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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 2019 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:  Interface Design for the Complex Data Explorer (CODEX)
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Interface Design
Mentor:  Jack Lightholder, (JPL),, Phone: (626) 710-3246
Background:  Data and physical scientists alike are often confronted with large and complex data files. They are then faced with the task to "understand" the data rapidly and sufficiently to enable traditional analysis, yet any lingering or surprising data facets not caught in this rushed initial period can distort or invalidate results later on.
Description:  Build a deep, robust interface using javascript tools to permit users to engage Machine Learning and data analysis capabilities to rapidly assess and triage data quality. Permit users to identify the kinds, behaviors, and challenges within a new datafile using sophisticated, linked, interactive visualizations. Permit researchers to generate, test, and modify hypothesis for data behavior in a rapid prototype environment. Interface core concepts include Ask no question without guidance, Estimate how long anything will take before starting, Visually show option results before user must select, and The same point here can be found in any other graph or report trivially. This will be accomplished using tools like Node.js, react and redux to create fast and interactive scientific plots. Students will be involved in generating new plot types and supporting data exploration interfaces.
Student Requirements:  Required:
Javascript, Node.js, react framework

Python, machine learning, data analysis
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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