代尔夫特理工大学

Performance Guarantees in Integrated Optimization-based & Learning-based Control of Networks with Hybrid Dynamics

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Job description

This PhD project is part of the European ERC Advanced Grant project CLariNet – a novel control paradigm for large-scale hybrid networks. The goal of CLariNet is to create a completely new paradigm for control of large-scale networks with hybrid dynamics (i.e., systems with a combination of continuous dynamics and event-driven dynamics or switching) by bridging the gap between optimization-based control and learning-based control. The breakthrough idea is to bridge that gap by using piecewise affine models and to unite the optimality of optimization-based control with the on-line tractability of learning-based control.

The aim of this PhD project is to develop integrated optimization-based and learning-based control method for constrained hybrid systems with performance guarantees. In particular, we will derive develop integrated optimization-based and learning-based control methods for piecewise affine (PWA) systems subject to input, output, and state constraints with performance guarantees in terms of optimality, constraint satisfaction, stability, safety, etc. For the cases where formal performance guarantees cannot be derived, probabilistic guarantees as used in, e.g., randomized algorithms will be derived instead. We will also consider issues such as computational complexity, error bounds, robustness, finite termination effects, etc. We will also investigate and characterize the various trade-offs (e.g., between accuracy/granularity of the system model and computational efficiency, and between allowed computation time and control performance/constraint violations).

This PhD project has a fundamental flavor. In addition, applications for the case studies include multi-modal transportation networks, smart multi-energy networks, and integrated intelligent transportation and energy systems.

Requirements

We are looking for a candidate with an MSc degree in systems and control, applied mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field, and with a strong background or interest in systems & control, machine learning, and formal analysis. The candidate is expected to work on the boundary of several research domains. A good command of the English language is required.

We offer the opportunity to do scientifically challenging research in a multi-disciplinary research group.     

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 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.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. Do you want to experience working at our faculty? This video will introduce you to some of our researchers and their work.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof.dr.ir. Bart De Schutter, b.deschutter@tudelft.nl.

For information about the application procedure, please contact Irina Bruckner, HR advisor, application-3mE@tudelft.nl.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by 15 September 2022 via the application button and upload your letter of application along with a detailed curriculum vitae, a motivation why this research topic interest you, a list of publications (if applicable), the abstract and/or summary of your MSc thesis, your BSc and MSc course program and the corresponding marks, names and addresses of two to three reference persons, and all other information that might be relevant to your application.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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