Research Assistant / PhD Student, Topic: Object Classification in 3D Point Clouds

At the Institute for Autonomous Systems Technology, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of the Bundes-wehr Munich, we are offering, as part of a DFG research project, a position as a
Research Assistant / PhD Student
full-time, civilian, salaried according to TvöD 13.

We have been working in the field of autonomous driving for over 30 years and were pioneers in the visual guidance of autonomous road vehicles with our 4D approach. Using our current research platforms (see photos below), we successfully participated in various international competitions (Urban Challenge 2007, European Land Robot Trials). The driving force of our success is the commitment and team spirit of about 15 PhD Students.

Your topic:
The classification of moving objects is one of the major challenges for autonomous driving. An autonomous vehicle has to be able to distinguish between object classes such as pedestrians, bicyclists or cars. Furthermore, it has to predict their future behavior. The three major aspects that should be used to solve this task are the shape, the movement and the context in which the objects are moving. Your task will be the development of an algorithm which automatically learns the relationship between these major aspects and uses this knowledge for object classification. For this, our experimental vehicles MuCAR-3 and MuCAR-4 are equipped with high-resolution 3d laser scanners and stereo cameras.

Prerequisites for employment:
  • Above-average academic degree in the field of
    • computer science, e.g., with a focus on robotics, machine learning or computer vision
    • electric engineering, e.g., with a focus on robotics, signal processing or computer vision
    • or in a comparable field of study
  • Knowledge or interest in at least one of the following areas
    • Sensor data fusion
    • Computer vision
    • Machine learning
  • Programming skills are required (C or C++)
  • Experience with ROS, OpenCV or PCL is beneficial
  • Enthusiasm for engineering and experimental work on real vehicles
  • Willingness to participate in teaching
Suitable candidates will have the opportunity to obtain a PhD as part of their work. Applicants who already have a doctorate cannot be considered.

Please send your complete application including a CV (in a single PDF file) to:
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Wünsche
Institut für Technik Autonomer Systems
Universität der Bundeswehr München
D-85577 Neubiberg, Germany


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The University of the Bundeswehr Munich offers trimester-based intense degree programs in small groups, in which (also civilian) students can complete a state-approved Master's within four years. According to Humboldt's ideal, it is not only a teaching but also a researching university, whose professors, as at other German universities, are free to choose their research topics. As a campus university with very good financial and technical equipment, excellent sports facilities as well as its own daycare center and kindergarten, it offers optimal prerequisites for efficient research.
The University of the Bundeswehr Munich aims to increase the ratio of female scientists. Women are therefore explicitly invited to apply. Disabled applicants with the same level of qualification will be given special consideration.
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Wünsche
Institut für Technik Autonomer Systeme
Universität der Bundeswehr München
D-85577 Neubiberg
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