Internship Openings

57 Intern positions are currently open.

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  • CV1925: Symmetries, equivariance and invariance in deep learning

    • MERL is seeking an intern to conduct research in the areas of learning symmetries from data and equivariant neural networks for applications in computer vision. The ideal candidate is a PhD student with experience in deep learning and computer vision and a good publication record at top-tier venues. Prior knowledge and experience with group theory/geometry and equivariant neural networks are a big plus. Good Python and Pytorch/Tensorflow skills 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: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning
    • Host: Suhas Lohit
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  • CV1938: Component transfer learning for RL and robotic applications

    • MERL is offering a new research internship opportunity in the field of Transfer Learning for Deep RL. The position requires a strong background in Deep RL, excellent programming skills and experience with robotics is preferred. The position is open to graduate students on a PhD track only, and the length of the internship is three months with the possibility of extending if required. The intern is expected to disseminate this research in top tier scientific conferences such as RSS, IROS, ICRA etc., and if applicable, help with filing associated patents. Start and end dates are flexible.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics
    • Position ID: CV1938
    • Contact: Radu Corcodel
    • Email: corcodel[at]merl[dot]com
    • To be considered please send CV and Position ID to the contact email.
  • CV1930: Meta-Algorithmic Learning for Vision-based Robotic Manipulation

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to work on problems at the intersection of computer vision and robotic manipulation for solving tasks such as vision-based robotic tool manipulation. The ideal candidate would be a PhD student with strong mathematical background in machine learning/reinforcement learning, modeling contact-physics for object manipulation, and experience in working with and training deep models on large scale computer vision datasets. Proficiency in PyTorch and (differentiable) robotic simulators is expected. Knowledge of meta-learning, hierarchical RL, self-supervised learning, and scene graph based visual reasoning would be useful. The intern will conduct original research with MERL researchers towards scientific publications.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Anoop Cherian
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  • CV1922: Vital Signs from video using computer vision and machine learning

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern to conduct original research in estimating vital signs such as heart rate, heart rate variability, and blood pressure from video of a person. The successful candidate will use the latest methods in deep learning, computer vision, and signal processing to derive and implement new models, collect data, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication, all in collaboration with MERL researchers. The candidate should be a PhD student in computer vision with a strong publication record and experience in computer vision, signal processing, machine learning, and health monitoring. Strong programming skills (Python, Pytorch, Matlab, etc.) are required.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Tim Marks
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  • CV1920: Conditional Diffusion Models in Computer Vision

    • We seek a highly motivated intern to conduct original research in conditional diffusion models for computer vision tasks. We are interested in applications to various tasks including image editing, multimodal generation, and image-to-image translation. The successful candidate will collaborate with MERL researchers to design and implement new models, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication. The candidate should be a PhD student (or postdoc) in computer vision and machine learning with a strong publication record. Strong programming skills, experience developing and implementing new models in deep learning platforms such as PyTorch, and broad knowledge of machine learning and deep learning methods are expected. Previous experience in diffusion models is required.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning
    • Host: Tim Marks
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  • CV1913: Roadway Maintenance Using Computer Vision

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to work on roadway maintenance using computer vision. The relevant topics include (but not limited to): road defect localization and classification, detection of key objects in road scenes, and pavement surface evaluation. Candidates with experience in road defect detection and object detection in road scenes are strongly preferred. The ideal candidate would be a PhD student with a strong background in computer vision and machine learning, and the candidate is expected to have published at least one paper in a top-tier computer vision, machine learning, or artificial intelligence venues, such as CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, ICML, ICLR, NeurIPS, or AAAI. Proficiency in Python programming and familiarity in at least one deep learning framework are necessary. The ideal candidate is required to collaborate with MERL researchers to develop algorithms and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. The duration of the internship is ideally to be at least 3 months with a flexible start date.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning
    • Host: Kuan-Chuan Peng
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  • CV1906: Next Generation Self-Supervised Learning

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated intern to work on an original research project in self-supervised learning. A strong background in computer vision and deep learning is required. Experience in audio-visual (multimodal) learning is an added plus and will be valued. The successful candidate is expected to have published at least one paper in a top-tier computer vision or machine learning venue, such as CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, ICML, ICLR, NeurIPS or AAAI, and possess solid programming skills in Python and popular deep learning frameworks like Pytorch. The goal would be for such a candidate to collaborate with MERL researchers to develop algorithms and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. The position is available for graduate students on a Ph.D. track. Duration and start dates are flexible but are expected to last for at least 3 months. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL’s office in Cambridge, MA.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    • Host: Moitreya Chatterjee
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  • CV1911: Few-shot Action Recognition

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to work on problems at the intersection of video understanding and graph representation learning for solving few-shot action recognition problems. The ideal candidate would be a PhD student with a strong mathematical background in machine learning and computer vision and who has published at least one paper in a top-tier machine learning or computer vision venue (NIPS/CVPR/ECCV/ICCV/ICML/PAMI etc.). The candidate must have prior experience in using deep learning methods for video understanding (such as using Transformers) and self-supervised/unsupervised methods. Experience in approaches using skeleton/pose-based action recognition will be a plus. Proficiency in PyTorch is expected and familiarity with neural language models will be useful. The intern will conduct original research with MERL researchers towards scientific publications.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision
    • Host: Anoop Cherian
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  • CV1912: Multimodal Embodied AI

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to work on problems at the intersection of visual understanding, audio processing, language models, and embodied navigation AI (see our recent NeurIPS 2022 paper for the context). The ideal candidate would be a senior PhD student with a strong background in machine learning and computer vision, as demonstrated by top-tier publications. The candidate must have prior experience in developing deep learning methods for audio-visual-language data. Expertise in popular embodied AI simulation environments as well as a strong background in reinforcement learning will be beneficial. The intern is expected to collaborate with researchers in computer vision and speech teams at MERL to develop algorithms and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics, Signal Processing
    • Host: Anoop Cherian
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  • CV1927: Deep Multimodal Learning for 3D Vision

    • MERL is seeking an intern to conduct research in the area of multimodal 3D vision using modalities such as RGB images and LIDAR. The focus will be on building novel learning algorithms for core applications like robust object detection and semantic segmentation. A good candidate is a PhD student with experience in deep learning and computer vision with a publication record. Prior knowledge and experience in one or more of the above areas are strongly preferred. Good Python and Pytorch/Tensorflow skills 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: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning
    • Host: Suhas Lohit
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  • CV1910: 3D Object Reconstruction with Implicit Neural Networks

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated intern to work on an original research project in 3D reconstruction using implicit neural networks. A strong background in 3D computer vision is required. Experience in deep learning will be valued. The successful candidate is expected to have published or submitted at least one paper in a top-tier computer vision venue, such as CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, NeurIPS, ICLR, and ICML, along with solid programming skills in Python and/or C++. The position is available for graduate students on a Ph.D. track. Duration and start dates are flexible.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision
    • Host: Pedro Miraldo
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  • CV1862: 6D pose estimation for machine vision

    • The Computer Vision group at MERL, in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, is seeking a highly skilled graduate student for an internship position for Online Pose Estimation of vehicles using machine vision. The research work is expected to be deployed in real-world applications such as vehicle range and pose detection. Candidates should have advanced knowledge of full-6D pose estimation from stereo imaging using both Machine Learning and geometric approaches, point cloud processing using ML and computational geometry. Exceptional programming skills are required, including ROS, C++ and Python. The expected start date is Sep/Oct 2022 and the duration of the internship is 6 months.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision
    • Host: Radu Corcodel
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  • CV1893: Vision-based SLAM with Neural Radiance Fields Networks

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated intern to work on an original research project on visual localization and mapping using neural radiance fields. 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 Areas: Computer Vision
    • Host: Pedro Miraldo
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  • CV1909: Open-World Object Detection

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated intern to work on an original research project in open-world object detection. A strong background in computer vision and deep learning is required. Experience in the latest advances in object detection, incremental learning, and open-world object detection is an added plus and will be valued. The successful candidate is expected to have published at least one paper in a top-tier computer vision or machine learning venue, such as CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, ICML, ICLR, NeurIPS or AAAI, and possess solid programming skills in Python and popular deep learning frameworks like Pytorch. The position is available for graduate students on a Ph.D. track. Duration and start dates are flexible but are expected to last for at least 3 months. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL’s office in Cambridge, MA.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning
    • Host: Mike Jones
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  • CV1907: Novel View Synthesis of Dynamic Scenes

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated intern to work on an original research project in rendering dynamic scenes from novel views. A strong background in 3D computer vision and/or computer graphics is required. Experience in the latest advances of deep learning, such as neural radiance fields, is an added plus and will be valued. The successful candidate is expected to have published at least one paper in a top-tier computer vision/graphics or machine learning venue, such as CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, SIGGRAPH, 3DV, ICML, ICLR, NeurIPS or AAAI, and possess solid programming skills in Python and popular deep learning frameworks like Pytorch. The goal would be for such a candidate to collaborate with MERL researchers to develop algorithms and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. The position is available for graduate students on a Ph.D. track. Duration and start dates are flexible but are expected to last for at least 3 months. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL’s office in Cambridge, MA.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning
    • Host: Moitreya Chatterjee
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  • CV1902: Human-Robot Interaction for Robotic Manipulation

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated and qualified intern to work on human-robot interaction (HRI) research. The ideal candidate would be a Ph.D. student with a strong background in HRI, focusing on robotic manipulation, deep learning, probabilistic modeling, or reinforcement learning. Several topics are available for consideration, including Intent Recognition, Shared Autonomy, Human-Robot Teaming for Automation /Manufacturing, Human-Robot Handover, Computer Vision for HRI, and Learning for Robot Programming. Experience working with robotics hardware and physics engine simulators like PyBullet, Issac Gym, Mujoco, or Gazebo is preferred. Proficiency in Python programming is necessary, and experience with ROS is a plus. The successful candidate will collaborate with MERL researchers, and publication of the relevant results is expected. The start date is flexible, and the expected duration of the internship is 3-4 months. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply with their recent CV and list of publications in related topics.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics
    • Host: Siddarth Jain
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  • CV1901: Deep Learning for Robotic Grasping

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated and qualified intern to work on computer vision for visual feedback and robotic grasping. The ideal candidate would be a Ph.D. student with a strong background in deep learning and robotic manipulation. Several topics are available for consideration, including state estimation of objects at high speed, closed-loop reactive grasping, vision-guided dynamic object grasping, goal-driven grasping, deformable object grasping, and grasping in clutter. The project requires the development of novel algorithms with implementation and evaluation on a robotic platform. Experience working with a physics engine simulator like PyBullet, Issac Gym, Mujoco, or Gazebo is preferred. Proficiency in Python programming is necessary, and experience with ROS is a plus. The successful candidate will collaborate with MERL researchers, and publication of the relevant results is expected. The start date is flexible, and the expected duration of the internship is 3-4 months. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply with their recent CV and list of publications in related topics.

    • Research Areas: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics
    • Host: Siddarth Jain
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  • SA1936: Multimodal scene-understanding for Robot Dialog or Indoor Monitoring

    • We are looking for a graduate student interested in helping advance the field of multi-modal scene understanding, with a focus on scene understanding using natural language for robot dialog or indoor monitoring. 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, Speech & Audio
    • Position ID: SA1936
    • Contact: Chiori Hori
    • Email: chori[at]merl[dot]com
    • To be considered please send CV and Position ID to the contact email.
  • SA1874: Audio source separation and sound event detection

    • We are seeking graduate students interested in helping advance the fields of source separation, speech enhancement, robust ASR, and sound event detection/localization in challenging multi-source and far-field scenarios. The interns will collaborate with MERL researchers to derive and implement new models and optimization methods, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication. The ideal candidates are senior Ph.D. students with experience in some of the following: audio signal processing, microphone array processing, probabilistic modeling, sequence to sequence models, and deep learning techniques, in particular those involving minimal supervision (e.g., unsupervised, weakly-supervised, self-supervised, or few-shot learning). Multiple positions are available throughout 2023 (Spring/Summer of course, but also as early as January), with expected durations of 3-6 months and flexible start dates.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Speech & Audio
    • Host: Gordon Wichern
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  • CA1888: Perception-Aware 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 and sensing uncertainty, e.g., the surrounding environment of a vehicle. 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, Bayesian inference, 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 early 2023, for a duration of 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Optimization, Signal Processing
    • Host: Karl Berntorp
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  • CA1939: Motion Planning, Estimation and Control for Articulated Vehicles

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with multiple researchers on the improvement, real-time implementation and experimental validation of algorithms for path/motion planning, constrained state estimation, optimal control and reference tracking in autonomous articulated vehicles. The ideal candidate should have a background in either path/motion planning, state and parameter estimation and/or model predictive control (MPC) for autonomous (articulated) vehicles, and the candidate should have experience in one or multiple of the following topics: optimal control, MPC, vehicle dynamics, A* search, RRT, Kalman filtering, particle filtering, and machine learning. Capability of implementing the designs and algorithms in Matlab and Simulink, and using C/C++ code generation is expected. Any experience with dSPACE (e.g., MicroAutoBox or Scalexio), CasADi, and/or experience with vehicle experiments or simulators (e.g., TruckSim or CarSim) is a plus. Publication of relevant results in conference proceedings or journals is expected. MS or PhD students in control, robotics, electrical and mechanical, or related areas, are encouraged to apply. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months and the start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    • Position ID: CA1939
    • Contact: Rien Quirynen
    • Email: quirynen[at]merl[dot]com
    • To be considered please send CV and Position ID to the contact email.
  • 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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  • CA1904: Numerical Optimal Control for Hybrid Dynamical Systems

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on tailored computational algorithms for numerical optimal control of hybrid dynamical systems and applications for decision making, motion planning and control of autonomous systems. The research will involve the study and development of numerical optimal control methods for systems with continuous dynamics and discrete logic, nonsmooth and/or switched dynamics, and the implementation and validation of such 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: mixed-integer programming (MIP), mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs), modeling and formulation of optimal control problems for hybrid dynamical systems, convex and non-convex optimization, machine learning and real-time optimization. PhD students in engineering or mathematics, especially with a focus on MIPs, MPCCs or numerical optimal control, 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 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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  • 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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  • CA1905: Coordination and Control of Connected Autonomous Vehicles

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on optimization-based techniques for coordination and control of connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs), in the presence of other CAVs and human driven vehicles (HDVs). The research will involve the development, implementation, and validation of optimization-based coordinated control of vehicles through traffic intersections and/or merging scenarios. The ideal candidate should have experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: vehicle modeling and/or traffic modeling, mixed-integer programming, (stochastic) model predictive control, reinforcement learning, data-driven (e.g., Gaussian Process) modeling, hybrid dynamical systems, coordination and control of CAVs. Knowledge of one or multiple vehicle and/or traffic simulators (SUMO, CARLA, CarSim, Vissim, etc.) is a plus. Publication of relevant results in conference proceedings or journals is expected. 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 and the start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Rien Quirynen
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  • CA1932: Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control

    • MERL is seeking highly motivated interns for research positions in guidance, navigation, and control of spacecraft. The ideal candidates are PhD students with experience in one or more of the following topics: astrodynamics, the three-body problem, relative motion dynamics, rendezvous, landing, attitude control, orbit control, orbit determination, nonlinear estimation, and optimization-based control. Publication of results produced during the internship is expected. The duration of the internships are 3-6 months, and the start dates are flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization
    • Host: Avishai Weiss
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  • CA1933: Spacecraft Attitude Control

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated intern for a research position in spacecraft attitude dynamics and control. The ideal candidate is a PhD student with experience in attitude kinematics and dynamics, multi-body dynamics, Lagrangian or Hamiltonian mechanics, optimization, and control of rigid bodies. Experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) using OpenFOAM, multi-phase flow modeling, and volume-of-fluid approach is desirable. Publication of results produced during the internship is expected. The duration of the internship is 3-6 months, and the start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Control, Dynamical Systems, Multi-Physical Modeling
    • Host: Avishai Weiss
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  • CA1928: Multi-agent systems for resource monitoring

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated individual to develop planning and control algorithms for multi-agent systems for resource monitoring. The ideal candidate has experience in multi-agent motion planning and data-driven sequential decision-making. The ideal candidate will have published in one or more of these topics: planning over discrete spaces, task scheduling and assignment, vehicle routing and scheduling problems, multi-arm bandits, reinforcement learning, and planning and control of aerial and ground robots. The candidate should have a working knowledge of ROS and Python/C++ since the internship will include validation in various simulation/hardware testbeds at MERL. The minimum duration of the internship is 3 months; the start time is Summer/Fall 2023.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Abraham Vinod
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  • CA1923: Locomotion of Legged Robots

    • MERL is looking for an intern to conduct research on locomotion of legged robots. The research spans multiple areas from modeling, motion planning, sensing and learning from data, to control. The ideal candidate will have experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: model predictive control, statistical estimation, machine learning, numerical optimization, control theory, and reinforcement learning. Good programming skills in MATLAB, ROS, Python, or C++ are required. Graduate students in robotics, engineering, or mathematics with a focus on legged robots, control theory, or numerical optimization are encouraged to apply. Publication of relevant results in conference proceedings or journals is expected. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months. The start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Marcel Menner
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  • CA1929: Driver Classification for Future Mobility

    • MERL is looking for an intern to conduct research on driver classification/characterization for electrified, connected, or sustainable mobility. The intern will develop modeling techniques for optimizing/personalizing the operation of electric vehicles using driver data and/or crowdsourced data. The ideal candidate will have experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: vehicle control, energy management of electric vehicle, statistical estimation, connected vehicles, machine learning, numerical optimization, and reinforcement learning. Good programming skills in MATLAB or Python are required. Knowledge of one or more traffic and/or multi-vehicle simulators (SUMO, etc.) is a plus. Graduate students in engineering, mathematics, or similar quantitative disciplines are encouraged to apply. Publication of relevant results in conference proceedings or journals is encouraged and expected. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months. The start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Marcel Menner
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  • DA1889: Safe and robust reinforcement learning

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in safe robust reinforcement learning (RL). The ideal candidate should have solid background in RL, e.g. CMDP, and RMDP theories. Knowledge of dynamical system theory and nonlinear control theory is a plus, but not a requirement. Submission of the results produced during the internship is anticipated, i.e., ICML, ICLR, NeurIPS. Duration of the internship is expected to be 3 months. Start date is flexible

    • Research Areas: Machine Learning
    • Host: Mouhacine Benosman
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  • DA1914: Power System Operation and Control

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to join our summer internship program and conduct research in the area of power system operation and control. The ideal candidate should have a solid knowledge of power distribution systems, power system state estimation, signal processing, and mathematical optimization. Experience with MATLAB or C/C++/Python is required. The duration of the internship is expected to be 3-6 months, and the start date is flexible. Senior Ph.D. students or Ph.D. holders specializing in electrical engineering or related areas are encouraged to apply.

    • Research Areas: Data Analytics, Electric Systems, Signal Processing
    • Host: Hongbo Sun
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  • DA1926: Robotic Manipulation Control using VisuoTactile Sensing

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated individual to work on robust, closed-loop control of robotic manipulation system using vision and tactile feedback. The research will develop novel optimization and control techniques that can be used for closed-loop control of manipulation systems. The ideal candidate should have experience in either one or multiple of the following topics: optimization for contact-rich systems, stochastic optimization of non-linear systems, stochastic model-predictive control and reinforcement learning. Senior PhD students in robotics and engineering with a focus on contact-rich manipulation are encouraged to apply. Prior experience working with physical robotic systems (and vision & tactile sensors) is required as results need to be implemented on physical hardware. A successful internship will result in submission of results to peer-reviewed conferences and journals. Good coding skills in Python and state-of-the-art optimization packages like IPOPT, SNOPT, etc. is required. The expected duration of internship is 3-4 months with start date in May/June 2023. This internship is preferred to be onsite at MERL.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Machine Learning, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Devesh Jha
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  • DA1900: Data-driven estimation and control for large-scale dynamical systems

    • The Data Analytics Group at MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our internship program in the summer of 2023. The ideal candidate will be a Ph.D. student specializing in engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or similar fields with solid background in control, estimation, and dynamical systems. Research exposure to one of the following is very desirable but not necessary: reduced-order models (ROMs), reinforcement learning, nonlinear control, PDEs, and robust control. Publication of results obtained during the internship is expected. The starting date is flexible and the internship will last about 12 weeks.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning
    • Host: Saleh Nabi
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  • DA1899: Physics-informed scientific machine learning

    • The Data Analytics Group at MERL is seeking a highly motivated, qualified individual to join our internship program in the summer of 2023. The ideal candidate will be a Ph.D. student specializing in engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or similar fields with solid background in scientific machine learning, deep learning, and non-convex optimization. Research exposure to one of the following is very desirable but not necessary: PDE-constrained optimization, Koopman theory, dynamical systems, operator learning (DeepONet, FNO, etc.), and Physics-informed Neural Nets (PINNs). Ideal candidate is familiar with PyTorch, TensorFlow, or Jax. Publication of results obtained during the internship is expected. The starting date is flexible and the internship will last about 12 weeks.

    • Research Areas: Computational Sensing, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning
    • Host: Saleh Nabi
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  • DA1935: Robot Learning Algorithms

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated and qualified PhD student in the areas of machine learning and robotics, to participate in research on advanced algorithms for learning control of robots and other mechanisms. Solid background and hands-on experience with various machine learning algorithms is expected, and in particular with deep learning algorithms for image processing and object detection. Exposure to deep reinforcement learning and/or learning from demonstration is highly desirable. Familiarity with the use of machine learning algorithms for system identification of mechanical systems would be a plus, along with background in other areas of automatic control. Solid experimental skills and hands-on experience in coding in Python and PyTorch are required for the position. Some familiarity with classical mechanics and computational physics engines would be helpful, but is not required. The position will provide opportunities for exploring fundamental problems in incremental learning in humans and machines, leading to publishable results. The starting date of the internship is flexible, and applications outside of the peak summer season are encouraged, too.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Control, Machine Learning, Robotics
    • Host: Daniel Nikovski
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  • DA1895: Human Robot Interaction

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated and qualified candidate to work on human-robot-interaction projects. 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) Experience in shared autonomy between robot and humans and intent recognition 3) Learning from demonstration algorithms applied to robotic manipulators 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 one physics engine simulator like Mujoco, pyBullet, pyDrake. 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 robot collaboration. Exceptional programming skills are required, including Python and ROS. The expectation is that the research will lead to one or more scientific publications. Typical internship length is 3-4 months.

    • Research Areas: Artificial Intelligence, Control, Machine Learning, Robotics
    • Host: Diego Romeres
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  • DA1931: Optimization Algorithms

    • MERL is seeking highly motivated intern to work on the development of novel optimization algorithms. The target applications span a broad range of areas including power systems, control, scheduling, and transportation. Successful candidate will collaborate with MERL researchers to develop and implement new algorithms, conduct experiments, and prepare results for publication. Ideal candidate would be senior PhD student with experience in one or more of the following areas: linear and quadratic programming, active-set methods, and first-order methods for convex programs. Strong programming skills and fluency in C++/Python are expected. Prior experience with popular optimization packages such as Ipopt, Gurobi, Cplex is a plus. The duration of the internship is expected to be 3 months. Start date is flexible. 

    • Research Areas: Control, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Arvind Raghunathan
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  • MD1897: Electric Motor Fault Detection

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

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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  • MD1894: Topology Optimization for Electric Machines

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified intern to conduct research on topology optimization of electrical machines. The ideal candidate should have solid background and demonstrated research experience in mathematical optimization methods, in particular in topology optimization, robust optimization, and sensitivity analysis. Hands-on coding experiences with the implementation of topology optimization algorithms and finite-element simulation are desirable. Knowledge and experience with electric machine principle, design and finite-element analysis is a strong plus. Senior Ph.D. students in related expertise are encouraged to apply. The start date is flexible and typical duration is about 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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  • MD1937: Mechanical vibration analysis

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to work on monitoring of motor drive system via vibration analysis. The ideal candidate would be a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering with solid research background in signal processing, vibration analysis, and mechanical system. Proficiency in Matlab or other related software is necessary. Experience in machine learning is a plus. The intern is expected to collaborate with MERL researchers to perform model simulation, data analysis, and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. The total duration is anticipated to be 3 months and the start date is flexible. This internship requires work that can only be done at MERL.

    • Research Areas: Data Analytics, Electric Systems, Multi-Physical Modeling, Signal Processing
    • Position ID: MD1937
    • Contact: Dehong Liu
    • Email: liudh[at]merl[dot]com
    • To be considered please send CV and Position ID to the contact email.
  • MD1891: Electric machine monitoring technologies

    • MERL is looking for a self-motivated intern to work on electric machine monitoring, fault detection, and predictive maintenance. The ideal candidate would be a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering or computer science with solid research background in electric machines, signal processing, and machine learning. Proficiency in MATLAB and Simulink is necessary. The intern is expected to collaborate with MERL researchers to perform simulations, analyze experimental data, and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. The total duration is anticipated to be 3 months and the start date is flexible. This internship requires work that can only be done at MERL.

    • Research Areas: Electric Systems, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
    • Host: Dehong Liu
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  • MD1917: Learning and Optimization for Motor Drives

    • The Electric Machines and Devices team at MERL is seeking motivated and qualified individuals to assist in the development of advanced motor drives technologies. The project goals are twofold: (i) explore model-based optimization methods to design switching voltage sequence for switching losses minimization; (ii) machine learning methods to model the nonlinear flux to current relationship (flux-map) of synchronous machines with spatial harmonics from the real-time experimental data during the commissioning process. The background of the ideal candidate is expected to overlap with at least one of the project goals, if not two. Senior PhD candidates working in mixed integer optimization, model predictive control or machine learning are encouraged to apply. Capability of implementing the algorithm in MATLAB and coding in C are a necessity. Knowledge of motor drives and hands-on experience in real-time systems are a plus. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months, preferably onsite at MERL and the start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Electric Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Anantaram Varatharajan
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  • MD1887: Optimization and control of xEV and electric aircraft

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in modeling, control, simulation and analysis of electric system involved in xEV and electric aircraft. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in some of the following areas: modeling, control, and simulation of electrical systems (including generators, motors, power electronics and batteries), aerodynamics, mission analysis, flight dynamics, and multi-disciplinary system design optimization. Demonstrated experience in software/language such as Modelica or Matlab/Simulink/Simscape is a necessity. Knowledge and experience of CarSim, NPSS, SUAVE, and FLOPS is a definite plus. Senior Ph.D. students in automotive, aerospace, and electrical engineering are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is about 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Electric Systems, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    • Host: Yebin Wang
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  • MD1896: Machine Learning based Electric Machine Design

    • MERL is seeking a motivated and qualified intern to conduct research on machine learning based electric machine design and optimization. Ideal candidates should be Ph.D. students with solid background and publication record in electric machine design and optimization, as well as machine learning especially for inverse design. Hands-on experiences with the implementation of optimization algorithms, machine learning and deep learning methods are required. Strong programming skills using Python/PyTorch are expected. Knowledge and experience with electric machine principle, design and finite-element analysis are highly desirable. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Applied Physics, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Bingnan Wang
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  • MD1918: Robust/safe learning for motion planning and control

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in the integration of model- and learning-based control to achieve high performance with guaranteed safety and robustness. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in dynamical system estimation and uncertainty quantification, model-based control and adaptive/learning control for output tracking, and coding skills. Prior experience on ultra-high precision motion control system is a big plus. Ph.D. students in mechatronics and control are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is about 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Optimization
    • Host: Yebin Wang
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  • MD1886: Co-design of robotic arm and control systems

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to conduct research in model-based robotic system design. The ideal candidate should have solid backgrounds in robotic dynamics and simulation, motion planning and control, simulation-based optimization, surrogate modeling, and coding skills. Demonstrated experience on implementing robotic dynamics and simulation/optimization software such as Matlab is a necessity. Ph.D. students in mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and electrical engineering are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is about 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Optimization, Robotics
    • Host: Yebin Wang
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  • MS1924: Data-driven Dynamic Modeling of Thermo-fluid 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 2023. 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: Control, Multi-Physical Modeling
    • Host: Hongtao Qiao
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  • MS1903: Bayesian Optimization and MPC for Net-Zero Energy Buildings

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to work on Bayesian Optimization and predictive control for net-zero energy buildings. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of control, optimization, and/or machine learning with expertise demonstrated via, e.g., publications, in at least one of: Bayesian optimization, (stochastic) model predictive control, reinforcement learning, controller tuning; additional understanding of energy systems is a plus. Hands-on programming experience with numerical optimization solvers and Python is preferred. PhD students are strongly 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.

    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ST1863: Radar Perception Testbed Engineering (Undergraduate/Master Students)

    • MERL is seeking an undergraduate or master student engineering intern to use MERL''s millimeter radar hardware testbed for experiments and data collection, and to maintain the data preprocessing pipeline from raw data acquisition, data organization, annotation, sanitization, and document preparation. Scripting in Python/MATLAB is required. Previous experience with radio frequency (RF) testbed/evaluation kits is preferred. The duration is from September to December with a flexible start date and a part-time option.

    • Research Areas: Computational Sensing, Data Analytics, Electric Systems, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Signal Processing
    • Host: Perry Wang
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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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  • 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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  • 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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