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Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics
Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology Engineering Research Center
A NSF funded Program

Goals and Objectives
Students from institutions nationwide, with a focus on women and under-represented minorities and from a wide range of engineering disciplines including electrical, mechanical, biomedical, computer science, and physics will be recruited to participate in the program. These students will contribute to specific research projects pursued by faculty and researchers at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR). Each student will be a part of a collegial research team, including a faculty project supervisor and a graduate student mentor, and will work on a challenging research project. The projects will be designed to match each student’s interest and to maximize the potential for making a contribution during the session. Some students may contribute to research on medical image registration and fusion or image enhancement and segmentation. Other students will help to develop new robotic devices to help support surgeons in the operating room. Many more projects have been identified and new projects will emerge each year. Participating students may receive instruction on technical communication, oral presentation skills, and research ethics to aid in the completion of the required final research report and presentation. Additional activities will include tours and trips to other labs.


REUMOCKOR[1] The REU program in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics(CSMR) is an intensive, ten-week program of laboratory research and instruction, beginning end of May and concluding in early August. Projects are listed by departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science.

The projects hosted by the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) and the Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology Engineering Research Center (CISST ERC) are funded by the National Science Foundation (number of spots available will be based on funding renewal by NSF). The participants may have an opportunity to be part of a poster session at the end of the program. Candidates will need to be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident to be accepted into this program.


Stipend for 10 weeks- $5000
Housing – Provided
Program Dates- May 29, 2017-August 4, 2017
(Students should arrive on May 28th to be present for orientation on May 29, 2017
Housing will be available from 10 am on May 28th, 2017
Housing will end August 4, 2017)

DEADLINE- All application materials need to be received by February 17, 2017 (midnight)


Please review the REU Projects 2017 list and pick your top 3 projects and list these three project numbers on your online application.
2017 Project List

To Apply
Please visit the Academic Jobs Online website to apply.

2017 REU Application


If you have questions about the application process, please email Anita Sampath.

Mailing Address
Anita Sampath
CSMR REU Program The Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
231 Barton Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218
This program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1004782


Results from CSMR REU Program 2016

Eleven students participated in the summer of 2016 and worked on the following projects:-

Integration of Real-Time Photoacoustic Image Guidance with da Vinci Surgical System

Integration of Galen for Otology Applications

Active sensing movements are modulated by the strength of sensory feedback in weakly electric fish

Improving Spatial-Temporal Models for Surgical Workflow Analysis

Design of a Multi-Fiber Light Delivery System for Photoacoustic-Guided Surgery

Hardware Design of an Improved Remote Operated Vehicle

Softbody Simulation in Gazebo for Satellite Servicing

Database for Image-Based Motion Estimation

A Novel Computational Approach for Scalable Biomarker
Discovery in Autoimmune Diseases

Colloidal Quantum Dots for Short-Wave Infrared Photon Sensing

Classification of Surgical Gestures

Results from Prior Support

Outcomes from CSMR REU Program 2015

Intellectual Merits of 2014 REU Projects

The REU Program publications

MISTC Visit 2016 by REUs

The program has been able to recruit students from diverse backgrounds over the past decade.

This program has been advertised to these educational institutions in the past.


Laboratory for Computational Sensing + Robotics