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The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is inviting applications for summer 2021

December 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm UTC-7

Application deadline: February 1, 2021, 11:59 P.M. EDT

Applications are open for summer 2021. Please apply using the NSF ETAP website. Select this REU Site by searching for Rochester Insititute of Technology in the Award Institution Fieldin the Site Selection step. Additionally, in the References step, when prompted by the system, please ensure you click Send Email to request letters of reference. To contact the REU Site organizers with questions, please email reu@cs.rit.edu.

The REU Site in Computational Sensing for Human-centered AI expects to operate on campus in summer 2021. We will be monitoring the pandemic and guidelines provided to us and may fall back to an online program if needed.

View videos (video 1 and video 2) about our program, read about it, and download our printable brochure. You can also view photo collages from 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The REU Site in Computational Sensing for Human-centered Artificial Intelligence recognizes that as the boundaries between HCI and AI blur, and AI grows increasingly agile and pervasive, the next generation of computational scientists must be capable of responsibly and effectively leveraging a spectrum of sensing data from data-generating humans. With this focus, the REU Site will expand its trajectory as an attractor for highly diverse students who will gain experience with sensing hardware and software towards transformative advances in intelligent systems focused on human behaviors and cognitive processes. Enabling diverse stakeholders early in their careers to discover how to collect, fuse, make inference with, and visualize multimodal human data can transform how humans and machines engage and collaborate. The research in the REU Site will address two limitations in AI: first, that underserved populations are at risk of being marginalized with the present focus on big data AI and, second, that AI trainees often lack experience with human data collection and critical thinking about human-elicited datasets. The REU Site will stimulate novel, safe ways for systems to team up with people to address society’s vexing problems while remaining fair, attuned to bias, and representative of the diverse fabric of the general population.

This REU site will:

  1. advance basic research in computational sensing for human-centered AI, integrating human study with sound AI experimentation focused on modestly-sized, inclusive datasets
  2. develop programmatic mechanisms for aiding students to transition confidently from being taught to being mentored by research faculty and ensure their readiness for entering computer science/STEM PhD programs
  3. enhance and intensify our recruiting strategies with the aim of increasing diversity, and reach even more exceptionally diverse cohorts

We link these objectives to four associated Site aims: (a) to offer team-based research with real-world problems that emphasize social good and impact; (b) to cost-effectively enable global awareness and skills-building, by facilitating on-campus international cultural exchange for REU cohorts; (c) to provide outreach enrichment for cohorts to learn how to communicate research broadly; and (d) to disseminate lessons learned from the REU Site to the scientific community.


December 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am UTC-7
February 1 @ 5:00 pm UTC-7


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