This research experience for undergraduates (REU) is engaged in the myriad of applications that are related to autonomous ground vehicles. This summer, 10 NSF-funded undergraduate students will participate 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.

The selection process for CAT Vehicle 2014 has completed, and we will post information about participants occasionally to this page. If you want to follow the 2014 participants closely, follow us on Facebook at

Here you can find a PDF summary of the CAT Vehicle 2013 program. This is useful to forward on to students, or to post outside an academic advisor's office.

Students from across the nation participating in an NSF-sponsored College of Engineering research program cap off the summer by taking the UA’s driverless car for a spin. The demonstration was featured live on FOX-11, and a story also aired on KGUN-9 in Tucson.

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  • 15 February: Applications due, to guarantee full consideration
  • 22 February: Letters of Recommendation due, to guarantee full consideration
  • 1-15 March: Selection process
  • 1 April: Notification deadline
  • April-May: Preparation and background reading
  • June-August: 10-week program.

This REU site will support 10 students over the summer. Each student will receive:

  • Stipend of $5,000 over the summer
  • Housing, meal allowance, and $600 travel allowance to Tucson, AZ
  • Letters of recommendation from their faculty mentors

Students will participate as researchers for the summer, working side by side with graduate researchers and faculty who are experts in cognitive radio and autonomous ground vehicles. Want to know more about what the REU is like? Check out the videos made by CAT Vehicle 2013 participants.

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CAT Vehicle 2013

CatVehicle 2013 alumna Nicole Chan was selected to receive a William and Marguerite Hesketh Scholarship.

Congratulations to CAT Vehicle 2013 alum Miguel de Jesus, who was recently awarded a 2014 Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship, worth up to $10,000. We're very proud of him and wish him luck in his final year of undergraduate study!

Congratulations to Tarif Haque, Joanne De Los Santos, and Duc Lam on the acceptance of their paper titled "A Mobile Interface designed for the Safety Verification of Autonomous Vehicle Trajectories" at the 2014 ACM Mid-Southeast Conference.

CatVehicle 2013 participants PJ Morley, Alex Warren, and Ethan Rabb were recently notified that their paper titled "Generating a ROS/JAUS Bridge for an Autonomous Ground Vehicle" was accepted for publication at the 13th Workshop on Domain-Specific Modeling, held with SPLASH 2013.

PJ Morley presenting his paper at the 13th Workshop on Domain-Specific Modeling

PJ Morely was a researcher in CatVehicle 2013, and after his research experience he wrote this Car Lust blog entry titled "Engineering a Driverless Vehicle."