The Automatic Control Laboratory, Prof. Maryam Kamgarpour, at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zurich, works on a variety of control topics in the intersection of learning, optimization and game theory. These topics include coalitional games and mechanism design, distributed control and data-driven control. Furthermore, we work on applications ranging from air traffic system and robotics to power grid. Applications are invited for a
PhD position: developing the theory and algorithms for real-time control in emergency evacuation scenarios
Emergency evacuation is a challenging real-life task that arises in scenarios involving imminent or ongoing threat, such as fire in buildings. The advents of real-time sensing enable design of online control algorithms that can aid rescuers or trapped individuals to safely evacuate such emergency scenarios. These algorithms need to incorporate models of evolution of threat, for example, stochastic fire propagation models, as well as real-time measurements to synthesize safe control policies. Such control policies will then be communicated via handheld devices to the individuals in real-time and the online learning and control process repeats. This PhD project develops the necessary control theory and algorithms to address the above application. The theoretical tools will be based on stochastic control, online optimization, combinatorial optimization and cooperative multi-agent control.
Applicants should have a strong background and interest in mathematics, optimization or control, well-developed analytical and problem solving skills, outstanding academic track record, excellent English communication and writing skills and be self-motivated.
We look forward to receiving your online application including CV, transcript, one page on statement of research interests and goals and names of three references. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the group please visit our website http://control.ee.ethz.ch/~maryamk/. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Maryam Kamgarpour, by email mkamgar@control.ee.ethz.ch (no applications).