In the ASSISTANCE project, the goal is to help fire fighters by developing a platform where data from various sources (e.g. unmanned platforms, wearable sensors) will be integrated in order to inform FRs on potential hazardous situations.
What will you be doing?
An explosion in an industry area (e.g., Rotterdam harbour) can cause injured humans, destructed buildings and infrastructure, chaos, and -possibly toxic- air pollution. Information about the dynamic situation is dynamic, incomplete, and sometimes uncertain, affecting task planning and performance continuously. Advancing the momentary situation awareness of fire fighter team members will improve safety and performance. In the ASSISTANCE project, the goal is to help fire fighters by developing a platform where data from various sources (e.g. unmanned platforms, wearable sensors) will be integrated in order to inform FRs on potential hazardous situations. The system prototype will be evaluated in three different evaluations with fire fighters.
Topics are, depending on your background and interest:
- How can the sensorinput be interpreted and/or used to adapt plans and the deployment of fire fighters during an operation (e.g., regarding safety of fire fighters, but also regarding safety of citizens)?
- How can the interaction between humans (e.g., the fire fighters) and unmanned systems (e.g., robots, drones) be improved? For example, how can procedures be formalised or/and working agreements be specified that support norm-based behaviour, addressing contextual factors (agreements are adjustable within specific constraints)?
The research could focus more on the modelling or evaluation of the situation awareness support.
In this internship, we welcome input and ideas on possible topics that fit the general description.
What do we require of you?
You are an enthusiastic student who would like to work on an international project. You have a background in Artificial Intelligence or Knowledge Technology. Experience with programming, experiments or statistics is a plus. Furthermore you are a pragmatic resourceful and social person.
What can you expect of your work situation?
If you would like to know more about the Perceptual and Cognitive Systems (PCS) departement, click here
What can TNO offer you?
You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.
For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.
Has this vacancy sparked your interest?
Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.
Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.
Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.
Contact: Tina Mioch
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 65913