Germany: PhD Fellowships, Paderborn

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The
International Graduate School (Dynamic Intelligent Systems) at the
University of Paderborn is one of  seven NRW Graduate Schools which are
initiated and supported by the Ministry of Innovation, Science,
Research and Technology of the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia,
Germany. Located in the heart of Europe, it offers a stimulating and
supportive environment for research in the rapidly developing field of
software, systems and network engineering. This field deals with the
construction of so-called embedded or mechatronic systems, which is
already a research focus of the University of Paderborn.

The Graduate School is run by the faculties of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics (EIM), Business Administration and Economics and  Mechanical Engineering as
a research center of excellence in this field. The International
Graduate School offers an English speaking program – based on a well
structured curriculum – that allows excellent and motivated students to
finish their doctoral work within three years. Additionally, attractive
fellowships are available. Individual guidance and supervision,
education in soft skills and a challenging environment prepare for
leadership in academia and industry

Research Focus

The
overall goal of the School is to provide a stimulating environment for
research in the rapidly developing field of software, systems and
network engineering. The field deals with the construction of so-called
embedded or mechatronic systems. Such systems are already in daily use
and the social and economic welfare of the modern information society
increasingly depends on them. Examples are simple systems like
electronic teller machines and complex life critical systems like a
modern aircraft or a railway system.

Such systems only function
correctly if the often complex interplay between mechanical, electrical
and software components is carefully defined and works well. Complexity
is further increased when the systems are connected in networks.
Challenges for future research in the area are particularly due to the
fact that these systems must increasingly become dynamically
reconfigurable, such that their components (software and hardware) can
be replaced or upgraded during runtime. Such changes can only be
contemplated if their success is assured in advance. Not only must the
new component work properly, but it also must operate in its new
environment without causing any bad side effects. In addition, the
evolution of such systems and the implant of components into different,
evolving environments require that components become more and more
intelligent, i. e., that they adapt automatically to their new or
changing environment. Such changing, adaptive systems we call dynamic
intelligent systems. They are the focus of the School’s research
program.
 
PhD projects could be in areas like:

  • Reconfigurable Hardware and Software Components
  • Ressource and Communication Management in Dynamic Networks
  • Organisation of large Dynamic Networks
  • Interdisciplinary Design Processes
  • Performance-oriented Modelling and Specification Techniques
  • Intelligent Systems in Production and Logistics
  • Intelligent Mechatronic Systems  

Fellowship Details

  • Students
    who are admitted to a PACE program, receive a full fellowship. The
    procedure for requesting a fellowship is integrated in the application
    form.
  • Fellowships in the amount of approximately 1600 Euro
    (tax free) per month are available to support living and accomodation
    for a maximum of 3 years. Fellowship holders are not subject to any
    tuition fees.
  • Fellowships are granted on a competitive basis

Application
 
Applicants
must hold a Master Degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science,
Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related fields. An
application should contain:

  • certified copies of relevant grades
  • TOEFL Examinee’s Score Record (Requirement: 83 ibt)
  • a completely filled in application form

Please print and send us the completed form by post to the following address:

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Steffen
Managing Director
Paderborn Institute for Advanced Studies in Computer Science and Engineering (PACE)
Universität Paderborn
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn
Deutschland

Download IGS Application Form

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Contact for Further Information

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Steffen
Managing Director
Paderborn Institute for Advanced Studies in Computer Science and Engineering (PACE)
Universität Paderborn
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn
Deutschland

Tel.        (+49) (0) 5251 60-3261
Fax:       (+49) (0) 5251 60-3489
E-Mail:    pace(at)uni-paderborn.de

Deadline: 30-nov-2008

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