Internship Openings

29 Intern positions are currently open.

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  • CV1738: Robot autonomous grasping using tactile sensing

    • The Computer Vision group is offering an internship opportunity in robot autonomous grasping using tactile sensing. The internship is open to highly skilled graduate students on a PhD track. Candidates should have a solid understanding of reinforcement learning, contact mechanics, simulating contacts, grasping, pose estimation and point cloud processing. The policies will be deployed on physical robots and the sensing is provided by various types of tactile sensing arrays. Strong programming skills are required, including MuJoCo, ROS, C++ and Python. Duration and start dates are flexible.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics
    • Host: Radu Corcodel
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  • CV1703: Software development in ROS for robotic manipulation

    • MERL is offering an internship position for non-research software development for robotic manipulation. The scope of the internship is to develop robust ROS packages by refactoring existing experimental code. The position is open to prospective candidates with very strong programming skills in ROS (Robot Operating System) using C++ primarily and Python respectively. The selected intern will have a software engineering role rather than research oriented. The position is open to both senior undergraduate students and master students. Flexible start and end dates.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision, Data Analytics, Robotics
    • Host: Radu Corcodel
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  • ST1791: Single Pixel Imaging

    • The Computational Sensing team at MERL is seeking motivated and qualified individuals to design sensing mechanisms and develop algorithms that perform high quality image and video reconstruction from a single pixel detector. The project goal is to improve the performance and develop robust methods that can reduce the number of snapshots required for image formation. Ideal candidates should be Ph.D. students and have solid background and publication record in any of the following, or related areas: compressed sensing, imaging inverse problems, large-scale optimization, plug-and-play priors, learning-based modeling for imaging, learning theory for computational imaging. 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, Machine Learning, Optimization, Signal Processing
    • Host: Hassan Mansour
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  • ST1750: THz (Terahertz) Sensing

    • The Signal Processing (SP) group at MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern to conduct fundamental research in THz (Terahertz) sensing. Expertise in statistical inference, unsupervised anomaly detection, and deep learning (spatial-temporal representation learning) is required. Previous hands-on experience in THz data analysis is a plus. Familiarity with python and deep learning libraries is a must. The intern will collaborate with a small group of MERL researchers to develop novel algorithms, design experiments with collaborators, 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, 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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  • DA1841: High-fidelity CFD for simulation and optimization

    • The Data Analytics Group at MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our internship program in the summer of 2022. The ideal candidate will be a Ph.D. student specializing in fluid dynamics, with solid background in turbulence modeling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Research exposure to one of the following is very desirable but not necessary: PDE-constrained optimization, model reduction techniques, and Physics-informed Neural Nets (PINNs). Ideal candidate is familiar with open-source CFD solvers such as OpenFOAM or SU2. Publication of results obtained during the internship is expected. The starting date is flexible and the internship will last about 12 weeks.

    • Research Areas: Data Analytics, Dynamical Systems, Optimization
    • Host: Saleh Nabi
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  • CI1468: Quantum Machine Learning

    • MERL is seeking an intern to work on research for quantum machine learning (QML). The ideal candidate is an experienced PhD student or post-graduate researcher having an excellent background in quantum computing, deep learning, and signal processing. Proficient programming skills with PyTorch, Qiskit, and PennyLane will be additional assets to this position.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Toshi Koike-Akino
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  • CI1733: ML for GNSS-based Applications

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to work on machine learning for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) applications. The ideal candidate is working towards a PhD and is expected to develop innovative machine learning technologies to increase accuracy and integrity of GNSS-based positioning systems. Candidates should have strong knowledge about as many as possible of GNSS signal processing for multipath mitigation, handling RINEX data, neural network and learning techniques, such as feature extraction, deep machine learning, reinforcement learning, domain adaptation, and distributed learning. Proficient programming skills with PyTorch, Matlab, and C++, and strong mathematical analysis will be additional assets to this position. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: K.J. Kim
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  • CI1711: Advanced Network Design

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to join the Signal Processing Group for a three month internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on network design and optimization methods including AI assisted networking. The candidate is expected to develop innovative network configuration technologies to support emerging IoT applications. The candidates should have knowledge of network technologies such as network slicing, software defined networking and/or semantic networking. Knowledge of the communication technologies such as 3GPP-5G or IEEE 802 WLAN/WPAN standards is a plus. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Control, Optimization
    • Host: Jianlin Guo
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  • CI1752: Machine Learning for Electric Design Automation

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to join the Signal Processing group for an internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on machine learning for automated design synthesis to improve hardware efficiency of various digital signal processing algorithms. The candidate is expected to have solid knowledge of deep learning, reinforcement learning, symbolic learning, decision making, and graph neural networks. Hands-on experience of high-level synthesis, FPGA prototyping, verilog, and general digital signal processing is a plus.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Electric Systems, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Toshi Koike-Akino
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  • MD1648: THz Electronic Sensing

    • MERL is looking for a senior Ph.D. student to join our team to conduct application-motivated research and experiments. The candidate must have hands-on practical lab experiment experience on millimeter-wave, sub-THz, or THz for sensing, radar, and other applications. Skills of using RF/Microwave Lab equipment are necessary. Knowledge of solid-state device physics, high frequency, and high speed integrated circuit (IC) chip design, and signal processing is desired. The internship is expected to be 3-6 months, starting date is flexible after September.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Computational Sensing, Electronic and Photonic Devices
    • Host: Rui Ma
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  • MD1561: Desgn and fabrication of power devices in power electronics or RF

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our 3-month internship program to carry out research in the area of power electronics and RF semiconductors devices. The ideal candidate should have a significant background in the simulation and design of a 2D and 3D GaN devices using Matlab and TCAD. Proficiency in device semiconductor modeling or hands-on experience in GaN device fabrication processes and a deep knowledge of negative capacitance would be a great asset. Candidates who hold a PhD or in their senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply.

    • Research Areas: Electronic and Photonic Devices
    • Host: Koon Hoo Teo
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  • MD1746: PWM inverter circuit design

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to work on PWM inverter drive circuit design and fabrication. The ideal candidate would be a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering with solid research background in power electronics. Experience in PWM inverter design, switching loss estimation, and EMI is desired. The intern is expected to collaborate with MERL researchers to design, simulate, and fabricate circuits, carry out experiments, analyze experimental data, and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. The total duration is 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Electric Systems, Signal Processing
    • Host: Dehong Liu
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  • MD1697: Integrated design of mechatronic systems

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in model-based mechatronic system design. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in motor and drives, multi-body dynamics, design optimization, and coding skills. Demonstrated experience on hand-on mechatronic system integration, and simulation/optimization software such as Matlab is a necessity. Ph.D. students in mechanical engineering, robotics, and electrical engineering are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is about 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Yebin Wang
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  • MD1714: Electric Motor Design

    • MERL is seeing a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research on electric machine design, prototype, and experiment tests. The ideal candidate should have solid background and demonstrated research experience in electric machine theory, design analysis, motor drives, and control. Hands-on experiences on electric motor design and prototyping, test bench set up, and experiment measurements are required. Senior Ph.D. students in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering with related expertise are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Electric Systems, Multi-Physical Modeling
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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  • MD1715: Electric Motor Fault Analysis

    • MERL is seeing a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research on electric machine fault analysis and detection. The ideal candidate should have solid background in electric machine theory, modeling, numerical analysis, operation, and fault detection techniques, including machine learning. Research experiences on modeling and analysis of electric machines and fault detection are required. Hands-on experience with permanent magnet motor design and analysis, and knowledge on machine learning are desirable. Senior Ph.D. students in related expertise are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Machine Learning, Multi-Physical Modeling
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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  • MD1696: Advanced RF Technologies

    • Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (Cambridge, MA) is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our 3 month internship program of research on advanced RF technologies. The ideal candidate should be a senior Ph.D. student with good experience in microwave power amplifier/RF active circuit design and experiment, RF front end systems. Familiarity with ADS and Matlab is required. Knowledge of radio system architecture and FPGA (signal processing) would be an asset.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Signal Processing
    • Host: Rui Ma
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  • MD1757: ML based Digital Pre-distortion (DPD) for PA

    • MERL is looking for a talented intern to work on the next generation Digital-predistortion algorithms for power amplifier linearization such as 5G. The development of a DPD system involves aspects of signal processing and statistical algorithm design, RF components and instrumentation, digital hardware and software. It is therefore both a challenging and intellectually rewarding experience. This will involve MATLAB coding, interfacing to test equipment such as power sources, signal generators and analyzers and construction and calibration of RF component assemblies. The ideal candidate should have knowledge and experience in adaptive signal processing, machine learning, and radio communication. Good practical laboratory skills are needed. RF semiconductor devices and circuit knowledge is a plus. Duration is 3 to 6 months.

    • Research Areas: Electronic and Photonic Devices, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Rui Ma
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  • CA1795: Path Planning and Control for Autonomous Articulated Vehicles

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with multiple researchers on the implementation and experimental validation of algorithms for path/motion planning, optimal control and reference tracking in autonomous articulated vehicles. The ideal candidate has a background in either path planning or model predictive control (MPC) for autonomous (articulated) vehicles, and the candidate should be familiar with optimal control, vehicle dynamics, A* search, Matlab and Simulink, and C/C++ code generation. Any experience with dSPACE (e.g., MicroAutoBox or Scalexio) is a plus. MS or PhD students in control, robotics, electrical and mechanical, or related areas, are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is as soon as possible, and the expected duration is about 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Rien Quirynen
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  • CA1742: Mixed-Integer Programming for Motion Planning and Control

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on tailored computational algorithms and applications of mixed-integer programming for decision making, motion planning and control of hybrid systems. The research will involve the study and development of numerical optimization techniques and/or the implementation and validation of algorithms for industrial applications, e.g., related to autonomous driving and robotics. The ideal candidate should have experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: branch-and-bound type methods, heuristics for mixed-integer programming (pre-solve, cutting planes, warm starting, integer-feasible solutions), modeling and formulation of MIPs for hybrid control systems, convex and non-convex optimization, machine learning and real-time optimization. PhD students in engineering or mathematics, especially with a focus on mixed-integer programming or numerical optimization, are encouraged to apply. Publication of relevant results in conference proceedings and journals is expected. Capability of implementing the designs and algorithms in MATLAB/Python is expected; coding parts of the algorithms in C/C++ is a plus. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months and the start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Rien Quirynen
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  • CA1707: Autonomous vehicles guidance and control

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team in 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. The ideal candidate is expected to be working towards a PhD with strong emphasis in vehicle guidance and control, and to have interest and background in as many as possible of: vehicle dynamics modeling and control, predictive control algorithms linear and nonlinear systems, motion planning, convex, non-convex, and mixed -integer optimization, statistical estimation, cooperative control. Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python or C/C++ are required, knowledge of rapid prototyping systems, automatic code generation or ROS is a plus. The expected start of of the internship is in the late Spring/Early Summer 2022, for a duration of 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • CA1741: Learning for Connected Vehicles

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team in the development of learning technologies for Connected Vehicles. The intern will conduct research in the development of methods for learning/optimization of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) using data-sharing between connected vehicles and/or infrastructure. The ideal candidate has knowledge of at least one of machine learning, estimation, connected vehicles, and vehicle control systems. Knowledge of one or more traffic and/or multi-vehicle simulators (SUMO, Vissim, etc.) is a plus. Good programming skills in Matlab are required and knowledge in Python or C/C++ is a merit. PhD students in engineering, mathematics, or similar are encouraged to apply. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months. The start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning
    • Host: Marcel Menner
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  • CA1726: Distributed Estimation for Autonomous Systems

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team in developing estimation methods with applications to multi-vehicle positioning. The ideal candidate is a PhD candidate with strong emphasis in estimation and control, and as interest and background in several of: bayesian inference, machine learning, maximum-likelihood estimation, optimization, distributed systems, and vehicle modeling and control. Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python, or C/C++ are required. The expected start of of the internship is in 2022 and flexible for a duration of 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Optimization, Signal Processing
    • Host: Karl Berntorp
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  • CA1706: Perception-aware vehicle control

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team in research on planning and control algorithms accounting for perception of the uncertain surrounding environment. The ideal candidate is expected to be working towards a PhD with strong emphasis in control or planning algorithms, and to have interest and background in as many as possible of: predictive control algorithms for linear and nonlinear systems, stochastic constrained control, e.g., chance constraints, stochastic optimization, statistical estimation, perception system modeling, and vehicle modeling and control. Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python or C/C++ are required. The expected start of of the internship is in the late Spring/Early Summer 2022, for a duration of 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Optimization, Signal Processing
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • CA1728: Safe data-driven control of dynamical systems under uncertainty

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on safe control of data-driven, uncertain, dynamical systems. The research will develop novel optimization and learning-based control algorithms to guarantee safety and performance in various industrial applications, including autonomous driving. The ideal candidate should have experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: optimal control under uncertainty, (robust and stochastic) model predictive control, (convex and non-convex) optimization, and (reinforcement and statistical) learning. Ph.D. students in engineering or mathematics with a focus on control, optimization, and learning are encouraged to apply. A successful internship will result in submission of relevant results to peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals, and development of well-documented (Python/MATLAB) code for MERL. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months, and the start date is Summer 2022.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Abraham Vinod
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  • MS1769: Data-driven Dynamic Modeling of Vapor Compression Systems

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in dynamic modeling and simulation of vapor compression systems in the summer of 2022. Knowledge of data-driven modeling techniques is required. Experience in working with thermo-fluid systems is preferred. The intern is expected to collaborate with MERL researchers to build models, develop algorithms, and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. Senior Ph.D. students in applied mathematics, chemical/mechanical engineering and other related areas are encouraged to apply. The expected duration of the internship is 3 months and the start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Multi-Physical Modeling
    • Host: Hongtao Qiao
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  • MS1838: Data-Driven Optimization for Building Energy Systems

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to work on data-driven, sample-efficient optimization with real-world applications in building energy systems. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding machine learning or sampling-based optimization with expertise demonstrated via, e.g., publications, in at least one of: few-shot optimization, Bayesian methods, and/or learning for control/estimation of buildings and energy systems. Hands-on programming experience with standard ML toolkits such as PyTorch/Tensorflow is preferred; knowledge of additional, relevant tools (e.g., GPyTorch, Pyro) is a plus. PhD students are preferred, as an expected outcome of the internship is a publication in a high-tier venue. The minimum duration of the internship is 12 weeks; start time is flexible. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Data Analytics, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    • Host: Ankush Chakrabarty
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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. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL, but may be done remotely where you live if the COVID pandemic makes it necessary.

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