Kavraki Lab

Prospective Graduate Students

Positions are available at the beginning of each academic year in both robotics and bioinformatics. Candidates should contact Lydia Kavraki (kavraki/AT/rice.edu, tel: 713-348-5737) directly for more information.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Robotics

This is a research job for an undergraduate interested in modeling and simulating physically realistic robot motions.

You will gain experience in physics-based simulation using physics engines that are used in many computer games. You will also learn to use a 3D modeling program to create robot models including joints, mass properties, and other physical parameters. This project involves the use of several software libraries. The focus is on integrating physics simulators with the motion planning code developed in our group.

The main requirement is programming experience. C++ experience is preferred. Experience with ruby/python is also desirable. It is helpful if you have experience with version control software (such as subversion) and have worked with others on large software projects. Creativity and mathematical knowledge will be helpful for creating the robot models. This is a full time summer job, with potential to continue through the school year part time. For more information please contact Professor Lydia Kavraki (kavraki/AT/rice.edu). It may also be helpful to visit the group’s web site: http://www.kavrakilab.org.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Bioinformatics/Systems Biology

This is a research job for an undergraduate interested in working on a computationally focused research project related to metabolic networks and metabolic engineering.

You will gain hands on experience working on data integration, analysis, search and visualization of metabolic networks. The algorithms and techniques you will be using and developing have potential to generalize to many different types of data. This project consists of a number of components ranging from graph theory to user interface design. Therefore, the specific focus of the project can be tailored based on your interests and skills. So bring your creativity and initiative along to advance science!

The main requirements are programming experience (any language) and excitement about working on novel computational problems related to biology. This is a full time summer job, with potential to continue through the school year part time. For more information please contact Professor Lydia Kavraki (kavraki/AT/rice.edu). It may also be helpful to visit the group’s web site: http://www.kavrakilab.org.