[robotics-worldwide] Underwater Robotics/Planning & Execution Summer Internship, Monterey Bay California

Kanna Rajan Kanna.Rajan at mbari.org
Sun Jan 13 20:24:52 PST 2008

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI http:// 
www.mbari.org) is a private non-profit oceanographic research  
institute which has engaged in inter-disciplinary research in the  
ocean sciences and technology for 20 years. The institute does  
advanced work in Robotics, Genetics, Micro-Biology and Ocean  
Exploration and Observing with 3 ocean going ships, 2 Remotely  
Operated Vehicles (ROV's) and 3 deep ocean Autonomous Underwater  
Vehicles (AUV's) in addition to state-of-the-art science and  
technology facilities. MBARI's 2008 Internship applications are now  
open with details at:


At MBARI the Autonomous Systems group is engaged in research efforts  
to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to enable Autonomous  
Underwater Vehicles (AUV) to be more adaptive and self aware of their  
resource and goal commitments. Our onboard deliberative system T-REX  
(http://www.mbari.org/autonomy/TREX/) being used on  our AUV platform  
(http://www.mbari.org/auv/), is based on the sense-deliberate-act  
paradigm synthesizing new mission plans in-situ in response to  
environmental conditions. T-REX uses a state-of-the-art temporal  
constraint-based planner (EUROPA) developed originally at NASA and  
deployed on a number of space missions including the ongoing Mars  
Exploration Rovers (MER) mission.

Potential internship opportunities include working on:

1. PlanWorks debugging tool for EUROPA which allows us to leverage  
work done in visualization of constraint networks, token networks and  
timelines. The internship primarily be focused on developing  
PlanWorks to provide diagnostic information for T-REX.

2. Expanding the simulation capability currently available within T- 
REX, including monte-carlo simulation for model and and agent  
validation. The internship will focus on augmenting and adding new  
features for shore-side T-REX validation.

3. Extend the NDDL domain modeling language within the EUROPA planner  
to natively support arithmetic constraints and propagate them  

Highly motivated graduate or undergraduate students with substantial

+ Java programming skills
+ Limited C or C++ programming skills
+ AI Planning and a background in Constraint Satisfaction would be a  

are encouraged to apply. Women and Minorities are particularly  
encouraged to apply.
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