Position filled - Enhanced situational awareness and optimal handover for autonomous drilling systems

Position filled

One fully funded 3-year industrially sponsored PhD is available in Edinburgh starting September 2018. Sponsorship will be provided by Schlumberger (www.slb.com). Schlumberger is the leading supplier of technology, project management, and information solutions, trusted to deliver superior results and improved E&P performance for oil and gas companies around the world. Through their well site operations and in their research and engineering facilities, they are working to develop products, services and solutions that optimize customer performance in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

One of the big challenges for the acceptance of semi-autonomous systems where human oversight and intervention are expected arises in ensuring continuous situational awareness and guaranteeing a safe but not too conservative handover. This is key in several areas of society and industry, including the automation of drilling processes which Schlumberger is significantly committed to.

This project will give the student the opportunity to advance the science of explainable AI and enhanced data interaction for situational awareness, and of optimal strategies for handover of system control based on the system state.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain one of the following qualifications:

•BEng/MEng/MSc in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent) 1st class/70% average or above

•BEng/MEng/MSc in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent) 1st class/70% average or above

•BSc/MSc Computer Science (or equivalent) 1st class/70% average or above.

Other engineering, science or mathematical backgrounds studied to a suitably qualified level may also be considered. A background in dynamics and control of autonomous/robotic mechanical systems is desirable.

This is a fully funded 3-year Home/EU RAS CDT Scholarship covering Home/EU fees and stipend (£14,777 for 2018/19).

To find out more please contact:

Professor David Lane (D.M.Lane@hw.ac.uk)

University:  Heriot-Watt University

Supervisor: TBC

Stipend:  £14 777 (2018/19 rate)

Closing date:  26/05/18

Sponsor: Schlumberger

Studentship type: 
Industry sponsored studentship
£14 777.00
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Position filled


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