SDSU Research Foundation

  • Graduate Student - CINT-IW HAMMER Project (56-8006)

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  • Overview

    This Statement of Work covers the need for the services of a college student to provide technical and analytical support in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and computational science for the Center for Innovative Naval Technologies-Information Warfare (CINT-IW) Heterogeneous Autonomous Maritime Mobile Experimental Robots (HAMMER) project. The purpose of this project is to successfully use Unmanned Surface Vehicles (UxVs) for all domains (air, undersea, surface, and ground) of maritime focused Information Warfare.


    The HAMMER program consists of smartly gathering, injecting, or transfer of information in the maritime environment, using multiple domains of low cost unmanned vehicles. HAMMER focuses on using multiple agents, Machine Learning (including Reinforcement Learning), and cooperative payloads / behaviors between multiple vehicles and is heavily focused on the concept Simulation to Reality where there are frequent test events with real vehicles, both in the lab and on Navy test locations.


    The contractor shall assist the work sponsor in:


    Computer Science and Information Systems support:

    • Writing, testing, and documenting software for sensor integration onto unmanned vehicles.
    • Writing software to use sensor data to control vehicles.
    • Writing software with machine learning and computer vision applications.
    • Perform state-of-the-art literature reviews to help assess new robotic technologies.

    Engineering support:

    • Assist with integration of machine learning and computer vision software onto actual vehicles.
    • Write software to integrate systems together.
    • Assist with the development and implementation of real world test plans to assess machine learning and computer vision software performance on actual vehicles.
    • Monthly Status Reports and Bi-Weekly Time Reports shall be provided in accordance with basic contract CDRL.


    • Student may be required to travel to El Centro, CA, or San Clemente Island, CA, (or both) IAW.


    Minimum Qualifications:


    Graduate Student: A PhD candidate or a Master's degree student able to perform at a high level. Must be able to accomplish a minimum of 90% of the task without supervision.



    • Computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering or computational science major (working on Master’s or Ph.D.)

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Experience with Python programming
    • Experience with ROS
    • Experience with OpenCV
    • Experience with OpenAI Gym and TensorFlow software
    • Experience with Embedded Computers, Microcontrollers, and Embedded Communications
    • Experience with PID or more advanced controllers
    • Experience with multi-agent 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
    • Ability to read and implement technical papers
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0.

    This position will require the employee to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance.

    Due to the regulations established by the Department of Defense, only US Citizens may qualify. 

    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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