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The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on Smart Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense (DoD) funded research program at Auburn University. There are nine to twelve positions for the 8-week program. The undergraduate research assistants are initiated to research under the guidance of faculty from Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering. The research assistants collaborate with their advisers and are expected to contribute to unmanned flying. Major objectives are to promote interests in UAVs and develop the research skills of the students. Women, minorities, and students from "undergraduate" institutions are especially encouraged to apply.
With computing getting so inexpensive and so lightweight, we can equip unmanned aerial vehicles with enough intelligence to autonomously and efficiently fly to perform missions too “dull, dirty, or dangerous” for manned aircraft. Besides military applications, a growing number of civil applications such as search and rescue, firefighting, or pipeline surveillance/inspection.
The REU students will in a first phase contribute to autonomously fly six to twelve UAVs in a limited air space to fulfill different kinds of missions.
All housing and food arrangements are paid for and scheduled by the Program Manager.
Remember, once you have accepted an offer from the program, you are obligated to complete the summer internship (all 8 weeks) program and meet the program requirements.