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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:  Applying Artificial Intelligence to Model-Based Systems Engineering
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Mathematics
Mentor:  Bradley Clement, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 393-4729
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  The Europa Clipper mission will place a spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter in order to perform a detailed investigation of the giant planet's moon Europa -- a world that shows strong evidence for an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy crust and which could host conditions favorable for life. The mission would send a highly capable, radiation-tolerant spacecraft into a long, looping orbit around Jupiter to perform repeated close flybys of Europa.

Models of the spacecraft are developed using a variety of tools, and there is a lot of opportunity for streamlining systems engineering using a wide variety of artificial intelligence techniques.
Description:  The student(s) will develop software to enable systems engineers to perform problem solving on their models as specified in SysML. They will develop problem models for the Europa mission using SysML or other languages. They will write software to transform SysML to other problem solving languages. They will develop server software for performing a variety of problem solving services. They may also develop user interfaces for using these services. Students will be exposed to research in AI and computer language design. Specific student goals will be based on their background, interests and those of their team members.
Student Requirements:  The students should be interested in artificial intelligence, operations research, robotics, or statistics. Desired but not required skills/courses include Unix command line, Java, Scala, data structures, algorithms, artificial intelligence, probability/statistics, calculus, SysML, MagicDraw, Mathematica, Modelica.
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 

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