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PHD GRANT ON RFID TECHNOLOGY: PhD proposal in RFID streaming protocols for passive sensors

Deusto Institute of Technology (DeustoTech), located in Bilbao, Basque Country (Spain), is a research organization belonging to the University of Deusto (UD) and linked to its Faculty of Engineering. DeustoTech’s mission is to generate and transfer knowledge to society and companies, and support the UD, through research, development and innovation activities in the scope of Information and Communications Technologies, according to the ethical and humanist principles that define the UD University Project.

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The Faculty of Engineering and DeustoTech invite applications for several PhD projects to be performed in Deusto Smart Mobility (http://mobility.deustotech.eu/), a high performance research team recognized by the Basque University System.

RFID passive sensors are currently a hot research topic. The proposed PhD research on RFID technology can provide breakthrough solutions to many existing problems in the field of transport and mobility of goods, or people. The granted students will have available a fully functional prototyping platform located in DeustoTech facilities to fully experiment the RFID system, hardware and software.

Grant summary

The grants will have duration of 36 months, with annual renewals. Each 12 months the performance of the doctoral student will be evaluated to check if he/she achieves the PhD research goals established for the period. The exact amounts awarded will be established by the University of Deusto. In the last year call, the annual gross salary was 18.760€. The application is open to UE research applicants.

Job Summary

The research will focus on the design, development, simulation, and implementation of an RFID protocol with the main purpose of streaming data from passive tags including different types of sensors. The student will research on the diverse phenomena affecting the identification and reading of tags such as intermittent power, the capture effect, or the detection errors in RFID protocols for sensor data using computational tags.

Job Description

The main objective of this thesis will be to develop a new protocol for streaming data from passive sensors, and to adapt the protocol to different types of computational tags in order to provide a fluent connexion with each device. Considering the restrictions of RFID technology, some techniques will have to be developed to optimize the communication with moving tags. The reader will have to manage arriving, staying and leaving tags from its antenna range and the power sent to the tags. These tags, on the other hand, will have to optimize the energy cycles generated by the reader to power up their sensors and circuitry. These techniques will seek for the proper combination of simplicity and efficiency.

Requirements

  • Candidates should have a first class or good 2.1 honours degree in Electronics, Telecommunications or Computer Engineering (other equivalent disciplines will be also considered).
  • An appropriate degree at Masters Level will be mandatory in order to access to the PhD program (applicants finishing a Master’s degree along this academic year will also be considered). 
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is desired; knowledge of Spanish is not a requirement.
  • To be eligible, candidates must become a full-time worker at DeustoTech facilities.

Closing date

May 31, 2018.

Further details

Applicants can ask Hugo Landaluce for more information , at hlandaluce@deusto.es.

 

 

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PHD GRANT ON RFID TECHNOLOGY: PhD proposal to design and implement a wireless passive computational device

Deusto Institute of Technology (DeustoTech), located in Bilbao, Basque Country (Spain), is a research organization belonging to the University of Deusto (UD) and linked to its Faculty of Engineering. DeustoTech’s mission is to generate and transfer knowledge to society and companies, and support the UD, through research, development and innovation activities in the scope of Information and Communications Technologies, according to the ethical and humanist principles that define the UD University Project.

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The Faculty of Engineering and DeustoTech invite applications for several PhD projects to be performed in Deusto Smart Mobility (http://mobility.deustotech.eu/), a high performance research team recognized by the Basque University System.
RFID passive sensors are currently a hot research topic. The proposed PhD research on RFID technology can provide breakthrough solutions to many existing problems in the field of transport and mobility of goods, or people. The granted students will have available a fully functional prototyping platform located in DeustoTech facilities to fully experiment the RFID system, hardware and software.

Grant summary

The grants will have duration of 36 months, with annual renewals. Each 12 months the performance of the doctoral student will be evaluated to check if he/she achieves the PhD research goals established for the period. The exact amounts awarded will be established by the University of Deusto. In the last year call, the annual gross salary was 18.760€. The application is open to UE research applicants.

Job Summary

The research will focus on the design, development, and implementation of a wireless passive computational device. This device will be powered by an ambient radio signal and will be able to power a microcontroller and a sensor to read its value and transmit it to a receiver.

Job Description

The main objective of this thesis will be to develop a wireless passive computational device, powered by an ambient radio signal that solves the existing problem of the optimization of the hardware and the available resources to provide a fully functional passive device. The student will consider the problems related to the reception, storage and management of the radio signal energy, and the microcontroller and sensor power consumption.
Currently there are several innovative prototypes of this type of devices or tags that use ambient radio signals to be self-powered and to provide the information collected by a sensor or an actuator. These devices represent a hot research topic in a very challenging and innovative research area that may help to solve some of the already existing problems in the field of transport and mobility of goods and people.
Knowledge on electronics, circuit analysis and PCB design, C++, Python, assembler, and radio frequency transmission is desired for this vacancy.

Requirements

Candidates should have a first class or good 2.1 honours degree in Electronics, Telecommunications or Computer Engineering (other equivalent disciplines will be also considered).
An appropriate degree at Masters Level will be mandatory in order to access to the PhD program (applicants finishing a Master’s degree along this academic year will also be considered).
Proficiency in spoken and written English is desired; knowledge of Spanish is not a requirement.
To be eligible, candidates must become a full-time worker at DeustoTech facilities.

Closing date

May 31, 2018.

Further details

Applicants can ask Hugo Landaluce for more information , at hlandaluce@deusto.es.

 

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PostDoc Position: Data Scientist on Heterogeneous Data Management and Analytics

The MORElab – envisioning Future Internet (http://www.morelab.deusto.es/) research group is one of the largest and most successful research groups at Deusto Foundation and belongs to DeustoTech-Internet, a research unit within DeustoTech – Deusto Institute of Technology.

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The group has a strong background in the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques to middleware for embedded and mobile system in order to foster context-aware reactivity. In addition, the group is currently focusing its research on the area of Smart Cities by leveraging its expertise on Ubiquitous Computing, Linked Open Data management and recommendation and social data mining (Big Data Analytics) to extract structured data from social networks and thus enable urban apps assisting the daily activities of citizens or visitors.

MORElab has recently obtained recognition as recognized research group within the Basque university system. As result of this grant, there is an opening to complete our research skills in heterogeneous data management and analytics. Concretely, we are looking for a PostDoc helping us in the execution of research projects and preparation of proposals of new European projects in the area of ICT oriented towards the resolution of socioeconomic issues. The group is currently embarked in several European H2020 projects which involve knowledge and expertise in the following sub-fields.

The candidates are expected to have knowledge in some of the following fields:

  • Crowdsourcing techniques - user-generated data verification and processing
  • Natural language processing and Big Data Analytics
  • Dialogue systems and chatbots
  • HCI, gamification and behaviour change modelling
  • User engagement and user experience

Additional knowledge in the following fields will be taken into account for accessing to the open position:

  • Big Data processing infrastructures and stacks
  • Visualization techniques
  • Linked Data
  • ICT infrastructure to foster Open Government
  • Co-creation and Open Innovation approaches
  • Semantic Web, IoT and Web of Data
  • Open Services and micro services

We are looking for candidates willing to join our team and help us consolidating our increasing expertise in the application of solutions around the extensive usage of data. This research group focuses on the “V” of variety within Big Data solutions. We are very interested on bringing together structured and non-structured data from heterogeneous sources, namely personal sensing devices, IoT sensor networks, Open Government Data, user-generated data through apps or social networks and even private data. The group faces the challenge of how to make sense out of data, progressing from data into knowledge. A core area that wants to be tackled is how to interpret human generated data and how to portray information to people in a more understandable manner. We want to progress on data understandability both by/for machines and people.

Candidates for this position should submit their CVs and a letter of interest explaining why they suit the requested need to dipina@deusto.es
Requirements that must be fulfilled by candidates are:

  • PhD in an area related to Big and Linked Data, NLP, IoT, HCI/UX, Dialogue Systems, Gamification, Open Government
  • Proven track record of expertise in the area by a good range of impact publications and open source contributions
  • Experience in the execution of past projects and in the preparation of proposals, particularly European, will be valued.

The candidate will integrate into the project team of one of our active European projects, namely SIMPATICO, WeLive, GreenSoul or City4Age. The candidate will actively participate in the preparation of European proposals and offers and execution of industrial projects. His/her integration into MORElab team will be an opportunity to develop as an applied research scientist in close contact with excellence research in the European domain and the Basque industrial sector.

Salary will be in the range 27-34K€ depending on the experience of the candidate.
 

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