NIMBUS Lab: Funded Summer REU Positions in Robotics at the University of Nebraska

The NIMBUS Lab is again seeking applicants for our 10 week NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Site in coordination with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Summer Research Programs.


For more information, and to apply, please visit the Summer Research Program Website. The application is open with a Priority Deadline of February 1, 2019. The Application process closes on March 1, 2019 with final admissions decisions on April 1, 2019.


Students should plan to arrive on June 2, 2018, stay for ten weeks, and have the opportunity to work on one of four exciting research projects:

  • Cyber-Physical Attitude Control to Improve CubeSats Performance
    • Low Earth Orbit is a challenging environment in which increasing numbers of nanosatellites with commercial off-the-shelf components operate. Challenges such as communication, data collection, energy collection, and attitude control must come together with precise timing, usually utilizing inexpensive and imprecise hardware to accomplish mission objectives. Current attitude control strategies, while robust, consume resources even during more quiescent portions of the orbital period. REU students on the project will investigate the application of state-of-the-art control strategies to attitude control for CubeSats that will more effectively allocate resources dynamically in response to environmental, physical, and cyber performance.
  • Development and Characterization of Atmospheric Profiling UAVs
    • Current weather monitoring relies on radars, weather balloons, and airplanes that primarily measure the atmosphere above one thousand meters above ground level, and ground based weather stations that measure the atmosphere between ground level up to about fifty meters. REU students will have the opportunity to investigate this gap in the lower thousand meters of the atmosphere, providing an understanding that is critical to better predict severe weather development and where small UAVs have significant potential to aid.
  • Interactions with Telepresence Systems in Complex Environments with and without Explicit Purpose
    • Much of the research on human-robot interactions occurs in simulated environments or private settings conditions that may make the results difficult to generalize. Through this REU project, we will study human attitudes toward unmanned system in a public space to assist designers with decisions on how to build systems and to aid public space administrators with decisions on how and when to deploy unmanned systems that will be beneficial to patrons.

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