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Underwater Robotic Simulator (Focus: CS, Robotics, Oceans)




MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Fadel Adib

Faculty email:


Apply by:

May 7, 2020


Reza Ghaffarivardavagh; rezagh@mit.edu

Project Description

In this project, you will research and develop underwater robotic simulators for underwater navigation and grasping. The project builds in recent work from our lab which enables battery-free underwater communication and sensing: https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/20/mit-develops-a-sensor-that-can-work-underwater-without-a-battery-and-send-back-data/ The goal of this UROP project is to research, develop, and write code that simulates underwater robotics. Responsibilities: The responsibilities of this position will include: (1) Research existing simulators for underwater robotics (2) Develop the simulator codebase to enable new underwater robotic tasks such as navigation and grasping (3) Work with a team to present your work and integrate with large research platform


Prerequisites: - Programming experience in Python or C++ Preferred (but not hard prerequisites): - Experience with Ubuntu - Experience with ROS - Experience with robotic simulators (e.g., Bullet or V-REP)