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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 2017 can be found here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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.

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Project:  A Framework for Multi-Agent Robotics Software Development
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Robotics
Mentor:  Jean-Pierre de la Croix, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-1605
Background:  JPL leads a variety of maritime robotics projects. In this project, we are designing coordination and control algorithms for a fleet of fast-moving robotic boats, known as unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). The control systems enable the boat to coordinate with other members of the fleet (e.g., task allocation and formation control) and to navigate safely while adhering to the maritime collision regulations (COLREGs). To support these capabilities, we are developing a software framework for multi-agent robotics software development, called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing).
Description:  The student will assist in the development and testing of CARACaS core services, such as inter-process communication, health monitoring, logging, simulation, and configuration. This may include contributing to software designs and building experiments to evaluate the performance of existing software modules. The student will contribute to a JPL team of robotics experts.
References:  P. Pirjanian, T.L. Huntsberger, A. Trebi-Ollennu, H. Aghazarian, H. Das, S. Joshi, and P.S. Schenker, "CAMPOUT: A control architecture for multi-robot planetary outposts," Proc. SPIE Symposium on Sensor Fusion and Decentralized Control in Robotic Systems III, Vol. 4196, Boston, MA, Nov. 2000, 2000, . 221-230.
T. Huntsberger, P. Pirjanian, A. Trebi-Ollennu, H.D. Nayar, H. Aghazarian, A. Ganino, M. Garrett, S.S. Joshi, and P.S. Schenker, "CAMPOUT: A Control Architecture for Tightly Coupled Coordination of Multi-Robot Systems for Planetary Surface Exploration," IEEE Trans. Systems, Man & Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, Special Issue on Collective Intelligence, 33(5): 550-559, 2003.
Student Requirements:  Software engineering experience with C++/Python preferred. Experience with Linux, robotics, and/or multi-agent systems is desired.

US Persons only.
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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