Come see the self-driving CAT Vehicle in action, from 7:30-9:30 AM on Tuesday August 9, 2016. Come to the West side of the ECE Building, near the southwest corner of Speedway and Mountain. Standard rates for UA Visitor Parking are available at the Second Street garage.

CAT Vehicle self-driving car. Photo: University of Arizona

Sterling Holcomb, Audrey Knowlton, and Juan Guerra published results of their research project in WinnComm'16, the Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Wireless Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio, in Reston, VA. Their paper, titled "Power Efficient Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks" was a new approach for Vehicular AdHoc Networks (VANETS) that represents a significant reduction in power use. This benefit enables more vehicles to communicate simultaneously. The paper was presented in the technical track, "Top 10 Most Wanted Wireless Innovations."

Yegeta Zeleke and Kennon McKeever published results of their research project in the 15th Workshop on Domain-Specific Modeling, which is the longest-running workshop in the history of SPLASH/OOPSLA. Their paper, titled "Experience Report: Constraint-based Modeling of Autonomous Vehicle Trajectories" focused on enabling young students (e.g., in elementary school) to safely control a dangerous robot, such as autonomous car, through the application of constraint-based checks during the code generation process.

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 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.

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The applications process is currently closed for 2017. We typically accept applications from mid-December until early April, for a June-August program. Check back during that time frame in order to apply for the 2018 program.

  • 1 March: Applications due, to guarantee full consideration
  • 8 March: Letters of Recommendation due, to guarantee full consideration
  • 9-23 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 previous CAT Vehicle participants.

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CAT Vehicle 2016

Carrie Smith (Seattle University)
Tyler Sypherd (Arizona State University)

Radar has many uses today---and that's a problem when one radar system starts to interfere with another one! This project aims to determine how to let automative radar coexist with other applications.

Emily Sheetz (Monmouth College)
Timothy Tadros (Dartmouth College)

Cars are really complicated systems, but sometimes we can treat them like simple systems. How can we know when to think of them as simple?

Nathaniel Hamilton (Lipscomb University)
R’mani Haulcy (Yale University)

What if an autonomous car could make driving easier for vehicles with regular human drivers, too?

Anu Deodhar (University of Oregon)
Swati Munjal (University of Arizona)

Everyone agrees that autonomous vehicles should be safer than regular vehicles, but how do we know if they actually will? This project works on the application of safety verification tools to ground vehicles.

Anthoney Arkadie (Western State Colorado University)
Bryan Wieger (University of California, Berkeley)

Future autonomy may depend on vehicles telling one another where they are. But how can we kow if they are telling the truth?