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PhD Position at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia - Extreme Aquatic Sensing Using Machine Learning
The Centre for Biorobotics is a team of international, young, skilled, and motivated researchers and engineers. We are seeking to expand our team with new members who share our interest in developing novel, unusual, even risky technological ideas and applications inspired by and for understanding nature/natural processes. Our previous work includes building and deploying swarms of pressure and inertial sensors in rivers and in the sea. The sensors capture extreme conditions such as passing through hydropower turbines or being hit by large ship waves. While we value team work and team spirit, each individual member is afforded the independence of pursuing their own topics of interest within the working style that best suits them. 

Background and Motivation: Aquatic animals are capable of sensing, filtering and processing extreme temperatures, pressures and rates of environmental change which electromechanical underwater sensors simply cannot. What we learn from these amazing animals is now used to develop new underwater sensing methods which require “Extreme Aquatic Sensing”. These bio-inspired systems are robust, real-time and combine different data sources such as imagery and mechanical sensing seamlessly. Data which is this difficult to obtain has both a large scientific and economic value. 

Objective of the PhD thesis: to create, test and validate new data-driven methods which can deal with large, multimodal measurement streams from extreme aquatic sensors, in real-time. 

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