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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Algorithms in Markets When Humans Are Still in Control: An Experimental Investigation
Disciplines:  Multidisciplinary, any major from EAS, Mathematics, Physics
Mentor:  Elena Asparouhova, Professor of Finance, (HSS),, Phone: 801-587-3975
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alumna and will be conducted at the University of Utah Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Finance (ULEEF) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Using experiments with controlled financial markets, we study the interaction between humans and robots (human-robot interaction, or HRI) and its impact on market prices and allocational efficiency when humans are in control of robots. Human-robot interaction has not been studied rigorously, yet it may be the key to understanding how robots impact real-world markets. Robots are computer algorithms that automatically send orders to the marketplace in reaction to events in and outside the marketplace.
Description:  The project involves designing the above experiments, writing the scripts for the robots that subjects of those experiments will use, and analyzing the data using Reference-Model Based Adaptive Control (RMAC) model adapted from the engineering literature.
Student Requirements:  Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, courses in Business and Economics are a plus but not necessary.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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