Seeking a full- or part-time graduate or highly qualified undergraduate intern to work with researchers in NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences and Computational Science Center on research and development of sensors and algorithms to allow for detection of objects through vegetation. Specific tasks may include:
· Research and data gathering on sensors and operating specifications – such a LiDAR, RADAR, stereo imaging, acoustic, and video.
· Contact sensor manufacturers for additional data and collaboration
· Design test instrumentation and test sensors in laboratories
· Develop/implement sensor interface, gather data, and interface with computer programmers for data acquisition.
· Evaluate, design, and implement state-of-the-art sensor fusion algorithms to rigorously integrate data from multiple sensors.
· Apply all above skills to a specific project aimed at discerning objects through vegetation.
· Support key external collaborations, such as NREL’s Small Business Vouchers, specifically R&D to support use of automation for solar-powered, automated lawn maintenance equipment.
· Potential exposure to and support of additional research activities that may be identified.
Desirable qualifications include strong electrical / computer engineering skills and knowledge of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and statistics. Demonstrated ability in micro-controller design and programming and experience with data collection with spatial sensors desired. Expertise in python programming and experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS) and Gazebo robot simulator desired.