This project establishes a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Louisville (UofL) specifically focusing on Computer Systems Research. This site hosts 10 students in 10-week summer sessions every year for the project duration of three years with the ultimate goal of encouraging 30 undergraduate students to pursue graduate study and careers in computer systems. The activities include training in computer systems concepts and tools, introducing computer systems research, multi-level mentoring through weekly meetings with the PIs, daily meetings with the mentors, and continuous interaction with graduate students, as well as field trips and social events. Eight faculty from the Computer Science and Engineering Department with diverse expertise in computer systems research mentor the students and involve them in their research labs and ongoing projects. Specialized computer systems training provides the students with theoretical, technical, and analytical skills in general computer systems concepts including computer architecture fundamentals, operating systems basics, crucial systems programming methods, Linux command line, shell & python scripting, and HPC cluster access and usage. In addition, provided research training introduces the general computer systems research process including literature review, understanding prior work, formulating new problems, designing and conducting experiments, and preparing presentations and publications of results. At the end, the students are encouraged to publish their research work and present it in a professional conference.
The research focus of this REU Site is Computer Systems Research (CSR), which broadly concentrates on the design and development of hardware and software necessary to create platforms that meet users’ computing requirements. In NSF, CSR has its own cluster under CISE’s CNS division, and its scope is broadly defined as embedded and multicore systems and accelerators; mobile and extensible distributed systems; cloud and data-intensive processing systems; and memory, storage, and file systems. Aligned with NSF’s definition, the main research pillars of our CSR focus are Operating Systems; Parallel and Distributed Systems; Embedded Systems; Mobile Systems; and Computer Architecture. Therefore, our research projects include a broad range of topics, spanning from processor architecture to storage systems, and from the small-scale mobile and edge devices to the exascale data centers. Nevertheless, all the research projects in this REU site share the common computing systems theme, enabling students to understand each other’s work and broaden their perspectives of different computer systems. Within this CSR scope, our site’s general research goals are to advance energy efficiency, time predictability, performance, as well as security & privacy, scalability, and sustainability of computer systems.
IN SUMMER 2021, ALL ACTIVITIES WILL BE ONLINE DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS!!!
May 16, 2021
Students check in electronically.
May 17-21, 2021 (Week 1)
May 24 – May 28, 2021 (Week 2)
May 31 – July 16, 2021 (Weeks 3-9)
Same as Week 2, with additional virtual social events.
July 19 – July 23, 2021 (Week 10)
Final Research Poster Competition Week: Same as Week 2, plus a final technical report and a final research presentation by the students. REU students will participate in the virtual poster competition. End-of-program survey for both students and mentors and exit interviews for students.
|Application Deadline||Monday, April 5, 2021|
|Notification of Selection||Sunday, April 18, 2021|
|Students Check in Electronically||Sunday, May 16, 2021|
|REU Program Starts||Monday, May 17, 2021|
|Research Poster Competition Week||July 19-23, 2021|
|Final Day of REU Program||Friday, July 23, 2021|