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About this position

At TNO, we develop software for Automated Driving vehicles. In order to have automated driving accepted by the public, it is extremely important to be able to explain the behavior of the vehicle. Are you interested in improving our AD vehicles? Please read further!


What will be your role?

One of the challenges in Automated Driving is “How the vehicle makes its’ decisions” and whether the chosen behavior of the vehicle is accepted by the other road participants as “Safe”. In order to facilitate this classification, TNO is working on a framework that depicts the direct environment of the vehicle as a ‘risk map’. For that risk map it is important that:

  • Every entity that can be detected has a risk profile (shape) connected;
  • The elevation of the profile can be trained based on real world annotated driving data;
  • After automated elevation detection, the profile could be further finetuned manually.

The philosophy of this work is, that the resulting risk map could be used to classify whether a particular driving behavior is safe, or not. Moreover, the risk profile could be interfaced with a motion planner, which consequently plans a path for the Autonomous Vehicle.

Proposed approach:

  • Investigate the different data sources TNO has available for this task;
  • Desk Research into Clustering Methods that could facilitate the risk profile selection and training of the elevation of those profiles based on the pre-recorded video stream;
  • Implementation (programming) those clustering and classification methods on pre-recorded and annotated data (good/bad driving behavior);
  • Verification whether the proposed clustering methods outperforms the current classification approach e.g. based on prerecorded data, or in a simulation environment.

What we expect from you

We require that you are familiar with statistics for data science and have experience with data progressing as well as clustering and classification methods. You are knowledgeable in programming (please indicate your programming language strengths in your application) and you are willing to learn. Experience with Linux and ROS is beneficial. We like you to start as soon as possible. The thesis fits to a 9 month project (based on full time availability). Familiarity with risk assessment and/or vehicle automation would be considered a plus. The project is perfect for someone with a hands-on, lets-try-this attitude. Finally, successful candidates should be able to spend at least 2 days a week in our TNO Helmond premises to enable you to work with our tools and to have short communication lines.

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 here). 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.


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. 

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.

Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.