Artificial Intelligence

Making machines smarter for improved safety, efficiency and comfort.

Our AI research encompasses advances in computer vision, speech and audio processing, as well as data analytics. Key research themes include improved perception based on machine learning techniques, learning control policies through model-based reinforcement learning, as well as cognition and reasoning based on learned semantic representations. We apply our work to a broad range of automotive and robotics applications, as well as building and home systems.

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    • DA1344: Learning from Demonstration (LfD) for Robotics

      MERL is looking for a highly motivated intern to work on developing algorithms for robot learning using learning from demonstration, imitation learning and/or deep reinforcement learning. Successful candidate will collaborate with MERL researchers to design, analyze, and implement new algorithms, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication. The candidate should have a strong background in (deep) reinforcement learning, Imitation Learning (or Learning from Demonstrations, LfD), machine learning and robotics. Prior experience of working with robotic systems is required. The candidate should be comfortable implementing the developed algorithms in Python and should have prior experience working with ROS. Prior exposure to deep learning and hands-on experience with packages such as Pytorch and/or Tensorflow is expected. The candidate is expected to be a PhD student in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Operations Research, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, or a related field, with relevant publication record. Expected duration of the internship is at least 3 months. The position is expected to be available starting late August or early September. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply with their recent CV with list of related publications and links to GitHub repositories (if any).

    • CD1257: Autonomous vehicles Planning and Control

      The Control and Dynamical Systems (CD) group at MERL is seeking highly motivated interns at varying expertise levels to conduct research on planning and control for autonomous vehicles. The research domain includes algorithms for path planning, vehicle control, high level decision making, sensor-based navigation, driver-vehicle interaction. PhD students will be considered for algorithm development and analysis, and property proving. Master students will be considered for development and implementation in a scaled robotic test bench for autonomous vehicles. For algorithm development and analysis it is highly desirable to have deep background in one or more among: sampling-based planning methods, particle filtering, model predictive control, reachability methods, formal methods and abstractions of dynamical systems, and experience with their implementation in Matlab/Python/C++. For algorithm implementation, it is required to have working knowledge of Matlab, C++, and ROS, and it is a plus to have background in some of the above mentioned methods. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months with flexible start date.

    • CV1269: Machine Learning for Computer Vision

      MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to work on machine learning for computer vision. There are several available topics to choose from. The ideal candidate would be a Ph.D. student with a strong background in machine learning and computer vision. Proficiency in Python programming is necessary. You are expected to collaborate with MERL researchers to develop algorithms and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. Start date is flexible.


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