Robotics Motion Planning (Internship)

Woven Planet

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ABOUT WOVEN PLANET GROUP
Woven Planet Group (Woven Planet) represents a carefully curated blend of expertise and resources dedicated to bringing the vision of “Mobility to Love, Safety to Live” to life. Through innovations and investments in automated driving, robotics, smart cities, and more, we are transforming how humankind lives, works, and moves. We exist to design, build, and deliver secure, connected, and sustainable mobility solutions that benefit all people worldwide. Founded in 2018 as Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development (TRI-AD), Woven Planet is composed of four complementary companies: Woven Planet Holdings, Woven Core, Woven Alpha, and Woven Capital.

Visit us to learn more: https://www.woven-planet.global/

TEAM
The Woven Planet Robotics Group was recently established in 2020. Our focus is on creating core competencies for next-generation robotics businesses. The Toyota Woven City project, which was also announced in 2020, will act as one of our big test environments, in which our developed robotics capabilities and applications will work on how best to contribute to better living. To make it happen, we are seeking highly talented individuals with whom to take on these challenges together.

We have two guiding mission statements:
・To extend the capabilities of robots through R&D targeting solid long-term results
・To develop applications and services through frequent PoC (proof of concept) experiments vetting new core robotics technologies

Our core members have been deeply involved in developing robots (specifically humanoids and mobile manipulators, such as Toyota Motor Corporation’s HSR) for many years. We have multiple mid-career members and people who have international work experience.

We also work very closely with Toyota Research Institute (TRI) in the USA and other entities across the world, sharing resources and ideas, in order to accelerate each other’s technological development. By doing all of this, we aim to cultivate a bright new era of Japanese business culture, including openness, honesty, collaboration, and a healthy work-life balance.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for engineers who are passionate about Robots and are excited to work forward with the Toyota Woven City project with us. This position conducts research and development in motion planning technology for a logistics application. In order for robots to successfully complete autonomous missions through the city, we need to develop robust autonomous navigation capabilities. A crucial part of this stack is motion planning and control. We aim to use modern algorithms and fully exploit massively parallel acceleration to achieve real-time performance in complex environments.

RESPONSIBILITIES
・Develop a fast and accurate motion planning system for autonomous navigation
・Evaluate existing open-source solutions
・Prototype the software and test both in  simulation and on real hardware
・Deliver presentation of the results in English to other team members
・Get the software merged into our main codebase through our development process

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
・Currently pursuing a Master’s, or PhD degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a similar major with an expected graduation date March 2023 – March 2024
・Must be available for a 3-month on-site internship in the summer of 2022
・Software development experience in C++ on Linux
・Experience with parallel computing (CUDA, OpenCL, etc.)
・Basic knowledge of numerical optimization and control theory
・Conversational English
・Write, in English, a report of maximum 2 pages on the following paper and submit it when you apply for this position:
 ”The Dynamic Window Approach to Collision Avoidance”, Dieter Fox, Wolfram Burgard, Sebastian Thrun.
 Available at this URL: https://www.ri.cmu.edu/pub_files/pub1/fox_dieter_1997_1/fox_dieter_1997_1.pdf
 The submission should contain a summary of the approach, an analysis of the strong points and potential shortcomings of the algorithm, and some suggestions for how modern computing technologies could be applied to the problem.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Experience in ROS1/ROS2
  • Knowledge of collision detection algorithms (GJK, occupancy grids, BVH, KD-tree)
  • Knowledge of model-predictive-control (MPC)
  • Experience with sensors (Lidar, depth cameras, etc.)
  • Business level English
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    WORKING CONDITIONS
    NOTE: This internship program is intended only for those who are located in Japan with valid working visas since the program is expected to be onsite.
    Start Date: You can choose to start from several start dates, July 15, August 1, August 22, or September 1, 2022 
    Internship Duration: 3 months 
    Timing: 3-5 days on weekdays
    Salary: Hourly wage
     *The salary will be varied depending on individual experience and skills.
    Work Location: Nihonbashi (Head office), Higashifuji
    *Travel/Accommodation support will be provided for those students who are outside of the Tokyo region.
    By submitting your application you agree to the following terms:
    [OUR COMMITMENT]
    ・We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity.
    ・We pledge that any information we receive from candidates will be used ONLY for the purpose of hiring assessment.