Den Haag
Master (EQF 7)
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What will you be doing?

Machine learning is the subfield of computer science that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. An important technique in this area is regression, which is a way to predict the outcome of a system. In statistical modeling, regression analysis is a statistical process for estimating the relationships among variables. It includes many techniques for modeling and analyzing several variables, when the focus is on the relationship between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables (or 'predictors'). The simplest form of the equation with one dependent and one independent variable is defined by the formula y = c + b*x, where y = estimated dependent score, c = constant, b = regression coefficient, and x = independent variable.

When the involved data is sensitive, like for most health applications, one would like to find secure solutions, e.g. by encrypting private inputs before performing the regression algorithm. Since the involved algorithm is not easily translated to the encrypted domain, it is important to learn how fast such a 'secure regression’ solution would perform.


What do we require of you?

Expertise on cryptography is recommended, but not strictly necessary, since an important subtask is to translate linear regression to the integer domain. We are looking for a computer science or mathematics student, who is able and willing to implement our foreseen solution. This could be done during a (paid) TNO internship.


What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.


What can TNO offer you?

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.


Has this vacancy aroused your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contactpersoon: Thijs Veugen
Phone number: +31(0)88-86 67314

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