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PhD position SEQUOIAPosted by: University of Twente
Posted date: 2018-Apr-23
SEQUOIA aims to improve the reliability of the Dutch railroads by deploying big data analytics to predict and prevent failures. Its scientific core is a novel combination of machine learning, fault tree analysis and stochastic model checking. Key idea is that big data analytics provide the statistics on failures, their correlations, dependencies etc. and fault trees provide the domain knowledge needed to interpret these data. The project outcome aims at developing explainable machine learning techniques that discover causal relations instead of statistical correlations; machine learning of fault trees or of other models that are normally designed top-down by domain experts. The techniques should help ProRail to decrease train disruptions and delays, to lower maintenance cost, and to increase passenger comfort.
The project involves an intense cooperation ProRail and the RWTH Aachen University. The PhD candidate will spend a portion of their time at ProRail.
Key project deliverables are efficient analysis algorithms and a workable tool to be used in the ProRail context.
For more information about the project, see: fmt.cs.utwente.nl/research/projects/SEQUOIA/
The candidate should have an MSc degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Data Science or an equivalent qualification.We seek a candidate with a background in data science and big data analytics. The candidate should have a thorough background in (predictive) modeling, have ample experience with software development and tools (e.g. R, Python, Hadoop) and/or industrial case studies. Speaking Dutch, or the ability to learn it fast is a prerequisite. We also ask for good communication and collaboration skills.
- DMB group: www.utwente.nl/en/eemcs/ds/
- Dr. D. Hiemstra (d.hiemstrautwente.nl)
- FMT group: fmt.cs.utwente.nl/
- Prof. dr. Marielle Stoelinga (m.i.a.stoelingautwente.nl)
- Prof. dr. Joost-Pieter Katoen (j.p.katoenutwente.nl)
To apply, please include:
Applications should be uploaded via the application link below. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.
The application deadline is May 20, 2018.
Conditions of employment
The University of Twente offers excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment, and a green and lively campus.
Starting date of the position: as soon as possible after June 1, 2018.
The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.
The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.