Postdoctoral position in Energy optimisation and control of autonomous electric vehicles

Updated: 7 months ago

Chalmers University of Technology now has an open post doc position that will be jointly hosted by the Automatic Control (AC) group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Urban Mobility Systems (UMS) group at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE). The position is with the Automatic Control group in the division of Systems and Control. Aiming for sustainable solutions, the group is involved in many research projects on energy savings using automatic control methods. In general the projects are carried out in collaboration with other research groups, institutes and industry.

Project description
The traditional routing problem is reinvigorated by emerging transport technologies where the fleet consists of autonomous electric vehicles. With specific battery capacities, vehicles have limited driving range and may have to visit charging stations for energy top-up to avoid being stranded. This naturally gives rise to another problem, charge scheduling. The routing and charge scheduling problems are inherently coupled, e.g., over battery dynamics and available charging resources, but their interactions are often neglected or overly simplified. One goal of this project to develop a unified framework for how to derive the most efficient route. The research scope will then be extended to a vehicle fleet. We are aimed to propose a method for how to possibly best drive the vehicle fleet in terms of safety, energy efficiency, and battery health. This will involve control of individual vehicles under the context of automation and connectedness.

This project is a collaboration between Automatic Control group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Urban Mobility Systems group at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Urban Mobility Systems group led by Prof Xiaobo Qu is focused on improving safety, efficiency, and sustainability of our future urban mobility systems, and is coordinating several large national and international research projects on intelligent transport. The two teams will collaboratively contribute with expertise in electric vehicles and the traffic system.

The position is a full-time temporary employment for one year, with potential to be extended to two years.

Information about the research group Automatic Control
The Automatic Control research group at the department of Electrical Engineering has a well established research group in the area of electrified vehicles. Within Automatic Control group, the BMS team currently holds 3 professors, 2 postdocs, 4 PhD students, and several master students. The research team has been working on battery systems for over a decade. This is the leading team on BMS research in Sweden, with a successful focus on modeling, estimation and control. For its battery research, the team received the Volvo Car Technology Award in 2017 and has published over 30 top tier journal papers.

Market penetration of electrified and intelligent vehicles is an unstoppable international trend. The transition is, however, greatly influenced by vehicle performance and cost and benefits, concerning vehicle routing, battery charging, and trajectory control. A lot of research efforts have been conducted to individually deal with these problems and control the vehicle fleet in an aggregated manner. What distinguishes the work in our research group is that we would like to optimize energy in a unified framework via in-depth understanding of battery-vehicle-traffic system dynamics.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as a postdoc is to pursue research in line with the project, to publish and present scientific articles, and to take part in group discussions. In addition, you will contribute to PhD and master student co-supervision, and very minimal teaching.

To qualify for this position, you must have a doctoral degree preferably in control, transport or mechatronics; the degree should generally not be older than three years. The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Previous experience of traffic systems is a merit.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190646 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31 December, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Assistant professor Changfu Zou, Automatic Control, Department of Electrical Engineering, +46 (0)31 772 3392

Professor Xiaobo Qu, Urban Mobility Systems, Architecture and Civil Engineering, +46(0)768543198

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***

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