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For CS and IT students participating in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Program, below you can find specific information on our faculty and their research in which you can participate.

  1. Dr. Jianlin Cheng is looking for a few undergraduate students. His research interests lie in bioinformatics, machine learning, and data mining. Possible projects include: (1) develop computer programs to process human genome sequencing data for designing drugs to cure cancers; (2) design Java programs to simulate biological networks for studying interactions between botanicals (e.g. garlic) and diseases in order to improve human diet; (3) write programs to visualize and predict protein structure from sequences; and (4) develop programs to model the cell of soybean root hair in order to improve the yield and quality of soybean production. These projects are funded by grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Energy (DOE). Summer internships and graduate research assistantships are available.
  1. Dr. Rohit Chadha is currently looking for undergraduate students who are motivated in pursuing a research career in more foundational aspects of computer science. His research interests include program verification and cryptographic protocol verification. Strong skills in mathematics and/or programming are desired. Familiarity with logic is a plus.
  1. Dr. Ye Duan is looking for two or three undergraduate students. He is looking for students proficient in math and programming. His research topics include: Computer Graphics, Computer animation and Game design, Biomedical image processing, Computer vision and Virtual reality, and Mobile Visual Computing applications using Smartphone. More information about his research can be found at:
  1. Dr. Satish S. Nair is looking for undergraduate research students. His group uses computational models to reverse engineering brain circuits, in collaborating with neuroscientists. Present projects explore how conditioning and extinction fear memories (including in anxiety disorders and PTSD) are acquired and stored in the amygdala and the associated cortical structures? How does context modulate fear and extinction? They are also studying neuroplasticity mechanisms that might explain known cellular adaptations due to cocaine in the PFC-NAc glutamatergic pathway. For more information about the projects, please visit his website at
  1. Dr. Chi-Ren Shyu is looking for undergraduate students. His research topics include: Bioinformatics and data mining. He recently received a small supplement grant to support undergraduate research activities for an ongoing research project entitled Searchable and Shareable Visually Observed Knowledge Base” under the Recovery Act.  If you want to know more about the project, please visit ( There are two openings at this moment.
  1. Dr. Dong Xu is looking for two undergraduate students to develop web-based informatics systems, including Soybean Knowledge Base (SoyKB; and Plant Protein Phosphorylation Database (P3DB; His research topics include bioinformatics and computational biology. See his lab site at for detailed description.
  1. Dr. Jeff Uhlmann is looking for an undergraduate to work on a video processing project.
  1. Dr. Marjorie Skubic is looking for undergraduate students interested in working on projects in the Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology. For an overview of current projects, see the website at  Some examples include processing data from the Kinect depth sensor or a bed sensor that captures breathing and cardiac signals. These are used in an eldertech sensor network for detecting very early signs of health changes. There is also a need for students to work on new user interfaces, e.g., for tablet or smartphone use, as well as auditory interfaces (converting sensor data signals to audio streams that people can hear).
  1. Dr. Yi Shang is looking for undergraduate students interested in working on mobile and distributed computing, artificial intelligence, and bioinformatics projects.  Visit or contact him for more information.
  1. Dr. K. Palaniappan is looking for motivated undergraduate students to work as part of a team in biomedical and remote sensing image and video analysis. Topics cover computer vision, image processing, parallel algorithms, machine learning, computer graphics, and mobile apps. Summer research opportunities at government labs are available.
  1. Dr. Gui DeSouza is looking for undergraduate students interested in working in his lab.  For more information, check the ViGIR Lab website at
    He is also looking for students interested in Capstone projects in the area of Assistive Technology — namely, writing software for smart phones (e.g. iPhone) to control power wheelchairs.
  1. Dr. Toni Kazic is looking for two students interested in computational biology and with strong backgrounds in C and math. An acquaintance with digital photography, image processing, and statistics would be an asset.
    • Project 1: Understanding complex biological networks in maize. There is a family of mutations that produce spots on maize leaves, each mutation producing spots of different characteristics. These characteristics reflect the types, rates, and frequencies of events in the underlying biological network. The goal of this project is to use the spots’ characteristics to deduce the structure of that network.
    • Project 2: High-throughput scoring of maize phenotypes using robotic image capture (in collaboration with Gui DeSouza and Chi-Ren Shyu. It is now relatively easy to generate large numbers of mutations in maize, but recognizing which plant has which mutant still requires people walking through enormous corn fields and looking at each plant, one by one, during the heat of the summer. The goal of this project is to streamline the recognition process by remotely collecting images of each plant.
  1. Dr. Bill Harrison runs the MU Center for High Assurance Computing. The Malware Analysis and Defense (MAD) Laboratory in Engineering Building North is set up for research on malicious software (malware). The goal is to understand the nature and types of viruses and how they are threats to computer systems, learn the techniques used to prevent, detect, repair, and defend against viruses and worms, use program binary examination tools to detect malicious code, and understand ethical issues surrounding computer security violations.
  2. Dr. Grant Scott is looking for a mentally agile student who is interested in high-performance computing, specifically parallel programming for both CPU and GPU. The student must be very proficient in C programming, C++ programming is preferred. Prior experience with CUDA or OpenCL is great, but not necessary. You will work alongside other students on computer vision and geospatial data processing research. He is also willing to consider students that have phenomenal PHP, database, and Javascript skills for work on research project front-end software interfaces.
  3. Dr. Prasad Calyam is looking for motivated undergraduate students interested in working in the VIMAN Lab in project areas of: Computer Networking, Distributed and Cloud Computing, Networked-Multimedia Applications and Cyber Security. The broad focus of research in VIMAN Lab is on developing novel methods to model, manage and secure distributed computing applications that have real-time needs and require high-speed networks. We work on the development of science and technologies that can fundamentally transform broadband networking and cloud computing into common utility resources such as water or electricity in our society. Visit or contact him at for more information.