Master Thesis/Internship: Perception

In order to strengthen our dedicated team in the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) research department in Bremen we are looking for a  

Master Thesis/Internship Perception (full-time/part-time, 3 – 9 months) 

The Robotics Innovation Center research department, headed by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Kirchner, develop robot systems that are used for complex tasks on land, under water, in the air, and in space. The recently established underactuated lab at DFKI-RIC is looking for outstanding students to join us in pushing the boundaries of highly dynamic and agile robots. Past internships and master thesis students have presented their work at the Summer of Underactuation events in 2022 and 2023.


Recently, legged robots (such as [1] and [2]) have become a prime topic for robotics research. For advancing the research on quadrupeds and bipeds at DFKI, the underactuated lab is looking for a student to further the research on perception using computer vision. The tasks during the internship/thesis will be to develop various perception methods and software components that are used by the robot to understand its environment such as plane detection and fitting, object detection, SLAM, etc… The aim is to further develop the research on perception-action coupling in legged robots to enable highly dynamic behavior on the quadruped and biped robots being developed at the underactuated lab.

Our requirements:

Experience with various frameworks for perception and object detection using deep neural networks. Experience with other sensors and sensor fusion is a plus.

Programming: C/C++, Python.


1. Soni, R., Harnack, D., Isermann, H., Fushimi, S., Kumar, S. and Kirchner, F., 2023, October. End-to-End Reinforcement Learning for Torque Based Variable Height Hopping. In 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 7531-7538). IEEE.

2. J. Eβer et al., "Design, analysis and control of the series-parallel hybrid RH5 humanoid robot," 2020 IEEE-RAS 20th International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), 2021, pp. 400-407, doi: 10.1109/HUMANOIDS47582.2021.9555770

Please contact Dennis Mronga for further information and send your application via E-Mail to

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH
Research Department
Robotics Innovation Center
Robert-Hooke-Str. 1
28359 Bremen, Germany
Phone: +49 421 17845 6560

last updated 31.03.2023