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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:  Augmented cardiovascular imaging
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering
Mentor:  Albert Hsiao, Assistant Professor of Radiology, (EAS),, Phone: 619-471-0577
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alumnus and will be conducted at University of California, San Diego, in San Diego, California.

This project is intended for Caltech undergrads interested in the intersection of medical practice and engineering. Depending on the degree of medical, computational, or engineering background, the SURF student will have the option to work on a project related to one of two major topics:
(1) Cardiovascular imaging: improving computation of pressure fields or turbulent kinetic energy loss from 4D Flow MRI velocity field data.
(2) Deep learning: development of convolutional neural network applications to solve specific medical imaging problems (i.e. tumor detection, characterization of lung or liver fibrosis, characterization of coronary artery disease)
Description:  The student will work as part of a collaborative team in the research lab alongside medical students, graduate students, radiology residents and post-doctoral fellows. The project may consist of programming CNNs to perform interpretive tasks in diagnostic imaging, generating training data, or computation of derived fields from 4D Flow MRI data.
References:  See website.
Student Requirements:  Comp Sci, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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

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