Early Stage Researcher 12 (Marie Curie Fellow) in SMARTI ETN

September 14 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Early Stage Researcher with PhD enrolment

Sustainable Multi-functional Automated Resilient Transport Infrastructures (SMARTI) ETN will bring together a stimulating platform where the stakeholders of the transport infrastructure sector will work alongside world-wide experts in smartening of systems (developers of high-tech sensors, advanced monitoring equipment, automated structures, etc.,) with direct support from the roads, railways and airports managers. As a result, SMARTI ETN will create a new generation of highly-skilled and appealing professionals that will be in great demand in this rapidly expanding field and will benefit Europe and developing countries. Do you want to be one of them?

The objective of the PhD research project consists in developing a low cost tool being able to ensure the best resources use for road pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. In the past few years, there has been a drastic increase in the use of Image-Based Modeling (IBM) low cost techniques to create high metric and visual quality, reality-based 3D models. The main innovative aspect lies in the use of a simple and low cost hardware (camera or mobile-phone) and software for the distresses identification and therapy. The other goal is to develop a new metric to evaluate the real pavement condition that does not cover traditional parameters as IRI (International Roughness Index) and Skid Resistance. Rather this metric should directly consider the actual distresses on the pavement by analysing and measuring them with the help of Artificial Intelligence tools as Fuzzy Logic, Neural Network, etc. Following tasks are forecasted:

  • Review literature on road distresses, photogrammetric survey and use of Structure For Motion software

  • Advanced knowledge of camera and drone system

  • Data acquisition and analysis on road distresses through 3D modelling software

Implementation of interactive 3D catalogue for ready-use from the municipality of Palermo

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess