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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:  Coordination and Control of Teams of Unmanned Vehicles
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Robotics
Mentor:  Amir Rahmani, (JPL), Amir.Rahmani@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 393-7368
Background:  JPL is leading a number of projects in coordination and control of teams of unmanned vehicle. These efforts involve various levels of autonomy needs from single vehicle state estimation and control to multi-agent relative localization, task allocation, coordination and control.
Description:  The student will assist in development and testing of tools and algorithms for the multi-agent cooperative control. This may include literature review, software development for tools such as the mission planning and execution framework, prototyping control and estimation algorithms, building and interfacing with multi-agent simulation environments, and managing experiments to evaluate the performance of existing algorithms and software. The student will work closely with a JPL team of autonomy experts.
References:  http://www.ros.org/
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~reids/planning/handouts/Execution.pdf
http://www.bpmn.org/
https://camunda.org/
Ron Arkin, Behavior Based Robotics, MIT Press, 1998.
Student Requirements:  Strong software skills is required. Experience in C++ and Robot OS (ROS) is highly desirable. Experience in multi-agent systems and node.js is a plus.
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    Caltech students only 

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