Digitalization, electrification, and autonomy make the machine industry to be on the verge of a disruptive transformation towards intelligent machinery. Real-world machines are being demonstrated around globe in environments such as indoor and outdoor worksites (mines, airports, and harbours), urban spaces (roads and cities), and in nature (forest, air, and sea) for applications such as land moving, fire rescue, and transportation of goods and people.

The Intelligent Work Machines (IWM) doctoral program educates new generations of professionals to the PhD level with multidisciplinary engineering knowledge needed for intelligent machinery development. The doctoral training connects academic research excellence with a relevant industrial research and development challenges and accelerate industrial renewal in the machine industry.

The IWM program performs doctoral training and applied research on intelligent work machines. The research develops and applies state-of-art methods, typically simulation or data-based, in robotics, mechatronics, machine design, machine dynamics, control theory, software technologies, real-time computing, human-machine interaction, communication, vehicle engineering, machine learning and robotic learning, and business models related to intelligent machines to improve safety as well as economic and environmental sustainability of work machines.

The IWM doctoral program collects the leading departments and research groups in intelligent work machines. In the program there are 31 positions in five Finnish universities: Aalto University, LUT University, Tampere University, University of Oulu, and University of Turku.


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Call for Doctoral Researchers


LUT University opens 3-7 3-year positions starting 1.8.2024 – 1.12.2024. The intelligent work machines related focus themes are business models, HMI, mechatronics, and simulation of dynamics.

Recruitment process for the open positions starts soon.

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