[robotics-worldwide] 2010 Underwater Robotics/AI Planning & Execution Summer Internship, Monterey Bay California
kanna.rajan at mbari.org
Sat Jan 2 20:52:53 PST 2010
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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 2010 Internship applications are now open with details at:
These internships are selective, paid and open to all nationalities.
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).
1 internship position for summer 2010 (June 14 to August 20) is
available for a graduate student.
Potential projects include:
1. Work on integrating synthetic ocean model outputs with trajectory
planning for AUVs.
2. Work on oversubscription resource modeling for T-REX. This will
require understanding of the internals of T-REX modeling and
constraint satisfaction for plan execution.
3. An intuitive science interface for mixed-initiative control of
AUVs. The resulting code will need to visualize dynamic constraint
networks underlying onboard and offboard plans for controlling an AUV
asset at sea.
Highly motivated students with substantial
+ Java programming skills
+ Excellent C++ programming skills
+ AI Planning and a background in Constraint Satisfaction
+ Self motivated individual with very good communication skills
+ Open to going to sea on day cruises
are encouraged to apply.
Previous visiting interns have come from MIT (4), Colorado State,
University of Michigan, Strathclyde University (UK), University of
Birmingham (UK), LAAS/Toulouse (France), Univ. of California Santa
Cruz, Univ. of Southern California, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
(2) and Heriot-Watt University (UK).
Women and Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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