Research Engineer (Controls)

15 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
14 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The research scope for this position is in control systems development for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle operating in SS3 - SS4 swell conditions and currents of up to 4 knots for stability in offshore conditions. We will explore various models (including heuristic, dynamics and machine-learning based) for control system performance with adaptability to the sinusoidal swell conditions as well as turbulence induced by currents around subsea structures. Also, the ability to maintain stability in event of thruster failure will also be developed. The research will be developed around the digital twin model of the Technology Centre for Offshore Marine Singapore (TCOMS) ocean basin which will model the hydrodynamics of currents and waves around offshore structures.

The role will entail the following job scope:

  • Research and implement control strategies for the AUV control manoeuvres
  • Research and implement adaptive control systems capable of handling uncertainty in strong water currents and waves
  • Research and exploration of reinforcement learning type reward-prediction type control behaviour
  • Integration of control system with robotics stack with the software architecture
  • Test and debug of control algorithms in software in the loop simulation


Job Requirements

  • Bachelors in Computer Engineering/ Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineering (Robotics Equivalent)
  • Research or industry experience writing code for complex robotic systems
  • Experience with complex control systems and AI
  • Experience with Robot Operating System framework
  • Proficient in Python and C++
  • Proficient in Linux
  • Experience with reinforcement learning is a bonus

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