2 PhD positions in Distributed Edge Artificial Intelligence

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The Advanced Network Management and Control laboratory at Electrical Engineering (EE) department of TU/e has two PhD positions in the field of edge network and computing resource allocation using artificial intelligence at the edge (Edge AI).

PhD 1 - Edge Network Resource Availability Prediction

PhD 2 - In-network Distributed Resource Planning

Goal and background

Computing resources available at or nearby a cyber-physical system have much slower upgrade cycles than the algorithms they serve. This makes maintenance very expensive as physical access by experts becomes necessary for upgrades or complete replacements. TU/e , ASTRON and Thermo Fisher Scientific join forces to address the problem exploiting novel AI architectures at the edge, like distributed reservoir computing. The project, Autonomous Distribution Architecture on Progressing Topologies and Optimization of Resources (ADAPTOR - ref.18651), was funded by the Open Technology Program (OTP) of NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW).

ADAPTOR extends the autonomy of these systems by building an intelligent fog/edge solution able to aggregate all resources of interconnected devices into a single distributed pool and assign tasks to it. The goal of ADAPTOR is to accurately predict the availability of resources at any moment and move the task to the best resource. The higher the resource utilization the more effective ADAPTOR solution is. ADAPTOR’s diverse use cases, electron-microscope farms and space-based radio telescope swarms, bring challenges on time-sensitivity, tight resource constraints and scalability.

Research Challenges

Requirements derived from the two use cases drive the research challenges of the project. Both cases refer to networks of resources at the edge operating within some kind of isolation. In electro-microscope farms, cost and latency requirements make access to cloud resources prohibitive. Similarly, space-based radio telescope swarms cannot afford data offloading to nearby stationary computing resources, e.g. on Earth, due to power constraints and topology dynamics. It is therefore necessary to harvest unused resources within the farm or swarm.

The project will develop novel distributed AI mechanisms able to predict over time the availability of nearby resources (network and compute). Task migration can then start proactively improving resource utility.

Role

PhD 1 will analytically and experimentally study the problem of scheduling local and remote compute/storage and network resources for a limited number of resource locations and workload sources.

  • Model the resource availability prediction and allocation problems under dynamic constraints and uncertainties coming from communication and other hardware-related errors.
  • Design novel AI schemes for resource availability predictions and brain-inspired models for high prediction throughput and sustainable resource utility.
  • Experiment with the project’s use cases on both simulated setups and real-world deployments. The work is analytical on neural circuits and machine learning as well as practical on real-world edge computing infrastructures.

PhD 2 will devise efficient and accurate distributed AI mechanisms. This topic will investigate scalable ways of mapping the ADAPTOR architecture to physically distributed devices. In brief:

  • Model the impact of underlying communication networks performance on distributed AI mechanisms used for resource allocation and availability predictions.
  • Design novel distributed AI schemes able to harvest inherent non-linearities to predict resource availability and improve predictions throughput.
  • Experiment with future-proof designs on the project’s use cases.

The work is strongly experimental on simulated and real-world distributed computing systems.

Work environment

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of Europe’s top technological universities, in the heart of one of Europe’s largest high-tech innovation ecosystems - the Eindhoven Brainport region. Research at TU/e is a combination of academic excellence and a strong real-world impact through close collaboration with regional and international high-tech industries.

The candidate will be employed within the Electro-Optical Communications Group (ECO), in particular within the advanced network management and control laboratory. The candidate will strongly interact with the ECO group, which consists of over 70 researchers. This position is embedded within the Center for Wireless Technology (CWT/e) at TU/e which focuses on four programs: Ultra-High Data- Rate Systems, Ultra-Low Power and Internet-of-Things Communication, Terahertz Technology, and Radio Astronomy.

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The candidate

We are looking, therefore, for two strong PhD researchers to:

Collaboration- Continuously interact with other ECO researchers and with ADAPTOR’s partners ASTRON , Thermo Fisher Scientific and other users.

Dissemination - Contribute to the project reporting, scientific publications and other activities related to the preparation of new grant proposals to national and European projects.

PhD 1

Requirements- Capture the requirements of the electro-microscopy farm use case and analytically model the problem.

Approach- Design large-scale centralized resource availability prediction AI engines able to perform under uncertainties and with various applications.

Approach- Design in-built and emergent properties of novel AI models which specialize on separate applications as well as influence each other.

PhD 2

Requirements- Capture the requirements of the telescope swarm use case and study the underlying network dynamics.

Approach- Design scalable distributed resource availability prediction AI engines with high prediction throughput and able to be simultaneously used by multiple applications.

Approach- Harvest underlying physical communication networks’ dynamics to improve distributed AI models.

Qualifications

We are looking, therefore, for two strong PhD researchers who demonstrate:

  • Self-drive, proactivity, curiosity and execution power.
  • Creativity and critical thinking and an ability to cooperate with internal and external partners.
  • Master of Science degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering with excellent grades in related courses.
  • Deep understanding in wired/wireless communications and network implementations.
  • Strong theoretical and practical knowledge and experience with artificial intelligence techniques, esp. recurrent neural networks and reinforcement learning.
  • Interest in combining theory and experiments and well-developed analytic skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent proficiency (written and verbal) in English.
Arbeidsvoorwaarden
  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called ‘30% facility’, which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
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More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
dr. Georgios Exarchakos, g.exarchakos[at]tue.nl.

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Application

We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position (clearly indicate which position you apply for).
  • Submit you curriculum vitae, including a list any of your publications and the contact information of two references.
  • A copy of your Masters Thesis
  • Copies of diplomas and course grades

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Screening will continue until the position has been filled.

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