Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Project Title: Natural User Interfaces for Children (multiple projects)
Department: Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Anthony, lanthony@cise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD based on project and availability
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 2-3 students per semester
Prerequisites:  Projects can be customized for background and interest of the student, pending lab needs at the time. Helpful skills (encouraged but not required) include: programming fundamentals, experimental design, data analysis, experience working with children, good people skills, attention to detail, organization, time management. High-achieving freshman encouraged to apply! Students considering graduate school strongly encouraged to apply!
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: 1st semester, none unless selected for University Scholars; after trial period, $12/hour up to 10 hours per week
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email all application requirements to Lisa Anthony, lanthony@cise.ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but first come first served (recommend: Mar 15 or July 1 for Fall, Nov 15 for Spring, Mar 15 for Summer)
Website:  http://init.cise.ufl.edu
Project Description: My lab focuses on advanced interaction technologies such as touch, speech, and gesture, especially for children in the context of educational interfaces. Our projects advance human-computer interaction (HCI) research questions of how users want to interact with these natural modalities, and computer science research questions of how to build recognition algorithms that can understand user input in these ambiguous modalities. Top priorities currently: (a) participatory design activities with children for natural user interfaces; (b) prototyping speech interfaces for children; and (c) user studies evaluating how children interact with different natural interface technologies (tabletop computers, speech, VR/AR, etc.)

Project Title: Modeling Dialogue for Supporting Learning
Department: Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Kirsty Boyer, keboyer@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Mentor will be selected to best fit the undergraduate applicant.
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  Projects can be customized according to background of student. Java I and Java II already completed is strongly preferred, and completion of Data Structures will open the most possibilities for a student in our lab. Nonetheless, high-achieving freshmen should not hesitate to apply.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10 per hour. Hours per week flexible.
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email resume, transcript, and cover letter to keboyer@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: We conduct interviews on a rolling basis. Interested applicants may apply anytime.
Website:  https://www.cise.ufl.edu/research/learndialogue/
Project Description: Dialogue is one of the most effective ways for people to learn. We ask questions, give and receive advice, and clarify our understanding. Building computational models of dialogue for learning is a crucial step on the path toward effectively supporting all students through intelligent learning environments. This project focuses on understanding and modeling that dialogue.

Project Title #1: Remote Sensing of Coral Reefs
Department: Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Paul Gader, pgader@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Ron Fick, rfick@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  C++ (preferred) or Java.  Calculus III.  Linear Algebra.  Probability and Statistics
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10 per hour up to 10 hours a week
Application Requirements: UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Paul Gader, pgader@ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: Aug. 15 for Fall, Nov. 1 for Spring
Website:  cise.ufl.edu/~pgader
Project Description: Coral reefs are a beautiful and essential part of marine ecosystems.  It is important to understand the health of the reefs at a global scale.  Researchers are investigating airborne systems with imaging spectrometers that produce images with hundreds of spectral bands.  The computational burden of extracting useful spectral information about reefs is enormous and the research focus is advanced machine learning and modeling algorithms for spectral analysis of coral reefs.

Project Title #2: Machine Learning for Forestry
Department: Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Paul Gader, pgader@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): none
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  MATLAB, C++, Python, or Java.  Calculus I.  Linear Algebra.  Probability and Statistics
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10 per hour up to 10 hours a week
Application Requirements: UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Paul Gader, pgader@ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: Aug. 15 for Fall, Nov. 1 for Spring
Website:  cise.ufl.edu/~pgader
Project Description: Analyzing the health of forests is important for ecological and agricultural purposes.  Researchers are investigating the use of airborne systems equipped with imaging spectrometers that capture images with hundreds of spectral bands per pixel.  The massive scale of these collections requires new computational algorithms.  The focus of this research is on machine learning and modeling algorithms for estimating forest health.

Project Title: Brain-Drone Racing
Department: Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Juan Gilbert, juan@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Jessica Jones, jnj@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 5 students a term
Prerequisites:  none
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: online application, resume, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Juan Gilbert, juan@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: no specific deadline, first come, first serve
Website:  http://www.braindronerace.com/
Project Description: In 2016, the Human-Experience Research Lab (HXRL) held the world’s first Brain-Drone Race competition, see website.  We plan to continue the race and we need students to help with the development, organization and all aspects of the brain-drone race.

Project Title: Collecting Eyetracking Data on Images and Videos
Department:
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Eakta Jain, ejain@cise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 2 students a term
Prerequisites:  programming fundamentals
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none in the first semester unless selected for University Scholar; after that hourly stipend available based on performance and fit to specific project
Application Requirements: Resume, faculty interview, attend a group meeting; email faculty at ejain@cise.ufl.edu with pdf resume to schedule interview. Make time to attend group meeting.
Application Deadline: End of add/drop period in each term
Website:  jainlab.cise.ufl.edu
Project Description: Eyes are the window to the soul. Eyetracking data is a powerful source of data to understand how humans perceive visual information. We design, code, and run experimental studies to collect and analyze eyetracking data. Interested students should have good time management and organization skills, and be able to code in MATLAB.

Project Title #2: Web Development and Server Management
Department:
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Eakta Jain, ejain@cise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior; 1 student a term
Prerequisites:  HTML programming
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none in the first semester unless selected for University Scholar; hourly stipend available after that based on performance and fit to project
Application Requirements: Resume, faculty interview, attend a group meeting; email resume as pdf file to ejain@cise.ufl.edu, make time to attend group meeting
Application Deadline: End of add/drop period in each term
Website:  jainlab.cise.ufl.edu
Project Description: I am looking for a web developer with an eye for detail and aesthetics to maintain databases and citizen science project pages on our web server (jainlab.cise.ufl.edu). Need to have good time management and organization skills and previous web development experience.

Project Title #1: DeepCloud: Intelligent Platforms for Deep Learning and AI
Department: Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Andy Li, andyli@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Xiaoyong Yuan, chbrian@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Like programming, like math, like AI, GPA >3.5 (exceptions can be made for outstanding programmers)
Credit:  2 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: Varies – depending on experience
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts; http://www.andyli.ece.ufl.edu/index.php/opportunities/
Application Deadline: N/A
Website:  http://www.andyli.ece.ufl.edu/
Project Description: Deep learning (DL) has made tremendous breakthroughs recently, achieving the state-of-the-art results in vision, speech, text, games, and others. DeepCloud project aims to offer a powerful intelligent platform to serve DL community with intelligent services at multiple levels in multiple modalities, at scale.

Project Title #2: GatorPilot: Deep Learning for Autonomous Vehicles
Department: Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Andy Li, andyli@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Pan He, pan.he@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Like programming, like math, like AI, GPA >3.5 (exceptions can be made for outstanding programmers)
Credit:  3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: Varies – depending on experience
Application Requirements: Basic online application, Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Faculty interview, Other: http://www.andyli.ece.ufl.edu/index.php/opportunities/
Application Deadline: N/A
Website:  http://www.andyli.ece.ufl.edu/
Project Description: Deep learning (DL) has made tremendous breakthroughs recently, achieving the state-of-the-art results in vision, speech, text, games, and others. GatorPilot project aims to achieve self-driving with high safety and context-awareness. Keywords: Deep Learning, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Self-Driving

Project Title: Interacting with Virtual Humans to Improve Communication Skills
Department:
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Benjamin Lok, lok@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Stephanie Carnell, scarnell@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior; 2 students in fall/spring; 3 students in summer
Prerequisites:  Data Structures, Programming
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none for starting students unless selected for University Scholars; funding opportunities for top performers
Application Requirements: online application, resume, letter(s) of recommendation, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Benjamin Lok, lok@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: rolling deadline (you can apply at any time, however course credit is based on standard university enrollment deadlines)
Website:  www.ufverg.com
Project Description: How can we improve how we train people to interact with other people? From training better health care, law enforcement, business, and education (amongst others) will require new simulations to practice and train on interpersonal skills. Thus we will innovate in the areas of virtual reality, human-computer interaction, natural language processing, and machine learning as to develop simulations to train people on more effectively interacting with other people. We will create interactive 3D virtual people that learners can type, talk, and/or gesture with to practice and receive feedback on high-stakes interpersonal scenarios such as a doctor talking to a patient or a team of medical staff in the operating room.

Project Title: Modeling with the HTC Vive
Department:
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jorg Peters, jorg.peters@gmail.com
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 2 students a term
Prerequisites:  Experience with modeling environments (Blender preferred — takes ca 1 month to learn), graphics programming experience, enthusiasm for VR
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: TBD
Application Requirements: UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview,  short explanation why you are interested and qualified; email all requirements to  Jorg Peters, jorg.peters@gmail.com
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.cise.ufl.edu/research/SurfLab/
Project Description: Link the opensource Blender )Maya) modeling environment to the HTC Vive (Virtual Reality) for enhanced capabilities and experiences

Project Title: Big Data technologies for Actigraphy Problems
Department: Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Sanjay Ranka, ranka@cise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Strong programming and algorithmic background
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts; email one pdf file of all documents to Sanjay Ranka, ranka@cise.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.cise.ufl.edu/~ranka
Project Description: Development of techniques for collecting, monitoring and modeling activity information of older adults and correlating them with their physical and mental health.

Project Title: Web GL and other Interface for in House Open Source Molecular Modeling  Software
Department: Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Meera Sitharam, sitharam@cise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Rahul Prabhu, rprabhu@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  Should be able to read and write  C++  and  preferably openGL (or substitute object oriented/graphics programming languages).
Stipend: $15/hr up to 10 hrs a week
Application Requirements: Basic online application, faculty interview; email one pdf file with qualifications to Rahul Prabhu, rprabhu@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: rolling deadline until hired.
Website: http://www.cise.ufl.edu/~sitharam/EASALvideo.mpg
Project Description: The project is to develop a Web GL   interface as well as standardize the existing raw OpenGL interface for in house Open Source Molecular Modeling  Software.   The backend is in C++

Project Title: Development of Autonomous Mobile Agents (Robots)
Department: Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Mentors: Eric Schwartz, ems@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 15-50 students per term
Prerequisites:  A desire to learn and work with others.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN4912
Stipend: None unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Faculty interview; visit my office in MAEC 106 on a MW or F afternoon
Application Deadline: None
Website:   www.mil.ufl.edu
Project Description: MIL provides a cross-disciplinary synergistic environment dedicated to the study and development of intelligent, autonomous robots. We conduct research in the theory and realization of autonomous mobile agents covering topics such as machine learning, real-time sensor integration (including computer vision, LADAR, sonar, radar, IMU, etc.), optimization, and control. Applications of MIL research (that have produced functioning robots) include autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), autonomous water surface vehicles (ASVs), autonomous land vehicles (ALVs), and autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs).

Project Title: 3D Digitization, Printing and Exploration of Fossils
Department: Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Corey Toler-Franklin, ctoler@cise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Shashank Ranjan, shashankranjan@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  Programming fundamentals, knowledge of web technologies (javascript, jquery, html) and graphics libraries (OpenGL, WebGL) is a plus
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview, be available for weekly group meetings; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Corey Toler-Franklin, ctoler@cise.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: End of add/drop period in each term
Website: www.coreytoler.com
Project Description: 3D scanning technologies are powerful tools for digitizing and preserving fragile artifacts such as fossils and biological specimens. Our research introduces new algorithms for rendering and visualizing this 3D data. The goal of the project is to develop web applications which allow users to study and interact with 3D models in real-time.

Project Title #1: Demo UI Development for Advanced QA over Knowledge Bases
Department:
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Daisy Zhe Wang, daisyw@cise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Xiaofeng Zhou, xiaofengzhou@ufl.edu; Miguel Rodriguez, miguelrodriguez@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1-2 students a term
Prerequisites:  Past experience with UI design and development; Data Structures, Programming
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars; after a trial period:  $10 per hour up to 10 hours a week
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, good GPA; email one pdf file of requirements to Daisy Zhe Wang, daisyw@cise.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: Rolling deadline effective until September 2016
Website:  http://dsr.cise.ufl.edu/projects/
Project Description: Knowledge bases are used to provide QA to intelligent systems. Research has been conducted on enhancing current capabilities of knowledge bases. This project is to develop the front end of demos of different QA scenarios over such advanced KBs.

Project Title #2: Data Science Application to Law, Ecology and Biomedical Domains
Department:
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Daisy Zhe Wang, daisyw@cise.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1-2 students a term
Prerequisites:  Interest and prior knowledge in respective application domains: (1) Law (2) Ecology (3) Biomedical; data structure and programming; database and machine learning
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars; after a trial period:  $10 per hour up to 10 hours a week
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview, good GPA; email one pdf file of requirements to Daisy Zhe Wang, daisyw@cise.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: Rolling deadline effective until September 2016
Website:  http://dsr.cise.ufl.edu/projects/
Project Description: Data Science extract knowledge and make prediction from big data with 5Vs. This project attempt at applying state-of-the-art data science technology to application domains such as Law, Ecology and Biomedical research in collaboration with domain researchers.