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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:  Software Development for Intraocular-Pressure-Sensing Handheld Detector
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering
Mentor:  Hyuck Choo, Professor, (EAS),, Phone: 6263958774
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
AO Contact:  Jeong Oen Lee,
Background:  -The Choo Lab has been pursuing development of the state-of-the-art biomedical systems for managing chronic diseases and expediting related medical research.

-One of our project associated with an implantable optical sensor for ophthalmic application is about to move on to a human trial stage and therefore there is a huge demand for easy-to-use software that efficiently stores/computes/retrieves a large amount of biomedical information generated from our real-time monitoring system in pre-clinical experiments.
Description:  We need to develop easy-to-use software interface for our state-of-the-art implantable optical sensors. This software is essential for bio-medical researchers who perform machine learning experiment, device characterization, and extensive pre-clinical tests using animals and also for non-technical end-users such as clinicians and patients. During the development, the applicant will understand our bio-medical system including implantable microsensors, optical setup, electrical hardware, machine learning algorithm that aims to address critical ophthalmic diseases. This project specifically emphasizes the software development and algorithm improvement.

The core codes based on C-language and Matlab will be offered, but the applicant needs to understand the pre-developed codes that interconnect sensors/detectors and main computer (Mac OS). He/She will combine the existing codes one-by-one to build the complete software system.
References:  Contact the PI/AO contact person
Student Requirements:  -Must be proficient using C, C++, Matlab
-Experience on any software related project is necessary
-Experiences on Python or Java or Visual studio or X code or Arduino is preferred, but not necessary
-A strong motivation to push the frontiers of technology through engineering solutions
-Interests in bio-medical devices and software
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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