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Most important tasks: Lely has a portfolio of robots for farms worldwide, we deliver a robot workforce for farmers which perform a various range of tasks on these farms. But when you deliver a workforce should they not have a common language? Are the robots of the future really going to talk in English? ”DANGER WILL ROBINSON!” We think George Lucas wasn’t too far off. We are looking for a consistent robot language that can be implemented within our portfolio to create an engaging and understandable robot human interaction.

Help us create consistency, define the most important expressions and investigate how pitch and tone work between small and big robots. Do static robots speak slower than mobile robots? How is this perceived by users? Can we give users identifiable “names” and are colored lights a good method to ground the non-verbal part of communication.  These are questions that need to be answered.

During this thesis you will start leading your own research. The goal is to create a set of interaction expressions that will define how robots interact with humans. These expressions should help our product and software developers to create consistent robot communication. There is also room for personal interpretation during the research.


Main deliverable: Lely distinguishes herself by offering a state of the art user experience in a professional environment. The objective is to create the first dictionary for droidspeak, or at least a list of tonal patterns that can be used for the most important robot communication..

The main objectives that will have to be accomplished are:

  1. Define the most important “words”
  2. Investigate how they are experienced and learned by farmers
  3. Translate this in a cross-platform handbook with requirements for product development

During the internship you will find more questions and you have plenty of room to investigate these further.

You will do your internship in the User Experience & Human Robot Interaction (UX&HRI) competence center within the product development department in close collaboration with the product management department. More than 300 people work at these departments, from engineers to product specialists. With this group, we design our robots and we design the next farming innovations: we are building the farm of the future.

Further information:

  • It is a graduation internship
  • The start date is September or October.
  • The duration of the internship will be 3 to 6 months.
  • You are available between 32 and 40 hours per week.


We offer:

An instructive and crazy experience at an international company that is driven by innovation. If you have questions, you can always contact one of your colleagues who are as passionate about his / her field as you are.

Furthermore, we offer you:

  • € 400, – internship allowance per month.
  • Own barista, which makes the tastiest cappuccinos.
  • Possibly an apartment if the travel time is too long.

After your internship and study, there may be more opportunities within Lely.


  • You follow a bachelor or master education that fits the assignment.
  • You are interested in interaction and robots.
  • You would like to lead your own research.
  • You are flexible, independent and show a lot of own initiative

Do you fit the above mentioned point? Then go to!

Lely is an innovative company, which is active in the agri sector. Improving the life of the farmer is what we are striving for. We do this by the means of creating innovative (robot) solutions. Lely farmers are the first entrepreneurs who manage more robots than human employees. This is your opportunity to leave your mark on the relationship between animal welfare, human, nature and robot!