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Machine learning bin-picking robot (Eindhoven)

Category:                           Internship
Education level:                 BSc/ MSc Computer Science or related study

Context
Prodrive Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of world-class electronics. It comprises over 1100 employees and is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe. Our organization is mostly based on two groups: Development and Operations. The Development department is oriented at developing first-class electronic, mechanic and software solutions. The operations department is responsible for production, assembly, testing and life-cycle-management of electronic products and systems in the range of 1 to more than a million pieces per year.

Recently, Prodrive has developed AGVs to support factory logistic automation. AGVs are vehicles which autonomously transport goods (e.g. boxes with materials). AGVs are used within a production and warehouse environment for logistic purposes (i.e. goods flow). Our first prototypes are already operating in our production facilities. Currently we are improving these prototypes to market-ready products.

Assignment

Robots used throughout the manufacturing industry are capable of performing complex tasks with extreme accuracy. These kind of robots usually require complex software scripts involving a lot of fine-tuning for even the most basic tasks. An example of such robot is Prodrive’s self-developed vision controlled bin-picking robot, which picks and sorts-out odd-shaped objects.

Using the most recent developments on machine-learning, the student first has to conduct research in machine learning techniques that are capable of learning the robot to pick and sort-out new kinds of objects. An example of such technique could be deep reinforcement learning. Subsequently, the student implements this technique in Prodrive’s own robotics platform as a prove-of-concept with the goal to simplify and speed up the programming of robots.

Deliverables

  • Pre-study of feasible machine learning techniques for vision controlled robots;
  • Implementation of chosen technique;
  • Tests to verify the implementation.

 

Important note: all our graduation assignments are dependent on time. Please see them as an example of the many great things you can do at Prodrive Technologies. If you have the same passion for technology as we do, we always have an assignment for you!

Your benefits

When you are able to prove that you are the perfect fit for our job, you will be rewarded in many ways: you will get the chance to develop yourself as a person, gain extensive knowledge and develop your career in multiple directions. Besides that, you will – naturally – be offered a market competitive salary and outstanding secondary conditions. Your salary growth is in line with your own professional development so it can grow fast and you will even get the opportunity to become a shareholder. All this at an employer that has achieved an average annual growth of 25% over the last 20 years!

Organization

There are only few companies in the world of technology which stand out. According to our customers Prodrive Technologies is one of them. Our company was founded in 1993 by technical professionals from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since then every year Prodrive Technologies has shown a steep growth rate due to a very successful business concept in a young and dynamic organization (average age 28 years). Currently the total Prodrive Technologies organization consists of over 1.100 (900 FTE) employees which are highly skilled, highly motivated and focused on results.

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