[robotics-worldwide] 2009 Underwater Robotics/Planning & Execution Summer Internship, Monterey Bay California
Kanna.Rajan at mbari.org
Sun Jan 4 22:14:40 PST 2009
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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 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:
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)
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
+ 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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