Making Future Communities

protect : cybersecurity 
expand : virtual and augmented reality
enhance : design user experiences 
build : 3D print anything

Summer REU in Computing

June 01 - August 03. Applications for Summer 2021 are open.  

Remote/Online Participation: For Summer 2021 the REU will be structured as a distributed experience - students will not come to the Charlotte campus, but instead will engage in regular research and REU community activities in a remote/online format.

Infrastructure and Interaction Design for CyberPhysical Systems 

Our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program engages undergraduate students in the state of the art in the infrastructure for cyber-physical systems, and the applications and interactions that are enabled by that infrastructure. The program immerses students in a truly collaborative research community. We teach research skills through training sessions and experiential, hands-on learning, while students are active contributors to a community of practice that includes faculty, graduate students, and peers.

Students have the opportunity to explore and advance the state of the art in computer vision, visualization and visual analytics, human-computer interaction, and security for cyberphysical systems to address real-world problems with broad societal impact. Past projects have included the development of algorithms for analyzing medical images to improve clinical diagnosis of heart conditions and breast cancer, visualization of algorithms for vandal detection, examining perceptions of makerspaces, and studies of privacy and user expectations in social media.  

We welcome participation from all students. We are particularly committed to broadening participation of underrepresented groups in computing, and strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented minority students, students from institutions where research opportunities are limited, and applicants from minority and women’s institutions.


NSF LogoThe Making Future Communities REU Site is funded by the National Science Foundation.


5th Site Award, NSF #1757844 - REU Site: Making Future Communities:Infrastructure and Interaction Design for Cyber-Physical Systems

4th Site Award, NSF#1461166 - REU Site: Socially Relevant Computing in Pervasive Computing, Computer Vision, and Human-Computer Interaction

3rd Site Award, NSF#1156822 - REU Site: Exploring Human Centered and Socially Relevant Interactive Technologies in Computer Vision, Visualization, Pervasive Computing, Serious Games, and Social Networks

2nd Site Award, NSF #0851745 - REU Site: Socially Relevant Computing Research: Visualization, Virtual Environments, Gaming, and Networking

1st Site Award, NSF #0552631 - REU Site: Computing Research for Undergraduates: Visualization, Virtual Environments, Gaming, and Networking