[robotics-worldwide] 2009 Underwater Robotics/Planning & Execution Summer Internship, Monterey Bay California

Kanna Rajan Kanna.Rajan at mbari.org
Mon Feb 2 07:56:29 PST 2009

[Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this announcement]

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 over 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 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV's)  
in addition to state-of-the-art science and technology facilities.

MBARI's 2009 Internship applications are now open with details at:


The deadline for applications is Feb 11th.

MBARI's Autonomous Systems group is engaged in research efforts to use  
advanced 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  AUV platform (http://www.mbari.org/auv/), is based on  
the sense-deliberate-act paradigm synthesizing new mission plans in  
response to environmental conditions. T-REX uses a state-of-the-art  
temporal constraint-based planner (EUROPA) developed originally at  
NASA and flown on a number of space missions including ground-based  
control of the ongoing Mars Exploration Rovers (MER).

Potential internship opportunities include (but not limited to)  
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 students with substantial

+ Java programming skills
+ Excellent  C++ programming skills
+ AI Planning and a background in Constraint Satisfaction

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

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