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Affordable and Reliable Automated Recognition and Tracking

The candidate will be part of a team developing a camera system which can detect, classify and track objects in real-time using embedded vision. The thesis will use commercial survelliance grade RGB and / or IR cameras such as the Mobotix S16 for observations both in air and underwater. The total cost of the system should not exceed 10,000 EUR. The focus of this project will be to address two major research questions: (1) How can we preprocess images in near real-time (e.g. homomorphic filtering, Gaussian blurring) in order to improve machine learning (e.g. YOLO) recognition and tracking performance for embedded vision? (2) Can multispectral (e.g. RGB+IR) increase the reliability of embedded vision recognition and tracking systems? The results of this 4-year PhD thesis are fundamental, and will be important to a broad range of disciplines including industrial automation, indoor and outdoor security, underwater robotics and environmental monitoring.

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisors: Jeffrey Tuhtan
Mairo Leier
Availability: This position has been occupied.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
Department of Computer Systems
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Research and implementation of the electrical impedance spectroscopy solutions

TalTech is worldwide recognized research organization in the field of impedance- based instrumentation and measurements solutions, applications, innovations etc. A PhD-student position is opened to develop next-gen healthcare, industrial and other electrical impedance spectroscopy based solutions. See more at www.taltech.ee/impedance or contact olev.martens@taltech.ee

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisor: Olev Märtens
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
Thomas Johann Seebeck Department of Electronics
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Strategic Advantage through Relationships in Service Marketing: A Critical Examination

Taltech School of Business and Governance, Department of Business Administration offers a 4-year PhD position in marketing.

Research field: Economics and Business Administration
Supervisor: Edward Kasabov
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Business and Governance
Department of Business Administration
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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The Productivity-Technology Nexus and Socio-environmental Externalities

The proposed PhD project aims to investigate the productivity outcomes from introduction and implementation of new or upgraded technologies, while conditioning and accounting for externalities and socio-environmental constraints. The research applies modern approach in productivity estimation via rapidly evolving empirical productivity frontier and efficiency estimation methods, which account for the constraints and externalities emerging in the production process. Supervisor Prof. Kadri Männasoo; Co-supervisor Prof Aaro Hazak

Research field: Economics and Business Administration
Supervisors: Aaro Hazak
Kadri Männasoo
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Business and Governance
Department of Economics and Finance
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Models of computation, compositionally

TalTech School of Information Technologies, Department of Software Science offers a 4-year PhD position in the field of ICT.

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisor: Pawel Sobocinski
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
Department of Software Science
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Compositional approaches to automata and/or learning

TalTech School of Information Technologies, Department of Software Science offers a 4-year PhD position in the field of ICT.

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisor: Pawel Sobocinski
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
Department of Software Science
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Power system substation asset monitoring and condition analysis in future power systems

Traditionally, the power system asset management is based on interval-based approach and not on actual asset condition. In this PhD project the objective is to thoroughly assess the applicability of existing and alternative measurement options, sensors, IoT and cyber security aspects to enable reliable and usable asset management approaches considering the actual asset condition. This PhD is part of a research and development project between TalTech and Estonian Transmission System Operator.

Research field: Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics
Supervisor: Jako Kilter
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Proof theory of ultrasubstructural logics and its applications to programming semantics

Intuitionistic linear logic is an important “substructural” formalism in the semantics of programming languages. This PhD project is about the proof theory, semantics and applications of yet weaker logics.

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisors: Tarmo Uustalu
Niccoló Veltri
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
Department of Software Science
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Integration of the freight process of Estonian internal and transit road transport in relation to the compatibility options of other modes of transport

Road transport is an integral part of the Estonian transport sector. Throughout Europe, carriage of goods by road forms the largest percentage of cargo transport. In Estonia, the main challenge in planning transport and mobility is organizing more efficient carriage of people and goods in a way that would also be more convenient for users. Incidentally, Estonia’s transport is one of the most polluting ones within the European Union, which is why potential solutions must be found for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the possible solutions is decreasing the proportion of road transport, which has not yet been achieved. Reduction of greenhouse gases is part of the Estonian transport policy, achievable through the intensification and optimization of carriage of goods while integrating multiple modes of transport, in order to find opportunities to reduce fuel consumption and apply the principles of green logistics. As follows from the aforementioned issues, the objective of the doctoral thesis is to find opportunities to integration the freight processes of road transport along with integrating rail, sea, and air transport into the transport system.

Research field: Mechanical Engineering
Supervisors: Dago Antov
Jelizaveta Janno
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Financing public sector innovation

In the face of increasing societal complexities and uncertainties, the need for public sector innovations is larger than ever. In order to promote innovation, public sector organizations must have high-level financing and investment capabilities, the development of which can pose considerable challenges for the existing traditional, control-oriented budget processes. The goal of this PhD project is to examine the possibilities for developing high-level budgetary and financing capabilities for promoting public sector innovation.

Research field: Public Administration
Supervisors: Ringa Raudla
Veiko Lember
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Business and Governance
Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Postglacial vegetation change in Northern Europe: Combining Ecosystem Modelling and palaeoecological reconstructions

TalTech School of Science, Department of Geology offers a 4-year PhD position in Earth Sciences

Research field: Physical Sciences
Supervisors: Siim Veski
Anneli Poska
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Science
Department of Geology
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Towards smart and sustainable urban mobility computing in Tallinn

TalTech School of Information Technologies, Department of Software Science in cooperation with School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers a 4-year PhD position funded by IT-Academy. Supervisor Prof. Sadok Ben Yahia; co-supervisor Prof. Dago Antov.

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisors: Dago Antov
Sadok Ben Yahia
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
School of Engineering
Department of Software Science
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Participation of plug-in electric vehicles in electricity and ancillary markets

TalTech School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics offers a 4-year PhD position in the field of power engineering.

Research field: Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics
Supervisors: Ivo Palu
Fushuan Wen
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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The enhancement of the human-machine and process-machine interactions in machine learning-based malicious activity detection systems

TalTech School of Information Technologies, Department of Software Sciences offers a 4- year PhD position in the field of ICT.

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisors: Sven Nõmm
Hayretdin Bahsi
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
Department of Software Science
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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AI based analysis of human motor skills

TalTech School of Information Technologies, Department of Software Sciences offers a 4- year PhD position in the field of ICT.

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisors: Sven Nõmm
Aaro Toomela
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
Department of Software Science
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Synthesis of thermoplastic cellulose derivatives in environment of ionic liquids

Sustainable thermoplastic polymers are developed and investigated to partly or fully replace non-renewable-resources-based materials for melt processing technologies. Cellulose appears to be a nearly unlimited renewable resource for polymeric materials. Discovery of dissolution processes of cellulose in ionic liquids opens several new routes for functionalization. Thermoplastic cellulose derivatives can be prepared without use of plasticizers, by attaching long-chain ester branches to the macromolecule of cellulose. The research challenge is to find chemically stabile, efficient and recyclable solvent(co-solvent) systems and functionalization routes, which have also potential for industrial upscaling. Also, the functionalization route should provide control over degree of substitution and mixed branching if necessary.

Research field: Chemical and Materials Technology
Supervisors: Andres Krumme
Elvira Tarasova
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Materials and Environmental Technology
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Design of the cellulose derivatives based thermoplastic composites for circular economy and sustainable environment

Tallinn University of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Materials and Environmental Technology, Laboratory of Wood Technology offers a 4-year PhD position in materials technology.

Research field: Chemical and Materials Technology
Supervisors: Jaan Kers
Heikko Kallakas
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Materials and Environmental Technology
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Sediment budget on the eastern and southern coasts of the Baltic Sea

The proposed PhD studies focus on the understanding of the impact of timing and synchronisation of wave storms and high water level events on the properties of wave-driven sediment transport along sedimentary shores of the eastern and southern Baltic Sea and on the total sediment budget on the shores of this region. The central goal is to build an adequate estimate of sediment budget on these shores by combining i) observed data about changes to the location of the coastal scarp and the waterline and ii) numerical estimates of wave-driven sediment transport on the underwater part of the beach.

Research field: Physical Sciences
Supervisors: Kevin Parnell
Tarmo Soomere
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Science
Department of Cybernetics
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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AI for Court Case Distribution

Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Software Science offers a IT-Academy funded 4-year PhD position in the field of ICT

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisors: Sadok Ben Yahia
Dirk Draheim
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
Department of Software Science
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Development of Satellite Altimetry Algorithm for determining accurate sea surface heights using a synergy of in-situ and marine model data

School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Research Group of Geodesy and Road Engineering offers a 4-year PhD position in Satellite Altimetry.

Research field: Building and Civil Engineering and Architecture
Supervisors: Artu Ellmann
Nicole Delpeche-Ellmann
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Hardware reliability assessment and enhancement for deep neural networks

Tallinn University of Technology, School of Information Technologies, Department of Computer Systems, Centre for Dependable Copmuting Systems offers a 4-year PhD position in ICT.

Research field: Information and Communication Technology
Supervisors: Jaan Raik
Masoud Daneshtalab
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Information Technologies
Department of Computer Systems
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Water quality based management of smart urban drainage systems

Urban drainage systems (UDS) are being placed under greater stress due to rapid urban development and changing climate bringing along more frequent extreme rainfall events. This will increase the load to the existing UDS causing the risk of floods and outflow of pollutants to the environment. The objective of the thesis is to develop and test a decentralized water quality based model predictive control approach that enables to make the existing UDS controllable, utilize the free capacity of the system more efficiently and decrease the release of pollutants to the environment.

Research field: Building and Civil Engineering and Architecture
Supervisor: Ivar Annus
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Calibration, monitoring and normalization aspects in energy performance improvement of commercial buildings

Tallinn University of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Nearly Zero Energy Buildings research group offer a 4-year PhD position in civil engineering.

Research field: Building and Civil Engineering and Architecture
Supervisors: Jarek Kurnitski
Martin Thalfeldt
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Analysis of Production Process and Design of Medical Implants and Tools for Additive Manufacturing

Tallinn University of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers a 4-year PhD position in manufacturing.

Research field: Mechanical Engineering
Supervisors: Tauno Otto
Lauri Kollo
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Ceramic texturing for the next generation of luminescent monolithic materials and functional layers

Motivated by the recent progress in the nanophotonics, photovoltaic and biophotonics applications and the increasing demand for cost-effective and easy-to-use point-of-care platforms, tailoring the emission in luminescence materials has a great scientific interest. These luminescent materials have been synthesized mostly in powder-form, formed by a matrix (host) doped with activators which can be a transition metal or rare earth (RE) ions that act as emitting centers. For practical applications, luminescent particles are incorporated to form thick or thin films. Therefore, the development of monolithic luminescent glass-ceramics and -ceramics by a single and cost‐efficient process supported by robust moisture and thermal stability is highly desirable. Recently, we demonstrate that luminescent properties layers depends on random orientation or/and by epitaxial growth. In this context, one of the breakthroughs in this project is the understanding of luminescence in monolithic layers on several surfaces by modulation their crystalline orientation.

Research field: Mechanical Engineering
Supervisors: Irina Hussainova
Rocio Estefania Rojas Hernandez
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Analysis and design of composite structures

The position is planned for structural analysis and design optimization with advanced materials and structures with main attention on composite structures. The study includes development of methodology for analysis and design of particular practical engineering structures. One application foreseen is an analysis and design optimization of solar panels, also wider class of glass structures and composite laminates since the photovoltaics is rapidly growing renewable energy sector as an alternative to regular fossil fuel powered electricity generation.

Research field: Mechanical Engineering
Supervisors: Jüri Majak
Kristo Karjust
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Psychrotrophic bacteria in food spoilage and safety

The doctoral thesis aims to elucidate adaptation mechanisms and their regulation in psychrotrophic bacteria associated with food mostly focusing on the intraspecies variations. Data on correlation between physiological properties, genomes, transcriptomes and proteomes will be implemented into improved microbial hazard identification and prediction of microbial behavior in foods at low temperatures.

Research field: Chemistry and Biotechnology
Supervisors: Inga Sarand
Pirjo Spuul
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Science
Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Research, Design, and Implementation of Partial Power DC-DC Converters

PhD Research Project in the Field of Applied Power Electronics

Research field: Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics
Supervisors: Andrii Chub
Andrii Blinov
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Research and development of Demand-side flexibility

The increase of new kind of loads (electric vehicles, battery storage) and the increase of overall electrical energy consumption with higher peak load has to be covered by new flexible operation functions. Any new and more flexible operation including a higher degree in automation will lead to opportunities in operating power systems more efficient. The evolution of the distribution networks through increased electrification and new load and generation technologies and patterns, calls for an increased overall need for flexibility in the operation and planning of distribution networks. In addition to technological solutions, there is also a clear need for new ways of thinking regarding organizing and regulating the DSO business, together with needs for involving the grid consumers/prosumers.

Research field: Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics
Supervisors: Roya Ahmadiahangar
Argo Rosin
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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Designing wood-bio-based adhesive interphases for enhancing the materials performance in sustainable veneer-based products

TalTech Laboratory of Wood Technology is offering PhD position to well-qualified individual to work on a PhD research project to design the wood-bio-based adhesive systems based on well-known and highly reproducible wood surfaces from different wood species with commercially available bio-based adhesive systems. TalTech has excellent facilities and staff for accomplishing this research. TalTech has a laboratory veneer peeling and plywood production line which allows controlling processing parameters to develop reproducible surfaces with a range of characteristics and for testing the surface properties and mechanical properties of the products. The individual assigned to this position will be enrolled to the doctoral study program “Chemical and Materails Technology” and part time employed as early-stage researcher by the Department of Materials and Environmental Technology.

Research field: Chemical and Materials Technology
Supervisors: Jaan Kers
Heikko Kallakas
Availability: This position is available.
Offered by: School of Engineering
Department of Materials and Environmental Technology
Application deadline:Applications are accepted between September 01, 2020 00:00 and October 02, 2020 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)

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