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Senior Software Engineer, Motion Planning & Decision Making

Company: Argo AI
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Who We Are

Argo AI is in the business of building self-driving technology you can trust. With experienced leaders in the field and collaborative partnerships with some of the world's largest automakers, we're building self-driving technology that is engineered to scale globally and transform mobility for millions.

Talented individuals join our team because they share our purpose to make it safe, easy, and enjoyable for everyone to get around cities. We aspire to impact key industries that move people and goods, from ride hailing to deliveries.

Meet The Team

The Argo AI Motion Planning team brings all the components of the autonomy stack together. The Motion Planning team takes inputs from perception, prediction, and mapping and plans how to safely yet comfortably navigate complex urban driving scenarios - such as making unprotected turns, and lane changing in traffic. This involves routing to the desired destination, making high-level decisions with respect to traffic controls and other road users (including vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, etc.), and generating an optimal trajectory for the AV to execute.

What You'll Do

  • Design and develop algorithms in one or more areas of the Motion Planning stack, ranging from route planning, behavior planning, trajectory optimization, decision making, and machine learning
  • Extensively test your algorithms, through unit testing, simulation testing in the cloud, log playback and resim, and on vehicle testing
  • Develop tools for visualization and debugging, and use them to analyze logs from fleet testing
  • Analyze metrics from fleet testing to prioritize next steps.
  • Optimize the runtime and memory efficiency of the onboard Motion Planning software.
  • Coordinate with other autonomy teams to ensure that Motion Planning is provided the inputs it needs.
    What You'll Need To Succeed
    • The Motion Planning team is looking for deep expertise in either Motion Planning or Software Engineering (or both).
    • Degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Robotics or a related field
    • While breadth is helpful, a depth of knowledge and application experience in a relevant Robotics / Motion Planning subspecialty is most desirable. Examples of relevant subspecialties include:
    • graph or sampling-based planning in high-dimensional state spaces, computational geometry, behavioral planning and decision making, planning under uncertainty (POMDPs etc.), model-predictive planning and control, convex optimization, reinforcement learning, imitation learning, etc.
    • A baseline level of skill in modern C++ programming and software engineering is required for all team members, even Motion Planning domain experts. Python programming experience is also helpful but not required.
    • Industry experience writing production-quality, performance-critical code, and maintaining large codebases is desired.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.
      What We Offer You
      • High-quality individual and family medical, dental, and vision insurance
      • Competitive compensation packages
      • Employer-matched 401(k) retirement plan with immediate vesting
      • Employer-paid group term life insurance and the option to elect voluntary life insurance
      • Paid parental leave
      • Adoption & Surrogacy Assistance Program
      • Paid medical leave
      • 30 day paid sabbatical upon 5 years of employment
      • Unlimited vacation
      • Complimentary daily lunches, beverages, and snacks
      • Pre-tax commuter benefits
      • Monthly wellness stipend
      • Professional development reimbursement
      • Employee assistance program
      • Discounted programs that include legal services, identity theft protection, pet insurance, and more
      • Company and team bonding outlets: employee resource groups, quarterly team activity stipend, and wellness initiatives
        Our Background

        Argo AI was founded in late 2016 by industry experts with extensive experience building robotic systems for commercial applications. Our once-small team has since grown into an over 1,000-person strong company with strategic partnerships with two of the world's leading automakers: Ford and Volkswagen. Our self-driving system is the first with commercial deployment plans for Europe and the U.S., and thanks to an ability to tap into both automakers' global reach, our technology platform has the largest geographic deployment potential of any self-driving technology to date.

        At Argo AI, we believe that embracing differences delivers superior results. We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to an inclusive environment for all employees.

Keywords: Argo AI, Palo Alto , Senior Software Engineer, Motion Planning & Decision Making, IT / Software / Systems , Palo Alto, California

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