This research experience for undergraduates (REU) is engaged in the myriad of applications that are related to autonomous ground vehicles. This summer, 12 NSF-funded undergraduate students participated in an immersive research experience, sitting side-by-side with graduate researchers and working on one of the most compelling, and complex, applications of today: autonomous systems.
TUCSON, Arizona -- Visiting undergraduate students, including some who are the first in their families to attend college, experienced hands-on research---and hands-off driving---in a National Science Foundation program at the University of Arizona this summer. They will demonstrate their driverless tech research projects on the UA campus Aug. 11.
Today's cars are getting more and more sophisticated in their behaviors, but true autonomy needs truly expensive sensors. Carlos Asuncion of UC Berkeley participated in the CAT Vehicle program in 2014, and he was interviewed by Ted Simons for the Arizona Horizon program on PBS 8 (KAET) in Phoenix, AZ.
The applications process is currently closed for 2015. We typically accept applications from mid-November until early April, for a June-August program. Check back during that time frame in order to apply for the 2016 program.
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If you were going to turn loose a high school student with a full-sized car that they could only control via computer, how safe would you feel? Alice Kim of Rice University tackled this problem as part of the CAT Vehicle Summer REU in 2014.
How can you design experiments that High School students (with no coding experience) can do on a full-sized car? That's what Destinee Batson of Northeastern University studied in Summer 2014 for the CAT Vehicle REU at the University of Arizona.
Carlos Asuncion of UC Berkeley participated in the Cat Vehicle 2014 REU at the University of Arizona. Focusing on how autonomous vehicles might impact the future was a key part of his summer experience.
Rachel Powers of the University of Arizona participated in the Cat Vehicle 2014 REU at the University of Arizona. In this video she describes her project, and how the cost of the sensors on top of these vehicles can be reduced. She was a rising senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Anthony Rodriguez spent the summer participating in an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. He was a rising senior at the University of Arizona, and his project focused on switched models for vehicle controllers.
Amanda Pyryt of the University of Maryland Baltimore County was a participant in the 2014 in the Cat Vehicle REU at the University of Arizona. Check out how she describes what her experience was like as part of the REU program, and her project on switched control for driverless cars.