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Internship | Modelling human behavior in signalized intersection approaches

Helmond, North Brabant 6 mois
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At TNO, we develop software for Automated Vehicles (AVs). It's important that the AV's behavior is accepted by its passengers and other road users. You will model the human driver while approaching intersections, which will serve as a baseline for further research. Are you interested in how humans approach signalized intersection and thereby improve the behavior of our AV? Please read further!Vehicle-to-vehicle and infrastructure-to-vehicle communication, commonly referred to as V2X, promise new applications for improved traffic safety and efficiency. An example of such a system is a Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system, which sends information about the current and upcoming traffic light status to the vehicle. Also other information, like a crossing pedestrian or an incoming emergency vehicle could be sent. This information could be used by an automated vehicle (AV) to decide whether braking or continue cruising is the best option while approaching the signalized intersection. To introduce these new features, it's important that the AV's behavior is accepted by its passengers and other road users. The vehicle's decision making and deceleration profile and are key components for providing natural behavior. We want to know how human drivers approach signalized intersections and would like to have a model of the human driver for these scenarios.

What will be your role?

In this MSc project, you will be continuing the work done in a previous project, where a decision maker is designed to control the vehicle in reaction to the traffic light information (GLOSA). Your focus will be on the human side of things, modeling how human drivers approach signalized intersections.

The assignment includes:Literature review of the state-of-the-art human behavior modelling in signalized intersection approaches, including stop or go decision making for different scenarios.Developing an improved human driver model for these scenarios based on the literature findings, what has already been done in the previous project and discussions with experts in the department and at your university.Comparison of the model to an already existing framework and/or dataset.Report and final presentation.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

We require you to be familiar with MATLAB and Simulink and/or Python. You are knowledgeable in the Human Factors and/or modelling domain or are willing to learn. We like you to start as soon as possible. The thesis fits to a 9 month project (based on full time availability). We require you to work in Helmond at the TNO office to enable you to work with our tools and to have short communication lines.

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. Read more about TNO as an employer.

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.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we'd like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the 'apply now' button.

Contact: Marijke Weperen, van
Phone number: [email protected]

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