UROP Research Opportunities

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) cultivates and supports research partnerships between MIT undergraduates and faculty. If you have any questions please contact kyleb@mit.edu or take a look at the How to UROP at CSAIL document (pdf format).  

This program is available to MIT students only.


  • UROP in Soft Robotics, Summer 2017

    We are investigating how to model highly elastic surfaces so we can make use of them for challenging dynamic manipulation tasks such as juggling through a robotic arm. This summer, we plan to validate our models and controller design by building a juggling experiment using a soft paddle attached to a robotic arm and a motion capture system. For this project, we make heavy use and further expand the tool set found in the Drake software (http://drake.mit.edu/)


    Posted date: April 07, 2017
  • Data Science for Online Education, Summer 2017

    More and more material is available for learning online, e.g. on Massive Open Online Course platforms. 

    While online students learn their activities can be tracked and later used for research or even...

    Posted date: April 05, 2017
  • How safe are we: Metrics in Cybersecurity, Summer 2017

    To assess the resilience of a computer system against various threats we need to have metrics that measure certain properties of a system. Moreover, metrics can be defined not only for a defender but also for assessing how successful the attacker is.

    Currently, there already exists a number of metrics and categories in cybersecurity. The goal of this project is to examine...

    Posted date: April 05, 2017
  • Learning Defenses in Computer Networks: Adversarial Machine Learning Approaches, Summer 2017

    Computer systems are easy to attack if considered in a static scenario. The adversary has the advantage in time to study the system, find its vulnerabilities and choose the place to ...

    Posted date: April 05, 2017
  • Spoken Language Interface Development - Summer/Fall 2017

    Spoken Language Interface Development

    Members of the Spoken Language Systems Group are actively developing a
    speech interface to help people log their food intake by voice (see
    recent MIT News article).  We have several opportunities for UROP
    students to participate in this research.  Someone with app devlopment
    experience on iOS or Android and interests in human-computer
    interaction could help create a mobile version of the web platform,
    and potentially extend the system functionality as well (e.g.,

    Posted date: April 05, 2017
  • Teaching a Computer to Understand Speech - Summer/Fall 2017

    Teaching a Computer to Understand Speech

    Members of the Spoken Language System Group are engaged in long term
    research to enable a computer to learn a new language by seeing and
    listening to people talk about images.  We are looking for a UROP with
    experience developing applications for iOS or Android who can help
    develop an app that we can use for crowdsourcing data collection of
    images and corresponding audio and gestures that we can use to train
    our models. 


    Please contact: Jim...

    Posted date: April 05, 2017
  • Trajectories Like Mine: Machine Learning for Healthcare, Summer 2017

    The machine learning problem of “trajectories like mine” is to efficiently find patients with physiological waveforms similar to a reference waveform. Once a similarity set is found, it can be ...

    Posted date: April 05, 2017
  • Neural Network Representations for Language – Spring/Summer/Fall 2017

    Members of the Spoken Language Systems Group are engaged in long term research to understand how neural networks learn human language. Current research areas are neural machine translation and speech recognition. The goal is to improve our understanding of deep learning models, as well as develop novel models. We are looking for a UROP who can help with designing and...

    Posted date: February 17, 2017
  • A DECENTRALIZED WEB- Spring 2017

    Solid is an exciting project led by Prof. Tim Berners-Lee. The project aims to radically change the way Web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved privacy.


    Social software has an inherent network effect, where people have to all use the same system in order to collaborate and interact online. This makes it hard for any new and creative applications to attract enough users to become useful. Even worse, because there is no single system that everyone is...

    Posted date: February 17, 2017
  • Accessibility of Mobile Apps (or Mobile Apps for All) - Spring, Summer and Fall 2017.

    Accessibility of Mobile Apps (or Mobile Apps for All)

    Handheld devices including mobile phones, tablets, and smartwatches have replaced desktops and laptops as the primary communication and computation platform for most individuals. With almost one billion people with disabilities in the world, ensuring that apps for these handheld devices are accessible by people with disabilities is important and becomes highly critical during...

    Posted date: February 02, 2017
  • Developing MIT's first Indoor Positioning System using WiFi- IAP/Spring 2017

    Description: We aspire to deploy an indoor positioning system that can be used by students and visitors to navigate around buildings using their smartphones, or to find objects that have been tagged with WiFi emitters.  We have spent the past 2+ years developing the theory and now are ready to implement this in a live setting - so this is where it gets exciting!  To...

    Posted date: December 19, 2016
  • Virtual Assistant UROP- FALL 2016


    Mobile phone assistants, like Siri, are increasingly becoming our primary way to interact with our devices. Voice assistants are no longer limited just to mobile devices, as Siri is now on Mac with macOS Sierra and Amazon's Alexa built into the Echo. While they are coming close to human-like interactions, they know little about us or our daily activities. Imagine Siri waking you up every day and automatically turning your alarm off if you have already woken up, or continuing to wake you up every 10 minutes if it realizes that you are still in your...

    Posted date: September 29, 2016
  • Soft Robotic Fish Project at The Distributed Robotics Laboratory- Fall 2016

    We are offering two UROP positions this fall in the field of soft robotics. The project is about the integration and testing of a novel drive and buoyancy mechanism for a soft robotic fish. The project encompasses PCB design, microcontroller programming, vision-based control and testing tasks. The controllers are developed within the Robot Operating System (ROS) framework on a Raspberry Pi and also directly on an mbed microcontroller. Testing is done both in tanks and in the MIT swimming pools.

    If interested please...

    Posted date: September 13, 2016
  • Toward Using Virtual Identities in Computer Science Learning for Broadening Participation- Fall 2016

    Comparative Media Studies/Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

    Faculty Supervisor: Professor D. Fox Harrell; Founding Director of the Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab)'

    Project Description: The aim of this National Science Foundation funded project is to increase the numbers of underrepresented groups pursuing computing-related degrees and careers. We designed and are deploying a computer science learning game...

    Posted date: September 13, 2016
  • Clinical Dataset Causal Inference Benchmarks- Summer 2016


    Clinical Dataset Causal Inference Benchmarks

    Supervisor: Dr. Peter Szolovits, CSAIL MEDG

    Contact: Marzyeh Ghassemi, mghassem@mit.edu



    In this project, we will create a benchmark for state of the art causal inference methods. Datasets will be extracted from the public MIMICIII...

    Posted date: June 01, 2016
  • Simplified WiFi link layer implementation for Distributed Multi-User MIMO systems- Summer 2016

    We would like to demonstrate our MegaMIMO setup with commodity devices like cell phones and laptops and show real-time measurements of the throughput gain. This project takes the first step which is to design a simplified WiFi MAC layer capable of connecting a single device (cell phone) to one of our MegaMIMO nodes and provide a stable internet connection for that device. We are looking for someone who has good experience in C/C++ and interested in wireless networks.

    If interested please send your resume to Ezzeldin Hamed (ezz@mit.edu)...

    Posted date: April 15, 2016
  • Social Accountability- Summer 2016

    Title: Social Accountability

    We want to study and understand the changes (if any) in people's online behavior when they are accountable for all their actions (clicks) on social networks (Facebook) to their friends. As part of this project you will need to build a Chrome Extension to run a controlled social experiment to record people's invisible clicks on Facebook and to measure their behavioral changes. This project will be under the supervision of Daniel J. Weitzner, director of the internet privacy policy research initiative and Ilaria Liccardi.

    Posted date: April 13, 2016
  • ALFA Group UROP Openings - Summer 2016

    Project 1: "Machine Learning, CyberSecurity and Software Defined
    Networks": Software defined networks are constantly growing in
    popularity, but the security is still an issue. This project involves
    applying machine learning to replicate how topology poisoning exploits
    manage to escape detection.

    Project 2: "Coding the Tax Code": AI techniques translate case law to
    software, but rarely the Tax Code. In addition, when the law is
    formalized in software, the correctness needs to be verified. This
    project will...

    Posted date: April 07, 2016
  • GPU programming for brain imaging - Summer 2016

    Project Title: GPU programming for brain imaging

    Project Description:
    Our group in CSAIL is developing state-of-the-art methods for understanding the human brain using combined brain imaging techniques. The method requires lots of heavy computations. We are looking for someone who can think in parallel and implement neural algorithms on GPU (using Cuda/C++). No previous knowledge about the brain is needed.

    Responsibilities: The commitment starts at 4-6 hours per week and scales from there. The selected candidate will...

    Posted date: April 07, 2016
  • Haystack group UROP Openings - Summer 2016

    The Haystack group develops tools that help people manage their
    information more effectively.  We have created and deployed a number of
    open source web applications that have seen significant adoption.  I am
    seeking UROPs with experience and interest in maintaining and extending
    these projects.   There are research opportunities available, as well as
    engineering challenges in refactoring large systems, incorporating new
    and better frameworks, reducing our custom code footprint by adopting
    standard libraries, enhancing the design of web...

    Posted date: April 07, 2016