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

REUMOCKOR[1] The REU program in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics(CSMR) is an intensive, ten-week program of laboratory research and instruction, beginning at the end of May and concluding in early August. Projects are available in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science. Students are awarded a $5,000 stipend and are given housing for the summer.

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. (The number of positions awarded will be determined once funding has been awarded in the Spring.) Candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident to be accepted into this program. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made.

Goals and Objectives
with a particular focus given to women and under-represented minorities, students from institutions nationwide will be recruited to participate in 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, to guide them through the summer. The projects will be designed to match each student’s interest to maximize the potential for making a contribution during the session. Many projects have been identified, and new projects emerge each year. Participating students also 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. The participants will also take part in a poster session at the end of the program. One student will be selected to present their research at the REU Symposium hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research in the fall.


An impressive group of students have been selected from all over the country to take part in this year’s REU program.

Meet the 2018 Cohort


The application period has ended for 2018. Check back in December for the new 2019 application.

Tentative Program Dates- May 29, 2019 – August 2, 2019*

*subject to change



An updated list of projects will be available in October 2018. Please see the list of projects for 2018 to get an idea about what sort of research work is available.

REU 2018 Project List

To Apply

The application will be posted on Academic Jobs Online and available starting December 3, 2018 for the 2019 session.


Students will need to provide the following:

  • a cover letter with your top three project selections and an explanation of why you want to be selected for those projects
  • CV or resume
  • research statement(1-page)
  • transcripts (unofficial or official will be accepted)
  • two letters of recommendations from past or current professors

DEADLINE- All application materials need to be received by February 10, 2019 (midnight). Notification of acceptance will be sent by early March.

PLEASE NOTE – Students who graduate in Spring 2019 are not eligible for the program.


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