Tucson

About Tucson

Whether for business or pleasure, people come from all across the world to visit Tucson's blossoming green landscape. Found in the Sonoran Desert - dubbed "the greenest of deserts" - Tucson offers travelers clear skies, fresh air, stunning sunsets and rugged outdoor adventures.

The Old Pueblo's eco-friendly stage is already set with clean air and ample sunshine, a variety of farmers' markets offering local foods, hundreds of miles of bike paths, and smart water usage like xeriscaping.

History

Tucson was formally founded in 1775, about the time the nation's forefathers were signing the Declaration of Independence. Locally, the city is still called the Old Pueblo for the adobe fortress or "presidio" that marked its early borders.

Over the past three centuries, Tucson has grown from a Native American farming community, to Spanish outpost, to dusty frontier town, to bustling territorial days' railroad hub, to today's Southwestern metropolis of a million people.

For an introduction to Tucson and Southern Arizona's past, visit the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona State Museum. Stroll through a restored 19th century neighborhood and see Sonoran architecture and the site of the original Spanish presidio. To learn about Tucson's significant aviation history, visit Pima Air & Space Museum, the world's largest privately-funded air museum. We also have many historic day trips to match your interests.

Portions of this information taken from www.visittucson.org

Tucson in the Summer

Tucson's daily highs in the summer average higher than much of the US, but the humidity is much lower in the desert Southwest than in much of the rest of the country. Also, Tucson will experience the Monsoon during your stay (typically starting around July 4, and continuing for several weeks), and this season is a dramatic contrast to the sunny and arid June. For climate information, check out the National Weather Service's data sheet for Tucson.

About the University of ArizonaUA Mall in monsoon season

As a public research university serving the diverse citizens of Arizona and beyond, the mission of the University of Arizona is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education that engages our students in discovery through research and broad-based scholarship. We aim to empower our graduates to be leaders in solving complex societal problems. Whether in teaching, research, outreach or student engagement, access and quality are the defining attributes of the University of Arizona’s mission.

Students:

  • 29,719 Undergraduate
  • 6,962 Graduate
  • 1,376 Professional & Medical

Facts & Research:

  • Founded in 1885
  • More than $600 million in research
  • Ranked #18 among all public universities by the National Science Foundation
  • State Land Grant University
  • Member, Association of American Universities
  • Research I University

Sports:

  • NCAA Division-1, PAC 12 Conference

Campus:

  • 387 acres in central Tucson, oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona.

CAT Vehicle 2019

In 2019 summer, I worked on the CAT Vehicle REU at the University of Arizona. My group created a specialized language that will be used at local Tucson elementary schools to code Lego EV3 robots and the CAT Vehicle (an autonomous vehicle). I want to thank the University of Arizona, the NSF, and the other members of CAT Vehicle and HF projects.

Alex Day's experience: This video outlines the project that I was a part of during the University of Arizona's CAT Vehicle REU.

Video experience of Riley's project on the use of a domain-specific modeling language (DSML) designed in WebGME — a server-based generic modeling environment. The language mirrors the curriculum of non-expert programmers and incorporates the use of sensor data, which is to be deployed on both the Cognitive and Autonomous Test Vehicle (CATVehicle) and Lego EV3 robots. However, maintaining safety within these DSML-designed CPS can be an issue.

Autonomous driving has captured academic and public imaginations for years. This project attempts to implicitly teach a car to follow the best optimized route to a destination while avoiding obstacles. The car is taught the optimized route based on a reward/penalty system via reinforcement learning. Using only the distance away from the nearest object and the angle of said object, the car avoids collisions and learns the optimized route in computer simulated worlds.

Eric Av's Video experience: Autonomous driving has captured academic and public imaginations for years. This project attempts to implicitly teach a car to follow the best optimized route to a destination while avoiding obstacles. The car is taught the optimized route based on a reward/penalty system via reinforcement learning.

Pages