Research Projects by Subject

Note: Each research project will involve background reading for the interns provided by their mentors. Each research project will involve a final presentation by the interns.

Interns are expected to work collaboratively on the same project and/or data set. This may preclude rising seniors from submitting papers based on such projects to the Intel Science Talent Search competition.

Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Biomolecular Engineering

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Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Computational Media

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Computer Science/Computer Engineering

Code Research Project Descriptions
CSE-04 Title: Collision-Detection and Obstacle Avoidance for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Primary mentor: Yegeta Zeleke
Faculty advisor: Prof. Ricardo Sanfelice
Location: UCSC Main Campus
Number of interns: 3

Project description: The focus of this project is to develop a system that consists of a mathematical model and numerical algorithms for a smart drone. The system serves as a testbed for an obstacle avoidance algorithm that uses Model Predictive Control (MPC) to plan linear trajectories for a small sized quad-rotor in the event of an incoming projectile. The predictive aspect of this system is to detect the event of a collision between the projectile and quad-rotor and react accordingly to avoid the projectile. The goal for the quad-rotor is to maximize its distance from the projectile while remaining within the bounds of our system. We will also explore the problem of uniting local and global controllers in which we will assess a method to overcome the problem of designing a continuous-time feedback controller that performs globally and robustly while avoiding obstacles. Experimental validation will be carried out in a motion capture system composed of eight medium range motion capture cameras. A Crazyflie 2.0 brand quad-rotor will be used along with the Motive Optical motion capture software. To prove the correctness of the mathematical models and system design, the SIP interns and mentor will experiment with the pursuit-evasion problem. The problem is comprised of two players: an evader, who wins if never caught by the pursuer, and a pursuer, who wins if it catches the evader. 

Tasks: Although this project is listed in the area of computer science/computer engineering, it is highly interdisciplinary with other fields such as mathematics and electrical engineering. There are numerous ways in which the SIP interns can assist with this project. On the programming side, the SIP interns can gain experience both from designing system algorithms for vehicle decision making and explicitly implementing a motion planning algorithm. In terms of mathematics and electrical engineering, the position will have an abundance of opportunities for the interns to witness electrical engineering design and components that are used in the mentor's lab. This project will provide excellent opportunities for the SIP interns: exposure to elegance, and the creativity and fun of mathematics that is rarely seen in the high school setting. Moreover, the interns will gain insight into higher level mathematical concepts and notation, as well as their importance and usefulness in the control systems that the mentor's research group designs and applies. In general, the mentor would like to see a degree of versatility in the work of the SIP interns.

URL: https://hybrid.soe.ucsc.edu/home
Required skills for interns prior to acceptance: None
Skills intern(s) will acquire/hone: Computer programming
Program Week Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mentor's availability: ON ON ON ON REM ON ON ON ON ON

Note: This project may not be eligible for science competitions; interns should check the competition guidelines.

Economics

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Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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Electrical Engineering

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Environmental Studies

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Earth & Planetary Sciences

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Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology

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Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology

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Ocean Sciences

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Other

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Physics

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Psychology

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