Postdoc Position on
Engineering the Software of Mission Critical Unmanned Vehicles
University of L'Aquila
Department of Information Engineering Computer Science and Mathematics
Software Engineering and Architecture (SEA) Group
around July 1, 2017
Type of contract:
Fixed term contract for 12 months.
27,000 EUR per Year
The SEA Group investigates research topics related to Software Engineering and Architecture, both from a functional and non-functional viewpoint. The SEA Group is involved in several national and international projects and has developed a solid research and development experience in software engineering by mainly focusing on software architectures, model-driven development, analysis and evolution of open source software, component-based programming, internet-based programming, and verification issues.
The postdoc will work in collaboration with Patrizio Pelliccione, an associate professor at Chalmers University of Technology | University of Gothenburg. Patrizio is working in tight collaboration with many companies mainly in the automotive and telecommunication domains. Moreover, he is working in a H2020 EU project, called Co4Robots - Achieving Complex Collaborative Missions via Decentralized Control and Coordination of Interacting Robots (http://www.co4robots.eu). The project will last for 3 years from 2017 Jan to 2019 Dec. Patrizio will guarantee a collaboration between this postdoc position and the work done within Co4Robots.
The production of software for mission critical unmanned vehicles (MCUVs) is often case-specific, without fully following established engineering processes. Systematic approaches, methods, models, and tools are pivotal for the creation of MCUVs for real-world applications and turn-key solutions. Well-defined (software) engineering approaches are considered the "make or break" factor in the development of complex robotic systems. The shift towards well-defined engineering approaches will stimulate component supply-chains and significantly reshape the MCUVs marketplace.
The successful candidate will be involved in the development of a software platform enabling the design, analysis, simulation, execution of missions executed by teams of unmanned vehicles that have to collaborate for accomplishing the specified missions. Model-Driven Engineering techniques and tools will be employed to raise the level of abstraction, promote reuse, facilitate integration, boost automation, and promote early analysis in such a complex domain.
The successful candidates are expected to have a PhD degree in related fields and a good publication record. Experience in collaborative research projects and in supervising masters and undergraduate students will constitute a preferential element.
Expertise in one of the following fields will be highly regarded: model-driven engineering, modelling in robotics, robotic platforms, ROS, simulation.
The working language will be English; knowledge of Italian is not required.
The position will be fixed-term for one year. The starting date will be around July 1, 2017.
Inquiries and expressions of interest should be sent by e-mail to Davide Di Ruscio (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Patrizio Pelliccione (email@example.com).
Deadline for submissions: June 8, 2017.
https://pica.cineca.it/univaq/ cod. pica disim2017-b004