Ashok and Bourgeois Win NSF REU Grant

Posted On July 6, 2020
Categories Faculty News

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $324,000 grant to Dr. Ashwin Ashok and Dr. Anu Bourgeois for the development of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site. The REU site will allow undergraduate students to conduct research on the development of Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems.

IoT systems are becoming increasingly pervasive as mobile devices and wireless networking continue to expand and interconnect. These systems provide many opportunities for collaboration between devices, machines, and humans to create smart systems. The REU site will expose undergraduate students to these emerging areas of computer science and research, with the specific goal of recruiting students from rural schools and low-income communities who often have few opportunities for research.

The three-year grant was funded by NSF’s Division of Computer and Network Systems. It will support 10 participants for an 8-week period in the summer of each REU year, mentored by five faculty members, two mentors from industry, and four graduate students. Dr. Ashok, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, is the grant’s principal investigator. Dr. Bourgeois, an associate professor, will serve as co-PI. The grant’s senior personnel include professors Yingshu Li and Raj Sunderraman and assistant professor Zhisheng Yan.

Story by Ashlie Swanson