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 25, 2015-July 31, 2015


The projects that are available for the summer of 2015 are listed in the link below. Please review this list, pick your top 3 projects and list these three project numbers on your application.

2015 Project List

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

2015 REU Application


If you have questions about the application process, please email or call Anita Sampath.
Phone: 410-516-6841

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


Results from CSMR REU Program 2015
Eleven students participated in the summer of 2015 and worked on the following projects

A Dynamically Reconfigurable Silicon Integrate-and-Fire Array Transceiver Using the Mihalas-Niebur Neuron Model

Joint Spatial and Angular Representation for Sparse Reconstruction of HARDI
Experimental Analysis of Energy Safety Limits for Photoacoustic-Guided Endonasal Surgery
Improvements to Virtual Realist System for Advanced Manufacturing Robots
Robot Drilling for Single Stage Cranioplasty
Development of Interactive Front-end Software for cisst/SAW Medical Robot System
RVinci: RViz Interaction and Navigation with da Vinci 
The Role of Active Sensing in Locomotion
Improving Tracing Accuracy via Fusion of Electomagnetic and Inertial Sensing
Flexible Needle Shape Reconstruction based on FBG Sensors

Results from Prior Support
Intellectual Merits of 2014 REU Projects2012REU[1]

The REU Program publications

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.

If you would like to see a copy of the External Evaluation of the program for 2013, please contact

Anita Sampath
Phone: 410-516-6841


Laboratory for Computational Sensing + Robotics