Master Thesis „Increasing Robustness of Autonomous Robots using Model-Based Diagnosis”

Updated: 10 months ago
Deadline: 21 Nov 2019

We are Austria’s largest Research and Technology Organisation and an international player in the research areas that we cover. This makes us a leading development partner for industry and a top employer in the scientific community. Our Center for Vision, Automation and Control in Vienna invites applications for a:

Master Thesis „Increasing Robustness of Autonomous Robots using Model-Based Diagnosis”


  • Autonomous systems comprise a complex set of various technological components
  • Each sensor or algorithm may deliver faulty data or results
  • Keeping track of the system’s state is therefore a critical factor for robustness and long-term operation
  • To detect and identify faulty behavior of a sensor or subsystem is inevitable


  • Model-Based Diagnosis is one possible way to enable system fault detection
  • The system behavior is modelled for the case of normal operation
  • Coherencies and dependencies between different sensor readings and algorithm results are identified and formulated


  • Modeling one of our robots with its sensors (LiDAR, Cameras, GPS, IMU, wheel encoder, etc.) and its overall normal operational behavior
  • Design and implement different types of observers of the system state
  • Identification and analysis of possible fault scenarios
  • Evaluate resilience and identify possible recovery strategies

Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner*:

  • Enrolled as a master student in computer science, software engineering, information and computer engineering, mathematics or similar
  • Background knowledge and interest in autonomous systems and artificial intelligence
  • Strong self-motivation and curiosity for solving challenging robotic problems
  • Good knowledge and object-oriented programming experience in C++ / Python and ROS

What to expect:

What to expect:

At least € 719,51 gross for 20 hours/week based on the collective agreement (Forschungs‐KV). The actual salary will be determined individually, based on your qualifications and experience. There will be additional company benefits! As a research institution, we are familiar with the supervision and execution of master theses and we are looking forward to accompanying you accordingly.

At AIT, the promotion of women is important to us - that's why we are especially looking forward to applications from female students!

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