Internship Openings

17 Intern positions are currently open.

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  • SA2073: Multimodal scene-understanding

    • We are looking for a graduate student interested in helping advance the field of multimodal scene understanding, with a focus on scene understanding using natural language for robot dialog and/or indoor monitoring using a large language model. The intern will collaborate with MERL researchers to derive and implement new models and optimization methods, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication. Internships regularly lead to one or more publications in top-tier venues, which can later become part of the intern''s doctoral work. The ideal candidates are senior Ph.D. students with experience in deep learning for audio-visual, signal, and natural language processing. Good programming skills in Python and knowledge of deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch are essential. Multiple positions are available with flexible start date (not just Spring/Summer but throughout 2024) and duration (typically 3-6 months).

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics, Speech & Audio
    • Host: Chiori Hori
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  • SA2181: Autonomous mobile robot data collection

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern to collaborate in the collection of data for sensing, planning, and control methods in a robotic test-bed using Turtlebots at MERL. The ideal candidate is enrolled in a Masters/PhD program in Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science, or related program, with prior experience in motion planning, control, optimization, computer vision, and their application in mobile robots, including experimental validation. The candidate should be proficient in ROS, C/C++, and Python. The expected duration of the internship is 1-2 months, with a flexible start date in early summer to fall.

    • Research Area: Robotics
    • Host: Chiori Hori
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  • OR2103: Human Robot Collaboration in Assembly Tasks

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated and qualified candidate to work on human-robot-interaction for manipulation and assembly collaborative scenarios. The ideal candidate is a PhD student and should have experience and records in one or multiple of the following areas. 1) Control, estimation and perception for Robotic manipulation 2) Task and Motion Planning 3) Learning from demonstration algorithms applied to robotic manipulation 4) Machine learning techniques for modeling and control as well as regression and classification problems. 5) Experience in working with robotic systems and familiarity with physics engine simulators like Mujoco, Isaac Gym, PyBullet. The successful candidate will be expected to develop, in collaboration with MERL employees, state of the art algorithms to solve complex manipulation tasks that involve human and robot collaborations. Proficiency in Python and ROS are required. The expectation is that the research will lead to one or more scientific publications. The expected duration s 3-4 months, with a flexible starting date.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics
    • Host: Diego Romeres
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  • EA2168: Blockchain Solutions for Factory Automation 2

    • MERL is seeking an intern to work on blockchain based solutions for factory automation. The ideal candidate will have experience implementing a blockchain network with Hyperledger Fabric, have experience working with smart contracts, and be fluent languages common in the blockchain space such as js, Go, etc. Experience deploying cloud based applications and docker is highly desirable. The start date is flexible and the duration is 3-4 months.

    • Research Area: Electric Systems
    • Host: Bram Goldsmith
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  • EA2050: Electric Motor Design and Electromagnetic Analysis

    • MERL is seeing a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research on electric motor design and modeling, with a strong focus on electromagnetic analysis. Ideal candidates should be Ph.D. students with solid background and publication record in one more research area on electric machines: electric and magnetic modeling, new machine design and prototyping, harmonic analysis, fault detection, and predictive maintenance. Research experiences on modeling and analysis of electric machines and fault diagnosis are required. Hands-on experience with new motor design and data analysis techniques are highly desirable. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Multi-Physical Modeling
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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  • CI2068: IoT Network Configuration Design

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to carry out research on energy efficient IoT network design methodology. The candidate is expected to develop innovative network technologies to support energy efficient communications among heterogeneous nodes. The candidates should have knowledge of network technologies such as sleep management and path planning and network simulation tools such as ns3. Knowledge of communication standards such as IEEE 802.11 and 3GPP and UAV is a plus. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Optimization
    • Host: Jianlin Guo
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  • CI2091: Robust AI for Operational Technology Security

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to work on operational technology security. The ideal candidate would have significant research experience in cybersecurity for operational technology, anomaly detection, robust machine learning, and defenses against adversarial examples. A mature understanding of modern machine learning methods, proficiency with Python, and familiarity with deep learning frameworks are expected. Candidates at or beyond the middle of their Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. The expected duration is 3 months with flexible start dates.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
    • Host: Ye Wang
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  • CA2182: Motion Planning and Control for Articulated Vehicles

    • MERL is seeking a highly skilled and self-motivated intern to work on motion planning of articulated vehicles. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in established path/motion planning algorithms (A*, D*, graph-search) and optimization-based control for ground and articulated vehicles. Excellent coding skills in MATLAB/Simulink and publication records are necessary. Experience with CasADi and dSPACE is a plus. Ph.D. students in robotics, computer science, control, electrical engineering, or related areas are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible, and the expected duration is about 4-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • CA2131: Collaborative Legged Robots

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team in research on control and planning algorithms for legged robots for support activities of and collaboration with humans. The ideal candidate is expected to be working towards a PhD with strong emphasis in robotics control and planning and to have interest and background in as many as possible of: motion planning algorithms, control for legged robot locomotions, legged robots, perception and sensing with multiple sensors, SLAM, vision-based control. Good programming skills in Python or C/C++ are required. The expected start of of the internship is flexible, with duration of 3--6 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • CA2132: Optimization Algorithms for Motion Planning and Predictive Control

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated and qualified individual to work on tailored computational algorithms for optimization-based motion planning and predictive control applications in autonomous systems (vehicles, mobile robots). The ideal candidate should have experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: convex and non-convex optimization, stochastic predictive control (e.g., scenario trees), interaction-aware motion planning, machine learning, learning-based model predictive control, mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs), optimal control, and real-time optimization. PhD students in engineering or mathematics, especially with a focus on research related to any of the above topics are encouraged to apply. Publication of relevant results in conference proceedings or journals is expected. Capability of implementing the designs and algorithms in MATLAB/Python is required; coding parts of the algorithms in C/C++ is a plus. The expected duration of the internship is 3 months, and the start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • ST2083: Deep Learning for Radar Perception

    • The Computation Sensing team at MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern to conduct fundamental research in radar perception. Expertise in deep learning-based object detection, multiple object tracking, data association, and representation learning (detection points, heatmaps, and raw radar waveforms) is required. Previous hands-on experience on open indoor/outdoor radar datasets is a plus. Familiarity with the concept of FMCW, MIMO, and range-Doppler-angle spectrum is an asset. The intern will collaborate with a small group of MERL researchers to develop novel algorithms, design experiments with MERL in-house testbed, and prepare results for patents and publication. The expected duration of the internship is 3 months with a flexible start date.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computational Sensing, Computer Vision, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization, Signal Processing
    • Host: Perry Wang
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  • ST1762: Computational Sensing Technologies

    • The Computational Sensing team at MERL is seeking motivated and qualified individuals to assist in the development of computational methods for a variety of sensing applications. Ideal candidates should be Ph.D. students and have solid background and publication record in any of the following, or related areas: imaging inverse problems, deep learning for inverse problems, large-scale optimization, blind inverse scattering, radar/lidar/THz imaging, joint communications and sensing, multimodal sensor fusion, object or human tracking, sensing of dynamical systems, or wave-based inversion. Experience with experimentally measured data is desirable. Publication of the results produced during our internships is expected. The duration of the internships is anticipated to be 3-6 months. Start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Computational Sensing, Signal Processing
    • Host: Petros Boufounos
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  • ST1763: Technologies for Multimodal Tracking and Imaging

    • MERL is seeking a motivated intern to assist in developing hardware and algorithms for multimodal imaging applications. The project involves integration of radar, camera, and depth sensors in a variety of sensing scenarios. The ideal candidate should have experience with FMCW radar and/or depth sensing, and be fluent in Python and scripting methods. Familiarity with optical tracking of humans and experience with hardware prototyping is desired. Good knowledge of computational imaging and/or radar imaging methods is a plus.

    • Research Areas: Computational Sensing, Signal Processing
    • Host: Petros Boufounos
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  • ST2090: Radiation Source Localization

    • The Computational Sensing Team at MERL is seeking an intern to work on estimation algorithms for radioactive source localization. The candidate should have experience with statistical modeling and estimation theory. A detailed knowledge of interactions of particles with matter, imaging inverse problems, and/or computed tomography is preferred. Hands-on experience with high-energy physics simulators (e.g., Geant4) is beneficial but not required. Strong programming skills in Python are essential. Publication of the results produced during our internships is expected. The duration is anticipated to be 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Computational Sensing, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Signal Processing
    • Host: Joshua Rapp
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  • CV2089: Visual Localization and Mapping

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated intern to work on an original research project on visual localization and mapping. A strong background in 3D computer vision is required. Experience in robot vision and/or deep learning will be valued. The successful candidate is expected to have published at least one paper in a top-tier computer vision or robotics venues, such as CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, ICRA, IROS, or RSS, along with solid programming skills in Python and/or C/C++. The position is available for graduate students on a Ph.D. track. Duration and start dates are flexible.

    • Research Area: Computer Vision
    • Host: Pedro Miraldo
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  • MS1851: Dynamic Modeling and Control for Grid-Interactive Buildings

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to work on modeling for smart sustainable buildings. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of modeling renewable energy sources, grid-interactive buildings, occupant behavior, and dynamical systems with expertise demonstrated via, e.g., peer-reviewed publications. Hands-on programming experience with Modelica is preferred. The minimum duration of the internship is 12 weeks; start time is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Machine Learning, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    • Host: Chris Laughman
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  • MS1958: Simulation, Control, and Optimization of Large-Scale Systems

    • MERL is seeking a motivated graduate student to research numerical methods pertaining to the simulation, control, and optimization of large-scale systems. Representative applications include large vapor-compression cycles and other multiphysical systems for energy conversion that couple thermodynamic, fluid, and electrical domains. The ideal candidate would have a solid background in numerical methods, control, and optimization; strong programming skills and experience with Julia/Python/Matlab are also expected. Knowledge of the fundamental physics of thermofluid flows (e.g., thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics), nonlinear dynamics, or equation-oriented languages (Modelica, gPROMS) is a plus. The expected duration of this internship is 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    • Host: Chris Laughman
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