Active learning using deep learning for damage detection

  • Graduation Project
  • Den Haag

Website Mainblades Inspections

Job Description
Mainblades Inspections is on a mission to change the way inspections are performed for large commercial aircraft. This company develops data-driven technology, focused on automation of the complete inspection process: from autonomous drone flight, to damage detection and assessment of visual data, all the way to automated reporting. Their automated drone inspections for aircraft allows for a more rapid and effective inspection on any location, enabling our customers to keep their aircraft off the ground.

Research scope and objectives
A key aspect of the automated inspection is the ability to detect damage from the images the drone is capturing of an aircraft, making use of computer vision techniques and algorithms. For computer vision applications, deep convolutional neural networks (CNN) gained a lot of momentum due to their empirical success on camera images. Since CNNs learn directly from the data, they are able to uncover useful clues for discriminating between targets and background, when compared to engineered rules and features.
The research focuses on active learning (see for example: Instead of just relearning from scratch with new additional data, disagreements between the model and human feedback can be used to identify “hard” examples (i.e. edge cases, previously unseen scenarios, etc.) and optimize for performance on those by modifying the training algorithm. So they are interested in active learning based on new data coming in.

What you bring to the table
They are looking for a talented and enthusiastic MSc student, preferably with some programming experience and a background in computer vision and deep learning. Furthermore, they are looking for people who like to be seriously challenged and easily adapt to change. You contribute with innovative ideas to the company and have a shared responsibility to make our vision a reality. Above all, they are looking for someone with a dedication for mastering new topics and a willingness to learn.

What they bring to the table
A comfortable and fun working environment:
• Collaborating with a young, dynamic and multidisciplinary team in an innovative start-up.
• Testing of your research on an available drone inspection platform in a real-world application.
• Unique chance to be part of a high-growth, successful start-up.
• You can have a real impact on the business.
• Good coffee! Alternative drinks also available.

Up for the challenge?
If you think you got what it takes, and you are up for the challenge, take the first step and apply now, either on our or on the company’s website!

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