Research Experiences for Undergraduates

2019 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): June 16 – August 23, 2019

Next-Generation Health Monitoring Systems with Flexible Electronics, Novel Algorithms and Secure Communications

Program Overview and Goals

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site in electrical engineering (EE) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) plans to engage a diverse group of undergraduate (UG) students in interdisciplinary and collaborative research supervised by faculty members who have different but complementary specializations in biomedical engineering, signal processing and data security. One of the main objectives of this REU site is to increase the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students in UG research in EE and Computer Science (CS). The team plans to recruit 10 REU students per year for three years (2018-2020) and engage them in rewarding interdisciplinary research experiences. The research projects will provide opportunities for the students to develop their research skills by exposing them to interdisciplinary, collaborative, cutting-edge, and accessible research. Each group of students will work on a specific project while collaborating with the other groups to solve a bigger problem.

The team has put together rigorous and complex projects which tackle contemporary research challenges and are accessible to undergraduate students. The overarching theme of these projects is advancing the technologies for the development of reliable, low-cost and comfortable health monitoring devices having features such as delivering real-time data over the internet for remote care and cloud processing. The projects cover research problems in device and system fabrication; bio-signal processing; and data security and computing.

Application Deadline: February 20, 2019 for Summer 2019

Research Projects

  • Acoustic simulation of cochlear implant hearing
  • Design and implementation of Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors
  • Filtering and classifying ECG signals
  • Extraction of fetal ECG (fECG) from the mixed fetal/maternal ECG (f/mECG)
  • Secure communication of connected medical devices
  • Machine learning-based security in healthcare systems

Application Process

Include the following documents in a single pdf file and email it to Recommendation letters can be emailed separately by the referees, if so preferred.

  • Application form
  • Transcripts
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Awards will be announced by March 10, 2019

  • $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks
  • On-campus housing (meals not included but kitchenware available in housing)
  • Travel expenses up to $500


Dr. Ghirmai -
Dr. Thamilarasu - 


2019 Application Form


2019 Summer REU Flyer