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REU in Smart Environments at WSU

Primary Institution: Washington State University
City: Pullman
State: WA
Job Duration: Summer 2013
Class Requirement: Completed Junior Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Computational science
Electrical Engineering
Description: The theme of this REU program is the design and use of smart environments. We define a smart environment as one that is able to acquire and apply knowledge about an inhabitant and their physical surroundings in order to improve their experience in the environment. The desire to create smart environments has existed for decades, and recent advances in such areas as machine learning, sensor networking, mobile and pervasive computing, and communications now allow this dream to become reality.

REU students will see tangible outcomes of their research efforts in the physical testbeds set up at WSU. In fact, some REU students will live in these automated campus rooms and work in the automated lab setting. This grounded theme ensures that research in diverse areas will be interwoven toward a common goal. Immersing the students in the project in this way also builds a bond between the group members and allows them to experience the user's perspective, as well as the engineer's perspective, on the problem.
Stipend: 4500
Benefits: Housing
Application Deadline: 03/04/2013
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Additional Information: 2013 Program Dates: May 30 – August 2, 2013

This REU program is sponsored by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University. WSU is located in Pullman, Washington, a small town in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington. The program consists of 10 weeks working with top research professors and graduate students at WSU. During this time, REU participants will assist in designing smart environments. In addition to taking a 3-hour research methods course, participants will perform hands-on research on topics including design of sensor networks, middleware, machine learning algorithms, and automation algorithms, and will investigate applications of smart environments to health monitoring and energy conservation. Most research ideas will be tested using two on-campus smart environments, and students will present their research results in a poster session at the end of the ten week period. Travel support is available for students who submit their work to a research-related conference.

This WSU/EECS REU program is funded by National Science Foundation grant IIS-0647705.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Nirmalya Roy
102 Spokane St
Pullman, WA 99164
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