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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:  Autonomy and Perception for Sample Transfer
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Robotics
Mentor:  Neil Abcouwer, (JPL), Neil.Abcouwer@jpl.nasa.gov
Mentor URL:  https://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Neil_Abcouwer/  (opens in new window)
Background:  A long term objective for NASA is Mars Sample Return (MSR), a multi-mission effort that will involve rendezvous, capture, and transfer of an orbital sample cache.
Description:  Candidate will implement software and algorithms for recognizing a sample cache in a scene with various sensors such as LIDAR and Stereo cameras, using sensor fusion to bring multiple estimates together, actuating to capture the sample cache, and doing other autonomous robotic tasks.
Student Requirements:  Robotics: Perception, Computer Vision, Planning, Kinematics, Dynamics, Algorithms;
Programming: C, C++, Python, Automake;
Operating Systems: Linux, Ubuntu
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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