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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.


  • 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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  • 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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