Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Research Assistant in GOCS for Autonomous Driving

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Research Assistant in GOCS for Autonomous Driving

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Specialist and Supporting Academic Research grade 5 from £27979

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The post holder will contribute to the exciting research programme of an awarded EPSRC Established Career Fellowship to Prof Wen-Hua Chen. It aims to develop fundamental control theory for next generation of control systems where the specifications are given in terms of what the system needs to achieve, rather than how to achieve as in traditional control systems. This was driven by the needs of moving from low levels of automation to high levels of automation. Such an example could be found in unmanned aircraft systems, autonomous driving, precision agriculture, and fully automated warehouse and factory.

The fellowship will make ground-breaking through in developing new analysis and design tools for high levels of automation systems with proven properties. The research focus will be on the interplay between learning, uncertainty, controlled dynamics, information processing, decision making/control strategy, environment, and constraints (e.g. safety, physical, or legal). The post holder will have an opportunity joining an international leading team working on cutting edge research. He/she will have opportunities to collaborate with industrial partners and international leading universities. It is expected that the post holder shall have strong analytical skills, and are interested in working on challenging theoretic problems in the engineering context.

There is an opportunity for appointing a part-time Research Assistant that is complementary with the current research profile in the Fellowship programme. It is expected that the appointee shall be working on developing new decision making and control strategies for autonomous driving using developed dual control for exploitation and exploration (DCEE). They will closely collaborate with other members of the core Fellow team. We are looking for candidates with strong skills in one or several areas: DCEE, decision making, supervisory control, optimisation, Bayesian inference. The applicant shall have experience in unmanned vehicles, or autonomous systems.

The position is available from 01/04/2024 for a duration of 6 months on a part-time basis.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Wen-Hua Chen, Professor in Autonomous Vehicles by email at [email protected] or by telephone on +44 1509 227 230.

Closing date 4 April 2024

Further details available in the Job Description and Person Specification.

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Research Assistant in GOCS for Autonomous Driving


Loughborough University


United Kingdom


March 27, 2024

Application deadline

April 04, 2024

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Computer Science,Engineering,Space Science

About the employer

The history of Loughborough University can be traced back to the establishment of a small technical institute in 1909. Originally, Loughborough University of Technology provided education only in technical subjects like art and science. The university was given its current name in 1996. Currently, the university has 22 academic schools and departments, over 100 research groups, institutes and centers, and over 35 professional services, teams.

Located in the center of Loughborough, UK, the university campus covers an area of 440 acres. The campus has a world-class infrastructure and provides a plethora of facilities like huge lecture theatres, a well-stocked library, well-equipped laboratories, an extensive IT network, a conference center, excellent accommodation, and Loughborough Students' Union. The university also has an arts center, a bank, a health center, two theatres, restaurants, and some shops. Also, it provides the students with excellent sports facilities. The university has a postgraduate campus in London too. Both the campuses have won many awards and rankings for the facilities they offer.

Loughborough University offers numerous undergraduate, doctoral and postgraduate programs in various fields like accounts, finance, engineering, sciences, architecture, business, computer science, management, mathematics, languages, sports, economics, arts, social sciences, media, and psychology. The university houses more than 17,000 students and over 3,700 staff members. It is a member of a renowned international academic network, UNITECH International, and has collaborations with many international institutions like MIT, IIT Delhi, and Nanyang Technological University. It also has strong links with many funding agencies and sponsors like the Brunei High Commission, the Libyan Embassy, Oman Cultural Attaché Office and the Chevening Organization. The university equips the students with the skills and knowledge required to improve their employability and offers them plenty of outstanding career opportunities.

Loughborough University has a large network of alumni. There are more than 178,000 alumni across 169 countries. Sir Peter Bonfield is BT Group's former chief executive. Lord Sebastian Coe is an Olympic athlete well-known for holding the world marathon record. Paula Radcliffe is Williams Formula One team's Head of Vehicle Performance and Rob Smedley's former race engineer. Malcolm Sayer is a successful car and aircraft designer. Rosalind Ayres is a popular English actress. Tanni Grey-Thompson is a television presenter, Welsh politician, and a former wheelchair racer. Clive Woodward used to be an English rugby player and served as the coach for the England rugby team from 1997-2004. There are lots of other distinguished and notable names linked to the university.

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