phD offer: Artificial Intelligence applied to Manufacturing

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Contribution of learning algorithms for optimizing reconfigurable manufacturing systems


Host Laboratory
IMS ? Bordeaux University
Graduate School ? Sciences Physiques et de l?ingénieur
    Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Bordeaux University
    Starting date: Septembre 1st 2022
    Duration : 3 years (month salary about 1500 euros net + teaching opportunity)



The challenges (i.e. volatile demand, technological evolutions, environmental requirements) faced by manufacturing systems require adaptable, resilient and sustainable production systems. The paradigm of reconfigurable manufacturing systems (RMS), in line with the factory of the future (Industry 4.0), aims to address these challenges.
The phD will focus on the resources layout problem in a context of using autonomous transportation system (AMR: Autonomous Mobile Robot). The main research questions addressed in this thesis are as follows:
-    How to optimize the management of transport resources (i.e. routing of AMRs and fleet management) using mathematical or approximate optimization approaches by leveraging artificial intelligence. The use of learning algorithms (reinforcement or by deep reinforcement) will be investigated to extract certain key parameters in a changing environment (management of hazards in a dynamic context).
-    How to design a sustainable RMS taking into account product and process variability to achieve production planning reducing energy and resource consumptions
To this end, it will be necessary to develop a software platform to simulate the manufacturing system, to instantiate the decisional models and to test reconfiguration scenarios, evaluated through performance indicators relating to the industrial and environmental efficiency.
Potential use cases will be drawn from the industrial applications developed by the company ez-wheel (, a partner in this project, which develops autonomous wheels used in many fields (industry, logistics, health, etc.).


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[2] Koren, Y., Gu, X., Guo, W., 2018. Reconfigurable manufacturing systems: Principles, de-sign, and future trends. Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering. Volume13, 121?136.

[3] Sutton, R.S., Barto, A.G., 2018. Reinforcement learning: An introduction. MIT press.

[4] Yelles-Chaouche, A.R., Gurevsky, E., Brahimi, N., Dolgui, A., 2021. Reconfigurable manufacturing systems from an optimisation perspective: a focused review of literature. International Journal of Production Research, Volume 59, 21, 6400-6418.


Candidate profil

-    Master of Science degree (Operational Research, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Industrial Engineering)
-    Excellent academic records, with knowledge in learning algorithms and combinatorial optimization (metaheuristics  or linear programming / integer linear programming or multi-objective optimization)
-    Programming skills:
o     Julia or Java or Python or C++ or optimization solver (Cplex, Gurobi, etc)
-    Languages: English [French is a bonus but not mandatory]
-    Others [not mandatory]
o    Background in production management or manufacturing
o    Discrete event simulation software (Anylogic, FlexSim, Arena Simio etc.)


Send CV, bachelor?s and a master?s transcripts, cover letter and reference to:

-    Rémy Dupas     (IMS Laboratory, Bordeaux Univ.)
-    Julien François     (IMS Laboratory, Bordeaux Univ.)
-    Alix Thècle     (I2M Laboratory, Ecole Nat. Sup. d'Arts et Métiers)


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