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SUMMER INTERNS - 2015
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Summer interns in the Robotics section for 2015
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Bottom Row (left to right): Harshavardhan Mylapilli, Suraj Kumar, Abdurrahman Husnein, Jonathan Tong, Allison Miller, Carrina Dong, Vladimir Arutyunov, Tyler Okamoto, Gabrielle Martinez, Brian Lee.

2nd Row From Bottom (left to right): Cheng Fang, Michael Hans, Christian Brommer, Miguel Simao, Mark Amash, Siddarth Sampangi, Steven Keyes, Maya Rau-Murthy, Kevin Kim.

3rd Row From Bottom (left to right): Grace Lim, Juliana Kew, Mimi Parker, Lauren DuCharme, Marcus Muller, Ester Musumeci, Mimi Jiao, Boming Eric Cheng, Daniel Seabra de Andrade.

4th Row From Bottom (left to right): Jose Padilla, Kyle Berger, Anna Payne, Alexander Harmsen, Tim Setterfield, Catherine Pavlov, Sherman Lam, Brian Hrolenok.

Top Row (left to right): Justin Jenkins, Gene Merewether, Walker Eacho, Dennis Wai, Tom Frederick, Noah Mulfinger, Enrico Dente, Silken Jones, Minjae Wee, Kenneth Jones.
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Name Home Institution Program Point of Contact Task Name
Amash, Mark UC Irvine JPLSIP Reid, Robert Cosmic Dawn
Activity: Developing conceptual systems for deploying arrays of radio antennae on the far side of the moon.
Andrade, Daniel Caltech SURF Wolf, Michael USV Swarm
Activity: Assisting in control algorithms for coordinated multi-agent systems.
Aprile, Andrea Polytechnic University of Turin JVSRP Quadrelli, Marco Hydrodynamics Modeling and Simulation
Activity: Analysis and modeling of surface vessel stability.
Arutyunov, Vladimir California State University Northridge JPLSIP Parness, Aaron ARM Gripper
Activity: Drivetrain prototyping
Ashley, Kyle USF JPLSIP Brockers, Roland MAV
Activity: Multi-Sensor data registration for continuous science data gathering with UAVs.
Bedford, Job Carnegie Mellon University JPLSIP Moreland, Scott Comet Surface Sampling
Activity: Comet surface sampling hardware development and testing.
Berger, Kyle University of Colorado NSTRF Mukherjee, Rudra Lunar Regolith
Activity: Prediction of regolith ejection during extraterrestrial landings.
Bezzeccheri, Edoardo Polytechnic University of Turin JVSRP Baldwin, Ian Navigating Extreme Terrains
Activity: Research on technologies related to autonomous navigation for extreme terrain, including control, pose estimation, and traversability analysis.
Brassitos, Elias Northeastern University NSTRF Kennedy, Brett Compact Drive System
Activity: Compact drive system for planetary rovers and space manipulators. Design and fabrication of a six degrees-of-freedom space manipulator using the gear bearing drive joint technology.
Breton, Alexander Massachusetts Institute of Technology JPLSIP Kennedy, Brett Mars On-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies
Activity: Developing reorientation concepts and test-beds for orbital samples in Mars orbit.
Brigante, Francesco PISA JVSRP Quadrelli, Marco Flexible Multibody Dynamics Simulator
Activity: Developing mathematical models and simulation of space tethers.
Brommer, Christian University of Applied Sciences and Art Dortmund JVSRP Brockers, Roland MAV
Activity: Joined vision-based 3D reconstruction with two UAVs in tandem flight.
Buscicchio, Alessandro Polytechnic University of Turin JVSRP Karras, Jaakko Origami Robots
Activity: Flexible Electronics Development for Origami Robots.
Campbell, Anthony Santa Ana College Growth Sector Ono, Masahiro Training a Mars Rover
Activity: Development of automated terrain classifier that is machine-learning based, meaning that it learns from human experts.
Campbell, Clayton Texas A&M University JVSRP Stoica, Adrian Multi-robot control and Transformers
Activity: Determining efficient means to control teams of multiple robots. As well as the building of a transformer-based sunlight reflector.
Cheng, Boming (Eric) UC San Diego Warren College JPLSIP Wolf, Michael USV Swarm
Activity: Develop automated methods for recognizing the intent of robot-perceived movers.
Cunningham, Christopher CMU NSTRF Nesnas, Issa CMU
Activity: Surface navigation using thermal imaging.
Decker, Stephen Washington University in St Louis JPLSIP Yen, Jeng Robot Sequencing and Visualization Program
Activity: Develop mathematical models and simulation of space tethers for INSIGHT mission.
Dente, Enrico Polytechnic University of Turin JVSRP Stoica, Adrian Transformers and Biosleeve
Activity: Transformers: Unfolding solar reflectors to powering robots working in dark areas. Biosleeve: Build electronics for wireless Biosleeve.
Dong, Qing Yuan (Carrina) Duke University JPLSIP Parness, Aaron ARM Gripper
Activity: Anchoring drill bit prototyping.
DuCharme, Lauren California State University Fullerton JPLSIP Kulczycki, Eric MSTT
Activity: Development of sample retention mechanisms and testing for adaptable cache sample transfer for the mars sample transfer test-bed.
Duron, Christina Claremont Graduate University JPLSIP Rahmani, Amir Tactical Coordinated Behaviors
Activity: Coordination and control of multi-agent robotics.
Eacho, David Duke University JPLSIP Kennedy, Brett Mobile Manipulation Robotics
Activity: Mechanical, electrical, and software support of RoboSimian and related robotic systems.
Eldridge, Schuyler Boston University NSTRF Stoica, Adrian Neuro Inspired Computing for Robotics
Activity: Algorithms and implementation of neuro-inspired computing for robotics.
Engler, Simon University of Hawaii JVSRP Parness, Aaron Rock Climbing Robot
Activity: Rock-climbing robot code development.
Fang, Cheng Massachusetts Institute of Technology JPLYIP Ono, Masahiro Resilient Spacecraft Executive
Activity: Research and development of chance-constrained scheduling and planning.
Frederick, Thomas University Nebraska-Lincoln JPLSIP McCormick, Ryan Mars On-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies
Activity: Develop transfer concepts for orbital samples in Mars orbit.
Frey, Timothy Rochester Institute of Technology UI Program Parness, Aaron Asteroid Microspine Gripper
Activity: Anchoring Drill Development
Gibson, Carlos California State University Fullerton Growth Sector Parness, Aaron Micro Robot Assembly
Activity: Microspine Wheel Development
Hans, Michael Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) JPLYIP Mukherjee, Rudra Robotics Modeling and Validation
Activity: Develop simulation and visualization software, model specific types of mechanical and electromechanical systems. Assist in small experiments to validate the models.
Harmsen, Alexander University of British Columbia JPLYIP Brockers, Roland MAV
Activity: Obstacle avoidance for micro air vehicles.
Hausman, Karol USC JVSRP Brockers, Roland MAV
Activity: Multi-Sensor fusion for MAV precision landing, navigation, and system failure detection.
Hrolenok, Brian Georgia Institute of Technology JPLSIP Rahmani, Amir SWARM
Activity: Multi-agent coordination and control of autonomous boats.
Jenkins, Justin USC JPLSIP Kennedy, Brett Mobile Manipulation Robotics
Activity: Mechanical, electrical, and software support for RoboSimian and related robotic systems.
Jiao, Tiantian (Mimi) Caltech SURF Wolf, Michael USV Swarm
Activity: Support maritime computer vision software for autonomous sea surface vehicles.
Jones, Kenneth East Los Angeles Community College CURE Wolf, Michael USV Swarm
Activity: Support maritime computer vision software for autonomous sea surface vehicles.
Jones, Silken Princeton University JPLSIP Hall, Jeffery Venus Lander Study
Activity: Planetary exploration mission concepts for 2015 and beyond.
Kelly, Hilary New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology JPFP Parness, Aaron Rock Climbing Robots
Activity: Instrumenting rock climbing robots
Kew, Juliana Caltech SURF Parness, Aaron BAXTER
Activity: Gecko Grippers for the BAXTER robot.
Keyes, Steven Massachusetts Institute of Technology JPLSIP Assad, Christopher Biosleeve
Activity: Natural robot control interfaces using wearable Bio-Sensors.
Kim, Kyu Bin Caltech SURF Nayar, Hari Robot-assisted Orthopaedic Fixation
Activity: Robot-assisted orthopaedic fixation
Krebs, Matthias Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) JVSRP Brockers, Roland MAV
Activity: Stereo optical flow for local obstacle avoidance with micro air vehicles.
Kumar, Suraj Indian Space Research Organization JPLYIP Kennedy, Brett Mobile Manipulation Robotics
Activity: Mechanical, electrical, and software support of RoboSimian and related robotic systems.
Lam, Sherman Harvey Mudd College JPLSIP Parness, Aaron MicroClimbing Robots
Activity: Development a of nano (<20 gram) climbing platform.
Lankenau, Guillermo Massachusetts Institute of Technology JPLYIP Grimes-York, Jesse Penetrator Mechanics
Activity: Comet surface sample return work.
Le, Duke California State University Fullerton Growth Sector Brockers, Roland MAV
Activity: Micro air vehicle structural design and modeling.
Lee, Brian Caltech JPLSIP Udomkesmalee, Suraphol Space RACE
Activity: Prototype of a ground-based mobile robot carrying an orbiting sample around a circular track for potential use in the proposed NASA Centennial Challenge competition (Space RACE).
Lim, Grace California State Polytechnic University Pomona JPLSIP Jain, Abhi Planetary Space Platforms
Activity: Modeling and simulation of planetary space platforms. Multiple projects on physics-based modeling.
Martinez, Gabrielle California State University Fullerton Growth Sector Parness, Aaron ARM Gripper
Activity: Drill development and data collection.
Merewether, Gene Carnegie Mellon University JPLSIP Kennedy, Brett Mobile Manipulation Robotics
Activity: Mechanical, electrical, and software support of RoboSimian and related robotic systems.
Miller, Allison University Nebraska-Lincoln JPLSIP McCormick, Ryan Mars On-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies
Activity: Develop capture concepts and test-beds for orbital samples in Mars orbit.
Moore, Lawrence Georgia Institute of Technology JPLSIP Pomerantz, Marc UAV
Activity: Simulation for unmanned aerial vehicles.
Mulfinger, Noah Pomona College, Claremont, CA JPLSIP Woodward, Gail CODE - Trade Study
Activity: Develop metrics, test and analysis of LBA and feature tracking algorithms on target platform Jetson Tegra 1, and develop interface for using the feature tracks from the Feature Database in LBA.
Munoz, Samuel East LA College JPLSIP Kanan, Christopher UAV
Activity: Unmanned aerial vehicles image understanding.
Musumeci, Ester Polytechnic University of Turin JVSRP Assad, Christopher Biosleeve
Activity: Wearable interfaces to control robots and prosthetic devices.
Mylapilli, Harshavardhan USC JPLYIP Jain, Abhi Planetary Space Platforms
Activity: Modeling and simulation of planetary space platforms. Multiple projects on physics based modeling.
Naranjo de Candido, Isabel PISA JVSRP Grimes-York, Jesse Penetrator Mechanics
Activity: Comet surface sample return work.
Okamoto, Tyler Caltech SURF Parness, Aaron GECKO
Activity: Robot arm for gecko adhesives.
Ortalda, Stefano Polytechnic University of Turin JVSRP Assad, Christopher Biosleeve
Activity: Natural robot control interfaces using wearable Bio-Sensors.
Padilla, Jose Los Angeles City College CURE Wolf, Michael USV Swarm
Activity: Support maritime computer vision software for autonomous sea surface vehicles.
Parker, Mimi UC Berkeley JPLSIP Kulczycki, Eric MSTT
Activity: Development of rover mast and cleaning mechanisms for mars sample transfer test-bed.
Pavlov, Catherine Caltech SURF Parness, Aaron VolcanoBot
Activity: VolcanoBot development
Rau-Murthy, Meghana CMU JPLSIP Padgett, Curtis Support for Project CODE
Activity: The Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) is a JPL effort supporting UAV mapping and localization in a GPS denied area.
Romero Lopez, Brenda Tulsa Community College JPLSIP Carpenter, Kalind Dynamically Actuated Pop Up Robots
Activity: Produce several functional pop-up robot prototypes and present results from experimentation with different designs, material selections, and fabrication techniques.
Sampangi, Siddarth University of California, at San Diego JPLSIP Reid, Robert HEDGEHOG
Activity: Development of visual localization techniques for spacecraft/rover hybrids on the surface of small solar system bodies.
Schwartz, Matthew UC Berkeley JPLSIP Pomerantz, Marc Cyber Defense Project
Activity: Visualization and modeling for Cyber Defense Project. Design and develop interactive UI and visualization software to help predict risks to JPL networked computer systems from cyber attacks.
Setterfield, Tim Massachusetts Institute of Technology JVSRP Brockers, Roland MAV
Activity: Map-free visual-inertial state estimation for micro air vehicles.
Shim, Dennis Caltech SURF Wolf, Michael USV Swarm
Activity: Develop software for multi-agent robotics simulations.
Simão, Miguel University of Coimbra, Portugal JVSRP Wolf, Michael Biosleeve
Activity: Develop natural robot control interfaces using wearable bio-sensors.
Stewart, Christian Purdue University JPLYIP Brockers, Roland MAV
Activity: Implementation of vision-aided navigation algorithms for micro air vehicles.
Tanner, Melissa Caltech JPLSIP Nesnas, Issa Axel Motion Planning
Activity: Motion planning for tethered rappelling rovers.
Tonelli, Flavio Polytechnic University of Turin JVSRP Stoica, Adrian Multi-robot control
Activity: Determine efficient means to control teams of multiple robots.
Voveryte, Ausra Polytechnic University of Turin JVSRP Quadrelli, Marco Orbiting Rainbows
Activity: Orbiting rainbows modeling and simulation.
Vu, Thanh University of Miami JPLSIP Rahmani, Amir Tactical Coordinated Behaviors
Activity: Coordination and control of multi-agent robotics.
Wai, Dennis UC Berkeley JPLSIP Kulczycki, Eric MSTT
Activity: Development of CASAH S/W and operations for mars sample transfer test-bed.
Wee, Minjae UC Irvine Growth Sector Nayar, Hari Computer-controlled Telerobot
Activity: Computer-controlled telerobot
Wright, Brian Virginia Tech JPLYIP Pomerantz, Marc Cyber Defense Project
Activity: Visualization and modeling for Cyber Defense Project. Design and develop interactive UI and visualization software to help predict risks to JPL networked computer systems from cyber attacks.
Yosinski, Jason Cornell NSTRF Matthies, Larry Unmanned Exploration
Activity: Scalable unsupervised learning for unmanned exploration.

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