Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Vertically Integrated Projects Course

Posted: 9/27/2016 (Local Events)

There is a 1- or 2-credit course this fall cross-listed as CSE495 or ENGR 297/497 Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP). This year, it is split into the two projects outlined below. VIP team members typically commit 3-7 hours per week if registered for 1 credit and 7-12 hours per week if registered for 2 credits.

The VIP Structure: Continuity, Technical Depth, and Disciplinary Breadth

This course operates in conjunction with the University of Washington Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Program, which supports hands-on, project-based, graduate and undergraduate research and exploration. The VIP Program operates in a research and development context, with teams of students and faculty working on real-world projects. Undergraduate students that participate in VIP earn academic credit for their participation in design/discovery efforts that assist faculty and graduate students with research and development issues in their areas of expertise.

The teams are:

  • Multidisciplinary – drawing students from all disciplines on campus;
  • Vertically-integrated – maintaining a mix of sophomores through PhD students each quarter;
  • Long-term – each undergraduate student may participate in a project for up to three years and each graduate student may participate for the duration of their graduate career. The longevity of students’ involvement enables the completion of large-scale design/discovery projects that are of significant benefit to research programs.

Team AccessMap

The AccessMap team is building a mapping, routing and navigation application that creates interactive map displays of the physical environment in and around pedestrian ways. Our aim is to enhance representations to assist people with disabilities in planning their routes. The application incorporates mapping, GIS data, municipality-specific data, transportation information, and eventually weather and other state-specific information like construction.

The AccessMap team is multidisciplinary and is especially interested in recruiting students that are studying or have expertise in computer science (interest in mobile applications, big data science, GIS, machine learning, and data visualization are a big plus), hardware engineering, electrical engineering, human centered design, mobile apps, informatics, communications, and public relations.

The AccessMap team is currently looking for students to contribute to the following activities:

  • App development, including iOS and Android platforms
  • Machine learning-based modeling
  • Geographical information system (GIS) integration
  • User experience and user interface development
  • Communications and publicity

Team OSRead

Open Source Reading Education Assessment and Diagnosis (OSRead) is an open source platform for literacy educators and researchers to implement and measure the success of various reading curricula, specifically targeting populations at risk for Dyslexia. This platform allows a researcher to implement a personalized reading curriculum as short games and activities and to assign these activities in order to encourage students to practice their skills without facilitators. OSRead also allows educators to track student performance and progress over time, simplifying their work particularly in following Individualized Education Plans.

The OSRead team is creating an access-anywhere educational research platform. Our aim is to concurrently enhance and study educational interventions for students considered “at-risk” for learning disabilities. The application incorporates web-app deployment, Drupal Application development, age-specific curriculum related to literacy. The OSRead team is multidisciplinary, bringing together researchers from the UW ILabs and UW CSE departments (Taskar Center for Accessible Technology). We are particularly interested in recruiting students that are studying or have expertise in education, data science, web application building, citizen-science, and learning interventions.

Students in education, computer science (interest in mobile applications, big data science, gaming and data visualization are a big plus), human centered design, mobile apps, informatics, communications, and public relations.
The OSRead team is currently looking for students to contribute to the following activities:

  • Web-based app development
  • Drupal application development
  • Audio signal processing/ Speech processing
  • Audio compression and transmission
  • Machine learning-based modeling (for speech analysis in particular)
  • User experience and user interface development
  • Game development and Gamification
  • Communications and publicity

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Time: Fall Quarter

Location: University of Washington