Brief description: Researching novel and important interactions between algorithmic theory and practice, the ALADDIN Center PROBEs (PROBlem-oriented Explorations) are of great interest and quite accessible to students. Many of these projects lend themselves naturally to undergraduate research. The ALADDIN Center supports undergraduate students during the summer working in teams with graduate students and guided by ALADDIN faculty, on a variety research projects.
REU logistics: The first month is spent exploring
the literature and becoming familiar with the topic. During the second
and third months, the students formulate the main questions, embark on
the research, and implement code, then write up and present the results.
All participants meet weekly to discuss their research progress, problems,
and successes. At the end of the summer, a mini-symposium is held in which
each student presents their work in a moderated session and has the results
published on the ALADDIN web site.
Schedule: Summer 2004 and Summer 2005 (anticipated).
Number of undergraduate positions: Approximately 8/summer. (Students mostly come from Carnegie Mellon, occasionally from other campuses.)
Supported by: NSF REU supplements to the main ALADDIN Center grant as well as the main ALADDIN grant. (NB. The NSF REU supplement requires US citizenship or permanent resident status and that the student has not graduated prior to the REU.)
More information: See the ALADDIN REU web site: http://www.aladdin.cs.cmu.edu/reu/Contacts: For students: Susan Hrishenko. For faculty: Guy Blelloch, Lenore Blum
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