Are you passionate about technology and the fast pacing technological advances in the field of resilient mobility and public transport? Do you want to continue developing your skills with a combination of education and work? Are you interested in improving public transport services?
The Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programme offers you a 2-year position combining post MSc education and a design project to be carried out in collaboration with Keolis Nederland, the public transport operator in the Twente region. The educational programme will have an in-depth and broadening character with ample attention for professional development. The design project will focus on developing resilient public transport services that will combine and integrate state-of-the-art techniques in data processing and resilient scheduling for applications within the public transport domain.
In this project you will work on high level, creative new designs for complex issues. You will examine how Keolis can plan for more resilient public transport services. Resilience engineering offers a socio-technical framework to cope with infrastructure threats and disruptions, including preparedness, response, recovery and adaptation. For example, adverse weather (such as heavy rain, unpredicted snow, higher temperatures) is becoming more common in the Netherlands, but it is still largely unknown how public transport users change and adapt their travel patterns in future climate conditions. Given the fact that future weather will become more extreme, understanding how weather influences travel behavior is vital for planners and public transport operators.
This project will investigate how bus operations in the Twente area are affected by adverse weather conditions and potential other disruptions and how Keolis can prepare and respond to for example adverse weather conditions. This requires the scheduling of systems that have the intrinsic ability to adjust their functioning prior to, during, or following changes and disturbances, so that they can sustain required operations under both expected and unexpected conditions.
Improving the operations of existing public transport services taking into consideration potential disturbances poses a specific technical challenge that will be addressed in this PDEng project. It is expected that the outcome of this PDEng project will lead to a more robust public transport system with fewer negative experiences for travelers, and lower costs for society.
Specific design challenges that will be addressed in this PDEng are:
The aim of this design project is to:
“Develop resilient public transport services that take into consideration potential demand disturbances due to weather or other unexpected events”
The expected outcome of the approach is:
In the course program you get a customized education package consisting of, among others, courses in decision-support system design, computer science, systems engineering & design, machine learning, operations research, statistics, data ethics, and asset management.
We are searching for the best MSc graduate with a strong affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments. Besides, you have the ambition and talent to accelerate in finding solutions / crafting designs for complex technological problems with a multidisciplinary character. Important professional skills are
If you have any further questions about this vacancy of the PDEng programme, please contact Prof. Dr. Karst T. Geurs at email@example.com or Dr. Konstantinos Gkiotsalitis at firstname.lastname@example.org. General information about PDEng programmes you can find at http://www.utwente.nl/pdeng/en/
Please send your application, with a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, references and, if applicable, a list of publications you may have, through the button below, before September 1st, 2020. You can upload a maximum of 3 documents.
University of Twente (UT)
Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB, Enschede
This application process is managed by the employer (University of Twente (UT)). Please contact the employer for questions regarding your application.
Make sure to apply no later than 31 Aug 2020 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).
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