Research Projects

Intelligent River

The intellectual focus of our REU summer program is on data intensive computing. Students will work in a team environment on one of several projects in areas of complex systems modeling, medical informatics, the Intelligent River project, Next Generation Sequencing, software verification, and video game development.

A key component of our program is the Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Bootcamp, which meets for a few hours each week during the first weeks of the summer.  In the CI Bootcamp, students will learn computing technologies and research tools that will be essential for success in graduate school.

Students will be matched with a faculty mentor during the first weeks of the summer program, and each student will participate in a focused research project.  All students will give final presentations of their work at the end of their summer research project and will be encouraged to submit their work as either a conference paper or poster.

Faculty Mentors and Projects
Please contact the faculty member at the provided link for more information about the specific faculty member or project!

Data-Intensive Computing Projects
  • Complex Systems Modeling (Amy Apon)  Students will work on one of a couple of projects.  In the first, we will develop models and experiments to measure performance and energy efficiency of exascale (really BIG!!) file systems.    In the second, we will build predictive modes of how cyberinfrastructure impacts academic institutions.
  • Medical Informatics (Brian Dean):  Students will explore large-scale data-driven research in the domain of biological and medical informatics. For example, an ongoing collaboration with neurologists at the Medical University of South Carolina is investigating the use of advanced signal processing and machine learning algorithms for detecting signs of epilepsy in massive EEG (brain wave) datasets.
  • Intelligent River (Jason Hallstrom):  Students will work as part of a team on the Intelligent River project, and will focus on the design, validation, and deployment of new embedded sensing platforms and supporting software systems.  The experience will be anchored to a ‘hands-on’ field experience within the Savannah River basin.  Students will participate in instrumentation deployment, connectivity management, and empirical analysis.
  • Next Generation Sequencing (Pradip SrimaniJames Wang):  Next generation sequencing technology is transforming the field of biology. Genome sequencing is the process of identifying the order of DNA nucleotides of an organism.  Students will investigate sequencing large genomes very fast using the Palmetto parallel supercomputer.
Other Research Projects
  • Software Engineering (Murali Sitaraman):   Students will be involved in research, implementation, and experimentation with a web-integrated verifying compiler.  They will engineer software components in a next generation language and will work with other members of one of the longest running software engineering projects in the US.