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Summer Internship Program in Hybrid and Embedded Systems

The Institute for Software-Integrated Systems (ISIS) at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering in cooperation with UC Berkeley and University of Memphis has recently been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to conduct research in the field of Hybrid and Embedded Systems (HES). The research aims at laying the scientific and technological foundations of embedded system design. Embedded computing systems are present in all traits of modern society: in cars and airplanes, in cell phones, in household devices, in medical devices, just to name a few. This is a multi-year research project that builds the science: the principles and the math, and the technology: the tools that the next generation of engineers will use to build these systems in the future, better than ever before.

As part of this project, funding has been allocated for a Summer Internship Program in Hybrid and Embedded Software Research (SIPHER). The objective of this program is that undergraduates from underrepresented groups (women of any race, and also Native-Americans, African-Americans, and Hispanics) participate in the research program: receive training in the science and technology developed by the researchers, and work on specific research problems. The program will be coordinated with UC Berkeley, and joint teleconferences are expected.

The undergraduate students who apply to this program are expected to be rising juniors and seniors in an Electrical or Computer Engineering or Computer Science program leading towards a BSc or BE degree. The students must have a background in elementary systems courses: signals and systems for EE, digital systems in CE/CS, and have skills in programming using a high-level language. Engineering students from other programs, like Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering are also encouraged to apply, provided they have similar backgrounds (e.g. in controls).

The SIPHER program runs for 10 weeks each summer, and there are 7 (seven) positions available, with a $6,000 stipend for the period. This year, the participants will be partly funded by the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) project (supported by NSF). Students are expected to pay for their accommodations. Limited housing opportunities may be available on the Vanderbilt campus. Applicants will be competitively selected to the program.

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Click here to view the 2006 summer participants

Click here to view the 2005 summer participants

Click here to view the 2004 summer participants

2006 SIPHER photos, reports, and presentations

2005 SIPHER photos, reports, and presentations

2004 SIPHER photos, reports, and presentations

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