PhD student in Computer Science – Robots for Automated Construction
Skanska is one of the world’s leading companies within construction, project development of commercial and residential projects and public-private partnerships. The Group has 41 000 employees in eleven selected home markets in Europe and the United States, with headquarters located in Stockholm.
This PhD student position is a university PhD position, part of the Automation Region Research Academy (ARRAY), hosted by Embedded Systems (ES) – the most research-intensive research environment at MDH and a national leader in embedded-systems research. ES is organized in 15 mutually supportive and cooperating research groups, and includes 38 professors, 75 additional senior researchers and more than 80 PhD-students. ARRAY include a total of 15 PhD students focusing on different aspects of automation related research.
Research at ES has a dominating focus on embedded software, with world leading competence in embedded-software development and real-time systems modelling and analysis. Internationally, ES has extensive co-operation and is known for its research as well as its strong industrial links. Industrial partners include major companies, such as ABB, Bombardier, Ericsson, Scania, Skanska and Volvo, as well as many smaller businesses, including several spin-off companies. ES provides a stimulating international research environment, characterized by its cooperative atmosphere, openness, and team spirit – a great environment for a researcher to grow in; with a mix of established and young researchers, several of which are employed or funded by industry.
Employment of the PhD student is with MDH. The education is carried out at MDH in collaboration with Skanska Sverige AB and other partners including ABB AB and Robotdalen. Complementing competences are available at MDH, Skanska, ABB AB and Robotdalen to support the successful completion of the research project.
Employment: Temporary employment
Scope: Full time
Closing date for application: 2018-10-31
Campus location: Västeras
School: School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, (IDT)
The projects guiding vision is a fully automated fabrication process of custom-made reinforcement cages for reinforced concrete structures, using robotics. The overall goal of such an automated solution is to provide higher efficiency in the construction process and at the same time securing higher quality and an overall lower risk for humans involved in such harsh work.
The focus of this PhD student position is to address a set of challenges when it comes to robotic automated fabrication of reinforcement cages for concrete structures. This involves addressing specific challenges related to the creation of algorithms for automated programming and control of robotic motion planning and execution, based on construction documents and 3D models. Given such models and algorithms the robots shall create the reinforcement cages. The research includes planning of seamless and collision free robotic movements including the specific robot operations for placing, fixing (tying, welding), etc., to achieve the desired reinforcement cage.
The project is funded by Skanska Sverige AB, the Knowledge Foundation (KKS) and SBUF (the construction industry’s organization for research and development).
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Decisive importance is attached to personal suitability. We value the qualities that an even distribution of age and gender, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity, can contribute to the organization.
Experience in robotics, modelling, autonomous systems, embedded systems is considered as a merit.
Experience with construction engineering is considered as a merit.
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Michaël Le Duc
Facklig representant SACO
021-10 14 02
Facklig representant (OFR)
021-10 14 89
Post expires on Wednesday October 31st, 2018