Modelling of urban air quality using artificial intelligence (TVL-E13 full-time)

August 9th, 2020  |  Published in Old Postings

We are looking for 2 new PhD Students to join our team focusing on

Modelling of urban air quality using artificial intelligence (TVL-E13 full-time)

within the HEPTA Graduate School together with the Aristotle University Thessaloniki (KIT).

Your potential PhD work may focus on:

  • Surrogate / Inverse modeling of physical phenomena using Machine Learning focusing on aerosol and gas distribution in cities
  • Using Gaussian Processes and equivalent deep and bayesian neural network Models for modelling such spatiotemporal phenomena
  • Fitting (land-use-) regression models driven by stationary and mobile low-cost (uncalibrated, noisy) sensor input and other heterogeneous static and dynamic information sources (like traffic sensors, satellite images, news reports) related to cities and urban mobility.
  • Similar topics related to the proposed HEPTA research framework (topic area 3: Smart Cities).

The position is open at TECO (, a research group with the faculty for informatics focused on applied telematics (internet of things, wearable computing, ..) and data science (coordinating multiple big data and AI competence centers like or ). The work will work on top of previous work (and data) on low-cost particulate matter sensing within the project. Beyond TECO you will work with a team of experts in simulation and measurement at KIT and AUTH. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of data scientists in Karlsruhe.

We expect you to have a MSc degree. Ideally you already have a strong practical (ideally also theoretical) background in machine learning using state of the art frameworks (e.g. pytorch, keras , tensorflow, sklearn, pandas, numpy) and some knowledge in (bayesian and test) statistics. You should have a general interest towards topics to metereology, mechanical engineering and environmental sciences. The language of the 3 year graduate program will be English; knowledge of German (and Greek) will be an advantage.

If you are interested in joining TECO and the HEPTA graduate school send a 1 page position statement reflecting on their personal skills with regard to the HEPTA research framework together with a CV, university grades and any other indicative documents (eg. a related master thesis or a co-authored paper, links to software projects you contributed to) to Dr. Till Riedel ( by August 23rd. Later submissions may be accepted please check for updates.

We particularly encourage female students to apply for the positions as they will be priotized upon equal qualification. We are further prioritizing applicants with severe disabilities.

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