PhD Position in Safe Motion Planning of Autonomous Vehicles

Technical University of Munich


PhD Position for Safe Motion Planning of Autonomous Vehicles

The research group Cyber-Physical Systems of Prof. Matthias Althoff at the Technical University of Munich offers a PhD position in the area of safe motion planning of autonomous vehicles. The Technical University of Munich is one of the top research universities in Europe fostering a strong entrepreneurial spirit and international culture.

Expected Starting Date: 01 August-01 October 2020

Closing Date for Applicants: 31 July 2020

Duration: 3 years with a possible extension.
Project and Job Description
The focus of this position is on developing new methods for efficient and safe motion planning of automated vehicles. A special focus will be on developing planning algorithms that reliably find valid solutions in dangerous and unexpected situations. By combining motion planning techniques with reachability analysis, the solution space will be reduced so that valid plans can be found more reliably under strong real time constraints. To test the efficiency of the tested algorithms, the candidate should further develop our online available database of test scenarios: Towards the end of the project, the candidate should demonstrate the developed methods on an automated vehicle.

Job Specifications
  • Applicants should be at most 28 years old.
  • Excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, engineering, or related disciplines (typically mathematics, physics).
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Good programming skills in at least one programming language, e.g. MATLAB, C/C++, Python.
  • Highly motivated and keen on working in an international and interdisciplinary team
  • Applicants with strong background in the following fields are preferred:
    • Motion planning algorithms
    • Formal methods
    • Robotics
    • Control theory, signals and systems
    • Software Engineering
The applicant will be directly advised by Prof. Matthias Althoff ( Besides excellent skills for conducting innovative science, the candidate should also be talented in implementing research results on a real vehicle and lead teams of students. Our Offer PhD remuneration will be in line with the current German collective pay agreement TV-L E13 (around 4300 Euros/month). Technical University of Munich is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. We explicitly encourage women to apply and preference will be given to disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications.
International candidates are highly encouraged to apply. Please send a complete application (in English or German) including a CV, the Master thesis (highly recommended), your full transcript of records and contact details to Edmond Irani Liu ( Please do not include a cover letter. We kindly ask you to use the subject line “Application to Safe Motion Planning” in your application email.
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