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Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship at Purdue Engineering

  • 1.  Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship at Purdue Engineering

    Posted 10-17-2018 19:32

    Dr. Nan Kong (INFORMS Member), Biomedical Engineering, Purdue, and Dr. Dengfeng Sun, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue, are seeking one postdoctoral research scientist, to work together on exciting research in the area of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Enabled Emergency Medicine Logistics. We are seeking a highly qualified individual with expertise in system engineering applied to healthcare, and in particular, to point-of-care and mHealth healthcare technologies. Areas of emphasis include stochastic programming, integer programming, predictive analytics, multi-agent control, distributed computing, as well as IoT/remote monitoring/point-of-care analytics. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, statistics, or a related field.

    The applications shall be submitted to compete for a Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship at Purdue, Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships at Purdue Engineering

    Project Description

    While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) have long been utilized in military applications, they are now generating considerable attention in the civilian sector. This research takes advantage of the recent development of fog computing architecture that moves storage, computing, control, and communication closer to the network edge, and addresses the challenges in its application that utilizes drones in delivering emergency medical services. In this research, we propose to customize real-time modeling (e.g., scheduling in a networked dynamic system of UAVs) and optimization algorithms under computing hardware limitations and physical constraints on a UAV system platform. In addition, we propose to advance our ability of solving large data-driven stochastic dynamic optimization problems arising from multi-mode emergency logistic network design and operations optimization under periodic update on the service demand forecast through integration of emergency medical services (EMS) data and drone-collected data (biomedical sensing, audio/video signals, etc.). Ultimately, the postdoctoral fellow is expected to participate in the development of a cyber-physical system framework to facilitate the modeling, control, and optimization of drone operations and collaborations in emergency medical services such as medical emergency response for cardiac arrests, hypoglycemia events, and traumatic brain injuries.

    About the Fellowships

    The Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships at Purdue Engineering are awarded in memory of Dr. Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Professor at Purdue from 1935-1948. A world renowned pioneer in the application of psychology to industrial engineering, Dr. Gilbreth's work epitomized interdisciplinary research and broader impact on industry and society.  

    The goal of the Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Purdue Engineering is to attract and prepare outstanding individuals with recently awarded PhDs for a career in engineering academia through interdisciplinary research, training, and professional development.

    The Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellows are selected not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements and proposed innovative interdisciplinary research but also for their potential for broader impact on industry and society. They undertake research with faculty mentors in different fields and participate in professional development activities tailored to their chosen path in academia.

    For more information, please email Nan Kong, and Dengfeng Sun, Dr. Kong will be present at the upcoming INFORMS Annual Conference and he will be happy to meet with whoever is interested.

    Nan Kong
    Associate Professor
    Purdue University
    West Lafayette IN