Hiring students at NYU-Poly Lab

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Hello world! We are looking to hire one or two students in the lab I work at within NYU-Poly: the Applied Dynamics & Optimization Lab. Ideally this will take the form of project for academic credit – a Master’s project, undergraduate research credits, internship credit, independent study, etc. The credits would officially be for Spring 2012, but we’re looking to hire as soon as possible. So you if you think you have the skills to get the job done, or know someone who does, please get in touch! The position(s) will be at NYU-Poly, but students from other universities with internship credit mechanisms are welcome to apply. We will consider students for each project separately but of course if you think you can cover both of the projects that’s even better.

Battery Monitor project:
By utilizing existing technology and/or developing a small custom circuit, the student will develop a real time battery monitor. The battery monitor will measure the capacity of a battery before, after, and during a load-related task (e.g. while a motor is running for several minutes) to quantify the total energy consumption and the energy consumption rate. The monitor will work with different battery sizes (AA, C, D) and different battery chemistries (alkaline, NiMh, LiPo, etc). The ability to log the relevant data through Processing, MATLAB, LabVIEW, or other tool is essential, and real-time visualization is desired. Knowledge of custom PCB creation – both design in EagleCAD and actual fabrication – is also a plus.

Human Movement Visualization project:
The student will investigate the ability of OpenSim – an open source human movement simulation software – to model custom generated human movement trajectories. Familiarity with C++ and Java is desired but not required. If OpenSim proves to be a useful platform for this research, the student will need to familiarize themselves with all aspects of the software and develop the capability to load custom data and output an appropriate visualization of the movement. In parallel with the OpenSim evaluation, the student will evaluate the use of Processing – another open source visualization tool – in the same way, starting with an existing simplified human model. The goal of the project is to identify and/or partially develop a freely available and easy to use tool to visualize human movement data generated from our lab

3 comments

  1. I participated in a research similar to this project while interning in the REAP program at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA. I do not have much experience in this field but I can help with the basics.

  2. I am following battery monitoring research—we really need this for wireless sensor networks but there are also interesting applications monitoring the AA, AAA batteries we already use in gadgets. Check out what happens with the current in a remote control when you press a button at
    http://sensorseverywhere.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/battereyes-are-watching-you/
    There must be a ton of information in the current from a robot motor. Good luck with these projects in the spring!

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