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Role Summary: Support and execution of project:"Localization in Confined Space Applications"
Essential Responsibilities: Mobile robotic platforms developed at GE Inspection Robotics are fully tele-operated as of today. Typical navigation of the systems is performed based on line-of-sight or based on on-board camera views made available to the operator through a graphical user interface. This can pose relevant challenges for the operators due to lack of “transparent” awareness of where exactly the inspection robot is located with respect to its environment. This issue also propagates to providing accurate inspection reports and establishing clear information about where on a specific structure flaws have been identified (e.g. to track how a finding evolves over time). Localization of the robot with respect to the inspected structures is a key element to establish additional visualization tools (e.g. 3D views) for the operator to raise situational awareness, simplify robot operation and tag locations where flaws have been identified. These key values are currently expected to significantly advance the capabilities of the robotic platforms.
Qualifications/Requirements: GE Inspection Robotics aims at bringing recent vision based localization hardware and software solutions a step closer to a potential field deployment in real-life inspection applications. The project will involve close collaboration with the GE Inspection Robotics engineering team, contact with the abovementioned robotic platforms and focus on software development work (Python/C++), potentially some amount of mechanical design work for sensor mounts and extensive testing phases. Likely the project will focus on integrating an academic software package with existing commercial hardware options (e.g. stereo cameras, structured light sensors etc.).
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