The University of South Carolina REU in applied computational robotics is centered around the observation that "robots change everything." That is, every aspect of a computer system, from the design and engineering of its software, to its interactions with humans, to its core functions of perception and movement, is deeply impacted by the way robots must interact with the physical world. In this 10 week summer program, students will engage in active research rooted in areas such as software engineering, security, and automated reasoning that are often overlooked by the contemporary robotics community, but crucially important for the deployment of reliable, trustworthy robotic systems.
An REU is a summer opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about the research process in their field and to conduct their own original research. Students work closely with faculty mentors, graduate students, and other REU participants on cutting edge problems. It's an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge gained inside the classroom to real-world, unanswered problems, and is an opportunity for students to explore research as a future career. In addition to conducting research, REU participants have the opportunity to receive professional development training that will assist them both in their current research and in their future careers, as well as the opportunity to network with other like-minded undergraduates.
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2018
Decision Notifications: March 15, 2018
Program Dates: TBA
This program is open to all U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Due to NSF requirements, no exceptions can be made. We strongly encourage students from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering’s Center for Computational Robotics is home to three labs: the Assistive Robotics and Technology (ART) Lab, the South Carolina Autonomous Robots Research (SCARR) Lab, and the Autonomous Field Robotics Laboratory (AFRL). Beyond robotics, the department is home to many other research labs across a wide range of areas. More information about departmental research can be found here.
REU trainees will have an abundance of professional development opportunities. The USC Office of Undergraduate Research will provide professional development on the following topics: research and ethics, preparing for graduate school, funding graduate school, resumes and cover letters, applying to graduate school, and creating effective poster presentations.
Additionally, each trainee will be closely mentored by a faculty member while contributing to active research. Trainees will be supported with research skills and training specific to computing disciplines. Each week a working lunch will be hosted to discuss one of the following topics:
A complete application will include the following components:
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