Research assignment description
The classic flight simulator that is in use with many airlines consists of many dedicated hard- and software systems, often including an electric motion platform that mimics the physical aircraft movements (i.e. motion cues). With the rise of new modelling and (distributed) simulation technologies and digital immersive media like virtual and augmented reality the aerospace domain is slowly migrating to next generation simulation training devices that leverage these new technologies. This in combination with the increasing usage of and reliance on (flight) simulators in aviation training poses more and different needs regarding the validation and qualification of these NextGen simulation devices for safe and reliable application in tomorrow’s aviation training. This calls for new innovative solutions for (flight) simulator validation and qualification methods, techniques and tools that can be demonstrated to effective, are cost-efficiency, and acceptable to (inter) national civil and military aviation authorities (e.g. ILT, MLA, EASA, ICAO and FAA). We focus our validation and qualification research to the following five themes:
- Validation and uncertainty quantification theory and methodologies for simulation training devices in general
- Validation and qualification of next generation simulation devices for pilot and maintenance training utilizing game-engines, AI/ML, virtual, augmented and mixed reality systems
- Methods for the validation and qualification of aircraft models for extreme and out-of-the flight envelope maneuvers (e.g. UPRT training)
- Methods for the validation of civil and military aircraft subsystem simulation models (e.g. sensors, power plant, data-links)
- Techniques and tools to automate flight simulator qualification with the existing regulations
The NLR is looking for enthusiastic student (s) who would like to join our team to deliver an innovative contribution to one or more of these three research themes as part of their internship or thesis assignment.
Knowledge level and duration of the assignment
These aspects will be tailored in agreement to your education level and institute requirements, internship or thesis period, and of course your personal interests.
Higher or university level education in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or computer science. Working knowledge and experience in the area of aviation regulations, simulation technology and validation, test engineering, data-science and/or experimental design are an advantage. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Matlab/Simulink is a must have and some programming skills (C, C ++, C#, VisualBasic, Python) is particularly useful. Obviously, you should not lack a good amount of enthusiasm for aerospace domain, (flight) simulation, virtual and augmented reality applications.
What do we offer?
A look behind the scenes in one of the oldest and most prestige aerospace research institutes of Europe. Work for a young and dynamic department at NLR, which develops flight simulators and pilot training of the future. A concrete assignment with very clear goals and success criteria. If the internship or thesis assignment is performed successfully, you are almost guaranteed that your work will be used for a long time within the NLR, or even by the simulator industry (and will not end in some a dusty cupboard).
The Netherlands Aerospace Center – NLR conducts research in the aerospace domain to support both national and international aerospace industries. Furthermore, NLR also conduct various R&D projects for governmental agencies and authorities,
Within the aerospace operation training and simulation (AOTS) department research is conducted to (flight) simulator technology and the usage of such simulators for education and training of operators such as pilots, maintenance personnel and air-traffic controllers. The objective of this research is to continuously improve simulator technology in such a manner that such training can be performed more effectively and efficiently, and meets the latest regulatory safety requirements as impose by aviation authorities. For this purpose, we closely cooperate with other (inter)national research institutes, universities and (flight) simulator industry.
Dr. Manfred Roza, M.Sc.
Phone: +31 (0)20 5113672
Datum : 07/11/2017
Locatie : Amsterdam
Opleidingsniveau : HBO/WO
Achtergrond : aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or computer science