About REU

The emerging field of Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a new area of research characterized by a tight integration between the physical components, software, wireless networking as well as the social context in which devices operate. IoT provides the basis for new consumer smart products and services that did not exist 20 years ago such as smart phones (iPhone, Android), health and fitness tracking devices (Fitbit), accident avoidance technologies for vehicles (backup sensors, automatic braking, blind spot detection), and home automation (Nest thermostat, Goji digital lock, SmartThings for connected appliances, Canary remote security system).

NSF Research Experiences in the Internet of Things at the University of Central Florida (UCF) will train undergraduate students in research-based theory and applications of the technologies used in this fast-moving interdisciplinary field. The REU students will join well-established research groups under the close supervision of faculty with expertise in security, privacy, hardware design, data analytics, healthcare simulations, and social computing.

This REU site is open to undergraduate students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, information technology, and mechanical engineering.

While our main emphasis is recruiting diverse and talented 10 undergraduates around the nation per year and engaging them in an intensive 10-week summer experience at this REU site, we also intend to:

1) increase the participation of female and underrepresentend minority students

2) preparing students to transition to the workforce or graduate school

3) build the next generation of interdisciplinary IoT researchers

Student activities includes weekly group discussions, several focused workshops and seminars (e.g., research preparation workshop, information ethics and big data workshop, career opportunities seminar, graduate school preparation seminar),    preparation of a research poster for presentation during REU symposium, hands-on training with IoT devices, and socials.

The program dates will be from mid-May till the end of July. Each participating undergraduate student will have $500 per week stipend, $600 travel allowance in addition to UCF on-campus housing, and daily meal allowance.


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The support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation REU program under Award No. 1560302.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions and recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.