Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROPs)

You learn by doing, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities are how you do research at CMS/W as an undergrad.

MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROPs) are meant to connect students with faculty research. Arranging one for yourself with CMS/W can take a couple different paths. The most common is to have a great idea, related to CMS/W research or faculty interests, and approach a faculty member directly about his or her becoming your UROP sponsor. The other is to check out the list of available UROPs proposed by faculty—think of them as job openings—and apply.

A UROP can be for pay, for credit, or as a volunteer. Whichever it is, your work and CMS/W’s obligations to you use the same standard: the research done “must be worthy of academic credit”.

UROP proposals are welcome all year long, though there are deadlines.

Current UROP Openings

Project Title: Identifying Telecom Strategies for Implementing Industry 4.0

Project Description: Produce a strategic report that can guide change on Smart Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) and identify opportunities for the telecommunication sector. Mobile Experience Lab (MEL) seeks to radically reinvent connections between people, information, and places. To accomplish this, the Mobile Experience Lab uses advanced research to produce innovative solutions. Current MEL research is investigating and generating future visions of large-scale technological change. More specifically, Industry 4.0 refers to the integration of several major digital innovations aiming to revolutionize the manufacturing sector. From advanced robotics and machine learning to software-as-a-service and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), these advances facilitate a powerful new way of organizing intelligent industrial operations and cyber physical production. Main characteristic of such production is that it is based on constant real-time communication, enabling an intelligent, self-adapting industrial process to emerge that is faster, more flexible, more efficient, and produces goods with higher quality.

Main Tasks: The successful candidates will examine the features and integration of technological innovations and services, such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Embedded Systems, Cyber Physical Systems, Edge/fog computing, 3-D Printing, data analytics, and Robotics, and they will explore how, these can enable the growth of factories with higher IQ and decentralized production logic, leading to more productive and safer operations. Vertical case studies (factory-store-users) related to smart automotive industry, business-to-business and business-to-client operations, as well as applications on the production of consumer goods, like electric appliances, food and beverage, textile and clothing, would also be of interest. As part of the research team, the successful candidates will produce a strategic report that will help manufacturing and telecommunications leaders to identify emerging opportunities, by providing the facts and variables of Industry 4.0 and by enabling them to overcome obstacles to deployment of productive technologies.

Prerequisites: Candidates with strong background and interest in Smart Manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Embedded Systems, Cyber Physical Systems, Edge/fog computing, 3-D Printing, data analytics, and Robotics, as well as with interest in understanding existing systems and their contexts, and in decoding cultural and workforce factors, will be ideal for the position. A strong past record of participation in pertinent research is wanted (please send link to research experience in application). In addition to being incredibly rigorous and skilled, the right candidate is a team player, self-motivated and has a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.

URL: http://mobile.mit.edu

Contact Name: Sotirios Kotsopoulos
Contact Email: skots@mit.edu


Project Title: Design of Virtual Content for an Exhibition on NextGen IoT and Wearables

Project Description #1: MOTION GRAPHIC DESIGNER, PROJECTION MAPPING Mobile Experience Lab (MEL): We seek to radically reinvent and create connections between people, information, and places. To accomplish this, the Mobile Experience Lab uses research and user observation to develop innovative solutions in wearable computing. Current research is investigating the next generation of IoT and Wearables, to generate future visions for specific industries – see previous work at http://design.mit.edu/eni/

Main Tasks: Candidates will become adept in motion graphic design and projection mapping. Candidates will bring to life effective designs of innovative wearables and IoT systems, by generating digital graphics to be projected on physical prototypes by projection mapping techniques. As part of a team, they will support the design of innovative ways to represent digital contents on physical supports.

Prerequisites: Candidates should have strong passion for motion graphics, and should be comfortable working with professional software like After Effects and Illustrator. They should be interested in Projection Mapping applications. A strong design portfolio is ideal for the position (please send link to portfolio in application). In addition to being incredibly creative and skilled, the right candidate is a team player, self-motivated and has a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
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Project Description #2: 3D MODELING, AUGMENTED REALITY Mobile Experience Lab (MEL): We seek to radically reinvent and create connections between people, information, and places. To accomplish this, the Mobile Experience Lab uses research and user observation to develop innovative solutions in wearable computing. Current research is investigating the next generation of IoT and Wearables, to generate future visions for specific industries – see previous work at http://design.mit.edu/eni/

Main Tasks: Candidates will become adept in 3D modeling, virtual rendering and Virtual or Augmented Reality applications. Candidates will bring to life effective designs of innovative wearables and IoT systems, by generating 3D models of objects and environments and embedding them into Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality applications. As part of a team, they will support the design of new wearable systems and they will specifically work on their representation in virtual environments.

Prerequisites: Candidates should have strong passion for 3D modeling and virtual rendering, and should be comfortable working with professional modeling software like Rhino, Maya, SolidWorks, etc. They should ideally have experience with Virtual Reality and/or Augmented Reality software (e.g. Unity, Unreal engine, Vuforia). A strong design portfolio is ideal for the position (please send link to portfolio in application). In addition to being incredibly creative and skilled, the right candidate is a team player, self-motivated and has a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.

URL: http://design.mit.edu/eni/ https://vimeo.com/146432915

Contact Name: Sara Colombo
Contact Email: scolombo@mit.edu

What Do Past UROPs Have to Say About Their Experience with CMS/W?

Christine Yu: past UROP, major in Writing - Digital Media Studies, minor in Biology, and MIT class of 2012

Christine Yu: past UROP, major in Writing – Digital Media Studies, minor in Biology, and MIT class of 2012

My work with the Imagination, Computation, and Expression Lab on Project Mimesis and AIR (Advanced Identity Representation) enhanced my experience as an undergraduate at MIT by allowing me to work directly with graduate students in the CMS department. I had previously UROP’ed for the Biology department, and so transferring over to CMS was quite the change; I found the CMS UROP experience to be more teamwork-based. I also enjoyed the change in scenery of the labs, and it has fostered my interest in the human experience in avatar generation and gaming.I would highly recommend UROP’ing for any undergraduate in fields of interest because it helps an individual to think about post-graduate plans, and it allows them to meet the future professionals of that field. While my post-graduate plans are currently medical school-based, I’ve been asked during interviews about my experience in the ICE Lab, and it’s always very fun to be able to talk about a broad range of my interests. I feel like my experience in the ICE Lab enhances my applications because it allows me to present myself as very personable, instead of just sitting behind a lab bench pipetting all day.