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Hannes Frey <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 27 Aug 2023 03:33:24 -0400
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Dear Colleagues,

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Koblenz, Germany, is looking for two research assistants (m/f/d) (1.0 EGr. 13 TV-L) for the “5G applications in Europe's steepest vineyards (smart vineyard)” project and two research assistants (m/f/d) (1.0 EGr. 13 TV-L) for the “nomadic 5g networks for small-scale rural areas (NoLa)” project as soon as possible.

The projects are funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) (NoLa subject to the final funding commitment).

Smart Vineyard: This project explores future-proof automation and innovative technologies such as AI, IoT, image recognition, robotics and big data to facilitate vineyard work. Specifically, holistic web-based applications for businesses in the vineyard are being developed as prototypes, which (partially) automate recurring activities of tillage, defoliation and spraying in steep-slope viticulture using innovative technologies. Data from the vineyard is transmitted in real time from the local mobile network via 5G and an IoT sensor network to the data center in Koblenz and evaluated, stored and processed in the central data platform using intelligent algorithms and methods of image processing, robotics, AI and machine learning. With the planned applications, 5G mobile communications technology will be tested in Europe's steepest vineyards. Piloting is being carried out in the Burg Cochem cultivation area in the Cochem-Zell district in close cooperation with the Steillagenzentrum of t
 he DLR Mosel in Bernkastel-Kues.

The future employees should work in a research-oriented manner in several of the following tasks:
- Methods of AI, data analysis and data visualization applied to real-time data and sensor data
- Mobile 5G communication and IoT sensor networks including applications, including cooperation with the project NoLa
- Conception and prototypical development of applications for an AI-based vineyard information management (KIWI); app and web-based
- Writing reports and scientific publications
The two positions in the "Smart Vineyard" project can be filled immediately, limited until November 16, 2024.

NoLa: "NoLa" is a sister project to "Smart Vineyard", submitted to the InnoNT program of the BMDV. It researches a holistic approach for a smart and flexible nomadic 5G supply in small-scale structured rural areas. For this purpose, a nomadic 5G platform is designed, implemented as a prototype and tested in actual operation in field studies. This nomadic infrastructure is intended to provide winegrowers in steep-slope viticulture with a needs-based, flexible, mobile 5G network supply including a mobile edge cloud. For the design of this structure, ideal supply concepts are to be researched and compared. In a first phase, a flexible mobile network system is to be used for this purpose, which enables several coverage concepts.

The future employees should work in a research-oriented manner in several of the following tasks:
- Requirements and concept of 5G coverage in cooperation with the "Smart Vineyard" project
- Performance specification and commissioning of the nomadic 5G network
- Construction of the nomadic system and commissioning in the vineyard in cooperation with the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences
- Measurements, modeling and testing of the different supply variants both in the laboratory and in the vineyard
- Requirements and concept for a (semi)automatic, API-based procedure for issuing licenses for a 5G campus network
- Writing reports and scientific publications
- Project management and communication in practical and technical networks
- Research on economic considerations and possible operator models of the different 5G variants
- Team collaboration and interface to the “Smart Vineyard” project
The two positions in the "NoLa" project can be filled from October 1st, 2023 until December 31st, 2024, subject to the final funding commitment. Preparation of a funding application for financing a follow-up project is planned in the course of the project.

More information is available from Prof. Dr. Maria A. Wimmer ([log in to unmask]) or Prof. Dr. Frey ([log in to unmask]).

The application deadline for both projects is September 5th, 2023. Please send applications with reference number Ko 99-2023 in a PDF by email to [log in to unmask]

Feel free to forward this advertisement information to potentially interested candidates.

Best regards,

Maria Wimmer and Hannes Frey


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