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Autonomy Perception Engineer at Caterpillar

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Career Area:
Engineering
Job Description:
Your Work Shapes the World
Whether it be groundbreaking products, best in class solutions or creating a lifelong career, you can do the work that matters at Caterpillar. With a 95-year legacy of quality and innovation and 150 locations in countries around the world, your impact spans the globe.
When you join Caterpillar, you are joining a team of makers, innovators and doers. We are the people who roll up our sleeves and do the work to build a better world. We don't just talk about progress and innovation. We make it happen. And we are proud of that, because it helps our customers build and power the world we live in - the roads, hospitals, homes and infrastructure. Without a dedicated workforce Caterpillar could not effectively meet our customer's needs. Join us.
Description
In the early 1900's Benjamin Holt replaced the wheels on a steam tractor with wooden tracks bolted to chains in order to allow the tractor to work in more rugged conditions. Watching nearby, a bystander remarked that the machine crawled along much like a caterpillar, and thus Caterpillar's history began. In roughly 90 years, Caterpillar has transformed the world as a pioneer in the mining, construction, and energy application spaces, leading in development and innovation of disruptive technology. Caterpillar has grown into a world class manufacturer with over $53 billion in sales and revenue in 2019.
Caterpillar is the leader in industrial, autonomous earthmoving solutions and we're looking to grow our team as we develop technology to meet our customers' strenuous requirements. Are you tired of effortlessly solving your 17x17x17 Rubik's cube? Are Millennium Prize Problems a little too easy? Join us. Our newly established Cat Robotics team is ushering automation & autonomy technology into the rugged production environment found on mining and construction jobsites. You will be joining an elite team with a startup feel, while maintaining access to a vast network of experienced professionals.
As an Autonomy Perception Engineer, you'll develop algorithms that enable autonomous systems to understand the world and navigate safely. That includes detecting, tracking, and predicting the motion of pedestrians and vehicles, as well as characterizing obstacles and terrain. We're looking for a primarily hands-on engineer, who's capable of taking real-world problems, turning them into well-defined projects, surveying and selecting the right approach, developing quick prototypes, bringing them to production, and mentoring jr. engineers.
Job Duties
Be a part of the Perception team on our autonomous vehicle platform.
Research, prototype, and bring to production perception algorithms that enable autonomous and semi-autonomous systems to understand the world around them and navigate safely
Design and implement computer vision systems on an autonomous vehicle platform
Work with data from various perception sensors including Lidar, Camera, and Radar
Work with simulation and AV system testing teams to guide simulation sensors and perception evaluation in support of the perception stack
Optimize on-board perception code
Design metrics and architect software to gauge performance against requirements
Mentor and grow more junior members while interacting with senior technical leaders
Basic Qualifications
Bachelors or Master's degree in Robotics, Computer Science, or Engineering
5+ years relevant work experience
Industry experience implementing perception algorithms for detection, tracking, segmentation, pose estimation.
Experience with a variety of sensors including LIDAR, stereo/mono cameras, radar, and IMUs
Experience with real-time sensor fusion (e.g. IMU, lidar, camera, odometry, radar)
Industry experience building optimized perception pipelines using ROS, C/C++, OpenCV and/or CUDA
Excellent C++ coding, strong engineering practices, debugging/profiling skills
Strong foundation in mathematics and fundamentals (3D geometry, linear algebra)
Ability to convert research papers into production implementation.
Top Candidates will also have
Knowledge of robotics and frameworks such as ROS
Experience with SLAM, filtering, and state estimation techniques
Experience with machine learning and classification, exposure to deep learning frameworks
Experience working with GPUs, particularly on embedded hardware
Publications in top-tier computer vision/robotics conference (CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, ICRA, IROS)
Additional Information
The location for this position is San Francisco, CA
Domestic Relocation assistance is available for this position
This position may require 10% travel
Visa sponsorship is available for this position
Employee benefit details
Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.
Here you earn more than just a salary because we value your performance. We offer a total rewards package that provides benefits on day one (medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401K) along with the potential of an annual bonus.
Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).
Final details
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For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media
Relocation is available for this position.
EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.
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Caterpillar Inc. participates in local volunteer activities such as the Chase Corporate Challenge
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Whether we’re working virtually or in-person, we are always looking for ways to have fun and grow as a team. Team dinners, coffee chats, ax throwing, chess club, and virtual happy hours are just a few of the activities we do to make work more fun and connect with colleagues around the world.

Madison

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It’s amazing to be able to work in an architectural framework where we can negotiate between speed to market and a solid application – software that is well-built, well-designed, well-tested. I find this negotiation both challenging and exhilarating.

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