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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:  "Seam-corrected" mosaic generation and process improvement
Disciplines:  Planetary Science, Computer Science
Mentor:  Jacqueline Ryan, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-1099
Background:  The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Operational Product Generation Subsystem (OPGS) team requires a summer student to create manually "seam-corrected" Navcam mosaics for strategic use by scientists, as well as for public outreach purposes. A new set of such products should be created for a portion of the previous end-of-drive locations of the MSL Rover. As the student becomes more fluent in mosaic generation, he or she will develop a script or set of scripts to improve the efficiency of the mosaicking process.
Description:  The summer student intern shall complete "seam-corrected" mosaics using existing OPGS processes and the VICAR software suite. After the completion of several mosaics, the student shall develop process improvements to the "seam-corrected" mosaic procedure by creating automation scripts or GUI visualization and manipulation software. For example, the first-order correction of automated tie-pointing and brightness matching can be scripted to reduce overall processing time for the analyst. Additionally, GUI software developed by the student may improve iteration time when creating brightness correction or tie-pointing solutions. The products shall be delivered to science customers and to the public through the Planetary Data System (PDS) release channel.
Student Requirements:  Requires familiarity with working a terminal environment, preferably Linux.
Some knowledge of a scripting language, such as Python, Perl, or Bash shell is strongly recommended.
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    Caltech students only 

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

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