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

Internship | A performance assessment study of point-cloud based localization algorithms with a real-time dynamic

About this position

At TNO, we develop software for Automated Driving vehicles. Localizing the vehicle is a critical and fundamental component of any autonomous driving architecture. Specifically, LiDAR-based localization techniques have shown huge potential for centimeter-level localization accuracy; however, deciding the best algorithm for this purpose remains an open question. Such an algorithm must be able to, given an input point cloud (yellow points in the figure), find the vehicle position within a pre-existing point cloud (map, white points in the figure). In a dynamic environment, the input point cloud will contain dynamic objects such as cars and pedestrians which are not part of the ground truth map. The goal is to compare the localization performance of the legacy approach and an approach considering a real-time dynamic points remover.

What will be your role?

The goals of this internship are twofold:
1. Define metrics/KPIs for point cloud localization performance assessment in the autonomous vehicle domain
2. Compare (in real-time) a state-of-the-art point cloud-based localization algorithm and the same algorithm extended with the online dynamic point remover.
Thus, the open question is: what is the performance increase, in point-cloud localization, when extended with a real-time dynamic point remover?
Proposed approach:

  • Literature research on state-of-the-art point cloud localization algorithms with open-source packages in ROS (1 weeks)
  • Literature research on state-of-the-art online dynamic point removers (1 weeks)
  • Define metrics/KPIs to assess the performance of point cloud localization (0.5 weeks)
  • Implement the point cloud remover (2.5 weeks)
  • Test and assess the performance of the localization packages in a simulation environment (ROS) in real-time and with real data (2 weeks)
  • Report your findings (2 ~ 4 weeks)

What we expect from you

What do we require of you?
We require that you are familiar with the general functioning of an autonomous car. It is important that you are knowledgeable in C++, Linux and ROS or you are willing to learn as this is the means for testing and comparison of the algorithms. The internship fits into a 3 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. 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 young, enthusiastic and driven.
You will work in an open area, within your own team. One of our employees will be your mentor. He 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. The way of working is hybrid, normally 3 days at the office and 2 days at home.

Related videos
Point-cloud localization video

What you'll get in return

You want an internship opportunity on the precursor of your career; an internship 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. Furthermore, we provide:

  • A highly professional, innovative internship environment, within a team of top experts.
  • A suitable internship allowance (615 euro for wo-, hbo- and mbo-students, for a full-time internship).
  • Possibility of eight hours of free leave per internship month (for a full-time internship).
  • A free membership of Jong TNO, where you can meet other TNO professionals and join several activities, such as sports activities, (work-related) courses or the yearly ski-trip.
  • Use of a laptop.
  • An allowance for travel expenses in case you don’t receive an OV-card.

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.

Important to be aware of before applying:

  • Before the start of the internship, the internship agreement from TNO needs to be signed. For students at a college or university based in the Netherlands, TNO uses the UNL-template (supplemented with a number of specific agreements from TNO). For students of foreign and MBO educational institutions, the TNO internship agreement applies. TNO does not sign any other internship agreements.
  • Before the start of the internship, the educational institution will need to confirm in writing that:
    • you are enrolled at the educational institution during the internship, and;
    • the internship takes place as part of the programme of the study.
  • The confirmation of educational institution takes place by signing the UNL template or forms prepared by TNO.
  • Interns at TNO must be in possession of a Dutch residential address at the start of the internship. Performance of internship activities from abroad is not possible.

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