30 credits – Method to label a stop location’s purpose

The Analytics and Architecture group at Scania Connected services and Solutions drives the advancement of applied data science 

and machine

 learning within

 connected service

s

. A thesis project in our group is a great opportunity to work with applied machine learning at the forefront of the transport industry and an excellent way of making contacts for your future career.

 

Help us map

 the transport 

system – stop locations

their purpose

 and 

how they connect

!

 

Background

Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of trucks and buses for heavy transports, as well as industrial and marine engines. Transport services and logistics services make up an increasing part of our business, which guarantees Scania’s customers cost-efficient transport solutions and high availability. Over a million Scania vehicles are in active use, in over 100 countries.

At Connected Services & Solutions we develop new solutions for connected vehicles in our Internet of Things platform, as part of Scania’s increasing focus on communication, services and smart transport solutions. Advanced data analysis capabilities are a cornerstone enabler in this development.

Problem description

Scania has more than 300 thousand connected vehicles continuously sending in position information. This data is core to insights of the trucks and the transport system. One important piece of the puzzle is the understanding of a stop location’s purpose. Where a stop location is a set of collocated vehicle stops.

A label, describing the purpose of the stop location, could for example be loading, parking, unloading or refuelling. Given a set of purpose labels we want to map out the locations and label them. With this map we can discover logistic patterns, optimize transport flows and gain a deeper understanding of how the trucks are used. Increased understanding of stop locations enables the future development of services to better conform with Scania’s customers’ needs in their daily operations. Ultimately increased understanding will support the development of a sustainable transport system and smart cities.

Your thesis work will be carried out in a team of data scientists and architects with diverse competencies giving you first-hand insight into how we at Scania drive our business from data. You will not only have access to data sets with billions of observations and big data computation platforms, but you will also have access to our Apache Spark Streaming code pipeline and ground truth data enabling you to evaluate your methods. This thesis’ already has potential customers and our ambition is that you will cooperate with them during the development.

Assignment

Develop a method to label stop locations. This will include building an understanding of manually created purpose labels and create a more generic set of these labels, designing and extracting features from a set of stops, explore and evaluate various approaches and finally establish a method with potential customers.

 

 

Applicants

E

ducation:

 Master’s program in machine learning, data science, computer science or similar. Applicants are expected to have a good understanding of relevant machine learning and data mining methods.

 

Meritorious:

 Experience of Spark Streaming, programming in Scala/Java and addressing big data problems. We love working with data, data processing tools, big data platforms/frameworks and challenging problems. We always aim to create value for the business as well as the society at large, and we want applicants to consider themselves driven by the same intentions.

Number of students:

 1-2

Start date:

 Flexible

Estimated time needed:

 

20 weeks 

Contact persons

Sarah Hantosi Albertsson, Data Scientist at KSEA (Analytics and architecture), +46 8 553 725 99, 

Fredrik Husander, Group Manager for KSEA (Analytics and architecture), +46 8 553 515 28, 

 

Application

Enclose CV, personal letter and grades. We would also like you to enclose a description of the methods you may use or a suggested approach for this problem.

 

 

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