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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:  Visual Radar
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Mentor:  Roland Brockers, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-8817
Background:  Vision-based 3D reconstruction from aerial imagery has a long history in computer vision. Usually a single camera is flown at high altitudes and images from different positions are then used to reconstruct the overflown terrain in a structure-from-motion approach. This basic technique can be applied to multiple cameras (e.g. on two different aircraft) that take images of the same terrain.
Description:  The goal of this project is to reconstruct overflown terrain from aerial images of two synchronized cameras that are operated in a non-rigid setup (e.g. on two small quadrotor UAVs), and produce fused elevation maps that can be used for terrain relative navigation at low altitudes.
References:  Lots of literature about vision-based 3D reconstruction and structure-from-motion.
Additionally helpful:
Student Requirements:  Advanced programming skills in C/C++, good operating system knowledge (Linux based), Robot Operating System (ROS), and basic knowledge in computer vision are required for this project. Knowledge in embedded programming on ARM-based processors can be helpful.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: Yes.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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