Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Title: Magnetic Microsystems
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: David Arnold, darnold@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Various
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, Number of Students per Semester Varies
Prerequisites:  Varies by project. No background in magnetics required. Just a strong curiosity and willingness to learn!
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: Paid positions are available based on qualifications.
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Statement of research interest, Email Professor Arnold (darnold@ufl.edu) with application materials. Priority for students considering graduate research.
Application Deadline: none
Website:  www.img.ufl.edu/darnold
Project Description: Research interests include -Micro/nanostructured magnetic materials -Magnetic microsystems and electromechanical transducers -Biomedical applications of magnetic systems -Compact (<100 W) power/energy systems (wireless power, energy harvesting, circuits) Current research projects include: Magnetic Thick Films for Integrated Microwave Devices (DARPA) Magnetically Levitated Microrobot Factories (DARPA) Electrodynamic Wireless Power Transmission (Industry) Internet of Things Hardware (NSF + Industry) Magnetoelectric Devices (Industry) Magnetic Particle Imaging (NIH) Biological and Fluidic Measurements using Magnetic Microdiscs (Industry) We are an experimental research group. Research duties may involve microfabrication, chemical/thermal processing, simulation/modeling, circuit design, system design & fabrication, testing & characterization.

Project Title #1: Distribution Systems Primary Voltage Control: A MPC Approach
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Arturo Bretas, arturo@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Several PhD Students in the PowerLab
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1-2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  EEL3211C – Basic Electric Energy Engineering; EEL 4251 Power System Analysis
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email all application requirements to Arturo Bretas, arturo@ece.ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: none
Website:  http://power.ece.ufl.edu/
Project Description: We are currently working on the design and construction of a distributed MPC approach for Distribution Systems Primary Voltage Control. The idea is to coordinate Smart Loads, Renewable Energy Resources and System Topology to Achieve Optimal Voltage Control. You will be working with System Modelling, Control Design and Renewable Generation.

Project Title #2: Smart Grids Cyber-Physical Security
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Arturo Bretas, arturo@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Several PhD Students in the PowerLab
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1-2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  EEL3211C – Basic Electric Energy Engineering; EEL 4251 Power System Analysis
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email all application requirements to Arturo Bretas, arturo@ece.ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: none
Website:  http://power.ece.ufl.edu/
Project Description: Smart Grids Real-Time Monitoring is done through State Estimators. In this project we investigate different approaches aiming detection, identification and correction of cyber-attacks on State Estimators. Hypothesis testing, meta-heuristics, deep learning and ANN are some investigated techniques. You will work with system modelling, state estimation and meta-heuristics.

Project Title: IoT devices for Human Health and Safety
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: William Eisenstadt, wre@tec.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Up to 4 students a semester
Prerequisites:  Courses in one of the following areas: (1) Digital Design (2) Analog Design or Power Electronics (3) Microprocessor Systems and Embedded Programming (4) Programming
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest; email a pdf file with all application requirements to Prof. Bill Eisenstadt, wre@tec.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: none
Website:  http://witss.ece.ufl.edu/
Project Description: Building hardware, software, apps and web sites for wireless sensor platforms for agriculture, mosquito control and food chain safety. Existing projects include wireless WiFi solar weather stations for agriculture in Haiti and US mosquito control, bluetooth-based temperature posts for fly control for animal breeding facilities. New projects will be defined to develop wireless sensor platforms for flood and river drainage, for soil moisture, soil salinity, bluetooth-based weather stations, and water salinity measurements. Wireless mosquito traps are also a project. Also, embedded programming, custom phone apps and web software are needed for all applications.

Project Title #1: Memory-Based Security Primitive Analysis and Design
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Domenic Forte, dforte@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Tauhid Rahman, rahman.tauhid@ufl.edu; Zimu Guo, zimuguo@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Required: DIGITAL LOGIC & COMPUTER SYSTEMS, DIGITAL DESIGN; Recommended :
INTRODUCTION TO HARDWARE SECURITY AND TRUST, DIGITAL COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, DIGITAL INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview, interest in graduate school encouraged; email all application requirements to Domenic Forte, dforte@ece.ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: none
Website:  n/a
Project Description: Memory is already included a wide variety of systems already and could be re-purposed for low-overhead hardware security primitives (PUFs, TRNGs, anti-counterfeit, etc.) that enable system-level identification, authentication, and cryptographic key generation. This project will examine external and internal/embedded SRAM, DRAM, and Flash memory for such primitives in order to improve their security, reliability, etc.. Students should have interest or experience with one or more of the following: hardware security, cyber security, Matlab programming, FPGA development and programming, I/O interfaces, and data collection. Students will interact with a variety of tools in the state-of-the-art FICS lab such as Thermostream system for accelerated aging of electronics.

Project Title #2: Automated Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Reverse Engineering via X-ray Tomography
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Domenic Forte, dforte@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Kun Yang (k.yang@ufl.edu)  and Joey Botero (jbot2016@ufl.edu)
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 2 students per term
Prerequisites: Required: DIGITAL LOGIC & COMPUTER SYSTEMS, DIGITAL DESIGN; Recommended: Familiarity with any PCB design or CAD tool; familiarity with image processing, machine learning, and pattern recognition
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements:  Resume, unofficial transcripts, faculty interview, interest in graduate school encouraged; email all application requirements to Domenic Forte, dforte@ece.ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: none
Website:  dforte.ece.ufl.edu
Project Description: Reverse engineering (RE) of electronics can be both reassuring and concerning. globalization of IC and PCB industries has resulted in well-documented concerns such as counterfeiting and hardware Trojan insertion. For such instances, RE represents an important tool for validating the performance, quality, authenticity, and integrity of electronics. Similarly, many of the critical systems and infrastructures in use today are decades old. Maintaining them requires electronic components that are no longer available. Replacing or redesigning the entire system may be too time consuming or expensive. However, through RE one can study the particular component/board in order to reproduce it and/or replace it with an alternative in the legacy system. On the other hand, RE can be responsible for just as many threats as solutions. RE can also be exploited to generate unauthorized clones or find weaknesses in the system. As part of this project, students will analyze 3D images of PCBs and develop a tool that processes the image (assigns different pixel values to traces, vias, etc.), stiches together results, extracts the PCB netlist, and converts the resulting images/netlist into a CAD file. Students should be able to program/script in Matlab or similar language. Familiarity with PCB design tools and pattern recognition would be useful but is not required.

Project Title: IP-over-P2P Overlay Networks for Cloud Computing Devices
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Renato Figueiredo, renato@acis.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Several students in the lab
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior; 1-2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Ideal candidates will: (1) have strong computer programming skills, in particular Python and C++; (2) be able to work independently to solve problems; (3) have good foundation on computer networks and distributed computing; (4) be proficient in UNIX environments; and (5) have excellent writing and communication skills.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: TBD depending on qualifications
Application Requirements: Basic online application; resume; mail one pdf file with all application requirements to Renato Figueiredo, renato@acis.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://ipop-project.org
Project Description: Projects are available to conduct research and software development on the IP-over-P2P (IPOP)/SocialVPN projects, currently funded by the National Science Foundation. These are applied computer systems research projects with broad applications in cloud computing, user-centric software-defined networking, and privacy-preserving social networks. The projects have an active open-source code base, collaborations with researchers in Asia and Europe, and students will have opportunities to collaborate with external researchers and software developers. IPOP (ipop-project.org) is an open-source user-centric software virtual network allowing end users to define and create their own virtual private networks (VPNs). IPOP virtual networks provide end-to-end tunneling of IP or Ethernet over “TinCan” links setup and managed through a control API to create various software-defined VPN overlays.

Project Title: Modeling of Monolayer Transistors for Flexible Electronics
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jing Guo, guoj@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Runlai Wan, wanrunlai@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  Circuit 1, computer programming, physics for electrical engineers
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Jing Guo, guoj@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: none
Website:  n/a
Project Description: Two-dimensional (2D) monolayer semiconductor materials beyond graphene, such as layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) like molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), are promising for many potential applications in nanoelectronics, flexible electronics, and optoelectronics due to their mechanical bendability, atomically thin thickness, and excellent intrinsic carrier transport properties. The student will be engaged on working together with the Ph.D. students in the PI’s group to develop computer-aided design (CAD) tools for electronics based on 2D monolayer materials. The CAD tools will be deployed and widely disseminated to users worldwide through the nanoHUB (www.nanohub.org)

Project Title: IoT Design and Security
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Yier Jin, yier.jin@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Dean Sullivan, deanms@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 3 or more in a term
Prerequisites:  Familiar with embedded systems, operating systems, and programming
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10 per hour up to 20 hours a week
Application Requirements: Resume, Faculty Interview, email CV to Yier Jin, yier.jin@ece.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: none
Website:  jin.ece.ufl.edu
Project Description: Internet of Things (IoT) becomes prevailingly popular in post-Internet era. As a results, IoT design and security becomes an important research and practice topic. As part of the newly launched IoT Institute, we welcome talented undergraduates to join our research labs to gain hands-on experience on IoT design and security.

Project Title: Simulation of Semiconductor Devices
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Mark Law, mlaw@honors.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Computer programming is a plus, but not required.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: Varies – depending on experience
Application Requirements: Resume, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Mark Law, mlaw@honors.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: rolling deadline (you can apply at any time, however course credit is based on standard university enrollment deadlines)
Website:  n/a
Project Description: We have developed software that predicts semiconductor device behavior in a wide range of conditions and applications. We have opportunities to work with sensors, high performance, and nano-device applications.

Project Title: GatorPilot: Deep Learning for Autonomous Vehicles
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Xiaolin 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: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Letters of recommendation, Statement of research interest, Faculty interview; 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.

Project Title #1: Biomedical Sensing Radar
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jenshan Lin, jenshan@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 1-2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, Antennas, Circuits
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Jenshan Lin, jenshan@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: none
Website:  http://www.lin.ece.ufl.edu
Project Description: The RF Circuits and Systems Research Group is seeking undergraduate students to assist in building and testing low-power microwave radar. The radar is used for short-range detection of human and animal vital signs and motions for various applications. The project involves knowledge and skills of electromagnetic wave, antennas, RF transceiver circuits, low-noise detection circuits, mixed-signal circuits, system integration, signal processing, data analysis, computer programming, and instrumentation control.

Project Title #2: Wireless Power Transfer
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jenshan Lin, jenshan@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 1-2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, Circuits
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Jenshan Lin, jenshan@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: none
Website:  http://www.lin.ece.ufl.edu
Project Description: The RF Circuits and Systems Research Group is seeking undergraduate students to assist in the research and development of wireless power transfer systems. Possible tasks are theoretical analysis, PCB design, IC design, system integration, testing, and computer-controlled instrumentation.

Project Title #1: All-Optical Naval Aircraft Networks
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Janise McNair, mcnair@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  One or more of these courses: EEL4598, EEL4599, CNT 4007C
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $15 per hour up to 10 hours a week
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Dr. Janise McNair, mcnair@ece.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: August 15 for fall; January 15 for spring; April 15 for summer
Website:  http://wam.ece.ufl.edu
Project Description: We are designing high-speed fiber optic networks to replace current copper wire networks on navel aircraft (and later standardize the process for commercial aircraft). We need students to help us test different network designs by doing short-term research studies, hands-on hardware projects for proof-of-concept tests, or software/programming projects for network simulations.

Project Title #2: Distributed Space Networks
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Janise McNair, mcnair@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Allen Starke
Terms Available: Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1 – 2 students in the summer
Prerequisites:  Junior or Senior level. Some programming in C/C++
Credit:  3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: TBD
Application Requirements: Basic online application, Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Letter(s) of recommendation, Statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Dr. Janise McNair, mcnair@ece.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: April 15
Website:  http://wam.ece.ufl.edu
Project Description: Space is the new frontier for data collection, processing and dissemination. In this project, researchers will study how to deliver data from a heterogeneous set of nodes (space craft, space station, satellites, etc.) to the appropriate destination with the requested bandwidth and quality of service. This project also allows the student to do multi-disciplinary research with astronomers, remote sensing engineers, aerospace engineers and physicists.

Project Title: Distributed Control Design for Balancing the Grid Using Flexible Loads
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Sean Meyn, meyn@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Neil Cammardella, ncammardella@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 1 or 2 per semester
Prerequisites:  Signals & Systems is essential, and some exposure to control desirable. Enrollment in ECE Smart Grid for Sustainable Energy is highly recommended!
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912, Negotiable
Stipend: NSF REU support is a possibility
Application Requirements: Resume, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Sean Meyn, meyn@ece.ufl.edu, and cc Neil Cammardella, ncammardella@ufl.edu.
Application Deadline: N/A
Website:  http://www.meyn.ece.ufl.edu/publications/current/ancillary-service-to-the-grid-using-intelligent-deferrable-loads/
Project Description: Inexpensive energy from the wind and the sun comes with unwanted volatility, such as ramps with the setting sun or a gust of wind. Controllable generators have managed supply-demand balance of power in the past, but this is becoming increasingly costly with increasing penetration of renewable energy. The goal of this project is to create a science for “demand dispatch” that will create virtual energy storage from flexible loads. By design, the grid-level services from flexible loads will be as controllable and predictable as a generator or fleet of batteries. The potential economic impact of these new resources is enormous. California plans to spend billions of dollars on batteries that will provide only a small fraction of the balancing services that can be obtained using demand dispatch. The potential impact on society is enormous: a sustainable energy future is possible with the right mix of infrastructure and control systems.

Project Title: High Power Radio Waves in the Ionosphere
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Robert Moore, moore@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): AJ Erdman, ajerdman@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  Matlab programming exposure required.  Physics 2, Circuits 1, Signals and Systems, and Electromagnetic Fields & Waves are recommended.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Robb Moore, moore@ece.ufl.edu, to request an interview.
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer term; August 1 for Fall term; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.vlf.ece.ufl.edu
Project Description: The HAARP observatory is located in Gakona, Alaska, and it operates a high power transmitter to perform ionopspheric heating experiments.  These high power radio waves interact with the lower ionosphere and produce interesting nonlinear effects that mimic natural activity.  A large number of high power heating experiments were performed between 2010 and 2014, and we are interested in searching our vast database for unexpected discoveries.

Project Title: MIST Makers
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentors: Toshi Nishida (nishida@ufl.edu), David Arnold (darnold@ufl.edu), Y.K. Yoon (ykyoon@ece.ufl.edu), Bill Eisenstadt (wre@tec.ufl.edu)
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 3-10 students per term
Prerequisites:  Self-motivated; responsible; creative; team-oriented
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN4912
Stipend: None unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Toshi Nishida, nishida@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: Aug. 15 for Fall; Jan. 15 for Spring; April 15 for Summer
Website:  www.mist-center.org
Project Description: The MIST Makers is an undergraduate effort within the UF’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students volunteer to work in teams to develop creative smart systems that integrate sensors, computing, wireless connectivity and power management, commonly known as the Internet of Things. Now in its second year, students can develop practical, problem-solving and design skills while working on hardware projects to improve quality of life or address real-world problems. Students also gain exposure to the MIST Center’s member companies looking to recruit top talent.

Project Title: Bidirectional Brain Machine Interfaces
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentors: Karim Oweiss, koweiss@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Islam S. Badreldin
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 3- 4 students per term
Prerequisites:  Relevant programming, electrophysiology, and or optical systems experience.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN4912
Stipend: None unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview; For consideration submit a CV and the names and contact information of three professional references as a single PDF file attachment to: koweiss@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: N/A
Website:  http://oweisslab.ece.ufl.edu/
Project Description: The aim of this project is to develop a bidirectional brain-machine interface for rodents. The project will utilize all-optical methods to record neural signals from and provide artificial feedback to the rat brain in order to allow the rat to control a basic two-link robotic arm. A closed loop control system will be developed to read optical neural signals from the brain and drive a laser for neural stimulation . Real-time performance is critical to this task, so the project will be using the new myRIO board from National Instruments to program both the real-time Linux system and the FPGA on the Xilinx Zynq chip with LabVIEW.

Project Title: Development of Autonomous Mobile Agents (Robots)
Department: Electrical and Computer 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; 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: Visualization for Software Defined Radio
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: John Shea, jshea@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Javascript programming, basic knowledge of HTML and/or CSS
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none at this point, but potential for pay beginning in spring
Application Requirements: Resume, faculty interview; email resume to John Shea, jshea@ece.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: any time
Website:  n/a
Project Description: Students will work with Javascript, CSS, HTML, and Python to build tools that help visualize the usage of spectrum and flow of information in wireless networks.

Project Title: IP Development for FPGAs
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentors: Gregory Stitt, gstitt@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; available positions vary each semester
Prerequisites: Highly recommended: digital logic, digital design, VHDL
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN4912
Stipend: varies, University Scholars, Emerging Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Faculty Interview; Mail one .pdf to Greg Stitt, gstitt@ufl.edu.
Application Deadline: None
Website:   N/A
Project Description: Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are becoming increasingly important due to significant performance and power advantages over microprocessors and graphics-processing units (GPUs). However, FPGA application development lacks well-supported code libraries that are common for other computing devices. This project will address this problem by creating IP cores for commonly needed functions, with an emphasis on supporting configuration options that provide Pareto-optimal trade-offs to support numerous usage scenarios.

Project Title: Measurement of Nanodevices
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Ant Ural, antural@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior; Senior 1 student per semester
Prerequisites: N/A
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Ant Ural, antural@ece.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: N/A
Website:  https://faculty.eng.ufl.edu/ant-ural/
Project Description: Set-up and perform electrical measurements on nanodevices

Project Title: Variable Frequency Drive Systems EMI Modeling and Reduction
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Shuo Wang, SHUO.WANG@ECE.UFL.EDU
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Le Yang (yangleMike@ufl.edu) and Hui Zhao (zhaohui@ufl.edu)
Terms Available: Summer
Student Level: Senior; 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  1) Power electronics I, 2) One of the following circuit simulation softwares: Pspice, Saber, Ansys Maxwell, HFSS, Matlab
Credit:  3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Dr. Shuo Wang (SHUO.WANG@ECE.UFL.EDU) to request an interview
Application Deadline: March 1
Website:  N/A
Project Description: Learn research skill with PhD students in ongoing research on the EMI Modeling and Reduction for Grid Tied Variable Frequency Motor Drive Systems.

Project Title: FFT on GPU
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Tan Wong, twong@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): David Greene, djgreene@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Junior; 1 student per semester
Prerequisites:  none
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Faculty interview; email Tan Wong, twong@ece.ufl.edu to request an interview
Application Deadline: March 1
Website:  none
Project Description: Develop and implement a FFT in C Cuda to run on a GPU. The FFT should provide a significant speed increase over CPU FFT applications.

Project Title: Development of a MEMS based LiDAR
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Huikai Xie, hkxie@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Liang Zhou, l.zhou@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Engineering major. Some knowledge of 3D modeling and/or optics is a plus.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $600 per semester, can be increased if selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF unofficial transcripts, letter(s) of recommendation, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Huikai Xie, hkxie@ece.ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer term, August 1 for the Fall terms and November 1 for the Spring term
Website:  n/a
Project Description: LiDAR is a powerful tool for distance measurement, target tracking, and 3D mapping. For a long time, it’s been strictly for military use due to the high cost and large size. This project is to develop inexpensive miniature LiDAR for robotics, drones and consumer electronics. The basic idea is to use MEMS mirrors to perform laser scanning and 3D printing to make small mechanical parts.

Project Title #1: Extracting Configuration Parameter Interactions using Static Analysis
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Tuba Yavuz, tuba@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall
Student Level: Senior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Advanced programming skills
Credit:  0 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, faculty interview; email required documents to Tuba Yavuz, tuba@ece.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: This project has terminated
Website:  http://www.tuba.ece.ufl.edu/
Project Description: This project involved using static program analysis to identify configuration parameters that interacted through on data-flow and/or control-flow dependency. The static analysis has been implemented using the WALA analysis framework. As a case study we chose Apache Hadoop as tuning configuration parameters is a real challenge for this system. Experimental results showed that static analysis could infer some of the known interactions among performance related parameters.

Project Title #2: GUI for SMACK Models
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Tuba Yavuz, tuba@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Farhaan Fowze, farhaan104@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Data Structures, Intermediate to Advanced GUI programming skills
Credit:  3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, Resume, Faculty interview; email required documents to Tuba Yavuz, tuba@ece.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Website:  N/A
Project Description: This project involves designing and implementing a GUI for a new modeling language, SMACK, that is based on state machines with callback mechanism. The GUI should facilitate creating new SMACK models and navigating existing ones. SMACK is integrated with automated verification and the GUI should also support navigation of counter-example paths that explain erroneous executions.

Project Title: Health Monitoring and Biting Force Detection Using a Smart Mouthguard 
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: YK Yoon, ykyoon@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Todd Schumann, fhghfjk@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 2-4 students per term
Prerequisites:  Electronic Circuit and ECE Junior Design
Credit:  0-2 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, Resume, UF unofficial transcripts; email one pdf with all application requirements to Prof. Yoon at ykyoon@ece.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer term, August 1 for the Fall terms and November 1 for the Spring term
Website:  http://www.img.ufl.edu/mnm
Project Description: A smart mouthguard integrated with multiple sensors is utilized for multiple purposes such as dental protection from nocturnal Bruxism and during sports and fitness, which is its original function, and health monitoring via integrated sensors, which is an advanced function. The sensing module is integrated with a microprocessor, a Bluetooth wireless module, and a battery. A prototype module has been demonstrated while sensor refinements for a strain gauge sensor for biting force detection and an infrared (IR) sensor for vital sign monitoring are under investigation. A strain gauge sensor can be used. Biting during Bruxism produces a pressure of about 100lbs to 200lbs i.e, 2000kPa. Hence, the sensor should be able to withstand this pressure level with a reasonable resolution.
For IR sensing, a commercial product is accommodated. Efforts for signal processing will be needed.

Project Title: Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Alina Zare, azare@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, number needed per semester varies
Prerequisites:  Strong programming background (with preference for Python and/or Matlab), Calculus, Linear Algebra, Statistics
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: Paid positions available based on background and qualifications
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Statement of research interest, email one pdf with all application requirements to Aline Zare at azare@ece.ufl.edu. Priority for students considering Graduate Research at UF.
Application Deadline: N/A
Website: https://faculty.eng.ufl.edu/alina-zare/
Project Description: The Machine Learning and Sensing Laboratory develops machine learning methods for autonomously analyzing and understanding sensor data. We investigate and develop machine learning, pattern recognition, computational intelligence, signal processing, and information fusion methods for application to sensing. Applications we have studied include landmine and explosive object detection, automated plant phenotyping, sub-pixel target detection, and underwater scene understanding. We have developed algorithms for ground-penetrating radar, hyperspectral imagery, electromagnetic induction data, synthetic aperture SONAR, and minirhizotron imagery. Our specific projects vary from semester to semester. Please see our website for a listing of current projects: https://faculty.eng.ufl.edu/alina-zare/machine-learning-sensing-lab/

Project Title: Plasmonic-Based High Speed Optical Devices
Department:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Henry Zmuda, zmuda@ece.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore; 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Calculus III, Physics II
Credit:  0-2 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for Emerging Scholars Award
Application Requirements: Basic online application, email one pdf with all application requirements to Prof. Zmuda at zmuda@ece.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: N/A
Website: N/A
Project Description: Plasmonics is an emerging field that bridges the gap between nanoscale electronics and high-speed optoelectronics or photonics. This project explores the ways that materials such as Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCOs) whose plasma frequencies are tunable can be used realize components such as extremely high-speed electro-optic modulators, switches, gates, and memory elements on a scale that is comparable in size with VLSI electronics.