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

Internship | Small object detection for Surveillance and Search & Rescue

About this position

The Intelligent Imaging group at TNO is researching and developing methods to increase situational awareness of defence and security operators by leveraging new technologies. One important aspect is to detect relevant objects, such as vehicles or persons, with high precision, confidence and throughput while keeping latency low. Surveillance of large areas implies that objects appear small in the image, and although detection of medium and big objects can be done with high precision, detection of small objects still poses a challenge.

What will be your role?

You will research state-of-the-art machine learning, deep learning and computer vision techniques to push the limits of small (video) object detection and will be responsible for: making an overview of various solutions and algorithms for small object detection, making a selection of the most relevant datasets, solutions, and algorithms, and improving the precision and/or reducing latency of small object detection components. Potential directions can be: using infrared (IR) sensor information, using IR and RGB sensor information together, using simulation for creating training datasets, using temporal information or using spatial information.

What we expect from you

You are in your final stages of a master’s degree in artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, physics, or a similar degree. On top of this you should have the following skills and experience: experience with the creation & training and evaluation of AI models, skills in computer vision and video processing, software skills in Python, experience with OpenCV, NumPy, PyTorch, and/or TensorFlow is a plus, and you should be state-of-the-art research focused. Preferably, you are available fulltime for a period between 6 to 12 months. Please mention in your application whether you are looking for an internship or graduation project and the desired duration of the project/internship you are looking for.

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.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

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. Read more about security screening on the AIVD website.

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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