We are always
looking for new self-motivated undergraduate and graduate students
to join our research group. Basically, at a minimum, you'll need
a GPA of 3.3 or higher and have good C, C++, and UNIX programming
skills. It is not necessary that you have experience in "image
processing", or "computer vision", but you must have
an eagerness to want to learn more.
In the meantime, if you have an interest in image processing or
computer vision, the first thing you should do is stop by to see
Dr. George Bebis or Dr. Mircea Nicolescu. We'll talk to you for a few minutes and then We'll give you a
few papers to read about one of the research areas.
We would expect you to read
the articles and ask us questions about things you don't understand.
If you were still interested after all that, then we'd sit down
and plan out a project with you. A few weeks after that, we would have
you give a very informal talk to the research group on one of the
papers you had read, and what you expected to accomplish in your
At this point you would
also turn in a 1-2 page abstract and summary of literature related
to your project. Then, you'd work on your project for the rest of
semester (or academic year), reporting results at the research meeting
when appropriate. At the end of the semester, you would be expected
to write a 10-15 page report on your project and give an oral presentation
to the research group summarizing your progress and findings. After
your final oral presentation, you would also be asked to demonstrate
any code you developed to the group. Your code would be expected
to be well-documented, so the next set of students could build upon
All this probably sounds
a little intimidating, and, yes, it is a lot of work too, so it's
not for everyone. But trust us, when you get into it, it can be
a lot of fun. It can make many of the classes that you sort of skirted
through start to make sense, and it can help integrate the sometimes
fragmented concepts you've been learning about in computer science
and engineering. Check out the summary of Student
Research Projects WWW page, and ask them what they thought of
While working with us,
you might be able to get independent study credit for your work.
You might even get paid (depends on the current funding situation).
Depending on how hard you work and how much you like the project,
you might be able to culminate your efforts in a journal publication
or a presentation at a local or national conference. If you're a
graduate student, you could certainly do a Master's level thesis
in one of these areas, and then, if you wanted, apply to our Ph.D.
program in Computer Science and Engineering.
So think about it. It
can open a lot of doors !!