanced VR Research Centre. They will have strong programming and development skills and an appreciation for user-centered design approaches and will work well independently as well as part of a team. There will be freedom and flexibility in shaping the research project within these broad objectives through collaboration with Airbus experts to understand research context and industrial value.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in computer science, systems engineering, serious gaming or a related engineering subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: computer science, systems engineering, data science and human computer interaction.

Funding information:

This PhD project is sponsored through a highly prestigious EPSRC I-Case award with an enhanced annual stipend of £18k/year for 4 years, plus generous annual allowance to cover attendance at international conferences and an industrial placement with Airbus.

Interested candidates are welcome to contact Professor Kalawsky to find out more. However, all applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/ Under programme name, select Funded Research Degree

 

Please email Prof Roy S. Kalawsky for further details