Postdoctoral Position Opening

Machine Learning and Digital Twins

Columbia University in the City of New York

Zoran Kostic, Professor of Professional Practice, zk2172(at)

Electrical Engineering Department, Data Sciences Institute

Columbia University in the City of New York

Postdoctoral Position - Machine Learning and Digital Twins, Columbia University

  • For candidates with a PhD degree in CS, EE, Data Sciences, or a related major.

  • Two years, starting before September 2022.

  • Mentored by Prof. Zoran Kostic, Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department and Data Sciences Institute.

  • Funded by the NSF Cyber Physical Systems Program.

  • Collaboration across multiple departments at Columbia School of Engineering and Data Sciences Institute.

  • (This page) For detailed description and instructions on how to express interest, see

Research Topics:

  • Theory and practice - machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL) and digital twins.

  • How ML/DL methods enable digital twins.

  • How digital twins improve learning and inference in ML/DL models.

  • Reinforcement learning.

  • Modeling, simulation and emulation.

  • Distributed, federated, collaborative learning and inference.

  • Real-time considerations for ML/DL inference.

  • Low latency for sensor data acquisition, communications and networking.

  • Integration of privacy and security into data management.

  • Applications in smart cities:

    • Data/video acquisition for smart city intersections.

    • Data/video pre-processing/conditioning in support of ML/DL methods.

    • Object detection and tracking in smart-city applications.

    • Optimization of accuracy and speed for small object detection.

    • Integration with live systems.


  • PhD degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Data Sciences, or related disciplines.

  • Expertise in several of the following topics: Machine Learning and Deep Learning; Signal, Image and Video Processing; Edge, Distributed and Collaborative Computing; Communications and Networking; Real-Time Systems; IC design.

  • Hands-on experience with software development, simulations, parallel/GPU computation, and cloud computing services.

  • Interest in writing grant proposals, mentoring junior researchers, teaching.


  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline.

  • Foreign citizens must be able to satisfy the employment eligibility requirements.

To Express Interest:

  • Populate "Postdoctoral Position Questionnaire" below (also here:

  • Send email to Use the email subject line “postdoctoral application EEAI - <your name>”. Attach CV and a statement of interest with description of how your experiences and expertise are relevant to the postdoctoral research topics.