City:  Stuttgart
Date:  Apr 11, 2024

Master Thesis - Fusion of RADAR and LiDAR Data for Localization in Outdoor Environments

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

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.
Compared to predictable indoor environments the outdoor areas inherit more and unknown obstacles and external influences. The most used sensors to percept and interpret the environment in robotics are currently cameras and LiDAR sensors. Besides them RADAR sensors are often used in automated driving and have some benefits in outdoor environments due to their robustness to external influences like rain or fog. By fusing RADAR and LiDAR data we can improve the robustness of the following localization approaches.


What you will do

This thesis aims to fuse RADAR and LiDAR data to enable more robust localisation in challenging outdoor conditions. Based on the current state of research on the use and advantages and disadvantages of the different sensor systems, you will evaluate the potential of fusion for localisation purposes. You will design a post-processing pipeline to generate a fused point cloud and a strategy to use this information in a generalised point cloud odometry algorithm. You will implement your algorithms with ROS on our robots and regularly test and evaluate them in different agricultural environments under different weather conditions.


What you bring to the table

  • Background in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics or similar 
  • Profound knowledge of C++ 
  • Experience with ROS
  • 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 in Stuttgart
  • Take on responsibility and freedom to implement your own ideas
  • Work with the best students in their discipline 
  • Familiar atmosphere including Cake Friday


We also offer the possibility of direct entry for excellent graduates.


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. 

If you are interested, please submit a short letter of motivation on your personal favourite topic listed above, CV, current grade transcript to 

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA 


Requisition Number: 71226                Application Deadline:


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