Project Details


This REU site brings eight undergraduate students to Rutgers eachsummer for a ten-week research internship in the area of perceptualscience and technology. This research area centers on the challengesand opportunities of building novel computational models that systemsmay use to understand their environment and act intelligently in it.The area affords a range of research methods, including designingalgorithms, building systems, gathering and analyzing data, andunderstanding intelligence in its human context. Research projectscover topics such as: computational approaches to the perception andrecognition of objects, faces, scenes, depth and motion; perceptualcategorization and perceptual decisions; data mining and statisticalanalysis of perceptual input; search, attention, and visuo-motorlearning; visual experiences in human-computer interaction; andcomputational depiction and design. The site strives to recruit andsupport interns from underrepresented populations and to fostercollaborative research. Accepted students work closely with a facultymentor from drafting a project plan through carrying out andpresenting their research. Each project includes a pathway for two ormore interns to bring different results, data, or methods to bear on ashared problem. The site holds workshops on research practice,research ethics, skills for collaboration, and careers in perceptualscience and technology. Social events reinforce the sense ofcommunity. The integrative, collaborative focus of the site offersinterns a deeper sense of range of the different careers, topics andwork environments available to them, and allows them to fine-tune amatch between their research plans and their personal goals,backgrounds, and interests. The site is co-funded by the Department of Defense in partnership with the NSF REU program
Effective start/end date3/1/112/28/14


  • National Science Foundation (National Science Foundation (NSF))


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