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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:  On-board Autonomy for a Small, Foldable Robot
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Robotics
Mentor:  Jean-Pierre de la Croix, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-1605
Background:  PUFFER is an origami-inspired robot concept that would provide future NASA missions with simple, low-cost access to new high-value extreme terrains. PUFFERs lightweight, small, and collapsible body would allow a parent spacecraft to carry a large number of PUFFERs stacked away in a small enclosure. When the parent encounters exciting terrain that is beyond its own scope, it would simply eject one or more PUFFERs and dispatch these into the features of interest. The ejected PUFFERs then would unfold themselves and explore the target environment, returning science data to the parent for relay back to scientists on Earth.
Description:  The student will contribute to on-going development of autonomy functionality for PUFFER (e.g., motion control, state estimation, etc.). This work may include researching documentation on embedded components, prototyping, and conducting experiments to evaluate performance. The student will work closely with JPL engineers on this project.
Student Requirements:  Strong software skills, particularly those for embedded programming (i.e., C). Experience with embedded systems, Linux preferred
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 

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

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