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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

2018 Electrical and Computer Engineering Opportunities


Name: Cristano Tapparello and Wendi Heinzelman

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research area: FMF CONNECT

Lab website (Heinzelman) and Lab website (Tapparello)

Project Description

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) represent a major public health problem that affects up to 2 to 5 percent of school-aged children in the US. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of children with FASD and their families can access FASD-informed interventions due to significant systems- and family-level barriers.

In this project, we are currently working to develop and test a new mobile health intervention to help families raising children with FASD. Through an app on their smartphones, caregivers will be able to access information and tools that can help them learn new skills to manage their children’s behavior. They will also be able to connect with other caregivers for support and to share ideas. The student will be part of a diverse team, which includes engineers and clinical psychologists, and will be involved in the whole cycle of research and development, including software development and app content creation and refinement.


Name: Tom Howard
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research area: Robots for Rehabilitation
Lab website

Project Description

Probabilistic Models of Human-Robot Communication in Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics: As the sophistication of tasks that assistive and rehabilitation robots are able to perform increases, so does the need for efficient and concise communication of information between the human and machine. Probabilistic approaches to human-robot communication show promise in their ability to reason about the uncertainty in the objectives conveyed by the person and in formation that is to be relayed by the machine.

This project will involve the design and implementation of a robot behavior on an assistive or rehabilitation robotics platform (e.g. opening a door, drinking from a cup, reacquiring range of motion and/or strength in a joint) and the implementation and training of models for communicating to/from the platform before, during, and after execution of the behavior.

Cristiano