PhD Supporting first responders in complex indoor/outdoor emergency scenarios with UAV-based mapping, using advanced computer vision and machine learning
The project is part of a large-scale research project funded through the Horizon 2020 funding scheme of the European Commission, entitled “The first responder of the future: a Next Generation Integrated Toolkit for collaborative response, increasing protection and augmenting operational capacity” (INGENIOUS). The project is led by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) from Greece, has 23 participating organisations from 15 European countries and is co-led by ITC. The overall aim of INGENIOUS is to develop a toolkit that makes the work of first responders safer and more effective. This will be achieved by developing smart, i.e. sensor-equipped uniforms, boots and helmet that sense both the well-being of the responder but also nearby environmental hazards, and novel ways to make this information available to the responder and incident commander through augmented reality. The project also has a strong focus on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and includes large fixed-wing devices for synoptic mapping as a basis for comprehensive scene and response asset mapping, but also different types of smaller devices. Their purpose is to provide, partly swarm-based, indoor localisation and mapping and tracking of responders in GNSS-denied settings, but also to allow exterior building mapping and 3D reconstruction to be propagated to immediate interior building parts, for which novel methods based on advanced photogrammetry and computer vision, but also machine learning, e.g. with CNN, need to be developed. The work builds on the FP7 project INACHUS
It will be your responsibility to address the following specific problems:
We are looking for a creative and motivated candidate. You should:
INFORMATION AND APPLICATION
Please submit your application before 3 September 2019 (on the University of Twente vacancy website choose "apply now").
Your application should contain a detailed Curriculum Vitae and a letter elaborating the motivation for the application.
The project starts on 1 September 2019, and we would like you to start working as soon as possible. Job interviews (likely via Skype) will be held in the week of 9 September 2019.
This is a re-advertisement of the position. Please do not apply if you already did so earlier.
We offer you an inspiring multidisciplinary and challenging international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
You will be fulltime employed for four years. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch Universities.
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 Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.