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EPSRC DTP Studentship in New Approaches to State Estimation on Processor Architectures which Track Uncertainty


Department of Engineering

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About the Project

State estimation algorithms use knowledge of the noise properties of measurements as well as knowledge of the dynamics of systems into which measurements feed, to improve the accuracy of estimating state from measurements. Recent work has shown that it is possible to achieve algorithmically-generated state estimator implementations that are competitive with handwritten implementations. These new methods have the ability to perform static checking of the physical plausibility of expressions in the generated implementation and at the same time replace the need for hand-crafting Jacobian matrices, by using automatic differentiation methods borrowed from the deep learning community.

This PhD project will investigate new algorithms for state estimation from noisy/uncertain measurements when the underlying computing platforms can track value uncertainty in hardware. The outcomes of the project will include new fundamental insights into how novel computer architectures that perform arithmetic on probability distributions can influence the design and implementation of state estimation algorithms. The project will result in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of new state estimation methods for these future processor architectures.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related subject. Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdpeg, with Phillip Stanley-Marbell identified as the potential supervisor and quote the position reference NM24591.

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Funding Notes

The EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. International (including EU) students will be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from the DTP. We recommend that international students apply by 3 December, in order that they can also be put forward for funding from the Cambridge Trust for the home-overseas fee difference if selected.
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