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.


 

  • 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
  • Spoken Language Interface Development - Summer 2016

    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 07, 2016
  • Teaching a Computer to Understand Speech - Summer 2016

    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 07, 2016
  • Accessibility of Mobile Apps (or Mobile Apps for All) - Summer 2016

    Accessibility of Mobile Apps (or Mobile Apps for All)


    Handheld devices including mobile phones, tablets, and smart watches have replaced desktops and laptops as the primary communication and computation platform for many 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 emergency situations, when dissemination of evacuation information and coordination of relief efforts are essential. Though mobile...

    Posted date: April 07, 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
  • Modeling and 3D printing of echolocation rig components - Summer 2016

    Project Title: Modeling and 3D printing of echolocation rig components

    Project Description: This UROP position is part of an ongoing effort in the Computational Perception and Cognition group at CSAIL to prototype a wearable research tool and mobility aid based on ultrasonic sonar signals. Custom components to be fabricated fall into two main categories: (1) housings and other support structures for various components of the rig; and (2) critically, receivers for appropriate filtering of the ultrasonic echoes.

    Responsibilities...

    Posted date: April 07, 2016
  • Next Generation Humanitarian Technology - Summer 2016

    Next Generation Humanitarian Technology
    Faculty Supervisor: Lalana Kagal
     

    Are you interested in working with humanitarian organizations and using technology to create a positive social change as well as help with disaster management? Come work with researchers from MIT CSAIL and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and contribute to the next generation of humanitarian technology. Projects include using and extending APIs provided by the UN such as ReliefWeb and Humanitarian ID to develop...

    Posted date: April 07, 2016
  • Printable origami robots with integrated sensors and controllers - Summer 2016

    Summer 2016
    Faculty Supervisor: Daniela Rus
    Project Title: Printable origami robots with integrated sensors and controllers 

    Project description:
    In this project, we focus on automated design and fabrication of origami robots for miniature-scale operations.  With the successful development of magnetically-controlled, self-folding, origami robots in our group, the goals of the project are (1) to advance the robot’s design and control with integrated sensors, (2) to develop an idea for a...

    Posted date: April 07, 2016
  • The MIT App Inventor project - Summer 2016

    The MIT App Inventor project, aims at making it possible for anyone to create mobile applications for smartphones and tablets, even school children and people who have never programmed.  The MIT App Inventor platform lets people build mobile app using a drag-and-drop interface where they piece together program “blocks” to create applications that have the full power of mobile computing.

    More than 300,000 people use our MIT App Inventor server to create apps each month.  About half of these users are in schools.  Overall, we hosts over 4 million people from almost...

    Posted date: April 07, 2016
  • Computational Perception and Cognition UROP

    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. For an UROP position this semester, we are looking for someone who can think in parallel and implement neural algorithms on GPU. No previous knowledge about the brain is needed.


    Prerequisites or requirements for the position:

    • skillful in GPU programming (Cuda/C++) and Matlab 

    Department: ...

    Posted date: February 26, 2016
  • UROP Project: Mobility Electronic Market for Optimized Travel (MeMOT)

    MeMOT aims to influence travelers’ trip making, mode, route, departure time choices and driving style toward system-wide optimal travel behavior and energy consumption. MeMOT is an app-based travel incentive tool designed to influence users’ travel choices by offering them real-time information and rewards.

    The project involves the development of a smartphone app that provides a trip menu of options to users, each associated with tokens that are the travel incentive mechanism. Users select specific option that corresponds to their desired transportation mode. The app then...

    Posted date: February 23, 2016
  • UROP: Global Health, Telemedicine, and Multi-Pronged Approach

    Term: Spring 2016
    Department/Lab/Center: IMES and CSAIL
    Faculty Supervisor: Visiting Professor Amar Gupta
    Project Title: Global Health, Telemedicine, and Multi-Pronged Approach

    Project Description:
    Telemedicine/telehealth is poised for double digit growth and widespread adoption within the next decade. The remote delivery of healthcare services, fueled by advances in communication and mobile health technologies, has been shown to provide improved outcomes and quality at a reduced per-capita...

    Posted date: January 25, 2016
  • Ray tracing visualization UROP

    This project deals with lighting simulation and realistic graphics using ray tracing. The goal is to create visualization tools to illustrate the light paths sampled by a variety of algorithms from light source to the eye through multiple bounces off scene elements. We will use javascript, three.js, OpenGL, Embree, as well as new simulation software developed in our lab. Extension include the implementation of new lighting simulation and material appearance model.

    Experience with javascript, OpenGL and ray tracing preferred. Available for credit or pay.
     

    Contact...

    Posted date: October 27, 2015
  • Applying Machine-Learning Techniques to the Biopharmaceutical Industry

    Faculty Supervisor: Andrew W. Lo
     
    Project description: This project applies machine-learning techniques to evaluate the key factors driving biopharmaceutical companies. It will entail using a large database to extract data and helping a small team develop statistical models that can be trained using the features/response variables extracted from the database.
     
    Prerequisites:
    · Strong SQL skills
    · Strong statistical inference/machine-learning skills; well-versed in supervised learning, predictive...

    Posted date: October 13, 2015
  • Design and Fabricate touch sensors for robot fingers

    Project Description: We are working new tactile sensor called GelSight, which has resolution much higher than human skin. (Cite xxxx youtube video). The sensor is built with a clear elastomer covered with a special membrane along with an internal camera and light source.  The sensor can capture detailed information about force, shape, texture, and other contact information, giving new capabilities to robots.

     Candidate role: The candidate for this project will improve the hardware, including modifying the design and building new prototypes. The...
    Posted date: September 23, 2015
  • Color Aesthetics

    Project Description: We are building an online platform for color palette design and recommendation. Consider a scenario in which the user wishes to create or select a color palette for their visual design (poster, magazine cover, blog, webpage). We want to help the user to find good color palettes based on their design concept, principles of design, and preference. We have collections of the color palettes, and models for color recommendations. What we want you to help us with is implementing both the server-side...

    Posted date: September 18, 2015
  • Internet Policy@MIT for Fall 2015

    The new Cybersecurity and Internet Policy Initiative has Fall and Spring UROP slots to work an interesting accountability project. The project will be supervised by Daniel J. Weitzner.

    The research involves creating apps on Facebook and/or Android and to analyze the data. The research is aimed at understanding people's behavior and attitudes about access of their personal data.

    Strong programming skills are required in Java, javascript.

    To submit your CV and for more information please email...

    Posted date: September 18, 2015