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Summer 2017 Announcements of Opportunity

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Project:  Simulation for robotic placement of instruments
Discipline:  Computer Science
Mentor:  Steven Myint, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-1897
Background:  The InSight mission involves landing a robot on Mars and using its arm to place instruments on the Martian surface. We have developed software that simulates and visualizes this robot. The software is used to construct, plan, and simulate a sequence of commands before sending it to the robot. After InSight lands on Mars, the software will be used to construct the commands that will be sent to Mars.
Description:  The project will involve improving the robotic-instrument-placement simulation and visualization software. The student will work on improving the realism of the kinematic settling of the instruments on the ground and comparing the simulation to the results from the physical robot testbed. The student will also work on making the 3D visualization of the instruments, tether, and robotic arm more closely match the testbed results.
Student Requirements:  Required skills include experience with programming in C++, experience with 3D visualization, knowledge of basic physics, and familiarity with developing code in a Linux environment.

Familiarity with the Coin3D visualization library is suggested.
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 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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Problems with or questions about submitting an AO?  Call Jen Manglos of the Student-Faculty Programs Office at (626) 395-2885.
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