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Autonomous Vehicle – Perception Engineer

at Ford Motor Company

Posted: 7/28/2019
Job Reference #: 457282
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Job Title
Autonomous Vehicle – Perception Engineer

Job Description & Qualifications
Ford Motor Company is committed to expanding our core business from auto manufacturer to, the much broader, mobility solutions company. Autonomous Vehicles will play a major role in many of these upcoming mobility solutions. In fact, Autonomous Vehicles will play a key role in the future of Ford, in the future of transportation, and in the future of how people interact with their world.

This future is being created today by Ford’s AV LLC team. This fun, fast-moving, innovative group of highly skilled and motivated people is looking for candidates to support research and developmental efforts in producing fully-autonomous vehicles (SAE Level 4).

The “Autonomous Vehicle Engineer – Perception” position entails developing, implementing, and testing real-time object detection and tracking algorithms for use in fully-autonomous vehicles in real-world scenarios. Using sensors such as LIDAR, RADAR, and cameras, these perception algorithms allow the autonomous vehicle to understand the nearby environment, allowing safe operation in simple-to-complex situations. These situational awareness algorithms include such diverse topics as: stoplight/brake-light detection, multi-sensor object detection/classification, multi-sensor fusion, and simultaneous tracking of multiple objects through complex scenes
Ideal candidates will have strong grasp of computer science fundamentals, solid background in at least two of the aforementioned sensors, a history of implementing detection/tracking algorithms, and experience with deploying perception solutions in an automotive or military setting.




Responsibilities:
 
  • Design, implement and test algorithms for environmental/situational awareness, including multi-sensor fusion, object detection, object classification, and simultaneous tracking of multiple objects through complex scenes.
  • Support the calibration, testing, interface specification, and integration of a variety of sensor data (Camera, LIDAR, RADAR, Ultrasonic, GPS/IMU, etc.) into the perception algorithms for prototype-to-production system development.
  • System integration of data acquisition and data processing for a variety of sensors including camera, LIDAR, RADAR, ultrasonics, etc.
  • Develop, implement and utilize specific metrics to quantify the performance of detection, classification, and tracking algorithms.
  • Design and execution of experiments, data collections, data analysis, and performance evaluation from both simulation and with real vehicle data.
  • Code optimization to migrate prototype algorithms to automotive/embedded systems and/or parallelization via GPU architectures
  • Utilizing hardware-in-the-loop, software simulation, and in-vehicle experimentation for algorithm testing and software validation
  • Presentation of designs, challenges, implementation details, and results during periodic reviews and technical interchange meetings
Minimum Qualifications:
 
  • Masters in Computer Science, Robotics, Electrical Engineering or related fields OR Bachelors degree AND 10+ years equivalent work experience.
  • 3+ years experience with algorithm development and implementation in at least two of the following areas: image processing, remote sensing, signal processing, object detection/classification, multi-sensor fusion, model-based estimation techniques and/or target tracking.
  • 3+ years experience developing high-quality C/C++ code of object detection and tracking algorithms, multi-threaded applications, and data visualization.
Preferred Qualifications:
 
  • 5+ years experience with algorithm development and implementation in at least two of the following areas: image processing, remote sensing, signal processing, object detection/classification, multi-sensor fusion, model-based estimation techniques and/or target tracking.
  • 5+ years experience developing high-quality C/C++ code of object detection and tracking algorithms, multi-threaded applications, and data visualization.
  • Experience working in a team-based project from inception to demonstration across multiple disciplines, e.g., hardware design and implementation, data acquisition and analysis, mathematical modeling, algorithm development, application implementation, etc.
  • Experience with multiple sensor systems such as LIDAR, RADAR, cameras, etc.
  • Experience with probabilistic state estimation, Bayesian inference, Kalman filtering, linear algebra, vector analysis, and non-linear optimization techniques
  • Strong foundation in linear algebra, vector analysis, and probability/statistics
  • Working knowledge of an interprocess communication method (such as ROS, LCM, ZeroMQ, etc)
  • Proficiency in multiple operating systems such as Windows, UNIX, Linux, etc.
  • Experience developing custom software within a large codebase, including proficiency with software version control systems (e.g., git or svn), code reviews, and style guidelines
  • Experience with Linux development operations using tools such as: gcc, ld, ar, make, bash, gdb, and valgrind
  • Experience with system requirements, testing, validation, and Agile software development
  • Experience with CAN, UDP, TCP and network routing systems
  • Demonstrated ability to generate scientific reports and presentations
  • possess strong oral and written language skills
  • present results for internal management and at external venues such as conferences
  • work collaboratively with other team members and across multiple technical areas 
  • work closely and effectively with external partners – corporations, universities and automotive suppliers
  • be self-motivated with the ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Other duties as assigned
 
Join our team as we create tomorrow!  We believe in putting people first, working together, and facing challenges head-on, because we’re Built Ford Tough. We’re one team striving to make people’s lives better while creating value, delivering excellence and ultimately going for the win.
 
Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veterans.

Auto req ID
34828BR

Company
Ford Motor Company

Function
Autonomous Vehicles

Skill Team
Autonomous Vehicles

Sub-Component
Autonomous Vehicles

State
Michigan

Location
Dearborn