Summer 2014 will mark the second year that the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University is offering a summer REU Program, Computing for Disasters. The program spans 10 weeks and involves undergraduate students from Texas A&M as well as students from other colleges and universities from across the United States. It is hoped that the students participating in the CSE REU Computing for Disasters program will make significant contributions to ongoing faculty research and, more importantly, will gain an appreciation for and an interest in graduate school and a future research career.
Disasters pose a comprehensive need for computing, where data must be collected, transmitted, transformed, and displayed to stakeholders in real-time, leading to the acronym of critical real-time computing and information systems or CRICIS. Disasters are a natural focus because it brings together research in "physical science and engineering (e.g., sensors, unmanned systems, models, etc.), social sources of data (e.g., social networking, citizen science, etc.), transfer and storage of data (e.g., networks, cloud computing, context-aware networks, data warehousing, security, privacy, etc.), transformation of data into useful information (e.g., computer vision, human computation, etc.), real-time formal and informal decision making support (e.g., artificial intelligence, optimization, visualization, interfaces, cognitive science, CSCW, policy, etc.)." However, disasters are more than a "big tent" offering a common theme, they encourage expansion of existing research topics in new directions because of the extreme temporal, geographical, stakeholder, and data scales. In addition disaster management requires a new style of research which emphasizes a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach similar to the Smart Health and Wellbeing programs at NSF.
Example Research Projects with Faculty Mentor:
To participate in the program, students
Because the evaluation committee is most interested in your potential for graduate studies and research, letters from professors or others who have advised you in research or taught you in class are most useful. However, since not all students will have had prior research experience, letters from supervisors from work or other individuals can be provided.
CSE REU Computing for Disasters student Ivan Espinosa, a math and computer science major from California State University-Fullerton, won the highly competitive Dwight Look College of Engineering REU summer poster competition held in the Zachry Engineering Center on August 9, 2013 at Texas A&M University. Ivan's winning poster is entitled, "Optimizing the Graphics Pipeline for High-Performance ZeroTouch." He was advised by Dr. Andruid Kerne and CSE graduate student, Bill Hamilton.
CSE REU Computing for Disasters student April Senner, a computer science and math major from Western Oregon University, was selected by an esteemed panel of CSE faculty to represent the department at the NSF Conference of Research Experiences for Undergraduates on October 27-28, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. April’s winning poster is entitled “Exploring Spatio-Temporal Trends in Reactions to Disaster Situation on twitter”. She was advised by Dr. James Caverlee and CSE graduate student, Zhiyuan Cheng.
Below is information related to the CSE@TAMU program itself as well as information about the Texas A&M University community. Deciding to join us for the summer is an important choice and we want you to be prepared!
If you have accepted an offer to participate in the CSE@TAMU Research for Undergraduates (REU), you will be asked soon after your acceptance about your travel arrangements. We ask that you allow us to make your travel arrangements as they pertain to airline travel due to reimbursement procedures. If you plan to drive your own car to College Station instead of flying, there are other travel procedures that must be followed.
Upon Arrival on Monday, June 3rd, there will be a CSE@TAMU Welcome.
Most participants arrive in College Station the weekend before the program begins.
Housing. NOTE: INFORMATION IS FROM 2013. DETAILS HAVE NOT BEEN FINALIZED FOR 2014,
Housing for the CSE@TAMU group for the Summer of 2014 will be at the Tradition at Northgate. Within walking distance of campus, the Tradition is a fully-furnished, privately-owned dorm. Please see the website for more information on the actual location and look of the housing. You will room with one other person in the CSE@TAMU group. Housing is assigned randomly by the REU program administrator unless otherwise notified. Please let the REU program administrator know as soon as possible if you have any needs such as accessible living or any special arrangements.
Housing Amenities Include:
What you should bring with you:
Additional Housing Information:
If your research schedule this summer is not during the dates of June 2nd to August 9th, 2014, then you will be responsible for locating housing outside of this time. The Texas A&M class schedule does not allow either on or off-campus dorms to be available.
Direct Deposit is available through the Texas A&M Howdy Portal or the check(s) will be mailed to your address of record.
Programs, Seminars and Learning Opportunities.
This summer you have the unique opportunity of participating in innovative research, being in a new place, meeting new people, and experiencing many new and different things.
During this 10-week summer program, students will
Lastly, you might ask, what are the requirements of me as a Research Undergraduate this summer in terms of deliverables? As an REU participant, you are required and expected to produce the following:
A Few Odds and Ends.
Links to various campus and city interests.
Bryan/College Station Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Calendar of Events
For More Information.
If you have questions or need more information about the CSE REU Program, please contact:
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3112