Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Automated synthesis methodology for generating a Decision Making algorithm

What will be your role?

At TNO, we develop software for Automated Driving vehicles. For this, different algorithms to act in different situations, have already been designed along with a manually designed, rule based algorithm that decides which action is currently best. To facilitate future expansion, it would be very beneficial to automate the design of the decision maker. Are you interested in improving the future developments for our AD vehicles? Please read further!

The EU-project SHOW involves a lot of different companies across Europe. The purpose of this project, among others, is to study the interaction of autonomous driving vehicles with Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs – cyclist and pedestrians). Within the project the following was developed and tested,

  • A stop and go longitudinal controller to determine the ac(de)celeration required to handle traffic light intersections, based on v2x communication with the road side units of the traffic lights.
  • A multi-phase braking approach to handle VRU violations at intersection crossings.
  • Tactical layer (decision making) to handle the actions of the autonomous driving vehicle.
  • A model to mimic the v2x information. This was developed to stage all the different possible scenarios that an autonomous vehicle can encounter in the real world.

What needs to be developed further?

The state machines in the tactical layer, for making all the decisions are ruled based and designed manually. The future step would be to investigate and find (one/multiple) possible approach(es) to automatically deduce these rules/states for all future implementations. Your tasks would involve,

  • Literature study on automatic synthesis of rules for autonomous driving.
  • Define limits of such a system.
  • Model a system based on the defined limits, for a few different intersection situations.
  • Compare the findings of the developed model, to that of the ruled based model.
  • Test the developed model in Simulations.
  • If time permits, the developed model can be test at low speeds in one of TNO’s autonomous vehicles.

What we expect from you

  • We require that you are familiar with system and control theory concepts.
  • Knowledge about modeling system state machines.
  • Knowledge and working experience with MATLAB and Simulink.
  • Experience with Linux and ROS is beneficial.
  • We like you to start as soon as possible.

The thesis fits to a 6-9 month project (based on full time availability).

What can you expect of your work situation?

You will work at the Integrated Vehicle Safety department of TNO on the Automotive Campus in Helmond (depending on the actual COVID rules). In this department people are working on developing software for automated driving vehicles. The developed software is tested in pilots and on the public road. (more info on the department: https://www.tno.nl/en/focus-areas/traffic-transport/expertise-groups/research-on-integrated-vehicle-safety/ ). The people are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and driven. You will work in an open area. One of our employees will be your mentor. He/She will help you to get acquainted with the department and give you guidelines for your research in order to help you to get the best out of it.

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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.

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.

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