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

Internship | Intuitive insights into the impact of software changes on system behavior

About this position

Managing the complexity of changing software in cyber-physical systems is notoriously challenging. It is difficult to understand the impact of software changes on system behavior, which may result in hesitance to change software due to the risk of introducing regressions. To alleviate this challenge ESI together with ASML have developed an automated Change Impact Analysis approach, that provides insight into unexpected differences in system behavior caused by software changes. Any such differences are highlighted and visualized as state machines, to make them intuitive to read and understand by engineers. Nevertheless, the intuitiveness of representing behavioral differences can be improved.

What will be your role?

In this research project we will investigate algorithms for computing structural differences between two (or more) state machines (labeled transition systems) and visualizing them in a way to make them intuitive to understand by engineers and architects. We will work on characterizing unintuitive structural differences and proposing (adjusted) state machine comparison algorithms that only provide intuitive results. Ideally, we would formulate an unambiguous definition of intuitive structural differences (from a user perspective) and develop efficient algorithms that compute them.

This research project will partially be carried out at TNO's Embedded Systems Innovations group at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

What we expect from you

You are an MSc student in Mathematics or Computer Science looking for a graduation project of 6-9 months. You have experience working with algorithms and data structures, graphs and labeled transition systems. You like working on theoretical challenges as well as implementing your ideas in code, to validate them. You are motivated to make industrial impact.

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.

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