RE-job posting - Student programmer for a VR and drones-related SDU Climate Cluster Project
We are looking for a new student programmer to develop a simulation environment in Unity. Are you an engineering student who has a programming background, looking for practical experience in developing a simulation environment in the area of drones that clean wind turbines?
- You will be responsible for the development of multiplayer VR simulations that will involve controlling multiple drones simultaneously using the 3D content creation engine Unity.
- You will implement multiple virtual UI dashboards to control simultaneously multiple drones with different functionality.
- You will be responsible for the design of usability testing to determine drones’ control dashboards with the optimal cognitive load and performance.
- You are pursuing a relevant BSc or MSc (e.g., software engineering, computer science, drone technology, robotics)
- Proficient in programming with Unity 3D content creation engine, more specifically experience developing simulations and ideally multiplayer VR games
- Good communication skills (you will be part of a team)
- Systematic problem-solving skills
- Opportunity to learn a lot about applied simulation and close collaboration with the research team
- 10-15 hours per week with flexibility, and we will fully support you to prioritize your education
- Solve scientific and practical challenges with the interaction of problem owners and lead users
Manual cleaning wind turbine blades is costly since it requires a specialized team operating high above the ground. The use of drones that can spray a cleaning solution onto blades is therefore an attractive and commercially viable alternative. However, the plume of the spraying drone obscures its visibility, and a second drone is therefore necessary to provide the operators on the ground with a video feed. Both drones are currently controlled manually, with one human operator per drone, and these operators need to be in constant dialogue to collaborate, resulting in a high cognitive load. The long-term aim of this research is to design, implement and test a novel approach to multi-drone control that enables a single operator to control two (or more) drones where one drone performs the target task, e.g., sprays a wind turbine blade, while one or more supporting drones collect real-time data, e.g., a video feed, of the process.
Application and contact
The application deadline is September 30, 2023 at 23.59.59 o'clock. The employment period is from October 1, 2023 - April 30, 2024 with the possible of extension. We’ll conduct interviews during the application period. If you have any questions, you’re welcome to contact Prof. Anders Lyhne Christensen by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, the selected candidate as Student Assistant or Academic Supervisor must be enrolled as student at SDU. Employment shall take place in accordance with the framework agreement between the Ministry of Finance and PROSA. Application must include cover letter, CV and transcript of grades. All documents in connection with the application should not contain CPR number (civil registration number) – in that case, the CPR number must be crossed out. All attached files must be in Adobe PDF format. Cover letter and CV can contain max. 5 Mb.
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