Internship | Intelligent imaging
What will be your role?
TNO’s Intelligent Imaging group is specialised in image processing, image enhancement, image analysis, visual pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and deep learning. This young, passionate, creative and committed group (50 people) works with partners on technological breakthroughs for innovations in important societal and economic themes, developing knowledge in various research areas including both AI (e.g. learning with less data or hybrid AI) as well as crucial non-AI knowledge, real-time algorithms, edge processing and information fusion.
When you become an intern or graduate at Intelligent Imaging, you will work on challenging projects where you will gain relevant experience in your field of study. A number of themes in which the Intelligent Imaging group is active are listed below, including some specific examples, and could be used to create a project for you:
•In a military context it is crucial to obtain a lot of information, but this is often very time consuming and dangerous. TNO works with the Dutch and international defence industries on the development of unmanned, robotic and decision support systems. We use state-of-the-art developments in deep learning, AI and autonomous systems to create image analysis systems that perform as well as people, or even better. For example, algorithms for a robotic system that supports tactical ground operations to detect roadside bombs, or algorithms on board of an unmanned vehicle that detect anomalies in surveillance operations.
•In the safety domain it is important to analyse large amounts of data and quickly finding useful information in big datasets. For example, TNO develops software to automatically analyse documents (such as birth certificates or marriage certificates) to assess their authenticity, or systems that can detect and track individuals in real-time.
•For high-risk tasks such as repairs on dangerous locations, for example drilling platforms or disaster zones, robots are an increasingly important tool. Although robots can perform certain tasks autonomously, many other tasks are so complex, that human expertise is still necessary. At TNO, we work on solutions in which experts can log in to a robot to remotely help the robot to perform a tasks, focusing on topics such as visual reconstruction of the environment, scene recognition and grabbing or avoiding objects.
As this contains a vast number of different research directions, a more concrete topic for your project will be determined in mutual discussion based on your exact ideas, interests and skills. Your project can start at any time of the year, preferably for a period of 6 to 12 months. Please mention in your application the length of your project and the desired starting date. You will receive an appropriate internship fee.
What we expect from you
You are in the final stages of your degree in artificial intelligence, computer science, physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, systems and control engineering, or a similar degree and have some track record in the field of computer vision. You are pragmatic and focused on making things work. Next to technical expertise we value communication skills and a results-driven attitude to add value to our clients and the Dutch society as a whole.
What you'll get in return
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.
TNO as an employer
At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.
The selection process
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.
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.
Has this job opening sparked your interest?
Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.