[Comp-neuro] Ph.D. Scholarships in “Cognitive Dependable Cyber Physical Systems” -- Brandenburg University of Technology

Douglas Cunningham douglas.cunningham at b-tu.de
Fri Jul 29 10:02:17 CEST 2016

The Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg will
launch new thematic clusters in the Graduate Research School (GRS) as
part of the strategy to strengthen the research profile of
BTU.  Thematic clusters are flexible units that shall contribute to the
creation of critical masses in the core research areas of BTU. At the
same time they are an important instrument of promoting young

Against this backdrop the BTU will establish in October 2016 the
thematic cluster “Cognitive Dependable Cyber Physical Systems“ (CD -
CPS).  Successful applicants are expected to begin their research in
October 2016 and the scholarship will be tenable for 36 months. The
amount of the scholarship is 1,200 euros per month. The GRS will also
offer child support for Ph.D. students with children. Successful
candidates will have access to additional funding of the GRS for their
doctoral research (e.g. mobility grants etc.).

Doctoral studies may be organized within a program of structured
doctoral studies towards a “Ph.  D.  in Dependable Hardware / Software
Systems”.  Optionally, doctoral students may work towards a “Dr.-Ing.”
or a “Dr. rer. nat” degree.

The cluster’s research focuses on technical systems that have the
ability to perceive, interpret, think, and act intelligently and
reliably. These systems need cognitive abilities, such as extracting
and interpreting information from complex, noisy, and possibly
incomplete data –- often coming from different types of sensor. This
information also must be integrated with existing knowledge in order to
make informed decisions which guide the system’s behavior, including
about how to interact with humans. One critical system function is to
monitor system parameters in order to make decisions regarding
dependability, reliability, safety, and security. This can help achieve
a high degree of “error resilience”.  These systems must be
trustworthy, dependable, and reliable, especially since they are
increasingly being embedded in many aspects of everyday life.  The
cluster works closely with the Leibniz Institute for Innovative
Micorelectronics (IHP).  Additional Information about the cluster and
the funding program can found at website of the GRS: 
<www.b-tu.de/researchschool/> .

Applicants should have successfully completed a degree in Electrical
Engineering, Computer Science/Informatics, Cognitive Science or a
related field.  Although the language of working environment and the
dissertation is usually German, English is also possible with the
consent of the advisor.  In addition to the usual application materials
(letter of application, CV or résumé, copies of academic degrees), all
applicants should send a letter of motivation and a research proposal.
The research proposal should be no more than 5 pages, be based on one
of the proposed Ph.D.  topics listed on the Cluster’s GRS website, and
describe past experience or work in the area.

Please note that the cluster only accepts complete applications. The
application deadline is August 15, 2016.

For further information or to submit your application (preferably via
email as one PDF), please contact:

Prof. Dr. Douglas W. Cunningham
BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg 
Tel.: +49 (0) 355 69 3816 
E-Mail: douglas.cunningham at b-tu.de
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