Internship | Perception and action in tele-operated tasks

Using a unique telepresence set-up provides, you will study perception and action in tele-operation and the role of visual and haptic feedback in dexterous manipulation.



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

In this internship you get the opportunity to work with a tele-operation set-up. In this set-up we have remote vision due to a home-made camera system and a remote hand mounted on a KUKA robot arm. In the set-up the hand and finger movements of the operator can be tracked and mimicked by the robot hand. Different form of haptic/tactile feedback are available with the use of force feedback (Senseglove or Dexmo) and vibrations (Elitac glove). The set-up provides an unique opportunity to study several perception and action questions in tele-operation. In this project, we would like to study typical perception and action metrics and tasks in tele-operation.
Depending on your background and interests there is a wide variety of potential research questions in several fields, e.g. reaching and grasping characteristics, movement kinematics, psychophysics, visuo-proprioceptive integration etc.

The knowledge gathered in this project will be used in several TNO project on tele-operation systems and will be used by other researches and TNO partners across industries. In addition we will support and motivate you to write a research paper out of this work, and might attend an international conference to present your work.

What do we require of you?

You are a student in the final stages of your master in Human Movement Sciences, Human-Technology Interaction, Biomedical Engineering, Experimental Psychology, or a similar study. You have an affinity to work on human perception and action, and you would like to transfer existing knowledge from human system to tele-operated systems. You have both practical and theoretical knowledge of experiments with human subjects, experience in data-analysis and statistics, and a pragmatic can-do mentality. In addition we value a research driven approach, good communication skills and the confidence to work closely with others.

What can you expect of your work situation?

Your internship will take place within the Perceptual & Cognitive Systems department of TNO, within the Human-Agent/Robot Teaming (HART) group. Our group exists out of 15 enthusiastic researchers that focus on connecting humans with AI, whether physical (e.g., robots or teleoperation) or virtual (decision support systems or e-partners). The internship is part of the i-Botics research project on tele-operation systems. The i-Botics research project is an interdisciplinary research project with people involved from TNO from different departments and University of Twente.

Our department is located at TNO Soesterberg, which often organizes activities such as drinks, laser-gaming, boardgame nights, and more. In addition, you will have the opportunity to informally meet and work with TNO researchers but also other interns which may work on completely other research projects than you.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career, an internship provides you with the opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO also 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 internship, and be given the scope for you to exceed yourself and your expectations. We also provide suitable compensation for internships. Click here to find more info about internships at TNO.

Application process

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.

Contact: Irene Kuling
Phone number: +31 (0)6-111 04130

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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