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Two postdoctoral positions are available with the Vanderbilt Initiative for Smart cities Operation and Research (VISOR) at the Institute for Software integrated systems, in the area of smart and connected communities

Institute for Software Integrated Systems

The Vanderbilt initiative for smart cities operation and research (VISOR) at the Institute for Software integrated systems conducts research in the area of smart and connected communities (SCC). SCC as a research neighborhood lies at the intersection of machine learning, cyber-physical systems, civil infrastructure, data sciences, and social sciences. This research area is being enabled by the rapid and transformational changes driven by innovations in smart sensors, such as cameras and air quality monitors, which are now embedded in almost every physical device and system we use, from watches and smart phones to automobiles, homes, roads, and workplaces. Coupled with emerging modes of networking, new algorithms for data analytics, and new paradigms for distributed computing (e.g., fog computing), these sensors create an “internet of things” (IoT) that provide endless opportunities for innovation and improving the quality of life through improved transportation and efficient and sustainable use of energy and other resources. The effect of these innovations can be seen in a number of diverse domains including, transportation, emergency response, and energy distribution and use, to name a few. VISOR is home to a number of ongoing projects in collaboration with the city of Nashville.

We are seeking two motivated post-doctoral researchers with a solid technical background and experience in areas smart and connected communities with emphasis on one or more of the following (a) Real-time learning and decision making, (b) Secure and trustworthy data-driven decision support systems, and (c) Equitable and fair incentivization. Experience in software design and development, and the ability to link theoretical results to systems/experimental work within the domain of transportation and energy networks are highly valued.

A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field is required. 

ISIS is a premier research institute in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering with 14 faculty, 6 research scientists, 30 staff engineers, and 35 graduate students with sponsored funding that currently exceeds $18 million a year. ISIS is closely affiliated with the EECS Department, which currently has 49 full-time faculty, 523 undergraduate students, and 200 graduate students. The initial appointment will be for one year with possibility of extension dependent on performance. Preferable starting date is in the Fall 2018 semester.

Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally renowned research university located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee. Its 10 distinct schools share a single cohesive campus that nurtures interdisciplinary activities. The School of Engineering currently comprises 90 tenured and tenure-track faculty, operates with an annual budget of over $100 million including $70 million of externally funded research, and teaches 1,450 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The School of Engineering over the past decade has been on a strong upward trajectory in its national and international stature and prominence, and is in a period of growth in terms of faculty and facilities. In the 2015 rankings of graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report, the School ranked 3rd among programs with fewer than 100 faculty. 

With a metro population of approximately 1.8 million people, Nashville has been named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine, was designated the South’s Red Hot Town by TIME magazine, was ranked as the number one most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management magazine, was ranked the number one U.S. city for economic growth potential by Business Facilities Magazine, was identified by Forbes magazine as one of the cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years, and has been designated as one of the 100 Resilient Cities by the Rockefeller Foundation. Nashville also offers a vibrant and eclectic music and food culture, and the middle Tennessee region features a wide array of recreational attractions in both urban and outdoor settings.

Applications should include a cover letter specifying the candidate’s primary research interests, complete curriculum vitae, two primary publications, and the e-mail addresses of three references. The application can be sent by email to Applications Visor.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer.

Faculty contacts:

Abhishek Dubey faculty profile
Dan Work faculty profile
Gautam Biswas faculty profile

Abhishek Dubey, PhD
: 615-322-8775
2018-05-23 22:31:13

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