City:  Stuttgart
Date:  Nov 28, 2023

Mater Thesis - Data Fusion for Traversability Analysis in Outdoor Environments for Mobile 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.
One of the chore features of autonomous navigation in outdoor environments is the traversability analysis based on sensor data (primarily 3D LiDAR and Camera). A big challenge is to fuse this information into a format that can be used by planning algorithms to find optimal paths that are collision free and traversable. In your master thesis you will  contribute to the development of such a data fusion algorithm.


What you will do

Our mobile outdoor robot CURTmini increasingly has to operate in complex environments, 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 will be focused on the development and implementation of a data fusion algorithm for traversability analysis as well as testing the algorithm in simulation and on real robots. 


What you bring to the table

  • Profound knowledge of C++ 
  • Experience with ROS is preferred
  • Analytical mindset and experience in algorithm development
  • 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: 67060                Application Deadline:


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