Internship | Automated Pavement Inspection
About this position
One application that we work on at the Intelligent Imaging department is the automatic inspection of the condition of Dutch highways. For example, the detection of cracks in the road or determining the absolute wear of the asphalt over time. For these projects, our algorithms have to analyse large amounts of measurements in order to indicate which sections of highway need to be repaired or replaced. During your project, you will research new techniques that will help improve such analyses.
What will be your role?
Since there are many possibilities for a project, a number of research directions are listed below to give you a better understanding on what your internship/graduation project could look like:
- Pavement segmentation from (front) camera images (for lane width estimation)
- Automatic classification of crack like structures in pavement
- Pavement type classification using deep learning
The exact topic of your project will be determined based on your interests and field of study, so please mention these in your application.
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 (of approximately 50 people) works with partners on technological breakthroughs for innovations in important societal and economic themes, developing knowledge in various research areas.
The project will preferably start in June-August 2022 for a period of approximately 9 months. Please mention in your cover letter the desired duration of your internship/graduation project and your desired starting date. You will receive an appropriate internship fee.
What we expect from you
You are in the final stages of your master’s degree in artificial intelligence, computer science, physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, control engineering, or a similar degree and preferably have some track record in the field of computer vision and/or image processing. 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.