SDSU Research Foundation

  • CINT-IW HAMMER Project (56-7010)

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  • Overview

    This Statement of Work covers the need for the services of a college student to provide technical and/or analytical support in the field(s) of computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and computational science for the Center for Innovative Naval Technologies-Information Warfare (CINT-IW) Heterogeneous Autonomous Marine Mobile Expeditionary Robots (HAMMER) project. The purpose of this project is to successfully integrate Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) for search, identify, and intervention missions at sea.


    Until recent developments in technology, the combination of USV, UAVs, and UUVs had only been visions for the future. Now, various research groups from around the world are making the connections needed for the successful implementation of this idea. The team plans on creating a successful combination of the Unmanned Systems (UxVs) for future missions at sea. The HAMMER project utilizes a Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) catamaran USV as the central node and main transport mechanism to carry UAVs and UUVs to distances over 100 miles. The system is designed to be modular and can easily be scaled up if needed.


    Computer Science and Information Systems support:

    • Writing, testing and documenting code for the sensor acquisition
    • Performing data conversion and coding, and/or data analysis and data reduction.
    • Writing, testing, and documenting software for sensor integration onto unmanned vehicles.
    • Writing software to use sensor data to control
    • Writing software with machine learning and computer vision applications

    Engineering support:

    • Perform autonomous above and below water sensor data collection to work on fusion of the sensors to include: cameras, lidar, thermal cameras, and multi-beam sonar sensors.
    • Perform image processing.
    • Perform state-of-the-art literature reviews to help assess new navigation and sensor fusion technologies
    • Perform at sea tests to assess the performance of navigation and control software

    The student shall accompany Government personnel on travel to assist with a data collection exercise in El Centro, CA.

    • The purpose of the travel is to assist senior scientists and engineers in collecting field test data relevant to the subject matter of the host project.
    • El Centro is home to a flight test range that enables the team to test multiple unmanned vehicles working on cooperation.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Grad Level 2: computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering or computational science major (working on Master’s or PhD).

    Required Course Work:

    • Feedback control theoryEstimation Theory
    • Mathematical Analysis 

    Additional Qualifications desired:Experience with Python programming

    • Experience with ROS and/or MOOS
    • Ability to read technical papers
    • Experience with implementing control and estimation algorithms for robotic systems
    • Experience with multi-robot systems
    • Experience with real time robotic systems such as aerial robots, underwater robots or surface robots
    • Experience with student competitions that require building and testing of such robots.
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0


    This is a student position and is limited to working 20 hours per week
    This position will remain open until filled
    San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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