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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:  Natural Gas Data Visualization
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Electrical Engineering
Mentor:  Lance Christensen, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-0521
Background:  JPL develops innovative, miniature instruments to measure natural gas from hand-held and drone instruments. These instruments have great potential to locate and determine the magnitude of natural gas emissions. Currently, no visualization tools exist to convey such information from these instruments (natural gas measurements, winds, 3D location) to the user in real-time in a 3D perspective so that users can efficiently find and grade natural gas emissions. Also, no tools exist to visualize natural gas infrastructure in real-time when doing natural gas leak surveys. Such visualization tools would not only greatly aid in finding and determining the importance of leaks but also to rapidly access the magnitude of natural gas hazardous situations such as pipe ruptures and hurricane aftermath.
Description:  The student will develop 3D data visualization software using the augmented- or virtual- reality tools. This software will display to the user existing natural gas infrastructure (e.g. pipelines) and 3D localization of high methane readings. The baseline plan will be to implement the software on the Microsoft Hololens.
Student Requirements:  Software development expertise (C, C++, or Python). Preference will be given to those with VR or AR experience.
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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