[robotics-worldwide] Robotics researcher position (3D computer vision) at NASA Ames Research Center

Terry Fong terry.fong at nasa.gov
Mon Apr 28 08:38:34 PDT 2008


ROBOTICS RESEARCHER POSITION (3D COMPUTER VISION)

Title:    Researcher / Developer (full-time position)
Location: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

The NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (irg.arc.nasa.gov) has an
immediate opening for a full-time researcher / software developer to help
create NASA's next generation system for processing satellite data into 3D
models and maps. This is a high-profile, high-impact opportunity to create
software that will help NASA return to the Moon. This position also offers
the opportunity to support the planetary science community, as well as the
general public, through Google Earth and other cutting-edge science and
outreach platforms.

Applicants should hold a B.S. (or higher) in Computer Science or Robotics
and have excellent software engineering and system development skills. A
strong background in UNIX-based development (C++ and Python) is required.
In addition, knowledge in one (or more) of the following areas is greatly
preferred:

   - computer vision (camera models, feature-based image matching,
     stereo vision, object tracking, and texture analysis)

   - computational photography (panorama stitching/blending, high
     dynamic range imagery, and photometry)

   - linear algebra and statistics, plus some knowledge of one (or more) of:
     projective geometry, optimization, estimation, and stochastic methods

   - photogrammetry and geodesy (bundle adjustment, map projections,
     or experience with mapping software such as ARC/GIS, GDAL, proj.4,
     and USGS ISIS)

   - experience writing software for distributed and parallel (supercomputer)
     computer architectures

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send the
following via email:

   - a letter describing your background and software experience

   - a detailed resume (PDF or text)

   - contact details for two (or more) references

to Dr. Terry Fong <terry.fong at nasa.gov>.

The NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) is dedicated to enabling
humans and robots to explore and learn about extreme environments, remote
locations, and uncharted worlds. IRG conducts applied research in a wide
range of areas with an emphasis on robotics systems science and field
testing. IRG's expertise includes applied computer vision (navigation, 3D
surface modeling, automated science support), human-robot interaction,
interactive 3D user interfaces, robot software architecture, and planetary
rovers. Recent projects include:

   NASA Updates to Google Moon:    http://moon.google.com
   Google NASA Planetary Content:  http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/projects/planetary
   Robotic Site Survey:            http://haughton2007.arc.nasa.gov
   GigaPan GigaPixel Panoramas:    http://gigapan.org


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