Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Our research group regularly offers research experiences for undergraduates during the summer months. We start recruiting in early April and typically have about 4-6 openings available. Students work in a team environment to address a group research project. Research experiences in our lab are quite similar to internships. We tend to follow an Agile development approach using commonly adopted industry tools. We dedicate the first couple of weeks to onboarding -- learning the skills and technologies needed for the remainder of the summer. While the learning curve can be challenging -- with over 10 years of summer REU experience and more than 40 participants -- everyone has been successful.

The REU program has been primarily funded by the National Science Foundation -- under a series of CISE grants which focus on Safety Assurance for Cyber-Physical Systems.


Over the past two years (2017 and 2018) a total of 10 undergraduates have aided in the development of the Dronology system. They have worked with PostDocs and graduate students to develop the User Interface including special features to enable multi-drone missions and to support AI generated flight routes. Other students have worked on the Ground Control Station - automatically detecting UAVs connected via telemetry to the system, trouble shooting connection problems, setting up ad-hoc communication infrastructures, and integrating sensors. This year (2019) the REU students will participate in a Smart and Connected Communities project in which semi-autonomous UAVs are used to support emergency response.

Joining our REU program

Funding for our REU program is provided by the USA National Science Foundation and is intended for US Citizens and permanent residents. If you meet this criteron and are interested in joining our REU program next summer (2020) please contact Professor Jane Cleland-Huang (JaneHuang at nd dot edu).