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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 2018 can be found here.

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.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Visualization for Mars 2020 Terrain Relative Navigation
Disciplines:  Computer Science, robotics
Mentor:  Andrew Johnson, (JPL),, Phone: (818) 354-0357
Background:  Mars 2020 has a new capability called Terrain Relative Navigation that estimates position by matching images to a map during landing. This position is used to avoid known hazards in the landing ellipse.
Description:  Develop a computer graphics visualization of the image processing, state estimation, divert and touchdown during the TRN phase. The visualization will read in the TRN inputs (maps, images, trajectory, etc) and then create a 3D visualization that can be viewed from arbitrary vantage points as the TRN processing unfolds.
Student Requirements:  experience with python and C programming
experience with readily available computer graphics rendering libraries
familiarity with coordinate transformations represented as rotation matrices and quaternions
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 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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