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  • CA1941: Risk-aware fault tolerant control of autonomous vehicles

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team in research on risk-aware, fault-tolerant planning and control of autonomous vehicles. 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: physics-based and data-based prediction models, formal methods for probabilistic validation, invariance and set-based control, predictive control algorithms for linear and nonlinear systems and vehicle modeling and control. Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python are required. Knowledge of ROS and C/C++ are 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, Robotics
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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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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  • 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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  • CA1954: Control and Motion Planning for Quadrotors

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to work on fundamental algorithms for motion planning and control of multiple autonomous quadrotor aerial vehicles. The ideal candidate should have a background in nonlinear control, estimation theory, and applied optimization. The candidate should have experience in one or multiple of the following topics: optimal control, Lyapunov stability theory, quadrotor dynamics, Kalman filtering, particle filtering, and machine learning. Capability of implementing the designs and algorithms in Matlab and Simulink is expected, and experience with platforms such as the Crazyflie is a plus. Publication of relevant results in conference proceedings or journals is expected. MS or PhD students in control, robotics, electrical engineering, computer science, 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
    • Host: Marcus Greiff
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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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  • CA1942: Model predictive control for system with perception uncertainty

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team in research on design and analysis of model predictive control algorithms for systems subject to environment uncertainty that can be reduced by perception. The research domain includes algorithms for stabilizing uncertain and stochastic model predictive control, uncertainty quantification and reduction via estimation, optimization algorithms for uncertain and stochastic predictive control. The ideal candidate is expected to be working towards a PhD with strong emphasis in some of: stochastic model predictive control, statistical estimation, uncertainty quantification, and sensing-driven control. Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python are required, knowledge of C/C++ or ROS are 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, Robotics
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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  • CA1944: Vehicle Estimation and Learning

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to collaborate with the Control for Autonomy team in research on GNSS-based estimation and sensor fusion algorithms. The ideal candidate is expected to be working towards a PhD with strong emphasis in statistical signal processing and estimation, and with experience in at least some of the following areas: application and theory of Bayesian inference, learning, Kalman filters, variational Bayes, automotive, autonomous vehicles, distributed estimation, large-scale estimation, sensor fusion including camera radar and/or GNSS. Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python, or C/C++ are required. The expected duration of the internship is 3-6 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, 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
    • 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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  • CA1940: Autonomous vehicle planning and contro in uncertain environments

    • 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 in uncertain surrounding environments. The research domain includes algorithms for path planning and control in environments that are uncertain and perceived by sensing and predicted according to models and data. 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, sensor uncertainty modeling, data-driven prediction, predictive control for uncertain systems, motion planning. Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python are required, knowledge of C/C++, rapid prototyping systems, automatic code generation, vehicle simulation packages (CarSim, CarMaker) or ROS are 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, Robotics
    • Host: Stefano Di Cairano
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • MS1958: Simulation, Control, and Optimization of Large-Scale Systems

    • MERL is seeking a motivated graduate student to research numerical methods pertaining to the simulation, control, and optimization of large-scale systems. Representative applications include large vapor-compression cycles and other multiphysical systems for energy conversion that couple thermodynamic, fluid, and electrical domains. The ideal candidate would have a solid background in numerical methods, control, and optimization; strong programming skills and experience with Julia/Python/Matlab are also expected. Knowledge of the fundamental physics of thermofluid flows (e.g., thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics), nonlinear dynamics, or equation-oriented languages (Modelica, gPROMS) is a plus. The expected duration of this internship is 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Control, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    • Host: Chris Laughman
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  • MS1957: Estimation and Model Structure Identification for Digital Twins

    • MERL is looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to work on estimation and model structure identification for digital twins of multi-physical systems. The research will involve study and development of white-box and grey-box model calibration and identification methods suitable for large-scale systems. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in one or multiple of the following topics: nonlinear estimation, model identification, optimization, data-driven and reduced order modeling, and machine learning; with expertise demonstrated via, e.g., peer-reviewed publications. Prior programming experience in Julia/Modelica is a plus. Senior PhD students in mechanical, electrical, chemical engineering or related fields are encouraged to apply. The typical duration of internship is 3 months and start date is flexible.

    • Research Areas: Control, Dynamical Systems, Machine Learning, Multi-Physical Modeling, Optimization
    • Host: Vedang Deshpande
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  • CI1952: IoT Network Configuration Design

    • MERL is seeking a highly motivated and qualified intern to carry out research on communications network design methodology. The candidate is expected to develop innovative network technologies to support dynamic IoT networks with heterogenous nodes. The candidates should have knowledge of network technologies such as routing and path planning and network simulation tools such as ns3. Knowledge of communication standards such as IEEE 802 and 3GPP is a plus. Candidates in their junior or senior years of a Ph.D. program are encouraged to apply. Start date for this internship is flexible and the duration is 3 months.

    • Research Areas: Communications, Control, Signal Processing
    • Host: Jianlin Guo
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