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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, 2018 – August 4, 2018
(Housing will be available from 10 am on May 27th, 2018. Housing will end August 4, 2018)

DEADLINE- All application materials need to be received by February 18, 2018 (midnight). Notification of acceptance will be sent by early March.


REU 2018 Project List

To Apply

2018 REU Application


If you have questions about the application process, please email
Dana Walter-Shock: Email:

Mailing Address
Dana Walter-Shock
CSMR REU Program
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles St
Barton 105
Baltimore, MD 21218

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1004782


Results from CSMR REU Program 2017

2017 Project List

Identifying Optimal da Vinci Tool Orientations for Photoacoustic Guided Hysterectomies

Designing Photonic Crystals in Strongly Absorbing Material

Machine Learning for Computational Modeling of Tongue Mechanics

A Compliance Model to Improve the Accuracy of the da Vinci Research Kit (dVRK)

Temporal Subspace Clustering for Unsupervised Action Segmentation

Development of the JHU ROV II Power and Electronics Housings

Improving Robotic Surgery Training with Bimanual Wrist Squeezing Haptic Feedback

Acute Cardiac Determination Early Warning System

A Novel Terrain Treadmill to Study Animal Locomotion in Complex 3-D Terrains

A new experimental system to test how the brain learns novel locomotion dynamics

Results from Prior Support

Outcomes from CSMR REU Program 2016

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