Friday, July 1, 2011

PhD on Visualizing Cyber-physical Systems

Position Reference Number: “IDE 6/11”

We are developing a novel modeling and simulation language called Acumen. The goal is to create a language that can significantly accelerate innovation in the design and production of cyber-physical systems. We are seeking a doctoral student interested in developing and investigating the use of Acumen as a basis for a virtual reality environment. The research leader and supervisor will be Professors Walid Taha and Veronica Gaspes.

The goal of this doctoral position is to develop and investigate extensions of the Acumen run-time with support for visual modeling, simulation, and visualization.
This involves developing graphical entry of physical models, real-time 3D rendering, and support for interaction during the execution of simulations, developing a large and diverse suite of benchmark models and visualization, and developing techniques to formally specify and verify such a platform. Ultimately, these technologies are expected to significantly advance the utility of Acumen for modeling and experimentation with novel cyber physical designs.


The position is intended for someone that will have a Masters degree by the start of their doctoral studies. Desirable skills include expertise in functional programming, modeling and simulation, virtual reality, game design and implementation, and Scala.

Compensation and Term:

After taxes, the salary is currently the rough equivalent of US $35K/year. The appointment start with a one year appointment renewable up to four years. If a student carries out part-time (20%) teaching duties or other departmental work, it may be extended for an additional year.

Application Procedure and Deadlines:

The application should comprise a single PDF file consisting of:

1) a cover letter stating the purpose of the application and a brief statement of why you believe that your goals are well-matched with the goals of this position,

2) a CV that includes at least
  • A list of previous degrees, dates, and institution
  • Transcripts for higher-education studies until most recent available
  • Optionally, results from standardized tests such as GRE or TOEFEL may be included
  • A list of publications and a description of previous research and other work experience
  • Links to online copies of the most important publications
  • A statement of purpose
  • Contact information for at least three references

The application should be sent as one PDF file attached to an email addressed to: The subject line of the email should be “Application to IDE 6/11”. Application must be received by 2011-08-31 to receive full consideration.  The expected starting date is 2011-10-15, or as soon as possible after this date.  For more information, contact Professors Walid Taha or Veronica Gaspes, Dean Magnus Larsson or Inger Wieslander (SACO union representative). All can be reached through the switchboard +46 35 16 71 00 or by email: