Multidisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Internet of Things

May 31 - July 30, 2016

Department of Computer Science, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 78666

Supported by National Science Foundation


The multidisciplinary research experiences for undergraduate students in Internet of Things is funded by NSF CISE and hosted by iDig research group in Texas State University. There are 10 positions for this 9-week program. The summer 2016 program will start on May 31 and finish on July 30.

The primary objective of this program is to motivate undergraduate students to pursue research careers via intensive summer research projects in IoT. Internet of Things (IoT) represents a fascinating vision for the next generation of Internet where everyday physical objects can be attached with sensors and  seamlessly integrated with the Internet. IoT will bring endless opportunities and impact every corner of our planet. With IoT, we can build smart cities where parking space, urban noise, traffic congestion, street lighting, irrigation, and waste can be monitored in real time and managed more effectively. We can build smart homes that are safe, energy-efficient and convenient. IoT can transform manufacturing, making it leaner, smarter and raising the prospect of bringing outsourced manufacturing jobs back to USA. While an explosive number of potential IoT applications can be built and deployed, there is a need for a general framework on how to engineer those applications such that the system is robust, flexible and maintainable.

The students will spend nine weeks in the summer on site working in groups with supervising faculty member on a practical IoT research project. Students will be assigned to an on-campus dormitory for inclusion in a supportive campus community. Students will be closely mentored on research processes, research ethics, advanced technology development and both written and oral presentation skills. They will also participate in practical professional development activities such as workshops for graduate school application and field trips to industrial laboratories. The program will also include a fun social event at the crystal-clear San Marcos River.

The highlights of our REU experiences are:

  1. Students will be given the opportunities to work on research problems with practical applications.
  2. Students will work in groups in a scholarly community that consists of mentors and practitioners who can serve as role models and become part of students' virtual support group.
  3. Students will participate in a series of field trips and workshops to bridge their transition to graduate programs.
  4. Students will be closely mentored on research process and presentation skills that culminated in a public oral presentation at Texas State at the end of each summer.

Review of applications  for summer 2016 will begin on March 1 

The key benefits of the program:

  1. Working on one of the research projects that will advance the state of art in Internet of Things
  2. Improving future career perspectives
  3. Generous stipend ($4500 for 9 weeks)
  4. Travel reimbursement of up to $600
  5. Free on campus housing and meal allowance
  6. Learning how to write quality research papers and give research presentation
  7. Building a network of supporting community for future graduate career