Worked on Python-based imaging simulations that threw virtual photons at a virtual asteroid in order to calculate the effectiveness of a coded-aperture X-ray telescope for the REXIS instrument, which will fly on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission in 2016.
Coding work involved extending modules built by other researchers and creating a 3D simulation of an asteroid.
Pan-STARRS Data Pipeline
Processed data gathered by the Pan-STARRS 3Pi survey in order to find uncatalogued asteroids. The main goal of this project was to limit the number of false positives generated by the current code being used to process the images, and involved running tests and making models in order to distinguish extremely dim asteroids from background noise.
Coding involved Python data manipulation as well as reading and writing from .fits files.
SPHERES Zero Robotics
Designed an AI that would guide a small satellite past a defender to a target zone, as well as the code that would control the defender. After months of design and simulation testing, the code was uploaded to the International Space Station, and our two small teams of Idaho high school students watched from a curtained room in MIT at 3AM as our code competed in Zero-G. Coding work involved C++ and the SPHERES API.
More info at http://www.zerorobotics.org/