PhD: Knowledge-based AI for Manufacturing
Last modification : Wednesday, September 14, 2022
The "DTAI @ Campus De Nayer" group performs research on industrial
applications of Artificial Intelligence technology. It consists of about 10
researchers and is part of the larger DTAI group
(https: // dtai.cs.kuleuven.be, mainly located in Leuven) and the EAVISE group
(https:// www. eavise.be, a multidisciplinary research group located entirely on
Campus De Nayer). KU Leuven Campus De Nayer is located in Sint-Katelijne-
Waver, a few kilometers to the north of the city of Mechelen. Campus De Nayer
is easily reachable by train (there is a station at 200m, with trains every
half hour to both Antwerp and Mechelen/Brussels) and car (the E19 highway is
10 minutes away). In addition, the campus is also easily reachable by
bicycle, since the "bicycle highway" from Mechelen to Antwerp runs by the
campus: cycling from Mechelen takes about 20 minutes.
In this PhD, you research innovative ways of intelligently supporting machine
operators in the manufacturing industry. For this, you will develop a
knowledge-based AI system, which applies different forms of logical reasoning
to the domain knowledge of experts. This research builds on results from
previous projects within the research group, such as, for example, a prototype
that helps engineers design machine parts (see:
https: // lirias.kuleuven.be/retrieve/523033).
In this project, we will use similar technology to help operators adjust
machines. As a PhD student in this project, you will:
collaborate with users and researchers from other disciplines to build a
logical model of their expert knowledge;
research inference algorithms to make efficient use of this expert
investigate new ways to represent and update this expert knowledge;
deliver working prototypes that put these results into practice.
The end result will be a reliable AI system that can interact naturally with
operators and provide them with deeper insight into the machine's settings.
If you like clear and logical reasoning, building software that works, and
innovative AI technology, this project offers you an excellent opportunity to
immerse yourself in these topics.
You have (or are about to obtain) a master's degree in computer science,
informatics, electronics-ICT, engineering science, engineering technology,
You are fluent in English. Knowledge of Dutch is also helpful.
Knowledge of Logic-Based Artificial Intelligence or Knowledge
Representation technology is a bonus.
We offer a position as PhD researcher within one of Europe's leading research
universities. You will work on Campus De Nayer of KU Leuven, a campus of about
800 students and 100 teaching staff / researchers, located near the city of
Mechelen. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with an enthusiastic
team of AI researchers, and to benefit from our network of industrial
The offer is initially for a one year period, but this will be extended
subject to a positive evaluation. You will be expected to finish your PhD in 4
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Joost Vennekens, tel.: +32 15 68
82 35, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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