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.
|Project:||3D visualization for Mars Science Laboratory Rover Planning|
|Disciplines:||Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology|
|Background:||Curiosity rover of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission has roaming the Gale Crater since 2012. The rover sequences have been built and simulated in the Robot Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP) at each tactical planning session. Typically a rover sequence produced for a Sol contains a few hundred to thousand lines commands. RSVP uses a text editor, Rover Sequence Editor (RoSE) and a 3D visualization program (HyperDrive) to facilitate the construction and validation of rover sequences. In the area of 3D visualization, RSVP HyperDrive requires high-end computer graphics to playback the rover activities. To communicate the planned rover activities, such as drive path, arm placement on targets, and sample processing etc. to the uplink team, the rover planner uses compiled movie file to show the plan. The down-size movie file is often jerky and sometime wrongly interpolated. A better 3D viewing method to share planned rover sequences can directly improve the uplink process of MSL.|
|Description:||The rover sequences are simulated by RSVP and the state history is recorded using the Rover Kinematics States Markup Language (rksml). The rksml file of the state history can be displayed using 3D viewer of rover model and terrain mesh. This task is to develop and test a light-weight 3D visualization tool using the state history rksml file, rover model and the terrain mesh in a web-base viewer.|
|Student Requirements:||Computer Science, C++/C, Python, Web GL.|
|Location / Safety:||Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: No.|
This AO can be done under the following programs:
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