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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 email@example.com or take a look at the How to UROP at CSAIL document (pdf format).
This program is available to MIT students only.
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
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: October 27, 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
Please contact: Jim...Posted date: October 27, 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
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
Supervisor: Dr. Peter Szolovits, CSAIL MEDG
Contact: Marzyeh Ghassemi, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 (email@example.com)...Posted date: April 15, 2016
Title: Social Accountability
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Faculty Supervisor: Daniela Rus
Project Title: Printable origami robots with integrated sensors and controllers
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, 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
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
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
Term: Spring 2016
Department/Lab/Center: IMES and CSAIL
Faculty Supervisor: Visiting Professor Amar Gupta
Project Title: Global Health, Telemedicine, and Multi-Pronged Approach
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