Control algorithms for collision avoidance and protocols for data exchange between autonomous ships in inland waterways

Updated: 19 days ago
Deadline: 01 Jan 2022

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About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The research topic is Control algorithms for collision avoidance and protocols for data exchange between autonomous ships in inland waterways. The objective is to increased safety and efficiency of autonomous inland shipping by contributing with effective protocols and algorithms for collision avoidance that exploits effective exchange of navigation data, mission plans, and other critical information between autonomous ships, conventional vessels and traffic management systems.


The position is part of the EU-funded European training and research network on Autonomous Barges for Smart Inland Shipping - AUTOBarge Project – ETN Auto Barge (etn-autobarge.eu ). AUTOBarge is about seizing an opportunity. Europe’s waterways are a vital resource that we have underused for most of the last century. Now, with the possibility for mass autonomous shipping, these canals and rivers offer a network that we can exploit without damaging the environment to the extent of new roads and aircraft runways. But to be able to do this we need new people with new skills. These innovators must be experts in remote control, monitoring, smart logistics, regulatory aspects, and many more areas associated with the complexity of inland shipping. The 15 early-stage researchers recruited to AUTObarge will begin this transport revolution.

You will report to your main supervisor.


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