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Project:  Integration of advanced autonomous navigation algorithms on a miniature quadrotor system
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Systems Engineering
Mentor:  Roland Brockers, (JPL), Roland.Brockers@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-8817
Background:  Micro Air Vehiles (MAVs) in general have a very limited payload capacity, which translates to limited computational abilities of on-board computers. Therefor navigation algorithms have to be tailored and optimized to run on embedded hardware with small size, weight, and power (SWAP) footprints.
State of the art autonomous navigation algorithms
Description:  The goal of this project is to integrate existing algorithms and software to run on embedded flight computers on-board a miniature quadrotor system. This may include interfacing new miniature sensors to the system such that they can be used with our algorithms.
References:  http://michigancmes.org/papers/brockers2.pdf
http://www.cv-foundation.org//openaccess/content_cvpr_workshops_2014/W17/papers/Brockers_Towards_Autonomous_Navigation_2014_CVPR_paper.pdf
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=6907325
Student Requirements:  Good programming skills in C/C++, and good operating system knowledge (Linux based) are required for this project. Knowledge in ROS, embedded programming on ARM microcontrollers or within the Pixhawk PX4 flight controller stack, and basic soldering knowledge are helpful.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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