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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.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

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Project:  Autonomous flight and trajectory control for highly agile aerial robots and space vehicles
Disciplines:  Aeronautics, Space Engineering
Mentor:  Soon-Jo Chung, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Bren Scholar, (EAS), sjchung@caltech.edu
Mentor URL:  http://aerospacerobotics.caltech.edu/  (opens in new window)
Background:  This project focus on creating aerial robotic platforms that have unconventional actuation or bio-inspired mechanisms to achieve fast and agile flight in a variety of uncertain or constrained environment. Robots using flapping wings for propulsion and multi-copter with articulated arms are examples of such platforms. The system will be used for supporting the design of various theoretical methods, including nonlinear controller with adaptive/learning techniques; feedback trajectory control for complex maneuvers; real-time motion and path planning using sequential convex optimization. Some students will work on spacecraft applications as well.
Description:  The student will be performing tasks related to the project depending on his or her interest, experience and skill sets. Task includes but limited to: 1) Design and manufacture mechanical structures for aerial robots and spacecraft; 2) Write drivers and software for embedded electronics; 3) Implement and test control and autonomous decision making algorithms on robots; 4) Design user-interface for experiments; 5) Implement computer-vision algorithms on robots; 6) Helping setting and conducting repeatable experiments for demonstration, etc.
References:  http://aerospacerobotics.caltech.edu/publications/
Student Requirements:  Good understanding of differential equations, dynamics and control theory.
understanding of optimization or optimal control
Experience with Matlab and Simulink
Experience with CAD and mechanical design
Experience with PCB and electrical design
Experience with programming and debugging embedded processors
Good hands-on skills for hardware work
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       Amgen Scholars    Non-Caltech students only  
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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