23/10/2020
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PhD Neuromorphic multi-drone perception

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Antwerp
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer scienceComputer architecture
    Computer scienceOther
    EngineeringOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    22/11/2020 12:44 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Antwerpen
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38

OFFER DESCRIPTION

United they fly! Help us build a distributed drone brain.

The trend towards autonomous drones is currently driving the integration of an increasing number of sensors for safe navigation under all circumstances, forcing algorithms and hardware to be energy efficient and fast. When drone technology continues to mature, deploying swarms of them will enable even more advanced use cases, for example in precision agriculture. Swarms also offer the possibility of sharing both sensory and compute resources, making the swarm act and respond as a single collaborative entity with overall better performance.

In this PhD project, you will work with real-world multi-sensory data collected by multiple drones and develop a spike-based neuromorphic fusion solution running on custom imec hardware. More specifically, you will focus on the following research questions:

  • Can we build a low power sensor fusion solution based on spiking neural networks for autonomous drone navigation and obstacle avoidance, running on imec hardware. We will investigate different solutions to perform spike encodings and carry out the learning. A trade off will be made vs power consumption and hardware.
  • How can collaborative drones, each with their own spike-based neuromorphic fusion solution, communicate with each other in a timely and resource efficient way? Which sensor fusion tasks need to be performed by which nodes in a collaborative setting?
  • Can we develop efficient techniques for distributed training across multiple spike- based drones to reduce each drone's individual memory and power requirement and, at the same time, lower the convergence time of the swarm?

Required background: Engineering science, computer/data science  Type of work: 60% modeling/simulation, 30% experimental, 10% literature Supervisor: Steven Latré

Co-supervisor:Werner Van Leekwijck

Daily advisor: Ilja Ocket

Apply on https://www.imec-int.com/en/work-at-imec/job- opportunities/neuromorphic-multi-drone-perception

The reference code for this position is 2021-119. Mention this reference code on your application form.

More Information

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Antwerp
Belgium
Antwerpen
2000
Prinsstraat 13

EURAXESS offer ID: 570912
Posting organisation offer ID: 149776

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