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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:  Virtual Reality Lab at the ICT Mixed Reality Lab
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related major
Mentor:  David Krum, Associate Lab Director, (EAS),, Phone: 310-266-3704
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and will take place in Playa Vista, CA (Los Angeles area).

The ICT Mixed Reality Lab researches and develops the techniques and technologies needed for immersive virtual reality and mixed reality experiences. In 2012, the MxR Lab developed the FOV2GO, a low-cost smartphone-based virtual reality display that helped usher in the recent renaissance of virtual reality and influenced the development of the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Cardboard.
Description:  The MxR lab is currently researching how various virtual reality technologies can be used to support learning and training. Some of the technologies involved include drone robotics, 3D audio, 3D capture technologies, and 3D virtual characters.

Under the guidance of the principal investigator, a student working in this project will be matched to a research project based on their skills and experience. They will contribute to the development of a virtual reality application, related to learning or training, and typically written for the Unity game engine in C#. The end goals would be to demonstrate a capability and support an experiment, with human participants, to evaluate the social and cognitive effects of the particular virtual reality technology and application.
Student Requirements:  Required: candidates should have a background in software development.

Optional but desirable: experience with 3D game engines such as Unity and languages such as C#, experience with performing research with human subjects.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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

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