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 DMFox@mit.edu  or take a look at the How to UROP at CSAIL document (pdf format).  

This program is available to MIT students only.


 

  • FALL- 2017/2018 Geometry of Redistricting: Software Development and Computational Experiments

    The Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG) is a team of faculty and researchers from MIT and Tufts studying applications of geometry and computing to US political...

    Posted date: September 05, 2017
  • Geometry of Redistricting

    This summer, the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG) is hosting a workshop on the Geometry of Redistricting.  We are seeking a UROP to write software that gathers congressional districts from GIS/census sources and scores them based on...

    Posted date: June 27, 2017
  • Correcting autonomous vehicle mistakes using brain activity

    Our objective is to learn how to use human-acquired brain activity for making
    autonomous mobility safer.  We will be performing experiments using the
    Distributed Robotics Lab (DRL) autonomous wheelchair to study how brain
    activity collected during these experiments can be analyzed to improve the
    performance of the wheelchair.  We believe that this could be very impactful
    for providing...

    Posted date: June 05, 2017
  • Technical Writing on Chance-constrained Scheduling

    Scheduling is a pervasive problem in planning contexts. Imagine situations such as science exploration, airport operations, or any logistics scenario where mistakes and missed deadlines are costly. It ...

    Posted date: May 26, 2017
  • Developing MIT's first Indoor Positioning System using WiFi, Summer 2017

    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 start, we will deploy in areas around the MIT Stata Center and/or the MIT Career Fair.  Our long-term goal with the project is to deploy this technology in...

    Posted date: May 24, 2017
  • Android App User Behavior Study, Summer 2017


    We are interested in running a study relating to mobile devices. The study will be using an Android App. 

    We are looking for an Android Developer who is interested in learning/working on an HCI project focusing on privacy issues in Android devices.
    The right...

    Posted date: May 12, 2017
  • CSAIL Lunch Dates- Summer 2017

    We want to develop a lunch-date website (and possibly app) to encourage people in an organization (e.g., CSAIL) to get to know each other.  The program will allow certified users to find and invite other certified users to lunch, score points depending on a reward metric to be developed, upload a selfie proving the two indeed had lunch, and browse the database to see possible dates and photos of prior dates.  We are looking for an undergraduate with creative ideas and...
    Posted date: May 01, 2017
  • “Question answering from semi-structured resources”- Summer 2017

    We study how natural language processing and information access methods can improve human-computer interaction. Wikipedia, the world’s largest crowdsourced encyclopedia, is a great source of knowledge for question answering systems. Using Wikipedia, we hope to considerably increase the precision and coverage of our START Natural Language Question Answering System (start.mit.edu). In particular, we are building systems to structure knowledge in Wikipedia and other websites, turning them into a virtual database accessible via...
    Posted date: May 01, 2017
  • 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/)

    If...

    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.,
    personalization...

    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