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Robotics UX Research Intern, Summer 2019 Toyota Research Institute Cambridge, MA

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Job: Robotics UX Research Intern, Summer 2019
Paid/Unpaid: unpaid
Company: Toyota Research Institute
Location: Cambridge, MA
Application Deadline:

Internship Description

Robotics UX Research
Intern, Summer 2019


At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re working to build a
future where everyone has the freedom to move, engage, and explore with a focus
on reducing vehicle collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Join us in our
mission to improve the quality of human life through advances in artificial
intelligence, automated driving, robotics, and materials science. We’re
dedicated to building a world of “mobility for all” where everyone, regardless
of age or ability, can live in harmony with technology to enjoy a better life.
Through innovations in AI, we’ll…


– Develop vehicles incapable of causing a crash, regardless
of the actions of the driver.

– Develop technology for vehicles and robots to help people
enjoy new levels of independence, access, and mobility.


– Bring advanced mobility technology to market faster.

– Discover new materials that will make batteries and
hydrogen fuel cells smaller, lighter, less expensive and more powerful.


Our work is guided by a dedication to safety – in how we
research, develop, and validate the performance of vehicle technology to
benefit society. As a subsidiary of Toyota, TRI is fueled by a diverse and
inclusive community of people who carry invaluable leadership, experience, and
ideas from industry-leading companies. Over half of our technical team carries
PhD degrees. We’re continually searching for the world’s best talent ‒ people
who are ready to define the new world of mobility with us!


We strive to build a company that helps our people thrive,
achieve work-life balance, and bring their best selves to work. At TRI, you
will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds ‒ a fun start-up
environment with brilliant people who enjoy solving tough problems and the
financial backing to successfully achieve our goals. Come work with TRI if
you’re interested in transforming mobility through designing safer cars,
enabling the elderly to age in place, or designing alternative fuel sources.
Start your impossible with us.


We’re currently looking for a Robotics UX Research Intern
for summer 2019 at our Cambridge, MA office. You will work very closely with
our Robotics User Experience Industrial Design (RUX-ID) team. Your Human-Robot
Interaction (HRI) research will contribute in helping people gain independence,
access, and mobility. You believe that you are “the voice of the user.” Your
philosophy of human centered design will investigate how best to test an idea,
design and implement the human-robot interaction, conduct a study to test the
idea, and disseminate the findings. You’re a team player and think of
achievements on a team basis.


  • Work
    closely with interaction designers, researchers, engineers, and prototypers
    to design and test robotics prototypes
  • Create
    interaction specifications, user flows, and wireframes required to
    rapidly test new concepts
  • Rapidly
    create low-fidelity prototypes of product concepts and interfaces
    (digital and physical)
  • Work
    closely with the engineering team to ensure that prototypes are designed
    with the end user in mind
  • Present
    study findings in the form of reports and presentations
  • Provide
    useful recommendations from study findings to drive product design and
    research decisions
  • Communicate
    effectively and work collaboratively with the rest of the UX team in a
    positive, friendly, and enthusiastic manner


  • Minimum
  • Pursuing
    MS or PhD degree in Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Robotics,
    Computer Science, or a related field or equivalent practical experience
  • Background
    and experience in both UX research and interaction design
  • At
    least 2 years experience as an academic HRI Researcher
  • Previous
    work emphasizes needs finding and user-centered design process
  • Proficient
    with industry standard usability study techniques
  • Experience
    in designing and running Human-Robot Interaction research studies
    in-person, online, and conducting focus groups
  • Experience
    managing Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols
  • Experience
    in gathering and managing data with Personally Identifiable Information
  • Experience
    using ROS and programming robots in C++ or Python
  • Experience
    programming hobby level electronics and/or other physical prototyping
  • Familiarity
    with statistical methods
  • Comfortable
    writing peer-reviewed conference papers or journal articles as a
  • Must
    have a high level of self-initiative to prioritize and manage workload
    and meet project deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • Samples
    of previous work (i.e., Agile-style usability studies), including
    examples of working with novel technologies


  • Nice-to-have
  • Experience
    in Computer Graphics, Motion Graphics, Computer Animation, Motion
    Control, Embodied Lighting Design, Embodied Audio-Visual Interaction, or
    a related field or equivalent practical experience
  • Experience
    with ROS 2
  • Experience
    with deploying and/or field-servicing prototype technologies
  • Comfortable
    using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Xd, Sketch, or a similar design software
    to produce task flows, wireframes, and mockups
  • Comfortable
    using Adobe Premiere or similar software to produce concept videos
  • Experience
    designing 3D models (CAD)
  • Experience
    with writing peer-reviewed conference papers or journal articles as lead

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