Internship Openings

25 Intern positions are currently open.

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Rising to the challenges of COVID-19

The COVID pandemic has impacted every aspect of life-how we live, work, and interact. At MERL, we are committed to maintaining our internship program through these challenging times.

MERL continues to actively seek candidates for research internships -- some of the posted positions are immediately available, while others target the summer of 2021. Please consider applying for positions of interest. Our researchers will follow up to schedule an interview by phone or video conference for qualified candidates.

Due to the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, our current internships are mostly remote. Next summer we hope the situation will be better and our internships will be at MERL, but if it is not, most internships will continue to be remote. However, some of the internships require onsite work. Please check for any specific requirements for onsite work in the job description.


  • DA1476: Machine Learning for Anomaly Detection in Time Series Data

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to develop anomaly detection algorithms with applications in time series data. The ideal candidate is a senior PhD student with experience in methods applied to time series data including deep learning methods (AE, VAE, GAN, etc.) or experience in classical machine learning. Preferred candidates will have a background working with data outside computer vision. The candidate should have strong programming skills using Python and at least one publication. Successful internships at MERL result from intern driven algorithm development that leads to a scientific publication. Typical internship length is 3 months with early start dates preferred (ex. late April, early May). The internship is also available for the Fall of 2021. Please specify your preferred start date when applying.

    • Research Areas: Data Analytics
    • Host: Emil Laftchiev
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • CA1470: Connected vehicle-based distributed learning and estimation of road conditions

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team and the Signal Processing group in the development of learning technologies for Connected Vehicles technologies for distributed learning and estimation. The candidate will develop methods for distributed learning and estimation of road and road network conditions using information acquired from multiple connected vehicles. The ideal candidate is expected to be involved in research on collaborative distributed learning and estimation, with particular emphasis on statistical learning. The ideal candidate has knowledge 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, Python, or C/C++ are required. Candidates in their senior year of Master, or junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. The expected duration of the internship is for the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021, with start date in November 2020-January 2021. Part-time engagement may be considered, although full-time is preferred. Given the current situation with COVID-19 pandemic, this internship will be done remotely from where the candidates lives using MERL equipment and resources.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning
    • 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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  • 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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  • SP1475: Advanced Signal Processing for Metasurface

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to join an internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on Advanced Signal Processing for Metasurface. The candidate is expected to develop innovative signal processing for metasurface aided various applications. Candidates should have strong knowledge about electromagnetic field analysis for metasurface, passive beamforming, interference mitigation, and channel estimation. 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. Given the current situation with COVID-19 pandemic, this internship will be done remotely from where you live. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months, with a flexible start date in 2020.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Communications, Signal Processing
    • Host: K.J. Kim
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • SP1467: Machine learning for GNSS applications

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified intern to join a thirteen weeks internship program. The ideal candidate will be expected to carry out research on Machine Learning for various GNSS applications. The candidate is expected to develop innovative machine learning technologies to increase accuracy and secrecy. Candidates should have strong knowledge about GNSS signal processing, handling RINEX data, neural network and learning techniques, such as feature extraction, deep machine learning, reinforcement learning, and distributed learning. 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. Given the current situation with COVID-19 pandemic, this internship will be done remotely from where you live.

    • 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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  • SP1468: 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. Given the current situation with COVID-19 pandemic, this internship will be done remotely from where you live. Also note that we wish to fill this position as soon as possible and expect that the candidate will be available during this fall/winter.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Toshi Koike-Akino
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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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  • SA1471: End-to-end speech and audio processing for new and challenging environments

    • MERL is looking for interns to work on fundamental research in the area of end-to-end speech and audio processing for new and challenging environments using advanced machine learning techniques. The intern will collaborate with MERL researchers to derive and implement new models and learning methods, conduct experiments, and prepare results for high impact publication. The ideal candidates would be senior Ph.D. students with experience in one or more of automatic speech recognition, speech enhancement, sound event detection, and natural language processing, including good theoretical and practical knowledge of relevant machine learning algorithms with related programming skills. The duration of the internship is expected to be 3-6 months. Positions are available immediately and throughout 2021.

    • Research Areas: Speech & Audio
    • Host: Takaaki Hori
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  • SA1473: Multi-modal scene understanding

    • We are looking for a graduate student interested in helping advance the field of multi-modal scene understanding, with a focus on detailed captioning of a scene using natural language. 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 deep learning for audio-visual, signal and natural language processing. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months, and start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Speech & Audio
    • Host: Chiori Hori
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  • SA1469: Audio source separation and sound event detection

    • We are seeking multiple graduate students interested in helping advance the fields of source separation, speech enhancement, and sound event detection/localization 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, microphone array processing, probabilistic modeling, and deep learning techniques requiring minimal supervision (e.g., unsupervised, weakly-supervised, self-supervised, or few shot learning). The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months and start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    • Host: Gordon Wichern
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