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NSF REU Site on Smart UAVs

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Academic Level:
Undergraduate Students

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on Smart Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense (DoD) funded research program at Auburn University. There are nine to twelve positions for the 8-week program. The undergraduate research assistants are initiated to research under the guidance of faculty from Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering. The research assistants collaborate with their advisers and are expected to contribute to unmanned flying. Major objectives are to promote interests in UAVs and develop the research skills of the students. Women, minorities, and students from "undergraduate" institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

With computing getting so inexpensive and so lightweight, we can equip unmanned aerial vehicles with enough intelligence to autonomously and efficiently fly to perform missions too “dull, dirty, or dangerous” for manned aircraft. Besides military applications, a growing number of civil applications such as search and rescue, firefighting, or pipeline surveillance/inspection.

The REU students will in a first phase contribute to autonomously fly six to twelve UAVs in a limited air space to fulfill different kinds of missions.

Goals of the REU Site:

Increase the number of future professionals in the areas of unmanned flight.

Develop students' ability to apply computer and information-based technologies to real-world problems

Stimulate enrollment in graduate studies through the involvement of students in scientific investigations under the mentorship of research faculty.

Promote collaborative ties between the student's institution and Auburn University faculty, staff, and students and to provide a basis for future cooperative studies.

Benefits of the Intern Program:

Up to $8,000 in compensation

Intern interact with active and experienced research faculty.

Gain real-world experience in a high-tech field, and be able to work with high-caliber information technology, science, and engineering professionals.

All housing and food arrangements are paid for and scheduled by the Program Manager.

Requirements of the Intern Program:

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Applicant must be and remain an undergraduate student in good standing.

Applicant must plan to complete a degree program.

Interns must live in campus housing -- arranged by the REU site program manager.

Interns must attend weekly seminars and programs.

Interns must work a minimum of 36 hours per week at the REU site.

Interns must prepare and submit a written report of the work done.

Interns must give an oral presentation of work performed at the REU Site.

Interns must design a web page describing their project and their experience.

Interns must complete an exit interview.

Interns must assist in further recruitments at their respective school.

Application Deadline: 2/24/2017
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Program Dates: 5/22/2017

Participating Institution(s):
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Auburn University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Artificial Intelligence
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Computer Sciences
General Engineering & Physical Sciences
General Math & Computational Sciences
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
STEM Fields

Advanced Networking
Control Systems
Mathematical Techniques
Transportation Technology & Planning

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
U.S. Dept. of Defense

Page last updated 10/27/2016
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