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Our Center for Vision, Automation & Control located in Vienna invites applications for a master’s thesis. The Center for Vision, Automation & Control exploits the opportunities provided by automation and digitisation to initiate and advance innovation for industry, primarily in Austria and Europe. Our main goal is to take away the monotonous, heavy, difficult and dangerous aspects of people’s work through innovation. We help our partners by making technical systems more robust, reliable, flexible and easy to use. At the same time, we increase the resource efficiency of industrial processes by reducing waste, product failures and emissions.
Our Competence Unit Complex Dynamical Systems focuses on the development and deployment of algorithms to control various types of systems. Starting from low energy applications like electronics and drive systems, via (large-scale) robotics to heavy industrial applications. We are working in projects in cooperation with national and international research organisations and companies leading their market sector.
MASTER THESIS “SCENE-AWARE CONDITIONAL DIFFUSION MODELS FOR ROBOT MOTION PLANNING”
CENTER FOR VISION, AUTOMATION & CONTROL
Diffusion models are inspired by non-equilibrium thermodynamics. They define a Markov chain of diffusion steps to slowly add random noise to the data, and then learn to reverse the diffusion process to construct desired data samples from the noise. Different from other generative models such as VAE or flow models, diffusion models are learned using a fixed procedure, and the latent variable has high dimensionality.
Recently, diffusion-based generative models have proven successful in image processing, in reinforcement learning and robotics, e.g., motion planning, task planning, and offline reinforcement learning.
Two important properties of diffusion models that we would like to explore are their ability to encode multimodal expert trajectories (from optimization-based trajectory planning) and to inherit gradients of multiple costs expressed in optimization-based trajectory planning.
In this Master thesis, you will work on developing a machine learning algorithm using diffusion models for the trajectory planning task of a manipulator (KUKA iiwa 14 LBR 820) and/or a timber crane considering the surrounding environments such as structures and obstacles.
You will broaden your knowledge and skills in the field of motion planning, machine learning, and automation & control theory.
You will train in scientific work and have the opportunity to discuss your experiences with scientific interdisciplinary experts from the field of automation & control, machine learning.
You may publish your results at a conference or in a journal.
Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner:
Ongoing master's studies in the field of Robotics, Mechatronics, AI, or a comparable technical field.
Good knowledge in Automation & Control, Machine Learning
Programming experience in Python / C++, MATLAB
Knowledge of PyTorch is advantageous
Good knowledge of English or German in word and writing
What to expect:
Duration of the master’s thesis project: 6 months
EUR 534,-- gross per month for 12 hours/week based on the collective agreement. There will be additional company benefits. As a research institution, we are familiar with the supervision and execution of master theses, and we are looking forward to supporting you accordingly!
At AIT diversity and inclusion are of great importance. This is why we strive to inspire women to join our teams in the field of technology. We welcome applications from women, who will be given preference in case of equal qualifications after considering all relevant facts and circumstances of all applications.
Please submit your application documents including your CV, cover letter, relevant certificates (transcript of records) online.
31. Jänner 2024