NRC-OGEN Funded Ph.D Position

The objective of this project is to explore the capabilities of an autonomous fleet of surface vehicles to manage ice. Ice management is a complex and expensive undertaking that generally requires special-purpose icebreaking vessels. Overall, we are interested in whether a fleet of autonomous vessels, anticipated to be much smaller than typical icebreakers, can manage ice fields by pushing the ice away from the channel of interest.

The interactions between surface vessels and ice is complex and very difficult to model accurately.
Rather than applying a traditional model-based approach, we would employ existing ice simulation technologies developed at NRC-OCRE in combination with model-free reinforcement learning to arrive at a design for the vessel controllers that maintains the chanenl’s navigability.

This Ph.D position will be jointly supervised by Dr. Andrew Vardy of Memorial University and Dr. Kevin Murrant of the National Research Council (NRC).

To express your interest in applying for this position, send an e-mail to Andrew Vardy with the subject line “NRC-OGEN Funded Ph.D Position”. In this e-mail, provide a couple of short paragraphs explaining your suitability and interest in this position. Please note the following:

  • You may attach transcripts from your undergraduate and Masters programs, but no other attachments please.
  • We are unable to correspond with all students.

This position is anticipated to start in Fall 2021.

For more information, see OGEN’s announcement for this position.