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NSF REU Site in Sensing and Smart Systems

Florida Atlantic University's Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE) hosts an intensive summer research program in sensing and smart systems for talented undergraduate students across the country.

Closely related to the Internet of Things, smart systems represent an emerging class of distributed systems that provide real-time awareness of conditions, trends, and patterns to support improved decision-making, and often, automation. The on-campus research will focus on I-SENSE's three main program areas: Infrastructure Systems, Marine and Environment and Health and Behavior.


  • This paid, nine-week program focuses on training, mentoring, research and an overall experience for students that prepares them for graduate studies or careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines.
  • Participants will typically work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with one hour for lunch.
  • Undergraduate researchers are paid $600 along with a $130 meal allowance, per week.
  • Participants will be housed in apartment-style dormitories on FAU's Boca Raton, just three miles from the beach.
  • Those working in the Marine and Environment area will spend a portion of their time each week on FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute campus.
There were nine research projects completed in 2018.
Cross-Cutting: IoT Security
REU Mentor: Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D.
REU Scholar: Nikolas Bussey

Health and Behavior: Detecting Emotion in Multi-Party Conversations
REU Mentors: Jason Hallstrom, Ph.D. and Paul Peluso, Ph.D.
REU Scholars: Jacob Belga, Hannah Gibilisco and Serena Walker Jean

Health and Behavior: Robotic Prosthetics
REU Mentor: Erik Engeberg, Ph.D.
REU Scholar: Wen-Yu (Marty) Cheng

Infrastructure Systems: Adaptive Traffic Control
REU Mentor: Aleks Stevanovic, Ph.D.
REU Scholar: Forest Elliott

Infrastructure Systems: Data Analytics for Vehicle-based Mobile Sensing Data
REU Mentor: Jinwoo Jang, Ph.D.
REU Scholar: Jordan Miller

Infrastructure Systems: Data Embedding in Digital Media
REU Mentor: Dimitris Pados, Ph.D.
REU Scholar: Connor Weeks

Infrastructure Systems: Smart Energy Systems
REU Mentor: Yufei Tang, Ph.D.
REU Scholar: Sean Passmore

Marine and Environment: Robust Co-Prime Sensing with Underwater Inflatable Passive Sonar Arrays
REU Mentor: Bing Ouyang, Ph.D.
REU Scholar: Jordan Thomas

Marine and Environment: Geochemical Sensing
REU Mentor: Jordon Beckler, Ph.D.
REU Scholar: Zachary Wilhelm

There were 11 research projects completed in 2017.
Cross-Cutting: IoT Security
Mentor: Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D.
Student: Braxton McLean

Health and Behavior: Monitoring Interactions in Therapeutic Relationships
Mentor: Paul Peluso, Ph.D.
Student: Kirielle Singarajah

Health and Behavior: Analysis of Cardiac Signals Related to Atrial Arrhythmia
Mentor: Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D.
Student: Kelly Nguyen

Health and Behavior: Identifying Human Emotion through Computer Analysis
Mentor: Jason O. Hallstrom, Ph.D.
Students: Jacob Belga and Emmanuel Damour

Health and Behavior: Robotic Prosthetics
Mentor: Erik Engeberg, Ph.D.
Student: Michael Bornstein

Infrastructure Systems: Adaptive Traffic Control
Mentor: Aleksandar Stevanovic, Ph.D.
Student: Oghenekaro Durojaiye

Infrastructure Systems: Smart Grid Control and Optimization
Mentor: Yufei Tang, Ph.D.
Student: Michael Aiudi

Infrastructure Systems: Violence Detection in Surveillance Scenes
Mentor: Borivoje (Borko) Furht, Ph.D.
Student: Whitney Angelica Andrews

Marine and Environment: Comprehensive Sensing
Mentor: Bing Ouyang, Ph.D.
Student: Benjamin Maltbie

Marine and Environment: Effective Communication and Inductive Charging for Ocean Swarm Robotic
Mentor: Jason Hallstrom, Ph.D.
Student: Paul Scarpinato

Marine and Environment: Ocean Current Analysis
Mentor: Laurent Cherubin, Ph.D.
Student: Richard Peterson


Complete this online application and
submit the following information to Andrea Gonzalez.
  1. One-page statement of interest that describes your motivations, expectations and long-term objectives.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members.
  3. A rank-ordered list of research projects that you are most interested in.


Application Deadline: March 6, 2020
First Round Notification Date: March 18, 2020
Start Date: June 1, 2020
End Date: July 31, 2020


  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering.
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Selections will be based on a combination of research interests, academic qualifications, and faculty recommendations.


For additional information please contact Jason Hallstrom at (561) 297-4748 or Andrea Gonzalez at (561) 297-4759.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs is funded by the National Science Foundation grant #CNS-1659484.

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