Reference Code: USMA-RRC-UG-02-FY22

Posted: 05-23-2022

FELLOWSHIP TYPE: Undergraduate Student   

DURATION: June 01, 2022 – August 31, 2022 (variable start date)

LOCATION: United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996.      

APPLICATION LINK: https://cvent.me/ge0PqZ

Requirements:

  • US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • 16+ years or older
  • Some programming background with C/C++ and/or Python
  • Capable of swimming (or passing a swim test)
  • Candidate MUST provide own transportation and housing

Preferred Expertise:

  • Linux experience
  • Linux Command Line Experience
  • C/C++ and Python Programming Expertise
  • Experience with robot middleware (ROS, MOOS, etc)
  • Machine Learning — in particular object recognition using computer vision

Stipend Amount:

  • Stipend offered in alignment with the GS (General Schedule) scale for Student Trainees

Fellowship Project Description: Field Robotics for Capture the Flag Competitions and SAR

This summer 2022 project is designed around students adopting field robots in MDO-HuRT-T to achieve high level goals such as object classification for search and rescue or create robot teammate coordination behaviors for swarms.  The students will learn how they function, deploy them for experiments, and experience cutting edge research.  We are searching for students that enjoy being outdoors during the summer and can help with deploying our robots: from battery charging all the way through multi-robot autonomy programming in C++/Python. The program is setup in three phases.  In phase I, the students learn about the robots in how to safely operate them and learn about how our lab works.  Phase II, the students begin to deploy robots for experiments and begin learning how to program the robots for multi-robot cooperation.  Phase III, the students begin to implement their own solutions to multi-robot cooperation.  There are several areas where qualified candidates can contribute to our research.  The first is supporting multi-robot teaming playing games of capture the flag.  Students may explore using hand-written behavior-based algorithms, planning, and/or machine learning for multi-robot teams. This effort will culminate in a competition this August against other multi-robot teams.  The second research area that candidates can contribute to is object recognition using computer vision with robots on the water for maritime search and rescue aiding human rescuers.

Detailed Lab Description, Background and Research Focus:

The Multi-Domain Human-Robot Teaming Testbed (MDO-HuRT-T) at the Robotics Research Center at the United States Military Academy studies multi-robot teams, perception, and human-robot teaming in challenging environments. The robots in MDO-HuRT-T fly, drive, and swim…sometimes they fly and then swim on purpose! Our expertise is in creating autonomous robots that use sensors to perceive the world and then make coordinated decisions with teammates.

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