What is REU + StudyAbroad?

It is a combined Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ubiquitous Sensing and Study Abroad program in the city of Oviedo (Spain) for summer 2017. Selected students will benefit from a multitude of unique research and cultural experiences that will enrich their academic and personal lives. The program, for qualified junior and senior undergraduate students, is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

What is Ubiquitous Sensing?

Ubiquitous Sensing encompasses the integration of smartphones with sensors and Internet technologies to address large-scale societal as well as individual problems. Students will learn Android programming to collect raw sensor data and apply computer science algorithms and techniques to the data to help people navigate, improve their health, authenticate users, recognize the user activity, analyze walking patterns, etc. Selected students will work with faculty, share their experiences with fellow participants, attend workshops, acquire oral and written presentation skills, and learn how to conduct independent research and collaborate in a foreign work environment.

What is Study Abroad?

The REU program is built upon the experience of running this same program for more than 10 consecutive years in the Univeristy of South Florida (USF), Tampa. This year however, with the help of the National Science Foundation, the program will be run in the beautiful city of Oviedo, Spain. Spain is a country with a very long and interesting history. The program will be held in the School of Computing (Escuela de Ingeniería Informática) of the University of Oviedo. Students will take an hour per day course on spanish culture and language, attend cultural events sponsored by the city of Oviedo, and enjoy field trips to different historical places in the area.

Who and Why Should Apply?

Any undergraduate U.S. citizen or permanent resident student who wants to:

• Understand what is research all about
• Have a competitive academic or professional CV
• Have a better idea about graduate education
• Start writing and publishing research papers
• Improve your personal and academic skills
• Better understand a different culture and language
• Be better prepared to work in a globalized economy
• Learn about one of the most interesting countries on earth
• Have fun!

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