Internship Openings

19 Intern positions are currently open.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Inc. "MERL" provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, MERL complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Qualified applicants for MERL internships are individuals who have or can obtain full authorization to work in the U.S. and do not require export licenses to receive information about the projects they will be exposed to at MERL. The U.S. government prohibits the release of information without an export license to citizens of several countries, including, without limitation, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria (Country Groups E:1 and E:2 of Part 740, Supplement 1, of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations).


  • DA1465: Internship on power market trading analysis and optimization

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to join our internship program and conduct research in the area of power market trading analysis and optimization. The ideal candidate should have good background in power markets, mathematical optimization, and stochastic analysis. Strong programming skills in Matlab, Python, or C/C++ are required. The duration of the internship is expected to be 3 months, and the start date is flexible. Candidates in their senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply.

    • Research Areas: Data Analytics, Electric Systems, Optimization
    • Host: Hongbo Sun
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  • SP1460: Advanced Vehicular Technologies

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to collaborate with the Signal Processing group and the Control for Autonomy team in developing technologies for Connected Automated Vehicles. The ideal candidate is expected to be involved in research on collaborative learning between infrastructure and vehicles. The candidate is expected to develop learning-based technologies to achieve vehicle coordination, estimation and GNSS-based localization using data and computation sharing between vehicle and infrastructure. The candidates should have knowledge of machine learning, connected vehicles and V2X communications. Knowledge of one or more traffic and/or multi-vehicle simulators (SUMO, Vissim, etc.) and GNSS is a plus. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months, with start date in September/October 2020.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Signal Processing
    • Host: Jianlin Guo
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  • SP1307: Vehicular traffic environment sensing

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to join a three month internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on environmental sensing in high frequency bands. The candidate is expected to develop innovative sensing technologies. Candidates should have strong knowledge about neural network and learning techniques, such as machine learning, deep learning, shallow learning, and distributed learning. In addition, understanding of spectrum sensing and wireless communications technologies is necessary. Proficient programming skills with Python, 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: Signal Processing
    • Host: K.J. Kim
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  • SP1424: Advanced computational sensing technologies

    • The Computational Sensing team at MERL is seeking motivated and qualified individuals to develop computational imaging algorithms 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, learning for inverse problems, large-scale optimization, blind inverse scattering, radar/lidar/sonar imaging, 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: Artificial Intelligence, Computational Sensing, Signal Processing
    • Host: Petros Boufounos
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  • SP1409: Coherent optical transmission systems

    • MERL is seeking an intern to work on systems and subsystems for coherent optical fiber transmission. The ideal candidate would be an experienced PhD student or post-graduate researcher working in optical communications. The candidate should have a detailed knowledge of optical communications systems at the physical layer and digital signal processing for digital coherent communication, with a focus on optical fiber communication. Strong programming skills in Matlab are essential. Experience of working in a lab environment would be advantageous. Duration is 3 to 6 months.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Signal Processing
    • Host: Kieran Parsons
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  • SP1155: Coexistence of the Heterogeneous Wireless Technologies

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to join the Electronics and Communications group for a three month internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on coexistence of the heterogeneous wireless technologies in the Sub-1 GHz (S1G) band. The candidate is expected to develop innovative coexistence technology for IEEE 802.15.4g to mitigate interference caused by other S1G technologies such as IEEE 802.11ah, LoRa and SigFox. The candidates should have knowledge of 802.15.4g and 802.11ah protocols. Additionally, the candidate should also be familiar with NS3 simulators. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Signal Processing
    • Host: Jianlin Guo
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  • SP1448: Intelligent Coding

    • The Signal Processing group at MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our 3-month internship program of research on applied coding for data science. The ideal candidate is expected to possess an excellent background in channel coding, source coding, information theory, coded modulation design, signal processing, deep learning, quantum computing, and molecular computing.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Toshi Koike-Akino
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  • SP1419: Simulation of Multimodal Sensors

    • MERL is seeking a motivated intern to assist in generating simulated multimodal data for machine learning applications. The project involves integrating several existing software components to generate optical and radar data in a variety of sensing scenarios, and executing the simulations under a variety of conditions. The ideal candidate should have experience with C++, Python, and scripting methods. Some knowledge or experience with Blender, computer graphics, and computer vision would be preferred, but is not required. Project duration is flexible in the range of 1-2 months. Intern has the choice of part-time or full-time occupation and may start immediately.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Signal Processing
    • Host: Petros Boufounos
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  • SA1464: Joint localization and classification of sound events

    • We are seeking a graduate student interested in helping advance the field of multi-channel sound localization and classification using acoustic sensor networks in challenging multi-source and far-field scenarios. The intern will collaborate with MERL researchers to derive and implement new models and optimization methods, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication. The ideal candidate would be a senior Ph.D. student with experience in audio signal processing, beamforming/array processing, probabilistic modeling, and deep learning. The internship will be performed remotely, and candidates both from within the US and outside of the US are welcome to apply. The expected duration of the (virtual) internship is 3-6 months with a start date between Fall 2020 and early 2021.

    • Research Areas: Speech & Audio
    • Host: Gordon Wichern
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  • CA1399: Optimization Algorithms for Stochastic Predictive Control

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on tailored numerical optimization algorithms and applications of stochastic learning-based model predictive control (MPC) methods. The research will involve the study and development of novel optimization techniques and/or the implementation and validation of algorithms for industrial applications, e.g., related to autonomous driving. The ideal candidate should have experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: stochastic MPC (e.g., scenario trees or tube MPC), convex and non-convex optimization, machine learning, numerical optimization and (inverse) optimal control. PhD students in engineering or mathematics with a focus on stochastic (learning-based) MPC 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 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
    • Host: Rien Quirynen
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  • CA1260: Model Predictive Control of Hybrid Systems

    • The Control and Dynamical Systems (CD) group at MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern to work on hybrid model predictive control. The scope of work includes the development of model predictive control algorithms for hybrid dynamical systems, switched systems, and quantized systems, analysis and property proving, and applications in automotive, space systems, and energy systems. PhD students with expertise in some among control, optimization, model predictive control and hybrid systems, and with working knowledge of Matlab implementation are welcome to apply. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months with flexible start date.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • CA1400: Autonomous Vehicle Planning and Control

    • The Control and Dynamical Systems (CD) group at MERL is seeking highly motivated interns at different levels of expertise 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.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Robotics
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • MD1370: Machine Learning based DPD for Power Amplifier

    • 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: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Rui Ma
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  • MD1300: Compiler Optimizations for Linear Algebra Kernels

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on automatic, compiler based techniques for optimizing linear algebra kernels. The ideal candidate is a Ph.D. student in computer science with extensive experience in compiler design and source code optimization techniques. In particular, the successful candidate will have a strong working knowledge of polyhedral optimization techniques, the LLVM compiler, and Polly. Strong C/C++ skills and knowledge of LLVM at the source level are required. Publication of results in conference proceedings and journals is expected. The expected duration of the internship is 3 months and the start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Abraham Goldsmith
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  • MD1406: Numerical Analysis of Electric Machines

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified intern to conduct research in the design, modeling and optimization of electrical machines. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in electromagnetic theory, electric machine design, and numerical modeling techniques (including model reduction), research experiences in electric, magnetic, and thermal modeling and analysis of electrical machines, and demonstrated capability to publish results in leading conferences/journals. Experience with ANSYS, COMSOL, and optimization techniques is a strong plus. Senior Ph.D. students in electrical or mechanical engineering with related expertise are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Dynamical Systems, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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  • MD1377: Adaptive Optimal Control of Electrical Machines

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in control of electrical machines. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in adaptive dynamic programming and state/parameter estimation for electrical machines, demonstrated capability to publish results in leading conferences/journals, and experience with real-time control experiments involving high power devices. Senior Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is about 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Electric Systems, Machine Learning
    • Host: Yebin Wang
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  • MD1381: Electric Motor Design

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in design, modeling, and simulation of electrical machines. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in modeling (including model reduction)/co-simulation of electromagnetics and thermal dynamics of electrical machines, and demonstrated capability to publish results in leading conferences/journals. Experience with ANSYS, COMSOL, and real-time control experiments involving motor drives is a strong plus. Senior Ph.D. students in electrical or mechanical engineering are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is about 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Electric Systems, Multi-Physical Modeling
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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  • MS1466: Modelica-Based Control of HVAC Equipment

    • MERL seeks a highly motivated intern to develop an interface between real-time control systems that are implemented in the Modelica language, and laboratory HVAC equipment that is controlled by Labview. The control algorithms are developed using our Modelica library of HVAC components, and are realized natively in the Modelica language using the Synchronous Library. They are run in real-time on a PC using the Modelica Device Drivers library, and communicate with the Labview system via UDP. The intern would be responsible for developing professional-grade code to mature this interface, and then conduct experiments to test new control algorithms in our laboratory. Expertise using software development tools, such as Microsoft Visual Studio and network protocols such as UDP, is necessary. Experience with Modelica is strongly preferred. Knowledge and experience of vapor compression systems is also strongly preferred. Knowledge of control theory, including classical feedback and finite state machines, along with related laboratory experience is required. On-site employment is preferred, although it may be possible to conduct this work remotely. Students enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. degree program of study are encouraged to apply. The internship is expected to be 3-6 months in duration, preferably in the fall or winter, 2020.

    • Research Areas: Control, Multi-Physical Modeling
    • Host: Chris Laughman
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  • MS1461: Online Bayesian Optimization

    • The Multiphysical Systems (MS) team at MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern to conduct research on model-free optimization of HVAC systems, with special emphasis on online and scalable Bayesian optimization. The ideal candidate is enrolled in a PhD program and is pursuing research in machine learning for optimization/control. The ideal candidate will have experience in (one or more of) Bayesian optimization, Bayesian neural nets, Gaussian processes, and must be fluent in Python and standard ML toolkits e.g. PyTorch/Tensorflow. The expected duration of the (virtual) internship is 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Ankush Chakrabarty
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