City:  Stuttgart
Date:  Nov 28, 2023

Master Thesis - Development of a Deep Reinforcement Learning Navigation for Mobile Outdoor Robots

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

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In the Professional Service Robots - Outdoor research group we develop autonomous, mobile robots for a variety of outdoor applications, such as agriculture and forestry. The focus is on the development of an autonomous outdoor navigation solution as well as the hardware of the robots. 
For this we are looking for you to contribute to the development of a deep reinforcement learning based goal-orientated navigation for an outdoor mobile robot.


What you will do

Our mobile outdoor robot CURTmini increasingly has to operate in complex uneven terrains, such as coffee plantations in Brazil and vineyards with steep slopes along the Mosel river. For this, you are to become part of the team that develops and tests navigation solutions for outdoor mobile robots. Your work includes the design and implementation of a deep reinforcement learning approach for goal-orientated navigation as well as testing the approach on real robots. 


What you bring to the table

  •  Profound knowledge and experience with reinforcement learning
  •  Good knowledge in Python 
  •  Experience with ROS is preferred
  •  Enthusiasm for mobile robotics
  •  Fluent in English or German 


What you can expect

  • Cutting-edge technology in the field of outdoor mobile robotics
  • Hands on with our robots on our own test fields
  • Take on responsibility and freedom to implement your own ideas
  • Working together with a motivated team of robotics enthusiasts
  • Modern working atmosphere including Cake Friday


We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. 

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!

Frau Lisa Bauer
Tel. +49 711 970-3681

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA 


Requisition Number: 67061                Application Deadline:


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