Perception Engineer Internship (Summer 2021)

A³ by Airbus Group, Sunnyvale, CA

The Future of Flight


Project Wayfinder is building scalable, certifiable autonomy systems to power self-piloted aircraft applications throughout Airbus, from small urban air vehicles (aka air taxis) to large commercial airplanes. Our team of experts is driving the maturation of machine learning and other core technologies for autonomous flight; we are creating a reference architecture that includes hardware, software, and a data-driven development process to allow aircraft to perceive and react to their environment. Autonomous flight is transforming the transportation industry - our team is at the heart of this revolution

The Opportunity

This is your chance to build autonomous airplane systems! During this internship you will join our perception team, developing data acquisition and processing pipelines that will be deployed on our aircraft. The internship will be hands-on, allowing you to test the code you will write on a real system.

Intern Responsibilities

  • Support the development, integration, and testing of sensing software and hardware, including visible spectrum cameras, infrared cameras, INS/GNSS and radars
  • Create software and algorithms to manage sensor data acquisition and processing
  • Support field testing of our systems, some of which fly on real manned aircraft


  • Significant academic background in computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field
  • Working proficiency in C/C++ or Python on a Linux-based OS
  • Command of software fundamentals (iteration, data structures, object oriented programming, bits and bytes) and best practices
  • Knowledge of computer vision algorithms (e.g. OpenCV)
  • Real-world experience with autonomous systems (e.g. mobile robots, cars, aircraft) and related sensors (e.g. lidar, radar, cameras, inertial measurement units)
  • Intellectual curiosity to do what hasn’t been done before, coupled with a drive to overcome challenges

Nice-to-have experience you might bring:

  • Hands on experience working with camera systems
  • Familiarity with robotics algorithms, such as localization, sensor fusion, image/signal processing, guidance, navigation, and control
  • A passion for making things fly

About A³ by Airbus Group

Mission Imagine a world without boundaries, free of constraints. It’s a place to innovate, to discover, to create, to explore. Enter this world with your eyes wide open, with your ideas intact as you journey into the unknown. Dare to redefine the future. We are the Silicon Valley outpost of Airbus, a global leader in aviation and aerospace innovation. We believe that the future is created through episodic disruption with intervening periods of incremental innovation. Our mission is to build the future of flight now. We solve big problems by employing world-class experts and by developing fertile partnerships. Our projects are built on rigorous analysis, novel insights, and commitment to unreasonable goals. Exploration is unsettling, and only when we disrupt Airbus, its competitors, and the entire industry will we consider our goals achieved and our mission a success. Join us on our bold voyage.

Want to learn more about A³ by Airbus Group? Visit A³ by Airbus Group's website.