PROFESSOR IN CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR HUMAN-CENTERED APPLICATIONS
KU Leuven has a full-time academic vacancy in the area of control systems for human-centered applications at the Group T campus in Leuven. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent interdisciplinary research record and with educational qualities within the field of algorithms for control systems and hardware implementations, incl. sensors, actuators and electronic circuits. The candidate will set up and carry out curiosity-driven and demand-driven research in close collaboration with companies and actors in diverse sectors, such as health care, learning, art and/or entertainment. The e-Media Research Lab is an intense collaboration between the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) and the Department of Computer Science.
Control systems have traditionally been a crucial component in industrial systems, both in automation applications and in the transition to Industry 4.0. Nowadays, control systems have an increasing impact on the further digital development of non-industrial sectors such as digital health, digital learning and digital humanities. Within these domains the interaction between the system and the human user is put central. An example of such systems are haptic feedback systems that help people with motor disabilities, as a rehabilitation aid after an injury, or to improve the condition of patients with neurological disorders. Other examples include controlling glucose levels in diabetics, designing haptic interfaces for interactive and playful learning, or creating personal sound zones and virtual acoustics in art and entertainment applications.
Your research will focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of new interactive control systems within one or more application domains. This includes the design and development of complex actuator systems, the design and implementation of advanced signal processing and control algorithms, as well as the design and implementation of theelectronic circuits. These systems are designed, developed and tested in closecollaboration with domain experts (therapists, healthcare providers, artists)and end-users.
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