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Design space optimization of AI architectures and pipelines

Antwerpen | More than two weeks ago

Help finding the next architecture for complex sense and compute systems like autonomous cars

The field of AI has seen great successes in the last years across different application fields such as image processing, robotics, and language. However, a next step is to embed these AI solutions into larger processes and systems. For instance, embed AI algorithms into an industrial production process or a future car. This is far from a trivial task as this raises questions on overall architecture and system design, especially when incorporating constraints like robustness, efficiency, safety, resource consumption, etc. Moreover, this problem grows even more complex when we expected the AI solutions to handle more complex tasks and include more features. 

Let’s take a future car as an example [1,2]. This car will contain main different sensors and require AI algorithms to help in perceiving their environment and to offer information to ADAS features (e.g., automatic braking, lane assist, traffic assist, …) and (semi-)autonomous driving. However, many questions are still unsolved: Which (combination of) sensors are required? Where to place the compute (e.g., central versus distributed)? Which communication channels are required? What is the energy and resource consumption of the overall system? 

In this PhD topics we would like to explore methods to better answer such questions. The aim is to focus on simulation and modelling of such complex systems, the design of appropriate profiling and analyzing tools, explore the integration of AI accelerators for lower power consumption, and optimizing such systems (e.g., in terms of resource allocation). The end result could be a framework that integrated DL models with sensor systems, enabling real-time data analysis, interpretation and benchmarking. This framework will be accompanied by a suite of efficient AI algorithms and tools.

We offer you a challenging, stimulating and pleasant research environment, where you can contribute to international research on artificial intelligence with a close link to the underlaying hardware. While you will work in the AI&Data department, you will also be working together with imec hardware, sensor development and university teams on jointly coming up with novel solutions.

Our ideal candidate for this position has the following skills:


  • You have a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Informatics, Physics, Engineering or Electronics.
  • You have knowledge about artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • You have interest in algorithmic and system design
  • You have good programming skills and are flexible in the use of software and coding tools or libraries (git, pytorch, tensorflow, …)
  • Understanding of hardware paradigms is considered a plus
  • You are able to plan and carry out your tasks in an independent way.
  • You have strong analytical skills to interpret the obtained research results.
  • You are a responsible, communicative and flexible person.
  • You are a team player.
  • Your English is fluent, both speaking and writing


[1] Zhu, H., Zhou, W., Li, Z., Li, L., & Huang, T. (2021). Requirements-driven automotive electrical/electronic architecture: A survey and prospective trends. IEEE Access, 9, 100096-100112.

[2] https://www.eetimes.eu/how-software-defined-vehicles-are-redesigning-mobility/

Required background: Master’s degree in Computer Science, Informatics, Physics, Engineering or Electronics, with knowledge about artificial intelligence and machine learning

Type of work: Modelling, algorithmic and system design, experimentation, literature study

Supervisor: Steven Latré

Co-supervisor: Tom De Schepper

Daily advisor: Julie Moeyersoms

The reference code for this position is 2024-090. Mention this reference code on your application form.

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