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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Group 108-MIT UROP Technical Assistant in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Tactical Defense Systems Group works on air defense issues, in particular, air vehicle survivability, vulnerability of United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft to weapons systems, electronic countermeasures, and air surveillance for homeland defense. The group seeks a summer UROP technical assistant to assist our engineering staff with research, develop, and assess learned methods for performing semantic segmentation of scenes in electro-optical (EO) imagery and video data for the purpose of groundā€based meteorological cloud classification.

The ability to identify and characterize cloud coverage impacts a number of applications ranging from alerting communities to near-term hazardous weather, predicting the year-round performance of photovoltaic solar panels in a geographical region, and studying the impact of aircraft contrails on global warming. Active research in this area has gravitated towards computer vision algorithms that classify cloud content through the use of neural networks and machine learning algorithms. In this project, the student will investigate the use of neural networks to characterize the contents of visible imagery in terms of cloud types. The student will investigate features in EO imagery that contribute to successful classification and contribute to the building of labeled training imagery databases. This work will involve the use of real-world EO data in an offline processing environment.

The candidate must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at MIT with a concentration in computer science, electrical engineering, or applied mathematics. Proficiency with Python, MATLAB or other similar programming language is required. Experience with deep learning frameworks (e.g. PyTorch or TensorFlow), GPU computing and demonstrated analysis skills are a plus.

Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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