MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
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Current Research: Project Openings

Below are currently advertised UROP projects available to MIT, CME and cross-registered Wellesley College undergraduates. All projects, regardless of mode (pay, credit, or volunteer) are expected to be worth MIT academic credit and be supervised by MIT faculty. Projects appear on this list in the order they have been received.

These projects do not represent all available UROPs as many faculty do not submit project listings for this site. Rather, they expect interested students to contact them based on their general research to discuss potential UROPs.

Available UROPs

UROP Project listings are posted for approximately one month before they are removed, unless we are asked to re-post.

5/25/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Materials Science and Engineering (Course 3)
Faculty Supervisor: Kathryn Grossman

Project Title: Archaeological Field Research in Cyprus

Project Description: Seeking one or two UROP students to help conduct archaeological research at a prehistoric site in Cyprus during Summer 2016 (July 24-Aug. 24). We will be doing preliminary research, including intensive site surface survey, subsurface geophysical survey, and test excavations, as preparation for larger scale excavations in subsequent seasons. Students will travel to Cyprus, and live with project staff in rented accommodations near the excavation site. Work will take place 5.5 days per week, and includes morning field work and afternoon laboratory work. Details of travel arrangements will be made on an individual basis.

Prerequisites: Prior coursework in archaeology.

Contact Name: Kathryn Grossman
Contact Email:kmgrossm@mit.edu


5/20/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Lab (MAS)
Faculty Supervisor: Rosalind Picard

Project Description: The Affective Computing group, Media Lab is looking for UROP students who join us to run our experiments and develop system to organize depression data using mobile phones and wearable sensors. We will conduct long-term ambulatory measurement experiments for depressed patients at MGH to find new methods for diagnosis of depression. You will help us to conduct the experiments at MGH and organize the collected data.

Prerequisites:
* The students must have interests in doing experiments in health/wellness research fields.
* Experience in human experiments or python programming is plus.

Contact: If you are interested, please send an email to Szymon Fedor at sfedor@media.mit.edu with the following information:
* Subject line: “UROP – first name, last name – years in college”
* Content: Please write a short description (<200 words) that explains why you are interested and summarizes your relevant experience.
* Attachment: CV/resume


5/20/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Architecture (Course 4)
Faculty Supervisor: Reinhard Goethert

Project Description: Seeking a UROP to help prepare an exhibit for the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, October 2016. Assist in design and development of a concept, and building of interactive mode during summer. Must be familiar with laser cutter. Potentially join team in Quito in October in supporting exhibit.

Type: UROP for credit or volunteer

Contact: R. Goethert, rkg@mit.edu or SIGUS@mit.edu


5/19/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Sloan School of Management (Course 15)
Faculty Supervisor: Wanda Orlikowski

Project Title: Big Data, 911 calls, and Emergency Response

Project Description: Over the past few years, many organizations have begun implementing various initiatives in advanced analytics (e.g., predictive and prescriptive analytics), and piloting a number of big data projects within their business units. A number of researchers and practitioners have argued that such initiatives enable people to leverage data to make real-time decisions about several important aspects of operations. The growing rhetoric around big data and analytics has led to speculations about how these technologies are going to fundamentally change decision making practices within organizations. Despite the substantial rhetoric, we know little about what happens once big data and analytics is put into action in organizations. Specifically, we have little understanding of the cognitive, cultural, and organizational issues around the implementation and usage of big data and analytics for e.g., the interplay among intuitive, experiential, and data-driven modes of decision making, and the possible tensions that may arise among them. The purpose of this research is to explore these issues. If you are interested in (a) getting hands-on experience in collecting and analyzing high-volume data (e.g., city-level 9-1-1 calls) (b) convert unstructured data into structured data and do analysis, (c) participate in interesting and relevant social science research, this would be a great learning opportunity. UROP will closely participate in research related to a number of questions related to big data and analytics.

Specifically, we have three types of UROP positions:

Position 1: Candidates with strong programming skills in scripting languages (such as Python), Responsibility for this position include writing code to collect data from a variety of sources, converting unstructured data to structured data, data management, and a sincere interest in the phenomena of big data and analytics.

Prerequisites for Position 1: Programming skills with scripting languages (Python or Ruby or Perl) Experience with Microsoft Excel
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Position 2: Candidates with knowledge of intermediate statistics (e.g., regression analysis), and experience with statistical tools (such as STATA or R). Responsibility for this position include managing and analyzing data using statistical software. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated student with strong background in statistics/econometrics and with good data analysis skills.

Prerequisites for Position 2: Intermediate Statistics (including STATA or R) Experience with Microsoft Excel (Macros, VBA) Good data analysis skills
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Position 3:
Candidates with good data management skills someone who can cleanse and improve the quality of both quantitative and qualitative data, and can do content coding/qualitative coding.

UROP type: Paid, For Credits, as well as Volunteer.

Contact: Please email Arvind Karunakaran (arvindk@mit.edu) with a brief intro (or with a resume/CV). Also, please include which UROP position you are most interested in, your availability to meet and number of hours per week to work.


5/19/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Biology (Course 7)
Faculty Supervisor: Monty Krieger

Project Title: Charting the Fate of the Good Cholesterol

Project Description: The bad cholesterol (the lipoprotein LDL) and the good cholesterol (the lipoprotein HDL) are epidemiologically associated with increased and decreased risk of coronary heart disease, respectively. The Krieger lab discovered the HDL receptor called "SR-BI" that controls the abundance and structure of HDL, serves as a signaling receptor to control blood vessel endothelial cells and vascular tone, and is a co-receptor for hepatitis C virus. SR-BI can influence a variety of physiologic and pathophysiologic systems, including red blood cell maturation and stability, platelet stability and function, biliary cholesterol secretion , reverse cholesterol transport, steroidogenesis, female fertility , deep vein thrombosis, and atherosclerosis/coronary heart disease. The Krieger lab is studying the molecular mechanisms underlying the functions of SR-BI and key cytoplasmic adaptor proteins using biochemical and biophysical techniques, cell biology (cultured cells, calcium imaging), high and super resolution microscopy, and transgenic animals. We are looking for highly motivated students to work on these projects, starting this summer (2016) with the possibility of continuing through the next academic year (and possibly beyond).

Prerequisites: Some biology lab course work or research preferred. When contacting about UROP position, please include information about yourself, including: major (if selected), GPA, list of courses and any relevant laboratory experience (including methods with which you are familiar).

Contact Name: Monty Krieger
Contact Email: krieger@mit.edu; krieger-asst@mit.edu


5/19/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Materials Science and Engineering (Course 3)
Faculty Supervisor: Rafael Jaramillo

Project Title: Discovering new materials the old fashioned way

Project Description: In the Jaramillo group we make new and better semiconductors for information technology and renewable energy. The ultimate aim of this project is to discover new chalcogenide semiconductors. We will synthesize target materials using bulk ceramic processing techniques, and evaluate their physical properties in light of theoretical predictions. UROP Tasks You will carry out ceramic processing steps with the aim of synthesizing theoretically predicted chalcogenide materials. The materials will be evaluated using X-ray diffraction and analytical techniques. We will study the thermodynamic stability and electronic properties of the new materials using appropriate methods.

Prerequisites: You should be interested in semiconductor physics and inorganic chemistry. You should enjoy patient, hands-on work. Experience with ceramic processing, X-ray diffraction, or analytical techniques are pluses.

URL: http://jaramillo.mit.edu/

Contact Name: Rafael Jaramillo
Contact Email:rjaramil@mit.edu


5/19/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Urban Studies and Planning (Course 11)
Faculty Supervisor: Eran Ben-Joseph

Project Title: Fostering Sustainable Consumption

Project Description: The Fostering Sustainable Consumption project is looking at how cities can overcome barriers to sustainable consumption policy at the local level in the United States. It is a multi-method research project that aims to produce concrete policy recommendations for cities struggling to improve material management practices and encourage transformation of production and consumption patterns .

The responsibilities of the UROP will include:
- Statistical analysis of survey data gathered in fall 2015 and U.S. census data
- development of a written report on findings

The position pays $12/hour, and we anticipate that work will take a total of up to 100 hours. The weekly timing commitment is flexible but the work has to be completed by the beginning of August.

Prerequisites: Statistics, familiarity with census data, and an interest in solid waste, cities, and sustainable consumption are all big pluses.

Contact Name: Lily Pollans
Contact Email: lilyp@MIT.EDU


5/19/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Aeronautics and Astronautics (Course 16)
Faculty Supervisor: Charles M. Oman

Project Title: Programming and development of an Automated Checklist for Space Telerobotic Operations

Project Description: The MIT Man Vehicle Laboratory has a NASA-sponsored research project investigating the human factors issues of using automated electronic checklists. The project will develop a prototype system using our Python-based VR simulation of the Robotic Workstation which is used to operate the Space Station Robotic Manipulator System (SSRMS). The prototype will then be used in a human-in-the-loop experiment to understand how operators maintain performance and situation awareness during simulated robotic operations.

We are looking for a summer UROP (with possibility to continue in the Fall) to work on programming the new interface prototype with the goal of having a functional prototype to demonstrate the automation capabilities in a simulated robotic operation by the end of the summer. Familiarity with Python is desirable, but programming experience in other languages (e.g., Java) is acceptable. The student will be expected to spend approximately 20-30 hours per week on this project this summer. The student will have the opportunity to learn about NASA's space robotics operations and contribute to design guidelines for future interfaces. As this is a project in the Aero Astro Man Vehicle Lab, the student will become familiar with other MVL projects related to space and aviation.

URL: mvl.mit.edu

Contact Name: Dr. Andrew M. Liu
Contact Email:amliu@mit.edu


5/17/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Architecture (Course 4)
Faculty Supervisor: Leslie K. Norford

Project Title: Developing a new UI for CoolVent (a whole-building simulation tool)

Project Description: CoolVent is a tool developed at the MIT Building Technologies laboratory to help building designers conduct analyses of buildings thermal performance and energy consumption. Thanks to recent work funded by the Tata Center at MIT, our group has modified CoolVent so that it now has the ability to assess the outdoor-indoor transport of PM2.5 and other major pollutants and can build scenarios to model the time-varying nature of indoor PM2.5 concentration under different parametric inputs of airflows, building geometries, filter installations, occupancy schedules, outdoor concentration and natural ventilation strategies. This project would involve developing a graphical user interface into a communicative, intuitive platform for users. As the final interface will be used by architects and building designers, especially practitioners on the field in India through the Tata Center, such an interface could help empower the primary decision makers of building designs in India to improve building energy efficiency and aid researchers studying pollutant transport in buildings.

Prerequisites: Basic design and UX development skills. The existing framework is in Visual C++, using .NET, so prior familiarity would be helpful, though not necessary.

Contact Name: Chetan Krishna
Contact Email:ckrishna@mit.edu


5/16/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Alex 'Sandy’ Pentland

Project Title: Understanding Mental Health with Big Data Analysis

Project Description: We are looking for summer UROP students who help us conduct big data analysis on self-reported diaries of depressed people to understand mental health mechanisms. Despite the recent increase in a data-driven approach to mental health care, not so many longitudinal studies have been conducted due to the difficulty of collecting longitudinal data from many users. In this project, we study individual mental health patterns, especially from a longitudinal perspective, with a collected large-scale longitudinal dataset that contains multiple perspectives, including emotional records, sleeping time, and other behavioral information of depressed people.

Our current research tasks are two folds:
1. Build a visualization tool that helps us understand the longitudinal trend of individual status.
2. Develop a predictive model for the early detection of severe depression.

The candidates will work on either or both subtasks, depending on their individual strengths and interests.

Required Skills:
* Programming in Python and data analysis.
* Strong experience in statistical analysis and machine learning is preferred.

Contact: Yoshihiko Suhara (suhara@mit.edu) with your CV/resume and a short description (~200 words) that explains why you are interested and summarizes your relevant experience.


5/13/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Urban Studies and Planning (Course 11)
Faculty Supervisor: Gabriella Carolini

Project Title: Mining for Multiplicative Effects in the Food-Water-Health Nexus

Project Description: Food subsidies have traditionally played an important social security role in attending to challenges of poverty faced by vulnerable households throughout the world. While their efficacy in attenuating poverty-related health problems and their wider impact on beneficiary populations has been the subject of studies from a variety of disciplines, what remains under the radar are the multiplicative effects on vulnerable communities when food subsidies are cut. In particular, this research seeks to explore how the removal of food subsidies relate to the incidence levels of water-related disease. Given the somewhat counterintuitive elasticity of demand for potable water and the inelasticity of demand for particular grains, we hypothesize that when food subsidies for grains are cut, there is a lagged effect on water-related disease. Alternatively, we are interested in exploring whether other environmental health vulnerabilities are aggravated when subsidies are cut.

This research involves compiling data from a variety of on-line sources and publications and whenever possible verifying data through contact with relevant national government agencies. More specifically, researchers will work to connect national-level data on grain subsidies with subsidy data already categorized in the Food And Agriculture Policy Decision Analysis Tool of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO). National-level research will focus on three major regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. This project will require 24 hours of work per week and collaboration among researchers to ensure accurate data collection and the creation of an effective searchable database. The pay is at the rate of $12 per hour for a total of 10 weeks this summer. We are looking for 2 students.

Prerequisites: An important aspect of research will be the building of a subsidies database. As such, the project requires meticulous data identification, organization, and management. Students with experience in data management, as well as those with strong language skills pertinent in the regions under question (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Hindi, etc.), will be prioritized.

Contact Name: Gabriella Carolini
Contact Email:carolini@mit.edu


5/13/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Sloan School of Management (Course 15)
Faculty Supervisor: Chintan Vaishnav

Project Title: India Water Quality Monitoring Policy Analysis Project under The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS)

Project Description: With the advent of the new National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP) and the introduction of the Uniform Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Protocol in 2013 in India, there have been large shifts in the governance systems of rural drinking water quality management. However, it remains unclear whether these reforms have lead to improved water quality. This project is aimed at evaluating the impact of new policy practices to inform progress of water monitoring protocols. This project will be unique in its highly interdisciplinary nature (combining knowledge in policy framework, statistically analysis and modeling building) as well as in the fact that it will be readily implementable (thus highly rewarding) where the results generated can be immediately communicated to local stakeholders in India to gain feedback and eventually institute actual change in the system.
The UROP will be working with the project’s lead faculty (Dr. Chintan Vaishnav) and student (Charlene Ren) as well as the Water Quality Management Group across JWAFS and Tata Center for Technology Deisign, on the following aspects:

1) Mining Integrated Management Information System (IMIS), a database supported by the National Rural Drinking Water Program (http://indiawater.gov.in/imisreports/), to understand how the collected data could inform procedural actions, leading to performance intended by policy;

2) Building a Decision Support System (DSS) that allows agencies to address these gaps effectively and resolve the disconnect between water data and an actual useful prescription of optimal and timely actions and policies.

While the overarching theme is mining the database for decision tools, the detailed focus and direction for the UROP would be highly dependent on the strength and interests of the individual, with potential focus areas on (but not limited to) data analysis and mining, GIS map and app building, systems dynamics modeling, decision tool creation and so on.

Prerequisites: Experience in statistical analysis and data mining are preferred (proficiency in Matlab, R and the like), but an interest on the topic of data-informed decision-making and a strong willingness to learn are always more valued. ArcGIS proficiency for spatial analysis is also useful. Some fundamental knowledge about water quality, policy-making would be helpful, but not required.

And of course, an overarching passion for policy/water/developmental work in the Asia/India context would be a key motivator in moving this project along!

Timeline: The UROP can start as soon as possible and the work will last throughout the summer, with potential extension into the fall semester depending on the interest of the individual.

This is a paid opportunity.

Application process: Please send a paragraph detailing on why you are interested in this project, as well as your resume to Xiaoyuan Ren xren@mit.edu.


5/12/16
Department/Lab/Center: Chemical Engineering (Course 10)
Faculty Supervisor: Klavs Jensen

Project Title: Design and testing of liquid handling components for extreme applications

Project Description: We are developing small and medium scale advanced liquid handling components to be used in aggressive environments and demanding conditions. The components are being built in the context of the demonstration of a new automated, state of the art chemical synthesis platforms. The candidate will be involved in the design and testing of new parts and components

Main tasks will involve:
* Identification of key design parameters and parts specification
* 3D modeling (with Solidworks) of parts to be built (production is typically outsourced)
* Assembly and testing of parts and components.
* Documenting design work and results.

The candidate will be carefully supervised in his work to simplify navigating through a multidisciplinary project, ensure efficiency, meeting of deadlines thus providing a steep learning opportunity. This opening provides Mechanical Engineering students with a stimulating hands on experience were their design skills can be put to fruit in a practical context.

Prerequisites: General knowledge of mechanical design and fabrication methods. Working knowledge of SolidWorks. Machine shop experience. Original thinking and motivation. The hands on nature of the position requires the successful candidate to be comfortable in shop work.

Contact Name: Andrea Adamo and Dale Thomas
Contact Email: aadamo@mit.edu; dt3@mit.edu


5/12/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6)
Faculty Supervisor: Dennis Frenchman

Project Title: Predictive Analytics for Healthcare Real Estate Site Selection

Project Description: We are developing software to more accurately predict where healthcare providers should locate their practices utilizing big data analytics. As the healthcare industry continues to undergo changes and consolidation, increasing importance is placed on practice location. Current site selection decisions are based on an archaic method of simply examining zip code based census data that surrounds an arbitrarily chosen subject site. However, this process fails to analyze more granular socioeconomic data, lacks incorporating the practitioner s financial performance and patient data in addition to other relevant data sets, and ultimately doesn t deduce the most viable location for practice expansion. Developing a solution for this problem will involve working with a dynamic team to analyze, regress, and visualize multiple data sets that include: patient, practitioner, socioeconomic, transportation, and financial information. We are searching for students interested in and passionate about enhancing an outdated industry by programing a software solution in python. Experience with GIS software and data modeling is also preferred.

Prerequisites:
Necessary: Programming/Coding in Python
Additional: GIS software - QGIS, ArcMap

Contact Name: A.J. Edwards
Contact Email: aldenjr@mit.edu


5/12/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Mechanical Engineering (Course 2)
Faculty Supervisor: Evelyn Wang

Project Title: Advanced thermo-adsorptive battery climate control

Project Description: Our team is developing an advanced thermo-adsorptive battery (ATB) for electric vehicle (EV) climate control using advanced adsorbents (zeolites and metal-organic frameworks) water pairs. ATB delivers heating with exothermic adsorption process and cooling with endothermic evaporation process. After the operation, ATB re-charges with aid of heat to desorb water molecules from adsorbents and desorbed water condenses on a condenser. We are in the process of developing a final prototype with ultimate goal of integrating it in a Ford focus.

UROPs will help a graduate student and post-docs to fabricate and test ATB, tasks will include
1. Fabrication and characterization of adsorption bed and ATB enclosure.
2. Characterization of advanced adsorbents with different fabrication and testing conditions.
3. Design and fabrication of novel phase-change heat exchangers.

We are looking for motivated 1 or 2 UROPs to work on the project for the summer.

Prerequisites: Comprehensive knowledge of machining, fabrication, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer desirable.

URL: http://drl.mit.edu/research.cgi?p=storage

Contact Name: Sameer Rao
Contact Email:srrao@mit.edu


5/10/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Ramesh Raskar

Project Title: FPGA-based Speed of Light Camera

Project Description: FPGA-based project to create a pocket camera that runs at the "speed-of-light" at the MIT Media Lab. If the science works, we expect this philosophy of combining bits and photons to hopefully result in patents and publications in the following months. This is a structured project with what we believe is a high probability of success.

Prerequisites: Prior experience in FPGAs (Verilog preferred) is necessary. Circuit and PCB skills are a plus. For the summer, the student is expected to commit 40 hrs/wk. We prefer students who seek to continue through the fall with the MIT Media Lab.

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9vd4HWlVA

Contact Name: Achuta Kadambi
Contact Email: achoo@media.mit.edu


5/5/16
Two Openings
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6)
Faculty Supervisor: Prof. James Kirtley


Project Title: Implementation of a laboratory-scale grid-connected microgrid

Project Description: A microgrid is a particular type of distributed energy system, where diverse generators, loads and energy storage means are connected to the grid through a point of common coupling (PCC). For the purpose of enhancing course 6.061, Introduction to Electric Power Systems, a lab-scale prototype of a microgrid is going to be built. The role of students would be to do the physical implementation of the system, including:

* Physical emulators for PV, thermal, wind and hydro generators;
* Equivalent models for different types of loads;
* Equivalent models of distribution lines;
* Battery energy storage system with ambient temperature control;
* Grid-synchronization mechanism at the PCC;
* System control and data acquisition (SCADA) platform.

Some of these elements has already been built for an existing research-oriented microgrid model in the Research Laboratory of Electronics and need to be replicated.

The development team, which will work under the supervision of Professor James Kirtley, will also include 1 research scientist, and 2 postdoctoral associates.

Preferable background:
* Familiarity with electric machines, control theory and information processing.
* Hands-on laboratory experience, specially metalwork, circuit soldering and testing.
* Familiarity with Matlab, Labview, C, and microprocessors.

Workload: 40 hours/week

Contact: For further information you may contact Dr. Claudio Vergara (cvergara@mit.edu), Dr. Pablo Duenas (pduenas@mit.edu) and Dr. Karen Tapia-Ahumada (katapia@mit.edu).


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Sloan School of Management (Course 15)
Faculty Supervisor: Tauhid Zaman

Project Title: Predicting performance with wearable biosensors

Project Description: Sloan professors Tauhid Zaman and Juan Pablo Vielma need a tech-savvy UROP to assist with managing an experimental study they will be conducting this summer. The study is related to the new wave of wearable technology (smart watches, etc.) and will involve a series of experiments involving human subjects.

The positions consists of:
-- training to run a study with human subjects
-- approximately 60 hours of work over 2 months, July and August 2016
-- potential for follow on work analyzing the results of the study

Prerequisites: familiarity with Python; strong communication skills; professionalism and organization skills for running a study with human subjects; daytime availability in Cambridge during July and August of 2016

Contact: Please contact Professor Zaman and Vielma's research assistant Carter Mundell (cmundell@mit.edu) with questions about the position.


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Biology (Course 7)
Faculty Supervisor: Sallie Chisholm

Project Title: Genetics for Prochlorococcus the most abundant photosynthetic cell on Earth

Project Description: We have an open position in the Chisholm lab to work on developing a genetic system for the ocean cyanobacterium Prochlorcoccus. Prochlorococcus is the most abundant photosynthetic organism on the planet. It contributes substantially to global photosynthesis and is at the base of the marine food web. Despite this central role, it is still poorly understood, mainly due to the lack of a genetic system. The student will be involved in: testing and evaluating different transformation procedures such as electroporation and conjugation with E. coli; developing and testing a set of genetic tools specifically adapted to the needs of Prochlorococcus.

Prerequisites: Some basic knowledge in molecular biology techniques (PCR, cloning etc.); An interest in the field of environmental microbiology

Lab website: https://chisholmlab.mit.edu

Contact: Raphael Laurenceau (rlauren@mit.edu), Postdoctoral associate, Chisholm lab


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Civil and Environmental Engineering (Course 1)
Faculty Supervisor: Lydia Bourouiba

Project Title: Fundamental fluid dynamics and disease transmission

Project Description: Seeking a motivated and driven UROP student interested in both experimental and mathematical modelling to tackle problems at the interface of fluid dynamics and disease transmission. The goal is to evaluate how fluids and various forms of pathogens could interact to shape disease transmission in various contexts and populations (human, animal, and plant diseases). Seeking students who are self-motivated, creative, and enthusiastic about 1) problem solving and hands on activities or 2) problem solving and mathematical modeling.

Prerequisites: Interests in art and photography, Matlab, latex, and ImageJ are considered to be a plus. A strong Physics or Math-Physics background and experience or courses in fluid dynamics will be also considered to be strong assets.

URL: lbourouiba.mit.edu

Contact: If interested, please send an updated CV, including list of courses taken and previous projects/UROPs experiences to Prof. Lydia Bourouiba lbouro@mit.edu.


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Course 9)
Faculty Supervisor: Laura Schulz

Project Title: Learning and Exploration in Early Childhood

Project Description: The Early Childhood Cognition Lab (https://eccl.mit.edu) is looking for students who are interested in cognitive development and cognitive science. UROPs will be working to collect data for experiments with infants and children and will be closely mentored by a graduate student. Our lab studies how infants and young children learn about the world. Specifically, our research projects investigate how young children learn about causal relationships through active exploration. In addition, we study other topics in cognitive development such as language and moral reasoning. We have a partnership with the Boston Children's Museum where most of our experiments take place. As a research assistant in our lab, you will be involved in the full research process, including recruiting families to participate in research, conducting behavioral experiments with young children, coding behavioral data, and building stimuli (toys!) for research projects. We are looking for UROPs who are curious and who would be comfortable interacting with children and their parents. On position is open.

Details: 9.00 and 9.85 are preferred but not required. Programming experience in Javascript is also preferred but not required. The commitment is 20/hours week from end of May or the beginning of June through the beginning of August.

Contact: Samantha Floyd (samfloyd@mit.edu) with questions about the position. To apply, please include TWO informal references (name and contact information of individuals you’ve worked with, e.g. a previous supervisor, mentor, professor, and TA).


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Cynthia Breazeal

Project Title: Crowdsourcing for Social Robots

Project Description: At the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab, led by Prof. Cynthia Breazeal, we are using crowdsourcing to help robots learn faster. This Summer, we have a project opening in how crowdsourcing can help robots better engage in complex social activities, such as collaborative storytelling. A good candidate would have s strong programming background, course 6-3 or related, interested in the intersection of AI, the internet, and the crowd!

URL: http://robotic.media.mit.edu/

Contact Name: Hae Won Park
Contact Email: haewon@media.mit.edu


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
Faculty Supervisor: Dr Timothy Padera

Project Title: Investigating the molecular determinants of lymph node metastasis

Project Description: Metastasis remains the principal cause of cancer mortality. Thus, the challenge is how to treat cancer cells that have spread to lymph nodes or distant organs in order to prevent their growth and ideally eradicate them from the body. A major goal of our lab is to dissect the molecular determinants of lymph node metastasis. Using multiple animal models of lymph node metastasis that are established in our lab, we will investigate the gene profiles of these tissues in order to determine what genes allow cancer cells to thrive in metastatic sites. With assisted guidance, student(s) will extract and analyze tissue/cells for the purpose of verifying target genes obtained from RNA sequencing. Student(s) will be involved in the workflow of validating the importance of these targets and in the process, gain an understanding of several molecular biology techniques. A long-term commitment represents the opportunity for co-authorship on a manuscript, in addition to experience with intravital imaging, immunofluorescence microscopy, tumor biology/immunology, cell culture and biochemical assays. We are searching for dedicated and ambitious undergraduate researchers to assist with this project. The undergraduate researcher(s) will work closely with postdoctoral fellows to execute the research plan.

Prerequisites: Prior research experience is preferred. Applicants should be self-motivated, reliable, interested in the project and pay great attention to experimental details. The student should be available to work in the lab at least 10 hours per week through the summer and interested to continue the project through the Fall.

Contact Name: Ethel Pereira
Contact Email: epereira@steele.mgh.harvard.edu


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Urban Studies and Planning (Course 11)
Faculty Supervisor: Justin Steil and Mariana Arcaya

Project Title: Filling in the Gaps of Boston s Subsidized Housing Data

Project Description: Subsidized housing, or housing that was built in whole or in part with public funds or uses public funds to help residents pay for their housing costs, helps cities across the country meet the increasing demand for affordable housing. In a city like Boston where the housing market is booming and the cost of building affordable housing through private means is largely prohibitive, subsidized housing plays a crucial role in meeting the housing needs of the city and its low-income residents. However, records on subsidized housing projects can be incomplete or difficult to find because funding comes from different sources at the federal, state, or local level and relevant records are not always easily accessible. Filling in the gaps of this data can help cities understand who is and is not being served by existing housing developments, how many people are being served and for how long, and how the subsidized housing stock might need to expand or change to meet future needs.

This paid UROP project will gather data on every subsidized housing unit in the city of Boston. Specifically, students will look for information about the following:
* Tenant income eligibility requirements
* Expiry dates of affordability restrictions (if any)
* Accurate unit counts for subsidized projects

This research will involve finding data from various sources and checking this data against an existing dataset. The sources may include the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for federally subsidized projects, the Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development for state level data, city agencies such as the Boston Housing Authority, and developers. While most data will likely be available online or through contacting the sources above, some site visits may be necessary to obtain or verify data. This data will then be used to analyze and visualize Boston s subsidized housing service and development needs.

Time and Pay: This project will require 8-12 hours of work per week and will pay the standard UROP rate of $11 per hour. This opportunity is available to 2-3 students and will require collaboration to ensure efficient and accurate data collection.

Contact Name: Amarillys Rodriguez
Contact Email: amari17@mit.edu


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Mitchel Resnick

Project Title: Android Developer UROP in Lifelong Kindergarten Group

Project Description: We are looking for a full-time, paid summer UROP to build an Android app for Spin [http://spin.media.mit.edu/], a DIY photography turntable system for capturing playful GIFs of design projects. Children from around the world have created over 1,000 animations using Spin [spin.media.mit.edu/examples], using it to reflect on and share their projects with others. We currently have a fully functioning iOS version of the app that we would like to build an equivalent version of for Android. The app involves the following features: Facebook and Twitter authentication Camera integration (image capture) Video and GIF generation Audio recording and playback Instagram and Twitter sharing integration The UROP should already have experience developing for Android (6.570 or equivalent) and should have a strong interest in user interfaces and design.

Prerequisites: 6.570 (or equivalent)

Contact: To apply, please email Tiffany Tseng (ttseng@mit.edu) with a description of your interest, a copy of your resume, and (if application) a link to an APK for an Android app you've previously built.


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Mechanical Engineering (Course 2)
Faculty Supervisor: Nick Fang

Project Title: Manipulating levitated objects using ultrasonic transducer arrays

Project Description: Acoustic wave can generate radiation forces and form spots where all forces converge, allowing the trap of particles with different sizes and materials. The purpose of this project is to design an ultrasonic transducer array that can trap, levitate, and manipulate small particles in its sound field. Programmable phase delays used to drive the array will be designed to generate optimum manipulation spots at target positions in 3D space. The ultimate goal of this project is to find application of ultrasound in cell manipulation, targeted drug delivery, tangible displays, and even the levitation of living things.

The UROP will participate in the design of the transducer arrays, control circuits, as well as the design and optimization of the driven phase delay signal. For that, the UROP should be comfortable with experimental work and be familiar with the laboratory equipment: oscilloscope, signal generator, amplifier, acoustic transducer, and microphone. Matlab and SolidWorks might be used for the design.

Requirements: Previous lab experience in Arduino, Matlab, Labview, and proficient prototyping skill with waterjet, 3dprinting and casting. Great attention to detail. Comfortable with independent work. At least 12 hours per week dedicated to project work.

Preferred majors in Course 2, 6, 8, or equivalent experience.
We expect the project to start as soon as possible (Summer and Fall 2016).

URL: http://web.mit.edu/nanophotonics/research.htm

Contact: Interested students are asked to email Prof. Nicholas Fang (nicfang@mit.edu) or Chu Ma (machu@mit.edu) with your CV.


5/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Ramesh Raskar

Project Description: How can we make the invisible visible with cameras of the future? This project will be devoted to single-photon counting cameras with high spatial and time resolution that senses the scattering of light in complex geometries. The student's role will be to develop a camera assembly and align optical setup that can capture "echoes of light" reflected from a meso-scale scene. A publication may result if the science works. This experience can advance the student notably toward optical instrumentation and other topics in photonics and image processing.

Prerequisites: As a general rule, we like to work with students that are motivated by publications and patents. The student is also expected to participate in Media Lab academic and social activities as time permits. Prior experience in LabView, optics, Matlab, cameras, vision is preferred, but not necessary. What is necessary, is the determination to see project to completion. Ideally the student can start as a summer paid UROP and continue in the fall.

About us: We are the Camera Culture group at MIT Media Lab directed by Professor Ramesh Raskar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9vd4HWlVA).

Contact: To join, please contact Barmak Heshmat (barmak@mit.edu). Welcome!


4/29/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Chemical Engineering (Course 10)
Faculty Supervisor: Robert Langer

Project Title: Ultrasound-Based Drug Delivery

Project Description: This project aims to investigate the use of ultrasound for drug delivery in the gastrointestinal tract. This project will also involve development of novel formulations/carriers and drug depots for enhanced and extended delivery. Work will be conducted in the Langer Lab in the Koch Building in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team composed of biologists, chemists, and engineers.

Lab Environment: The team is fast-paced, innovative, and highly multidisciplinary. The project and working dynamic reflects this. Culture can feel like a start-up. Experimental independence is preferred. Benefits: We are looking for a junior or rising senior level undergraduate that is highly motivated and is interested in working on a high-impact project. There is significant potential for authorship of high-impact papers and development of novel intellectual property. Our group is also highly supportive and is a great environment for mentorship. The student will have access to state-of-the art equipment and will be involved in an exciting project with real-world translational potential.

Prerequisites: Previous lab experience required Great attention to detail. Comfortable with independent work Optional: previous experience with biological material

Requirements: A driven, enthusiastic, and collaborative student Availability on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons At least 12-hour commitment per week

Contact Name: Carl Schoellhammer
Contact Email: cschoell@mit.edu


4/29/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Economics (Course 14)
Faculty Supervisor: Robert Townsend

Project Title: Analyze data from online P2P lending markets

Project Description: We are looking for an undergraduate research assistant to help analyze data from online P2P lending markets. The ideal candidate would work 40 hours/week over the summer.

Responsibilities: The UROP student will be working on a project analyzing borrower behavior in online P2P markets, one of the fastest-growing areas at the intersection of finance and technology. Responsibilities will include searching for and cleaning data on both loan performance and economic indicators which might predict repayment, running regressions to analyze this data, and preparing reports on the findings. These tasks will involve close collaboration with the professor and PhD candidate running the study, and provide a valuable opportunity to learn about P2P markets, data analysis, and conducting economic research.

Prerequisites: A candidate must be highly motivated, detail-oriented, and able to meet deadlines. Knowledge of Stata and econometrics is strongly preferred; ArcGIS, web scraping or general programming aptitude is helpful.

Contact: Please send a resume, transcript, and brief statement of interest to Professor Robert Townsend (rtownsen@mit.edu) and John Firth (jfirth@mit.edu).


4/29/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Lab, CSAIL, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Faculty Supervisor: Sandy Pentland and Joshua Tenenbaum

Project Title: Web development and social artificial intelligence for social experimentation

Project Description: Are you interested in using data science to understand society? An exciting area at this intersection is the use of online experimentation for answering social science questions. Experimentation is a key methodology for scientific understanding, yet the social world is highly dynamic and complicated, and social experimentation is therefore difficult. Large-scale social experiments have recently become possible because of online social media, but so far the experiments that researchers have performed in this area have been limited in their scope and complexity. We are interested in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in online social experimentation via the use of embedded social actors powered by social artificial intelligence.

The main project we are hoping to pursue now is to build a website, partially populated by bots we program, in order to examine the effects of anonymity in online spaces, as well as to understand the causal mechanisms behind demographic correlations.

A second ongoing project involves programming Twitter bots in order to study social biases and the effects of stereotype violation.

We are therefore looking for motivated hackers with experience in web development and a keen interest in social issues.

Useful skills for you to have: web programming, web scraping, natural language processing

Skills you will likely learn/hone: experimental design, data analysis, artificial intelligence .

Contact Name: Peter Krafft
Contact Email:pkrafft@mit.edu


4/27/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Biological Engineering (Course 20)
Faculty Supervisor: Doug Lauffenburger

Project Title: Phosphoproteomics data visualization and web based resource development

Project Description: The wealth of biological information available from high-content datasets (e.g. phosphoproteomics) presents new challenges in data visualization and interpretation. Surpassing these challenges presents the opportunity for improved understanding of cellular function and ultimately development of therapeutics to minimize disease. Having acquired proteomic and phosphoproteomic datasets from a variety of cancer tissue models, we are presently seeking a student who can investigate novel methods for users to visualize and interpret this data through a web interface. This entails building both a webserver that can store this information in a database and a web front-end thru which the user can query and visualize information. This project will be co-supervised by Doug Lauffenburger (Biological Engineering, MIT) and Kevin Haigis (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School)

Prerequisites: Enthusiasm for applying existing skillset in web development and data visualization to biology. Applicants should have experience building a simple webserver and knowledge of SQL (or other relational database language). While not required, some experience with web-based visualization tools (e.g., D3.js) is preferred.

URL: http://web.mit.edu/dallab/ and http://www.haigislab.org/

Contact Name: Samantha Dale Strasser
Contact Email:sdstrass@mit.edu


4/27/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
Faculty Supervisor: Bruce Rosen

Project Title: Methods for analyzing human neural signals

Project Description: We measure human brain activity during wake and sleep to understand how the brain transitions between different states and how this influences neural information processing. This project involves acquiring simultaneous EEG and fMRI data in human subjects. A major problem is how to recover neural signals from EEG data that contains large amounts of noise due to the presence of a strong magnet. In particular, low frequency (<2 Hz) oscillations are challenging to measure due to contamination from the cardiac cycle. The student will test different signal processing approaches to cleaning contaminated EEG data, and will help with modifying the EEG cap to improve signal quality. If interested, the student could also work on understanding how brain activity patterns are altered during different stages of sleep. Project will combine signal processing, data analysis, and hands-on experimental sessions.

This project is located at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, in Charlestown, and will involve some late night work (11pm-3am) for data acquisition.

Prerequisites:
- ability to help with experiments that sometimes take place at night (up to 2 am)
- familiarity with Matlab or other programming experience
- interest in signal processing as it applies to neuroscience
- availability of at least 10 hours per week throughout summer, and interest in continuing into the fall

Contact Name: Laura Lewis
Contact Email: ldlewis@mit.edu


4/27/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Comparative Media Studies (21 CMS)
Faculty Supervisor: Federico Casalegno

Project Title: Visual Design and Information Design for a Research Report

Project Description: Job Posting: Flex-Contract Information Designer The MIT Mobile Experience Lab is looking for a part-time information designer UROP. This role is explicitly focused on visualizing design research, and making figures and diagrams that are beautiful, clear, and impactful for a report. Hours for the engagement are flexible, with compensation based on experience. The engagement runs through the end of May. This opportunity may also be a starting point for working further as a visual or information designer UROP with the Mobile Experience Lab, either through the summer or otherwise. This position is ideal for you if you are visually oriented, have a passion for communicating conceptual information, and have a strong interest in making rich content easy to understand.

Suggested background: Strong experience in Information Design, Graphic Design, New Media, or professional equivalent.

Suggested knowledge, experience, and technical skills:
- Previous experience visualizing research or developing diagrams.
- Able to translate multi-dimensional information into visual form in order to derive or illustrate conclusions.
- Comfort with relevant software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
- Previous experience developing layout of large report or book is not necessary, but definitely a plus.

URL: http://mobile.mit.edu

Contact: If this sounds like you, please send a CV, portfolio link, and/or letter of introduction via mail to Yao Tong tongyao@mit.edu to have a conversation with us. We are looking forward to hearing from you!


4/27/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Kent Larson

Project Title: Energy performance data visualization, and analysis for Urban Dynamic Innovation

Project Description: This is a rather unique collaboration project between the Media Lab and Andorra's government, largest private companies (e.g., energy and telecom), and academic institutions The overarching paradigm of our work is the application of energy performance, consumption-production, data visualization and analysis, and data science methodologies on Andorra's telecom and Energy big data for enabling an understanding of the country's dynamics on tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact; as well as to shed light on technological and systems innovation towards radical improvements in these domains. Data: this is a unique opportunity to work on a rich dataset that includes mobile phone records (CDRs) of the entire country, spatially specified logs to the national network of public WIFI, disaggregated energy consumption data from the national utility company, pollution and environmental data. We are seeking a UROP for the summer, with the possibility of continuing during following terms.

The task: Be a part of the team that is going to think and design tools that predicts energy consumption, linking tourism and human behavior with energy consumption and process in order to make an Innovation District, a Dynamic Square and a Smart Street based on the Andorran needs and the their big data, integrating the main lines of the CP Group research: big data Urban Planning (physical 3D model with data projection), PEV (Autonomous Electric Vehicle), etc. Help in the diagram and representation of the Andorra big data environmental, energy, mobility flows, etc. in dynamic presentations. To model, in 2D and 3D, urban and commercial events, urban elements, urban areas, dynamic maps, etc. and how are linked with energy, in order to provide a base for modeling with Java, Processing (Grasshopper or other), dynamic presentations of Andorran flows (mobility of cars, people, energy, goods, etc.), and for plugging it in the CityScope (a physical interactive platform for information visualization and exploration) Academic papers will be elaborated on selected topics along this project. UROPs are welcomed to participate and co-author. These will be discussed on an ad hoc basis depending on student s interests, skills, and availability.

Candidates profiles: Ideal candidates will have knowledge on energy consumption and production, energy grids, building energy performance, simulation and modeling complex systems tools. Also will have sharpened data science skills (2+ years computer science), and should be able to develop a thoughtful and creative understanding on how the models, analysis and visualizations can generate value in the contexts of Andorra s tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact. We need candidates with medium-high level skills in Java, and Processing. Interest or experience in the aforementioned domains is required: tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact. We are looking at integrating more than one UROP to the project. It is OK for candidates to have skills focusing on either machine learning, data processing and analysis, or on data visualization and communication. We also welcome candidates that have particular interests and/or experience in one of the aforementioned domains. You will be asked for previous experience, class projects, relevant courses, internships, etc. that support your knowledge and skills germane for this project.

Necessary Skills: Java, 2+ years computer science and Processing. Can be useful: Energy simulation program (DesignBuilder, Trnsys, or similar) Other important skills: HTML,CSS,JS, JQuery,D3.js, Database, Web Framework, Grasshopper

Additional Skills: (Open CV) Computer Vision, Machine Learning

About us: Changing Place is exploring the impact of tangible design tools for urban city planning.

Contact: Please send us your resume/portfolio and a short paragraph on your interest in the project to Luis Alonso alonsolp@mit.edu. Thanks for your interest!!


4/27/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Chemical Engineering (Course 10)
Faculty Supervisor: Karen Gleason

Project Title: Developing thin film polymer hydrogels for electrochemical devices

Project Description: Aqueous electrochemistry is becoming increasingly important in a variety of applications including water desalination and sodium ion batteries. Polymer hydrogels can serve a variety of roles including improving device performance by obviating side reactions or serving as a primary electrolyte. The goal of this project is to develop novel chemistries and coating techniques to form polymer hydrogels that can serve in various electrochemical applications. The coatings are polymer based and simultaneously synthesized and deposited through Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). They are further analyzed using a variety of surface, microscopic and spectroscopic techniques including contact angle, SEM, and FTIR before transfer to collaborating research groups for device performance.

Prerequisites: This project is best suited for students in Course III, V, or X. The student should be motivated and comfortable working independently after sufficient training. A time commitment of at least 10hrs a week is preferred with at minimum one >4 hour block available, since CVD depositions can be long. Previous lab experience, either through UROP or lab-courses, is preferred but not necessary.

URL: http://web.mit.edu/gleason-lab/

Contact Name: Priya Moni
Contact Email:pmoni@mit.edu


4/27/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Aeronautics and Astronautics (Course 16)
Faculty Supervisor: Prof John Hansman


Project Title: Agent-Based Modeling for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System

Project Description: Regulations and procedures for the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) are currently being developed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). UAS provide unique challenges based on their fundamental differences compared with manned aircraft for full integration and access. Our group is working with the FAA to analyze current and national procedures and develop policies that will govern the airspace in the future. Although some human-in-the-loop experiments have been conducted on a small scale, agent-based modeling techniques will allow us to investigate both large-scale environments and emergent patterns.

We are currently seeking a UROP student to help develop an Agent-Based Model (ABM) for the National Airspace System that models the environmental structure, aircraft, pilots, and most comprehensively, the air traffic controller. This will be accomplished using AgentFly, a Java-based ABM. The student must therefore have strong experience in Java. In addition, prior experience with ABMs and modeling human agents is a plus. The student should also be able to work independently, and attend weekly group meetings to check on progress. At this time we are interviewing students who are interested in working for the summer and open to the possibility of continuing in the fall semester. Pay or credit is available.

Contact: Brandon Abel, abelb@mit.edu


4/27/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Edgerton Center (EC)
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Rich Fletcher

Project Title: Video Game Development for Mental Health

Project Overview: Mental health is an important concern which touches most of our lives, yet this aspect of our health is often neglected. While there are many specific mental health disorders, our group has started developing a mobile-phone based video games to help monitor and assess some common aspects of our daily mental health, such as fatigue, working memory, stress level, and impulsivity. Our goal is to create mobile tools that are fun to use and can function as screening tools as well as biofeedback to help increase our self-awareness. Since very few commercially available mental health apps are actually clinically validated, Our research plan includes rigorous clinical testing of the tools we develop. Our lab has a strong connection to the psychology and behavioral medicine community as well as affiliation with UMass Medical School department of Psychiatry.

Skills and tasks: We are seeking students with software and mobile programming skills, who may also have an interest in psychology or mental health, and who are motivated to create new ways to revolutionize mental health assessment and treatment. Our initial video game prototypes have been developed using a specific framework called LibGDX (https://libgdx.badlogicgames.com/); however, we are open to using other development tools if the student has strong experience and motivation. Background in mobile app development or video game development experience and graphics is desired.

At this time, we are interviewing students for summer UROP, and preferrably someone who would be interested to continue the project after the summer. We seek someone who is self-motivated and able to work independently, and attend weekly group meetings to check on progress. Pay or credit is available or UAP project consideration.

UROP for Course 6, Course 9 or anyone with appropriate skills

Contact: Rich Fletcher (fletcher@media.mit.edu)


4/19/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Materials Science and Engineering (Course 3)
Faculty Supervisor: Polina Anikeeva

Project Title: Flexible materials for neural interfaces

Project Description: Restoration of motor and sensory functions in paralyzed patients requires the development of tools for simultaneous recording and stimulation of neural activity in the spinal cord. In addition to its complex neurophysiology, the spinal cord presents technical challenges stemming from its flexible fibrous structure and repeated elastic deformation during normal motion. To address these engineering constraints, we seek to develop highly flexible fiber probes, consisting entirely of polymers, for combined optical stimulation and recording of neural activity. The specific focus of this UROP project is to assist with the optical characterization and electrical characterization of the fiber probes. The fiber probe will be implanted to mice and the goal is to stimulate the spinal cords optically, get the neural recording simultaneously, and control the limb movements on demand. Besides characterization, students will learn how to fully assemble the fiber probes from a piece of polymer fiber into an implantable device. The UROP will begin during summer and in the Fall and Spring semesters as well (at least one year and can be continued).

Prerequisites: Sophomores and Juniors are strongly encouraged to apply. Coursework in Chemical Engineering, EECS, or Materials Science background required. While previous lab experience is desired, we are open to providing students at various skill levels opportunities to broaden their research skill set. Students are expected to work12-15 hours during the regular semesters and 30 hours during the summer.

URL: http://www.rle.mit.edu/bioelectronics/

Contact Name: Chi Lu
Contact Email:chilu@mit.edu


4/15/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Architecture (Course 4)
Faculty Supervisor: Azra Aksamija

Project Title: STAR DOME - Stadium for Video Art

Project Description: We have been given an opportunity to play with an unused stadium, so we are putting together a team of mobile developers, animators, generative video artists, and other creatives to reanimate the colossal structure. With the help of over a TON of industrial projectors we will be lighting up the roof of the derelict stadium to produce an environment of media on an unprecedented scale. Visible from the inside and the exterior, it will be the world's largest media display - 5.2 ACRES with a resolution of nine 4K screens - and we need your help during the summer here at MIT to create more content, design and fabricate the interactive elements, and build the infrastructure to serve it all to the public.

This is a huge opportunity to implement experimental and interdisciplinary work at an unprecedented and public scale. UROPs will play an integral roll in the creative and generative processes and be working directly with the project directors. The project will be a great way to build experience working with and ensemble teams with diverse skill sets. In addition to cranking out deliverables we expect the process to be a lot of fun and full of experimentation and invention.

Here are the main objectives for the Summer: Generate video content. First and foremost we will be creating lots of beautiful video art. Some of this will be done with the aid of physical models and practical effects, and some will be animated or completely generated by computers. This calls for a proficiency in programs like: Ideally we're looking for someone with an artistic touch who is highly experienced with digital modeling, lighting, animating, and rendering. However, we are also interested in other forms of computer-generated video and data visualization, so reach out!
- AfterEffects
- Premiere
- 3DS Max
- Blender
- Programming/other visualization environment
- Application & Web Development

Our simplest goal is to develop and publish an application and/or website that allows users to control basic arcade games on the stadium roof from their phones.

This will involve: We are looking for people who are familiar with application development and server-side, and are experienced enough to think creatively with the platforms. Aside from this basic functionality, we are also interested in creating other ways in which users can interact with the dome via the mobile application. Again, if you have skills and an idea, reach out!
- Re-writing classic games to be played on the unique grid of skylights on the roof
- Mobile control interface design and programming for iOS and Android
- Rendering user input to graphics
- Developing server-side support

Work The work will require 6-10 hours/week, but will be highly flexible depending on your skill set and involvement. We will primarily be meeting in the afternoon or evenings. We will work with the applicants to decide on the best time. Most of the work will be around the Media Lab and Kendal Square, but will include work that can be done anywhere or anytime.

Contact Name: Joshuah Jest
Contact Email:jahoos@mit.edu


4/15/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Lab (MAS)
Faculty Supervisor: Joe Paradiso

Project Title: inSkin

Project Overview: Many types of butterflies use light-interacting structures on their wing scales to produce color. Their wings are composed of nano-sized, transparent, chitin-and-air layered structures. By transforming the skin structure using nano techniques and creating novel biosensors, this project aims to create an interactive device within the epidermis.

Role & Responsibilities:
* Support in the prototype, develop and tests a kit of biosensors.
* Create nano structures.
* Design tattoo and makeup illustrations.

Prerequisites:
* Strong understanding of biochemistry and nano technology.
* Experience in a clean room is a plus.
* Knowledge of design tools such as Illustrator and Photoshop and of laser cutter and 3D printers.
* Being motivated to create a novel wave of wearable computers.

URL: katiavega.com

Contact Name: Katia Vega
Contact Email:katiav@media.mit.edu


4/15/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Course 9)
Faculty Supervisor: Steven Flavell

Project Title: Developing code to image neuronal activity in a simple nervous system

Project Description: We examine how the brain generates persistent behavioral states like sleep/wake and emotional states. In mammals, the circuits controlling these states include millions of neurons, making them challenging to study. Using the nematode C. elegans, which has only 302 neurons, we have identified neural circuits that generate long-lasting locomotor states that animals display as they forage for food. We are developing tools for monitoring the activity of all of the neurons in these circuits simultaneously in moving animals, with the goal of understanding how activity within these circuits drives long-lasting behavioral states. We also hope that these studies will provide a platform for a mechanistic analysis of how persistent neural activity arises in circuits.

Current projects are centered around the imaging technologies and data analysis pipelines that will enable this project. Current challenges that need to be addressed include:
(1) Developing a closed feedback loop where a microscope stage is controlled by animal movement to keep the animal in field of view,
(2) Developing image analysis tools to identify and track each neuron throughout long multi-neuron video recordings in moving animals,
(3) Applying analysis tools from dynamical systems theory and machine learning to relate neural activity to behavior.

Related projects are also available for the Fall term.

Prerequisites: Students should have a fairly strong background in computer programming. Experience in C and/or Matlab is preferable. Familiarity with statistical analysis tools (PCA, hierarchical clustering, network inference, etc) and/or experience with image processing (e.g. image enhancement, pattern recognition, particle tracking algorithms) would also be helpful. Students should also be detail-oriented and have an interest in learning about cellular and systems neuroscience. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit ~10 hours per week. For sophomores and juniors, this position could be open to a longer-term commitment.

URL: https://bcs.mit.edu/users/flavell

Contact Name: Steven Flavell
Contact Email: flavell@mit.edu


4/13/16
Multiple Openings
Summer 2016
Department: MIT-Harvard Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
Faculty Supervisor: Jose Gomez-Marquez

Project Description: The Little Devices lab of researchers turns toys into medical devices for international and domestic healthcare systems using design strategies such as affordability, modularity and DIY. Our lab aims to design technology that is robust and economical, yet intelligent using advanced sensors and smart materials. Projects from the group have been launched in Germany, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Ethiopia and New Zealand. The work has been featured by the New York Times, Wired, CNN, and TED.

UROP positions for Summer 2016 are listed below. All positions have the option for pay or credit. There is a 2-day fabrication and design orientation to be scheduled upon hire. You will be joining a fast paced, interdisciplinary group who focuses on hands-on ideation and prototyping.

Project #1. Tinkering with Chemistry

Work at the intersection of materials science and chemical engineering on next generation therapy technologies. Build upon our work in MIT’s multiplexed zika and ebola diagnostics, portable sensing, and environmental testing using microfluidics.

Contribute to our Open Diagnostic Initiative to enable anyone in the world to create rapid diagnostics for infectious diseases using lab-developed construction sets for dengue, zika, and other viruses.

Prerequisites: Strong understanding of organic chemistry and biochemistry. Wet lab experience a plus. You will learn any fabrication skills required for the projects.
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Project #2.
Programming Biosensors (Course 2, 6, 20, 4)

Design and test a suite of biosensors for physiological and biological parameters. Successful designs will plug and play with the rest of our prototyping platform and will be easily embeddable into unconventional diagnostic systems.

Prerequisites: Experience with designing, prototyping (such as Arduino) testing and debugging electronic circuits (e.g. embedded systems combining analog circuitry, digital circuitry, microcontrollers and wireless communications). Experience with wireless sensors or protocols helpful (e.g. Bluetooth, WiFi)
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Project #3. Digital Fabrication and Design (Mechanical, Course 2, Course 10, Course 20, etc)

Invent new ways of reusing over the counter electronics to make medical devices using digital fabrication tools. Create modular components for users to remix and customize these medical devices.

Prerequisites: Experience with Solidworks or other 3D modeling software, fabrication experience (machine tools, waterjet, laser-cutter).

Contact: Please send a statement of interest to littledevices@mit.edu by Wednesday evening.


4/12/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Lab (MAS)
Faculty Supervisor: Hugh Herr

Project Title: Creation of a Peripheral Nerve Interface (Biomechatronics and Surgery)

Project Description: Current limb prostheses for amputees do not allow one to control their limbs with their native neural signals. Non-invasive sensors have been developed to provide a control system, but none are highly sensitive. The biomechatronics lab is currently developing a novel peripheral neural interface that will allow patients to directly control prostheses and receive proprioceptive feedback. Over the summer my focus will be on validating the new surgical paradigm that will be incorporated in the neurally-controlled lower extremity prosthesis in a rat model. We will be performing surgeries in rats, stimulating muscles and recording nervous signals. Then, we will characterize the muscular remodeling and physiological changes using histology and other techniques. For this multidisciplinary project, work will take place in the Media Lab and animal facilities with a team of mechanical engineers, biomedical engineers, electrical engineers, and clinicians.

Prerequisites: Previous experience with animal work, immunohistochemistry, or electronics would be very helpful - but not required. (This UROP can also be extended into the Fall term and beyond.)

URL: http://biomech.media.mit.edu/#/portfolio_page/neural-interface-technology-for-advanced-prosthetic-limbs/

Contact Name: Shriya Srinivasan
Contact Email: shriyas@mit.edu


4/12/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Kent Larson

Project Title: Dynamic Transformable Furniture for Future Co-working Spaces: CITY-OFFICE

Project Description: The workplace of the future is urban. More than 50% of the world s population lives in cities. In the U.S. this number is 80%. Cities are once again hubs for innovation. This presents incredible opportunity, but there are challenges: Urban Space is at premium with supply outstripping demand and ever escalating rents. Additionally, millennials who will make up the majority of the workforce demand personalized workspaces and collaborative opportunities. These dilemmas mean the Workplace of the future will need to be hyper efficient AND responsive to users needs. City Office is a solution for small and medium sized enterprises that make up the majority of businesses and face these pressures most significantly.

The task: Design Architectural robotics enable a hyper-efficient, dynamically reconfigurable co-working space that accommodates a wide range of activities in a small area. Be a part of the team that is going to think and design:
i) The architectural space and transformation of typical office multifunction room (approx.46ft*29ft) to enable it to adjust its function effortless between to conference room separated meeting/board room space, team-work space, gala space and etc.
ii) The mechanics of robotic furniture allows itself to fold, expand, move and connect with other furniture part, ideally with the use of actuator.
iii) The sensor system that can allow the new furniture system to sense force, gesture, speech, distance and etc.
iv) The computer vision system and user interface collaborating with the sensor system that enable furniture pieces to autopilot and users to control effortless.

Candidates profiles: We are looking at integrating 3-4 UROPs to the project. As mentioned above, our Ideal candidates should be proficient in at list one of following discipline: architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. And should be able to develop pragmatic and creative ideas on the mechanism, design and prototyping of this dynamically transformable co-working space system. You will be asked for previous experience, class projects, relevant courses, internships, etc. that support your knowledge and skills germane for this project.

Required Skills:
i) architecture: Rhino+Grasshopper, Sketchup, 3DsMAX animation, After Effect, Adobe suite, AutoCAD and 3d printing. ADDITIONAL: Processing and Arduino IDE.
ii) mechanical engineering: SolidWorks, Rhino, Sketchup, Proficient prototyping skill with waterjet, 3dprinting and casting. ADDITIONAL: C++, Python, Processing and Arduino IDE, MATLAB.
iii) cs & ee: Computer Vision, Sensor and UI design. Processing, Arduino IDE, HTML, CSS, JS, Grasshopper. ADDITIONAL: JQuery, D3.js, Web Framework, Machine Learning.

URL : http://cp.media.mit.edu/cityhome/

Contact: Please send us your resume/portfolio and a short paragraph on your interest in the project to Luis Alonso alonsolp@mit.edu. Thanks for your interest!!


4/12/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Mechanical Engineering (Course 2)
Faculty Supervisor: Sangbae Kim

Project Title: Force Sensing Shoes for Athletes, the Elderly, and the Disabled

Project Description: We are developing the next generation of the wearables in the form of shoes that are capable of real-time in-situ measurement of force data. This work will involve integrating the lightweight multi-axis force sensor that have been developed for use on the MIT Cheetah robot. The force sensor has a larger force sensing range in both the normal and shear directions, new calibration algorithm (LSANN), as well as an onboard ARM microcontroller for data processing. The ultimate goal is to use these force sensing shoes to help assist the elderly and disabled during walking and for fall prevention and mitigation. Athletes can also benefit from the data collected during training to better optimize their workouts. We are looking for undergraduate students (Course 2 or 6) to improve on the current shoe prototype, and explore different ways of integrating the force sensors into a wearable shoe prototype and ways to fabricate it. The research will take place in the Biomimetic Robotics Lab under the supervision of Michael Chuah (PhD candidate) and Prof. Sangbae Kim.

Requirements: Experience and interest in mechanical design (Solidworks), and making working prototypes. Substantial time commitment. Nice-to-haves or interested in learning: Please highlight experience with or interest in any of the following: 3d printing, polymer molding, FEA simulations (Abaqus), LabVIEW, Android (Java) programming, CNC machining (G-code), PCB circuit design, microcontroller programming, signal processing, wireless communications, sensors, and electronics.

Contact: If you are interested in being involved in this project, please contact Michael Chuah (mcx@mit.edu) indicating your year, relevant experience, and any other questions you may have.


4/12/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Edgerton Center (EC)
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Rich Fletcher

Project Title: Augmented Reality on Mobile Phones for Health Applications

Project Description: Augmented reality provides powerful new ways to represent and display information on mobile phones and tablets. We have several mobile health applications where augmented reality could provide an innovative solution to make the user interface more intelligent and simple to use. Applications include point of care diagnostics and also maternal and child health in India. Our group is working with several different clinical partners in India, as well as in New York.

UROP tasks include: We are currently seeking a UROP students to help develop augmented reality applications using the Qualcomm Vuforia SDK for Android. (https://developer.vuforia.com/) This powerful SDK enables a wide variety of useful augmented reality functions (see for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP5le6lZ_bw).

We are looking for students with a strong experience with either Android or iOS. Prior experience with Android, augmented reality, or image processing is a plus. No biomedical experience or knowledge is necessary, but of course, a general interest in creating technologies to help people is desirable. The student should be able to work independently, and attend weekly group meetings to check on progress.

At this time we are interviewing students who are interested in working for the summer and open to the possibility of continuing in the fall semester. Pay or credit is available, or UAP project consideration. MEng funding is an option for UROP students continuing into 2017.

EECS Student (6.x) or anyone with relevant experience

Contact: Dr. Rich Fletcher (fletcher@media.mit.edu) (and mention for which project you are applying)


4/11/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Civil and Environmental Engineering (Course 1)
Faculty Supervisor: Otto X. Cordero

Project Title: Modeling biological evolution with genetic algorithms

Project Description: The Cordero lab is looking for an undergrad interested in learning how to use genetic algorithms to model biological evolution. The UROP will be in charge of creating a computer program that simulates the evolutionary dynamics of 10^5-10^6 digital organisms. These digital organisms will have complex internal structures (e.g. networks) that determine their fitness and will be evolved using genetic algorithms. Candidates should have a good handle of programming and of how to make use of data structures to optimize code.

Prerequisites: 6.006 (ideally, not if condition)

URL: corderolab.org

Contact Name: Otto X. Cordero
Contact Email: ottox@mit.edu


4/11/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Rosalind Picard

Project Title: Human big data visualization or analysis for improve wellbeing

Project Description: The Affective Computing group, Media Lab is looking for summer UROP students who join us to visualize and analyze our very unique big data from our SNAPSHOT study to improve wellbeing (stress, sleep, and mood). We have run the SNAPSHOT study to measure Sleep, Networks, Affect, Performance, Stress, and Health using Objective Techniques.(wearable sensors and mobile phones) for MIT undergrad students. We aim to understand the associations among mood, stress, sleep and social networks, and forecast/predict and improve mood. You will work with us to visualize and analyze the collected data.

Prerequisites: The students must have interests in programming in python and dealing with human big data. Experience in Javascript, or D3 programming, signal processing, statistical analysis or machine learning is plus.

URL: http://snapshot.media.mit.edu/

Contact: If you are interested, please send an email to Akane Sano at akanes@media.mit.edu with the following information:
* Subject line: UROP 2016 summer
* first name, last name
* years in college
* Content: Please write a short description (<200 words) that explains why you are interested and summarizes your relevant experience.
* Attachment: CV/resume


4/11/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Kent Larson

Project Title: Big Data -- Applied Machine Learning for an Innovative Future in Andorra

Do you seek to test how your machine learning and data science skills can generate real value out there? Are you interested on the intersection of big data with urbanism, marketing and tourism, energy, climate change, or transportation? Interested in working with an interdisciplinary team at the Media Lab, among statisticians, urban experts, electronic engineers, designers and software developers?

Project description: This is a rather unique collaboration project between the Media Lab and Andorra’s government, largest private companies (e.g., energy and telecom), and academic institutions (please see this link for more context). The overarching paradigm of our work is the application of machine learning and data science methodologies on Andorra’s big data, for enabling an understanding of the country’s dynamics on tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact; as well as to shed light on technological and system’s innovation towards radical improvements in these domains.

Data: this is a unique opportunity to work on a rich dataset that includes pseudonymized mobile phone records (CDRs) of the entire country, spatially specified logs to the national network of public WIFI, disaggregated energy consumption data from the national utility company, pollution and environmental data from the national network of environmental sensors, etc.

Tasks: Overall, we work both on conceptualizing and implementing high value data analysis, data processing, exploration, modeling, prediction, supervised and unsupervised learning tasks, etc.; as well as on high value data visualization and communication to project s stakeholders and Andorran citizens! For the latter task we use CityScope, a physical interactive platform for information visualization and exploration.

Academic papers will be elaborated on selected topics along this project. UROPs are welcomed to participate and co-author. These will be discussed on an ad hoc basis depending on student’s interests, skills, and availability. Please see this link for examples on the line of exciting research we are interested on.

Candidates profiles:
* Ideal candidates will have sharpened data science skills, and should be able to develop a thoughtful and creative understanding on how the models, analysis and visualizations can generate value in the contexts of Andorra s tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact.
* Interest or experience in the aforementioned domains is required: tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact.
* We are looking at integrating more than one UROP to the project. It is OK for candidates to have skills focusing on either machine learning, data processing and analysis, or on data visualization and communication. We also welcome candidates that have particular interests and/or experience in one of the aforementioned domains.
* You will be asked for previous experience, class projects, relevant courses, internships, etc. that support your knowledge and skills germane for this project.

Added Value for You:
* You will learn how your machine learning, data science, and\or data visualization skills can generate real value for all public, private, and civil sectors.
* You will acquire experience working with a unique set of big data : from mobile phone records (CDRs) of an entire country, and spatially specified logs to the national network of public WIFI, to disaggregated energy consumption data at the national level, to pollution and environmental data from a national network of environmental sensors. o You will significantly build up your data science CV/portfolio.
* You will be able to participate and potentially co-author exciting academic research.
* You will live and breathe the fun and interdisciplinary culture of the MIT Media Lab.

URL: cp.media.mit.edu

Contact: Please send us your resume/portfolio and a short paragraph on your interest in the project to Luis Alonso alonsolp@mit.edu. Thanks for your interest!!


4/11/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Kent Larson

Project Title: Augmented reality data visualization, and data visualization analysis for Urban Dynamic Innovation

Project Description: This is a rather unique collaboration project between the Media Lab and Andorra's government, largest private companies (e.g., energy and telecom), and academic institutions The overarching paradigm of our work is the application of augmented reality data visualization, data visualization analysis, and data science methodologies on Andorra's big data, for enabling an understanding of the country's dynamics on tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact; as well as to shed light on technological and system s innovation towards radical improvements in these domains.

Data: this is a unique opportunity to work on a rich dataset that includes mobile phone records (CDRs) of the entire country, spatially specified logs to the national network of public WIFI, disaggregated energy consumption data from the national utility company, pollution and environmental data.

We are seeking a UROP for the Fall term, with the possibility of continuing during following terms.

The task: Be a part of the team that is going to think and design an Innovation District, a Dynamic Square and a Smart Street based on the Andorran needs and the their big data, integrating the main lines of the CP Group research: big data Urban Planning (physical 3D model with data projection), PEV (Autonomous Electric Vehicle), etc. Help in the diagram and representation of the Andorra big data environmental, energy, mobility flows, etc. in dynamic presentations. To model, in 2D and 3D, urban and commercial events, urban elements, urban areas, dynamic maps, etc. in order to provide a base for modeling with Java, Processing (Grasshopper or other), dynamic presentations of Andorran flows (mobility of cars, people, energy, goods, etc.), and for plugging it in the CityScope (a physical interactive platform for information visualization and exploration) Academic papers will be elaborated on selected topics along this project. UROPs are welcomed to participate and co-author. These will be discussed on an ad hoc basis depending on student s interests, skills, and availability.

Candidates profiles: Ideal candidates will have sharpened data science skills (2+ years computer science), and should be able to develop a thoughtful and creative understanding on how the models, analysis and visualizations can generate value in the contexts of Andorra s tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact. We need candidates with medium-high level skills in Java, and Processing. Interest or experience in the aforementioned domains is required: tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact. We are looking at integrating more than one UROP to the project. It is OK for candidates to have skills focusing on either machine learning, data processing and analysis, or on data visualization and communication. We also welcome candidates that have particular interests and/or experience in one of the aforementioned domains. You will be asked for previous experience, class projects, relevant courses, internships, etc. that support your knowledge and skills germane for this project.

Necessary Skills: Java, 2+ years computer science and Processing.

Other important skills: HTML,CSS,JS, JQuery,D3.js, Database, Web Framework, Grasshopper

Additional Skills: (Open CV) Computer Vision, Machine Learning

About us: Changing Place is exploring the impact of tangible design tools for urban city planning.

URL: http://cp.media.mit.edu/city-simulation/

Prerequisites:
* Ideal candidates will have sharpened data science skills, and should be able to develop a thoughtful and creative understanding on how the models, analysis and visualizations can generate value in the contexts of Andorra s tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact.
* Interest or experience in the aforementioned domains is required: tourism and commerce, human mobility and transportation systems, energy and environmental impact.
* We are looking at integrating more than one UROP to the project. It is OK for candidates to have skills focusing on either machine learning, data processing and analysis, or on data visualization and communication. We also welcome candidates that have particular interests and/or experience in one of the aforementioned domains.
* You will be asked for previous experience, class projects, relevant courses, internships, etc. that support your knowledge and skills germane for this project.

Contact: Please send us your resume/portfolio and a short paragraph on your interest in the project to Luis Alonso alonsolp@mit.edu. Thanks for your interest!!


4/11/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Faculty Supervisor : Prof. Martin Rinard

Project Title: Warp + TensorFlow

Project Description: Embedded system implementations of machine learning algorithms are an exciting and important component of many applications, ranging from drones to wearable health-tracking systems. Embedded sensor-driven systems can produce large amounts of data from sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and temperature sensors. This rich stream of multi-dimensional data can enable retrospective system analyses (e.g., in aircraft black boxes), and can also serve as input for training and inference in predictive models (e.g., predicting turbine failures). However, despite the volumes of data that can be produced, most systems can not make complete use of the data collected: Not all the data collected is relevant to the analysis or prediction tasks, and the relevant data is computationally-challenging to analyze in situ. The type of data is also fundamentally different from the data stored in traditional databases: The data are noisy signals from the real world, and often have a temporal component. The goal of the Warp project is to develop a system that combines data storage, model training, and inference, for energy-efficient embedded sensor systems. The Warp system is being developed for the Lax hardware platform, a research platform developed at MIT. The goal of the UROP is to develop an implementation of TensorFlow's inference engine to run on resource-constrained low-power processors.

Tasks:
* Develop a thorough understanding of the TensorFlow implementation.
* Re-engineer the TensorFlow implementation as necessary to enable inference on systems with limited memory (e.g., 32KB RAM) and limited code storage.
* Re-engineer the TensorFlow implementation as necessary to enable training on systems with limited memory and limited code storage.

Prerequisites: Strong C/C++ programming skills, familiarity with Python, and a strong understanding of machine learning (or a willingness to learn the necessary background).

Contact: Phillip Stanley-Marbell <psm@mit.edu> to learn more.


4/11/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
Faculty Supervisor: Prof. Elazer Edelman

Project Title: Development of cardiovascular system models

Project Description: The Edelman Lab at the institute for Medical Engineering and Science of Massachusetts Institute of Technology is developing a computational fluid dynamics framework of the human cardiovascular system. These models are used to investigate the effects of cardiovascular disease on the flow domain.

Hours: Minimum commitment of 10 hours per week.

URL: For more information see http://edelmanlab.mit.edu

Prerequisites: We are looking for one undergraduate motivated in performing cardiovascular system geometries using medical images and SOLIDWORKS. The models will be used to perform computational studies of cardiovascular system.

Contact Name: Dr. Zahra Keshavarz-Motamed
Contact Email:zahra_km@mit.edu


4/11/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Media Lab
Faculty Supervisor: Alex `Sandy’ Pentland

Project Title: Creating an open-source social sensor and feedback tool to understand and improve human communication.

Project Description: Understanding how groups of people interact, and exploring how to improve group collaboration, communication, and decision making is paramount to the creation of successful human societies and organizations. However, exploring the social dynamics of small groups is a challenging problem. The majority of group collaboration studies have been limited to in-lab experiments with small numbers of participants, and do not capture the full variation or long term dynamics of real-life teams.

We are interested in creating open-source software-based social sensors that capture these complicated dynamics in online interactions that use video conferencing tools, pushing the boundaries of what social information may be quantified. Our objectives for the summer are to deploy a production-ready software system that integrates into a major online learning provider and measures the interactions of real-life student groups. We will also be developing real-time feedback tools for the students to explore ways of improving their group’s performance, learning, and communication. You will gain experience with production-level software development, data analysis, designing experiments, and cutting-edge web development tools.

Skills you should have already: Modern web development (Javascript/HTML5/CSS)

Skills you will learn or improve: data visualization, data science, real-time web, reactive applications, node.js

Pluses: experience with real-time web apps, data visualization (d3.js in particular), and experience with node.js

Additional limits: We are looking for students that are able to commit around 20 hours per week to the project.

Contact: Please send a short description of your background, why this UROP is interesting to you, and your resume to: Dan Calacci dcalacci@media.mit.edu


4/7/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Chemical Engineering (Course 10)
Faculty Supervisor: James W. Swan

Project Title: Simulating Life at Low Reynolds Numbers: Development of educational games simulating the swimming of micro-organisms on smart devices (iOS/Android phones and tablets)

Project Description: Everybody likes smartphone games, and many of them involve the simulation of the familiar macroscopic world. What about the microscopic world? How do micro-organisms thrive in the in such diverse environments as the ocean and the human body? Their experience is quite unfamiliar indeed. The physics of small living things is governed by the motion of their surroundings. It’s all FLUID DYNAMICS!

In this project, we will develop a smartphone application/game simulating swimming, hunting, and eating micro-organisms with an accurate facsimile of the fluid mechanics that govern the way they move. The application will be educational and entertaining, and designed to make the microscopic world familiar to a lay audience. The UROP student will work together with a graduate student, to develop initial requirements for the simulator, implement accurate and fast physical models for micro-organisms, create a new graphical and interactive paradigm for depicting the simulation on smart devices, and design challenging and fun tasks for users of the simulation to complete and learn from. Learning development in new languages relevant for mobile Apps is a perk (Swift if the student has no preference), though some programming experience is necessary.

Prerequisites: Basic programming skills in any language and linear algebra knowledge are required. Smartphone application development experience will be a plus.

URL: http://web.mit.edu/swangroup/

Contact Name: Gang Wang
Contact Email:gangwang@mit.edu


4/7/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Physics (Course 8)
Faculty Supervisor: Max Tegmark

Project Title: The Physics of Intelligence

Project Description: How does your brain work? Can we use recent breakthroughs from artificial intelligence to understand your mind better, or vice versa? In this project, we tackle such big questions with calculations, simulations and state-of-the-art neuroscience data from MIT and Harvard. You don't need to have a background in neuroscience or AI to work with me as long as you're eager to learn and share my interests: You love big questions such as how the brain processes information and why some but not all quark blobs are conscious. You're interested in learning and using advanced tools from condensed matter physics, field theory and information theory. You enjoy working with computers and state-of-the-art data to put theories to the test.

Prerequisites: You like math and you're good with computers. You're able to watch this video without falling asleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzCvlFRISIM

URL: http://space.mit.edu/home/tegmark/technical.html

Contact Name: Max Tegmark
Contact Email: tegmark@mit.edu


4/7/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Linguistics and Philosophy (Course 24)
Faculty Supervisor: Suzanne Flynn

Project Title: Running experiment using an eye-tracker for psycholinguistic study

Project Description: We are conducting an eye-tracking experiment in order to collect data from adult native speakers of English. These data will be compared to those data collected from an eye-tracking experiment with native Japanese speakers learning English as a second language (L2). We are looking for someone who is interested in experimental psycholinguistic research and learning how to use an eye-tracker. No experience is necessary. You will be trained to use the eye-tracker in the ESSL lab in Building 32, and will be in charge of running a series of experiments for data collection.

Contact: If you are interested in the project, please email to Prof. Suzanne Flynn (sflynn@mit.edu) or her post-doc Chie Nakamura (chienak@mit.edu), and provide a brief introduction about yourself.


4/7/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Chemical Engineering (Course 10)
Faculty Supervisor: Jean-Francois Hamel

Project Title: Production of isotopically-enriched serum albumin for biomedical research using Pichia pastoris as a biosynthetic host

Project Description: The project focuses on the development and optimization of the substrate yield of a novel process that uses [13C6]glucose and [15N2]ammonium sulfate to produce isotopically-labeled serum albumin from the yeast Pichia pastoris, with robust and consistent quantity and enrichment for biomedical research applications. Background Serum albumin is one such molecule of scientific interest for which a stable-isotope-labeled form is not currently commercially available. Human serum albumin (HSA), a 66.5 kDa single polypeptide, is the most abundant protein in blood plasma. It is crucial for maintaining the proper osmolarity of blood and transporting a variety of compounds through the body. Therapeutically, it is administered to patients for treatment of hypoalbuminemia or traumatic shock to restore fluid retention10. In addition to its traditionally-recognized roles, it has more recently been identified as a potential nutrient source for rapidly-growing tumors through the mechanism of micropinocytosis, and the use of [13C]- and/or [15N]-labeled forms of serum albumin in cell culture or mouse infusion systems could help give validation to this hypothesis. The yeast Pichia pastoris provides an ideal platform for the production of isotopically-labeled serum albumin. P. pastoris has been shown to be readily capable of producing appreciable quantities of properly-folded recombinant HSA, and no adverse responses were observed when the recombinant protein was administered in clinical trials (with administration of non-recombinant HSA as a reference). In contrast to E. coli, P. pastoris can readily secrete expressed protein products, which greatly facilitates purification.

Student Work Plan
1) Transform P. pastoris with basic and protease-deficient serum albumin expression plasmids, and screen colonies for production using Bradford assay or Bioanalyzer.
2) Optimize small-scale protein yield on glucose and ammonium through varying culture parameters (e.g. temperature, media compo!
sition) in shake flasks.
3) Use 2 L bioreactor to scale up culture using optimized conditions from shake flasks and develop production protocol with unlabeled substrates.
4) Perform bioreactor culture using developed protocol using [15N2]ammonium sulfate and [13C6]glucose to produce labeled serum albumin.
5) (Time permitting) Concentrate labeled protein using membrane filtration and purify using affinity chromatography.

Prerequisites: Enthusasism!

Contact Name: Dr. Hamel
Contact Email:jhamel@mit.edu


4/7/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Sloan School of Management (Course 15)
Faculty Supervisor: Erik Brynjolfsson

Project Title: The Economic Implications of Digital Reputation Systems

Project Description: The inability to verify the quality of a service provider represents a major challenge to the functioning of markets. One traditional solution to this problem is for the government to regulate services through certification or mandatory licensing. These regulations are meant to ensure that consumers receive quality service by excluding unqualified sellers. However, occupational licenses also have the potential drawbacks of raising the prices consumers face and rationing workers out of the market. Relatedly, digital reputation systems have made it much easier to track the quality of service providers. Consumers are now able to verify the credentials of a service provider and whether that service provider has positive online reviews. This raises the question of whether online reputation systems substitute or complement occupational licenses. In this paper, we use proprietary data from transactions and reviews on Thumbtack.com to study how licensing and reputation interact in determining how well this market functions. We are looking for a UROP to help process the data from this marketplace, to obtain auxiliary data regarding licensing regulations through web scraping, and to help us conduct statistical analyses. We expect this work to be a great introduction to the way data science is done within technology companies.

Prerequisites: Candidates must have at least some experience in programing (there is flexibility in which language to use but at least one of Python, R, or Matlab is a requirement), data analysis, and statistics. Candidates must also be interested in economics, data science, and digital platforms. It is preferred but not required for candidates to have experience in web scraping and server (cloud) computing.

Contact Name: Andrey Fradkin
Contact Email:afradkin@mit.edu


4/7/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Civil and Environmental Engineering (Course 1)
Faculty Supervisor: Benjamin Kocar

Project Title: Photochemical Reactions of Particulate Organic Matter

Project Description: Terrestrial organic matter (OM) is the second largest stock of carbon on earth, and carbon flux between the Earth s critical zone and atmosphere is enormous: approximately 120 Pg of carbon is exchanged between these systems on an annual basis. However, these flux estimates are among the most poorly constrained of the Earth s environmental systems. A multitude of chemical, physical, and biological processes conspire to transform terrestrial organic carbon into forms with enhanced or diminished recalcitrance thus altered potential for biologically mediated oxidation-reduction to carbon dioxide. In particular, it is well known that irradiation by sunlight is one of the dominant controls on the transformation of dissolved (aqueous) organic carbon to forms with altered recalcitrance. Despite this dominance, the effect of irradiation on particulate organic matter (POM), one of the major forms of carbon in terrestrial/freshwater systems, has not been thoroughly investigated.

As a UROP you will work independently to identify the role of photochemical processes on the transformation of POM on a molecular level (changes to functional group identities, abundances, etc.) as well as how this impacts the cycling of metal contaminants. You will conduct photochemistry batch experiments and gain experience with running advanced chemical instrumentation (FTIR, ICP-MS, NMR, etc.) as well as analyzing the collected data. Successful completion of this UROP project has the potential to culminate in co-authorship on a major peer-reviewed publication. We are available to meet and discuss specific details of the project at any time.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate students of all years with a solid foundation in chemistry are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of basic organic chemistry (familiarity with nomenclature and structures) is helpful but not required, as well as previous lab experience.

Contact Name: Anthony Carrasquillo
Contact Email:acarrasq@mit.edu


4/5/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Faculty Supervisor: Daniela Rus

Project Title: Printable origami robots with integrated sensors and controllers

Project Description: 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 robot with adaptive mechanisms for variable environments (printable robot brain), and (3) to develop a capsule-like origami robot for medical applications, for example drug delivery in stomach or intestine.

Topics:
* Origami robot design (MATLAB, C, SolidWorks, AutoCAD)
* Fabrication (laser cutter, 3D printer, electronics)
* Control & Programming (Electromagnetic actuation, motor drivers, PID, Arduino)

Prerequisites: Mechanical design skills (course 2); Programming skills (course 6); Microcontroller/circuit skills (course 6)

Contact Name: Shuguang Li
Contact Email: lisg@mit.edu


4/5/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Physics (Course 8)
Faculty Supervisor: Marin Soljacic

Project Title: Designing quantum photonic systems from electronic-structure calculations.

Project Description: Low-dimensional and topological materials hold promise for novel optical properties and new architectures in photonics. Traditional approaches in photonics theory of treating the material as a medium with a refractive index are no longer applicable in these systems, where the quantum mechanics of the electrons and photons can interact strongly. Our team is working on understanding the link between exotic electronic and photonic properties in new materials, developing appropriate theoretical and computational methods where necessary.

Candidate Role: Possible projects in our team include analytical calculations of the optical properties of model topological materials, computational methods to calculate optical properties of real topological materials, and design of photonic structures to exploit exotic optical properties.

Prerequisites: Undergraduates across all years with a strong background in quantum mechanical calculations as well as analytical optical/photonic approaches are encouraged to apply. Basic programming skills and mathematical methods are preferred.

URL: http://www.mit.edu/~soljacic/

Contact: Please email Prineha Narang (prineha@ab-initio.mit.edu) with your CV and a short description of your interests.


4/5/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Physics (Course 8)
Faculty Supervisor: Marin Soljacic

Project Title: New materials for nonequilibrium charge transport.

Project Description: Nonequilibrium transport of charge carriers in nanoscale systems can either be a boon, as in solar energy systems, or a challenge, as in the channels of transistors. Design of electronic materials, however, largely focuses on conventional quasi-equilibrium charge transport due to the challenges in predicting or quantifying these non-equilibrium phenomena. Our team is developing theoretical and computational methods to calculate nonequilibrium charge transport properties of materials starting from the quantum-mechanical electronic structure of materials.

http://www.mit.edu/~soljacic/Possible projects in our team include code development for realistic solutions of the Boltzmann transport equation, and applications of such methods for optimizing materials for beyond-equilibrium properties.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate students of all years with a strong background and interest in materials theory, quantum mechanics and/or statistical mechanics are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with scientific computation and programming (Python/C++) preferred.

URL: http://www.mit.edu/~soljacic/

Contact: Please email Prineha Narang (prineha@ab-initio.mit.edu) with your CV and a short description of your interests.


4/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
Faculty Supervisor: Brett Bouma

Project Title: Circuit design and fabrication for optical coherence tomography application

Project Description: The aim of this project is to develop novel optical instrumentation and methods that address challenges in clinical medicine and basic biological research. Optical coherence tomography is widely utilized in preclinical and clinical studies. Our work focuses on the continued development of frequency-domain OCT and its applications to intracoronary and gastrointestinal imaging. To further optimize our systems we need to design, fabricate and validate electronic circuits for specific elements of the OCT system. Among others, the refinement of a microcontroller, combined with an electronic circuit, used to provide synchronized drive signals for a Fabry-Perot (F-P) tunable filter and semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA).

Prerequisites: The ideal candidate has a background in electrical engineering and programming and has familiarity with microcontrollers and analog circuits.

Contact Name: Brett Bouma
Contact Email:bouma@mgh.harvard.edu


4/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Sea Grant Program
Faculty Supervisor: Prof. Chrys Chryssostomidis

Project Title: Teaching Engineering with Underwater Robots

Project Description: You will assist Dr. Thomas Consi (Sea Grant Education Specialist and robot builder) in preparing and running a summer program in underwater robotics for high school students. You will learn about the Sea Perch Remotely-Operated Vehicles (ROVs): how they work and how to build and "fly" them underwater. You will then prepare Sea Perch kits for the students and help Dr. Consi in other aspects of the course logistics. You will be a teaching assistant for the course and help the students build and run Sea Perches. In doing all of this you will gain a lot of hands-on technical skills in mechanical assembly, electronics and marine engineering. In addition you will take-on a small project of your own that will involve the development of a new device (e.g. sensor) for the Sea Perch that can be used in future courses. No experience is necessary, I am looking for an enthusiastic student who enjoys working with his/her hands, teaching and is curious about und!
erwater robotics and/or marine science in general.

Prerequisites: Enthusiasm

URL: http://seaperch.mit.edu/index.php

Contact Name: Dr. Thomas R. Consi
Contact Email: consi@mit.edu


4/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Materials Science and Engineering (Course 3)
Faculty Supervisor: Juejun Hu

Project Title: Chip-scale optical spectrometers

Project Description: Optical spectroscopy has long been established as a gold standard technology for chemical analysis in complex environments. Conventional spectroscopic interrogations, however, have to be performed in a dedicated laboratory environment using costly, fragile bench-top instruments, which severely limits application of the technology. The project is developing a disruptive spectrometer-on-a-chip technology which uniquely combines high performance, small footprint, low cost and superior ruggedness. Upon success, our technology is expected to enable a wide array of defense, industrial, and consumer applications. The student will help construct an analog control platform for testing and measuring novel photonic integrated circuits.

Prerequisites: Experience with circuit design, micro-controllers, and programming in C or Python are preferred but not required.

URL: http://web.mit.edu/hujuejun/www/

Contact Name: Juejun (JJ) Hu
Contact Email:hujuejun@mit.edu


4/4/16
Summer 2016
Department/lab/center: Picower Center for Learning and Memory (PILM)
Faculty Supervisor: Matt Wilson

Project Title: Development of real-time data acquisition and stimulation system for closed-loop control of rodent memory

Project Description: We now have the tools required to both measure and manipulate activity in neural circuits with great precision. Additionally, our lab and others have developed decoding algorithms to accurately read the neural code from the brain of freely moving rodents as it functions during waking behavior and during sleep. This project will focus on the development of code, hardware, and algorithms required to "close the loop" based upon decoded neural activity. In short, we wish to be able to influence the formation of memory by perturbing neural circuits only when they are "thinking" about certain previous experience. From a technical perspective, this requires low latency acquisition from and decoding of hundreds of electrodes in order to trigger stimuli with low enough latency and jitter to selectively affect memory formation. Specifically, the student will be working along with team of open-source developers to develop hardware and firmware to enable low latency acquisition from hundreds of recording channels (Verilog implementation and synthesis to a Xilinx Kintex FPGA and PCIe Linux device driver). Additionally, the student will be working to develop the user-land interface to integrate this real-time data stream with other IO (e.g. computer vision streams for monitoring animal location and output data streams to triggering stimulators). This project will integrate with the open-ephys electrophysiology data acquisition system system, which was started in our lab and is now in use in hundreds of labs around the world.

URLs:
* Open ephys: http://www.open-ephys.org/
* Next gen data acquisition system WIP: https://github.com/open-ephys/next-gen-system
* Rough hardware and driver spec: https://open-ephys.atlassian.net/wiki/display/OEW/PCIe+acquisition+board

Requirements: The UROP student should be interested in learning about low level driver development, FPGA development, and enjoy hacking on hardware. Existing skills with Linux device driver development, PCIe, FPGA programming, etc are a huge plus.

Commitment: Work will require ~10 hours/week. Some work can be done remotely (e.g. for code development, although weekly progress meeting are required). Position would begin in Summer 2016 and pre-preemptive work for the fun of it is welcomed!

Credit/Volunteer/Pay: UROPs are eligible for credit or volunteer positions during their first semester. Paid positions may be available during future semesters depending on performance and availability of funds.

Contact: Email Jon Newman (jpnewman@mit.edu). Include a few sentences about your interests and goals, thoughts on the project, and a copy of your resume.


4/1/16
Summer 2016
Department/Lab/Center: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Faculty Supervisor: Edward Adelson

Project Title: Object property recognition with a high-resolution tactile sensor

Project Description: We are working a most promising new tactile sensor called GelSight, which can get a supreme high resolution of high-resolution tactile image. Currently we are applying the sensor on robots, which can greatly expand a robot s ability in learning and interacting with the world through touch. In this project, we wish to explore the possibility of using GelSight to recognize objects physical properties from touch, such as friction, reflection, or local shapes. We plan to use statistic methods to predict one or multiple properties from tactile images.

Candidate role: The candidate for this project will mostly work on software part, including image processing and implementing machine learning methods on data. We want highly motivated students that can work full-time, and a longer term of cooperation is preferred. This project can be scoped for UROP, AUP or MEng (but it is not funded for MEng).

Prerequisites: The candidate should be experienced in machine learning or computer vision, and a good skill in Python is preferred.

Contact Name: Wenzhen Yuan
Contact Email: yuan_wz@csail.mit.edu

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