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IK4 Doctorados

 

Do your doctorate in IK4

Welcome to the portal for the Promotion of Doctoral Talent at IK4.
Here you’ll find IK4’s offers for undertaking a doctoral thesis.

All the topics proposed are closely related to the areas of research at the IK4 Centres and are developed within the framework of a knowledge-generation project.

 

How does an IK4 researcher work?

In this video our researchers will be giving you an insight into the work we do, how we go about it and who it is intended for, and the facilities we have. That way, you’ll be able to get an idea of the possibilities IK4 is offering you.

DOCTORATES

 

High Performance Computing for Real Time Modelling and HiL of Complex Transportation and Control Embedded Systems

START: 09/2017

OPEN
High Performance Computing (HPC) is an area of technology that provides simulation solutions for complex problems through parallel computing solutions, using clusters, supercomputers and FPGA-based solutions. This technological area may be used for the running of accurate real-time models of physical systems (e.g. wind turbines, trains, machinery), subsystems and interfaces between subsystems, as well as their fast implementation. A specific example is the avionics sector at “Iron...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies

Embedded systems

 

Monitoring and closed loop control of metal based additive manufacturing

START: 09/2017

COVERED
Additive metal manufacturing is a maturing technology that has been provoking a degree of interest both in regard to its industrial application and its place as a technology within the industrial 4.0 revolution. Among other key aspects of its development, process control is fundamental in order to guarantee the manufacturing of critical parts, in what regards its application to complex geometry as well as in the introduction and development of new materials. The research...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Additive Manufacturing Processes / Smart Manufacturing

AM process control

 

Caracterización y evaluación del potencial de nanoclústeres estabilizados en proteínas con propiedades fluorescentes como sistemas de biorreconocimiento y marcaje para su aplicación en el desarrollo de dispositivos POC o test para detectar biomarcadores

START: 15/10/2017

OPEN
El objetivo principal de esta tesis es caracterizar y evaluar el potencial que los nanoclústeres estabilizados en proteínas con propiedades fluorescentes desarrollados por el CIC biomaGUNE tienen como sistemas de biorreconocimiento y marcaje para su aplicación en el desarrollo de dispositivos POC o test para detectar biomarcadores de fibrosis cardiaca (Hsp90), así como su traslación a la detección de otros analitos de interés, por ejemplo...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 30/09/2020


Biotecnología

Desarrollo de Sistemas y Productos de Biodetección

 

New alloys development optimized for additive manufacturing technologies, characterization for further industrial applications

START: 09/2017

COVERED
Additive manufacturing development has reached a high stage of knowledge both as regards part manufacture and the sectors envisioning its application. The technology is consolidated. Hence, it is time to focus on process industrialization and, among other aspects, the customizing of new materials specifically for additive manufacturing, this aspect having been found of such vital importance wherever the ad-hoc design of an alloy spells out the feasibility of industrializing the additive...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Additive Manufacturing Processes / Smart Manufacturing

Development of AM process

 

Viability study on converters based on broadband technology in high-speed, low-power drives

START: 10/2017

OPEN
To meet the needs of an ever more demanding market in power applications, increasingly sophisticated power converters are required in terms of efficiency, compactness and signal quality. The basis of current converters, the silicon semiconductor, is now approaching the theoretical limits of the technology, which means there are fewer possibilities for improvement. In recent decades, research has been conducted on materials with characteristics suitable for replacing silicon, leading...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 10/2017


Automation and Control Unit

ICT-Actuators, electromagnetic machines

 

Paper based microfluidic biosensor development

START: 09/2017

OPEN
The development of novel devices for biological target monitoring is a constantly progressing discipline that covers many different fields. Most recent advances lead to a continual application of novel materials, inexpensive but highly versatile. Among them, cellulose based substrates stand out since they allow for the transmission of the samples in a simple and accurate manner. This project aims at the design, fabrication and characterization of biosensors based on the immobilization...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Water and Health

Biodevices and MEMS

 

Contributions to robust autonomous navigation for mobile robots using artificial vision techniques

START: 10/2017

COVERED
Accurate and consistent localisation is a central problem in many areas of mobile robotics, both in research and in industrial applications. The localisation process calculates the robot’s position on a map of the environment, based on the sensory information received from it. This information is essential for navigation tasks such as planning trajectories and avoiding obstacles. It is particularly interesting in the case of autonomous vehicles, which have to carry out their tasks...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 10/2017


Intelligent Autonomous Systems Unit

Localisation and trajectory planning

 

Surface processes with ultrafast lasers for industrial metrology applications

START: 09/2017

COVERED

This open position deals with the fabrication of superficial fabrication processes for the fabrication of linear encoders in metals. The main target is to record very high definition features so that new optical properties odf the surface are defined in a controlled manner. This may lead to more robust devices. The applicant will be involved in the definition, fabrication and characterizartion of the superficial process.

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Material and Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing and Laser

 

Development of degradation and prediction models to determine the health of lubricated rotary machines

START: 10/2017

COVERED
The proliferation of Industry 4.0-related machines opens up a whole host of monitoring possibilities that will enable the emergence of new businesses based on extracting knowledge from existing data. This is why knowing how components wear out and being able to predict their behaviour in order to improve the reliability and maintenance of the equipment will be a key to accessing these new opportunities. It will therefore be necessary to have a solid understanding of the existing analytical...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 10/2017


Intelligent Information Systems Unit

Predictive and prescriptive analytics

 

Railway signalling systems

START: 09/2017

OPEN

In the framework of railway signalling systems research projects. The main task will be to work on the development of electronic and communications systems that will be part of future railway signalling systems.
The work includes system and interfaces development, execution of laboratory and field tests, analysis of results, etc. of the future railway signalling systems.


Transport & Energy

Transport and energy monitoring

 

Holistic control of laser manufacturing systems based on cognitive technologies

START: 10/2017

OPEN
The optimisation of production systems has been one of the pillars of the competitiveness of the industrial sector and has worked from many points of view (organisation, maintenance, etc.). With the massive incorporation of sensors into production equipment and the development of technologies capable of treating these data, new lines of work have opened to address optimisation from a global viewpoint. Understanding production systems as the set of production equipment...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 10/2017


Industrial Management Unit / Intelligent Information Systems Unit

Optimisation of production systems using cognitive technology

 

Long ultra-fine grain steel products using warm sheet calibre-rolling technology

START: 09/2017

OPEN
The work will be carried out as part of a European project. The innovative aspect of the project involves producing a long submicrometre-scale steel material using warm sheet calibre-rolling technology. The aim is to produce samples using pilot laminating equipment. This will produce material which can be fully characterized and will also produce enough to manufacture some model components. The project involves validating the product on a semi-industrial scale and exploring its industrial viability.

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Materials and Manufacturing

Thermomechanical Processing

 

Development of Monitoring Systems and Prognosis of Production Means for their Application in Industry 4.0 Environments

START: 09/2017

OPEN
The term Industry 4.0 is associated with the so-called fourth industrial revolution. This revolution poses the definition of a virtual world, one in which information and communications technology and the physical world of machines have become the same. The perfect synchronisation of the real and the virtual world will open up new possibilities for industry. The continuous exchange of real-time data allows for a much higher level of intelligence and greater individualised automation.

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Advanced Manufacturing

Structural reliability and mechatronics

 

Collaborative Robotics in a Machine Tool Environment

START: 10/2017

OPEN
Using robots in a machine tool environment to perform operations beyond already commonplace operations such as handling, loading and unloading, is a new but yet realistic area with great potential thanks to the developments of control and cognitive aspects in robotic systems. This thesis is framed in the study and development of specific capabilities of robot control so that it can be integrated in a machine environment performing special operations that require special skills of the...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 10/2017


Department of Technological Research and Development

Dynamics and Control

 

Closed and adaptive control of the laser processes

START: 10/2017

OPEN
The critical factor in manufacturing processes using laser such as cutting and filler processes, in particular laser cladding, is process repeatability, as many aspects of the process are "blind". There isn"t any consensus on key control parameters to overcome this constraint and the required technology for this type of monitoring. Modelling which through this monitoring would make it possible to close the control loop of the process so as to be able to advance to a fully controlled...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 10/2017


Department of Technological Research and Development

Manufacturing Processes

 

Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, machine tool monitoring

START: 10/2017

OPEN
The machine tool industry has traditionally developed according to machining efficiency, accuracy and productivity parameters with the main focus on "hardware". The context of industry 4.0 is changing this par Smart manufacturing is a knowledge area on the agenda of the media and has grown significantly due to the impetus of R&D at both national and international level. However, there are major barriers and limitations the industrial environment has always faced in comparison with other sectors.

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 10/2017


ICTs and Automation

ICTs and Automation

 

Deterministic communications for industrial control

START: 09/2017

COVERED
The aim of the thesis is to establish a hybrid architecture (wireless and wired) for industrial communication networks for applications of control / sensors with real time requirements. In the scope of this thesis we will consider the concepts of synchronisation, architecture / topology and low consumption. The objective is to achieve a heterogeneous communications network that would allow for high priority and performance...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Information and Comunication Technologies

Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies

 

Definition and implementation of methodology for characterisation and classification of anti-SCA countermeasures in FPGAa

START: 09/2017

OPEN
Side-channel attacks have been successfully used to break systems that are protected with encryption. Said attacks exploit variations in non-functional properties with some type of dependency on the data to be extracted (normally, the encryption key), such as for example variations in the power consumption of the execution time of a program. The most common means of protection against these attacks is the reduction or elimination of said variations, which can have an impact on efficiency,...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Dependable Embedded Systems

Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies

 

Detection of anomalies in SW systems

START: 09/2017

OPEN
The principal objective of the thesis is to use automatic verifiers to test properties of different types of model checking (MC).The safety-critical software systems that are implemented in different sectors such as aeronautic, railway or medicine must be rigorously verified before being launched.The formal verification techniques aim to formalise and automate the software verification process and, in this way, make it safer.The MC technique is a formal technique to check...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Information and Comunication Technologies

Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies

 

Multidisciplinary Integration of Ultra Low Power Consumption Microsystems for Industry 4.0 environments

START: 09/2017

OPEN
Within the current industrial context, the creation of autonomous microsystems for industrial environments is essential for positioning the industry within the new strategy of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Their integration will have a broad impact on the creation of new products, business models and cloud services. These new elements require increasingly smaller systems (miniaturisation), along with more features (intelligence) and lower power consumption (autonomy), which can...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Microsystems

Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies

 

Advanced CBM systems: lift use case

START: 09/2017

OPEN
Maintenance services account for a significant part of the operating cost of high-value systems, especially when possible failures result in large down times. This is the case in the elevator industry. Condition based maintenance strategies provide a cost efficient way to cope with the safety and reliability requirements of such systems. These strategies monitor the condition of the system to evaluate the maintenance requirements leading to a predictive maintenance. Condition monitoring...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Control and monitoring

Advanced Manufacturing

 

Prediction of remaining useful life for fatigue-damaged structures

START: 09/2017

OPEN
A condition monitoring system that supervises the local stresses produced by mechanical loads at certain critical components is of great interest in order to obtain an accurate fatigue life prediction of industrial machinery under real operations.The placement of strain gauges at these critical components would allow capturing the real strain/stress at the foreseen critical points. For different reasons, it is not always industrially feasible to install a strain gauge at each...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Control and monitoring

Advanced manufacturing

 

Development of methodologies for prediction of cracks growth in metal structures under fatigue stress

START: 09/2017

COVERED
The design of highly important structural components (such as pressurised containers, machinery parts, transport, energy, and so on) which is normally done using the specific codes applicable in each sector, and which are usually based on criteria of tension and/or stress. Quite often, these elements can suffer cracks due to the actual manufacturing process or incorrect dimensioning, which leads to a need to assess the safety of the components through the...

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 09/2017


Structural Reliability

Advanced Manufacturing

 

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