3 Research Graduate Assistant Positions Available
in the Applied Chaos Lab (ACL)
#1 Nonlinearity and its applications
At the ACL, we propose and design new nonlinear models and techniques for computation, control, coding, etc. The main idea is to look at the rich dynamics of nonlinear systems, and study how these patterns can be used to implement a specific application. As opposed to conventional engineering where researchers design and build step-by-step and part-by-part to the final application, in our approach it is the intrinsic dynamics of the system that accomplishes the job.
This position requires analytical and numerical studies and modeling of nonlinear systems. During this program, the graduate research assistant will learn more about nonlinearity and chaos and how to introduce different applications for nonlinearity. The research graduate assistant might involve in some proof-of-concept, experimental studies that follow the developed theory.
Applicants must have some background in nonlinear dynamical systems theory and chaos, possess knowledge of numerical analysis and numerical modeling of systems, and have hands-on experience with programing languages, such as C.
#2 Applications of nonlinearity in computational intelligence and robotics
Nonlinearity is an inseparable part of nature and all living systems. It is believed that nonlinearity plays a crucial role in the adaptation and flexibility of living systems. This intrinsic nonlinearity of systems has usually been neglected, or even suppressed, by researchers.
At the ACL, we propose and study nonlinear models that fully utilize the intrinsic nonlinearity of a system to build adaptive and learning systems. The research is twofold: 1) introducing new abstract models for adaptation and learning, where the nonlinearity is combined with other machine learning techniques such as evolutionary techniques or artificial neural networks; 2) applying these new learning models to applications such as robotics (mobility, navigation, searching, etc.).
Applicants must have a background in machine learning and/or robotics and possess intuitive understanding of basic physics and mathematics. A background in nonlinear dynamical systems theory is not required or necessary, but preferred.
#3 Analog design for nonlinear applications
At the ACL, we propose and design new nonlinear models and techniques for computation, control, coding, etc. We have built and tested different discrete-element, proof of concept, circuits to demonstrate that our proposed models can be built and operate in real-life conditions. As a part of our current research, we are designing transistor level implementations for the aforementioned applications. The graduate research assistant will be involved in designing, testing, and implementing CMOS circuits for nonlinear applications.
Also, the graduate research assistant will be involved in our ongoing Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) project, funded by the Office of Naval Research. In this program, the ACL at UH has teamed up with a high-tech IC design company to commercialize the research results of the ACL.
During this program, the graduate research assistant will learn the main concepts of nonlinearity and chaos, how to utilize nonlinearity to build new engineering systems, and how to implement such systems.
Applicants need to have hands-on design experience with analog CMOS custom circuit designs, and possess intuitive understanding of basic physics and mathematics. Background in nonlinear dynamical systems theory is not required or necessary, but preferred.
All positions can start immediately.
Masters students can apply too.
For further information or inquiries please send an email to:
Dr. Behnam Kia, email@example.com