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CENS Summer Internship Program will begin Monday, June 22, 2009. We are expecting an exciting summer of research and networking opportunities. Please contact Wesley Uehara at if you have any questions regarding this program.

Online application

All materials must be received by the close of the day on February 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm PST.

Please see the CENS University Students page for information about what we've done for our summer internships in previous years.

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Program Information

The Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) is developing Embedded Networked Sensing (ENS) systems and applying this revolutionary technology to critical scientific and social applications. ENS systems are massively distributed collections of smart sensors and actuators embedded in the physical world. Research areas include: Adaptive Self-Configuring Wireless Systems, Coordinated Actuation, Collaborative Signal Processing, and Micro/Nano Sensor Technology. The societal applications of this research includes: Habitat Sensing, Seismic Sensing and Structural Monitoring, Contaminant Transport Monitoring, and Monitoring of Marine Microorganisms.

We are interested in recruiting undergraduate students for a chance to participate in the program for the summer of 2009. It is our goal to show students the rewarding benefits of graduate level study by fostering your talents and giving you the opportunity to do real, hands-on research. We welcome undergraduate student applicants of all grade levels from the following academic disciplines: Engineering, Computer Science, and Physical Sciences. Under-represented students are encouraged to apply.

The program is an 8-week paid internship position, whose participants will do research and develop solutions in the key areas of ENS technology mentioned above. Interns will present their progress during weekly progress meetings, and will participate in focus groups and discussions relating to the program. Additionally, a number of team building and social activities are planned, including area field trips, so that our interns can get a fuller appreciation of the Los Angeles area and learn what UCLA has to offer. By the end of the program you will have completed a project whose results will actually be used by CENS research teams, and you will have learned about and made a contribution to our goal of promoting equity in the sciences.

Photo: REU students assisting Dr. David Browne in a series of experiments to better understand WiFi radio signal propagation in urban and forested environments, using a pair of robotic rotating antennas (the tall mechanism on the right). The laptop computer controls the antenna rotation as it simultaneously transmits and receives signals; these signals reflect off of the many varied surfaces in the area (a phenomenon known as multi-path reflection), providing a confusing jumble of signals similar to echoes in a closed room, from which the receiver must determine a “true” signal.

Photo: Students working together at the University of California's James Reserve in Idyllwild, CA to assemble a low-power, wireless imaging sensor for a "pit fall trap" used to conduct censuses of reptiles (eg, lizards). The new sensor technology will allow better and safer census counts, by enabling the researcher to be at a distance from the trap prior to capture and yet minimize the time the animal spends in the trap (an open top, buried 3 gallon plastic bucket). The images are also useful in measuring subject size and capturing coloration and other features.

For more opportunities with CENS see also:

CENS Graduate Programs

Program Coordinator: Wesley Uehara (

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