Fault and Cyber-attack Tolerance for Distributed Systems

  • PhD
  • Delft

Delft University of Technology

Project Description: The successful candidate will carry out research in support of Dr. Ferrari, aiming to make distributed systems, such as critical infrastructures or formations of cooperative self-driving cars, robust to faults or cyber-attacks that could affect one or more subsystem or vehicle. The PhD student will develop model-based algorithms capable of detecting and isolating faults or cyber-attacks, as well as accommodation techniques. Research topics will include, for instance, probabilistic methods for designing detection thresholds, watermarking or encryption techniques, uncertainty propagation in large nonlinear systems and privacy issues between parties participating to the distributed scheme. There will be the possibility to test such algorithms on a multi-robot setup in our laboratories.

Requirements: the applicant should have obtained a M.Sc. degree in a field related to the project, such as electrical or electronics engineering, systems & control, mechanical engineering or computer science. A good command of the English language is required. Candidates with a background in fault diagnosis, multi-robots formations or distributed (parameters)-systems are especially encouraged to apply.

Conditions of Employment: The position will start as soon as possible, and run for four years. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the University graduate school. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Candidates actually in the process of obtaining their M.Sc. degree can be considered subjected to the condition of having completed it no later than the agreed starting date.

About Delft University of Technology: TU Delft is an internationally recognized research university with over 20,000 students and 3,300 staff scientists. Its high quality teaching standards and experimental facilities are renowned, placing it among the 6 top universities in Europe and top 18 in the world in the Engineering and Technology field (Times Higher Education 2018). TU Delft is an equal opportunity employer and committed to increase the diversity of its staff.

Application and More Information: Please send your application including a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of courses with grades, and contact information for two academic references to Dr. Riccardo Ferrari (r.ferrari@tudelft.nl). Dr. Ferrari can also be contacted for more information about this vacancy. The deadline for ensuring full consideration of an application is October 15, 2018, but the position will remain open until filled.

To apply for this job email your details to r.ferrari@tudelft.nl