AutoCRC Research Scholarship Safe and Reliable Integration and Deployment Architectures for Automotive Software Systems, Australia

AutoCRC Research Scholarship
Safe and Reliable Integration and Deployment Architectures for Automotive Software Systems
In modern automotive systems, the use of sensor networks, ECUs (Electronic Control Units) and software components presents opportunities for building innovative, cost-effective and flexible design solutions. However, the introduction of such software-controlled systems in the safety-critical areas of a car design must be carefully considered. The integration of software components and its implications, i.e. interaction, interoperation and sharing of resources, raise serious safety concerns, which include the possibility of common cause failure and unpredicted dependent failure of critical functions caused by malfunction of noncritical functions.

Further difficulties are caused by the increasing scale and complexity of automotive systems, which may contain up to one hundred sensors and ECUs as well as hundreds of software components. Within this general research area, the proposed postgraduate research project aims to identify and develop safe and reliable software integration and deployment architectures, where these architectures map software components/functionalities to available ECUs and govern/coordinate their interaction and interoperation.

Supervisors of the project are Prof Jun Han, Dr Lars Grunske, and Dr Antony Tang.

We are interested in a PhD student who has a very string academic record with background in one or more of the following areas:

* component-based software engineering (in the areas of embedded systems, robotics, etc. )
* software architectures and architecture evaluation
* multi-objective optimisation in software engineering
* formal methods in system design
* software and systems engineering for safety and mission-critical systems
* Communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are also required.

The scholarship carries a value of AUS$28,000 p.a., with fee exemption for both Australian and international students. Additional project
support is also available for the student to carry out the research.

If you are interested in the research project, please provide the following information via email to lgrunske[ at ]

* detailed curriculum vitae
* an (electronic) copy of undergraduate and postgraduate transcripts
* evidence of English proficiency (native English speaker, previous studies in English in certain cases, or IELTS of 6.5 with no band below 6).

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(We also have a PhD scholarship available in Service Oriented Architecture for Australian citizens and permanent residents.)