Research Experiences for Undergraduates

2021 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): June 16 - August 20, 2021


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). In the summer of 2021, the team plans to recruit 10 REU students 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 acoustics; bio-signal processing; and data security and computing.

Application Deadline:

Priority date is March 5, 2021; will remain open until filled

Research Projects 

  • Voice-activated adjustment of hearing device parameters through keywords spotting
  • Automatic fall detection for elderly people using gyroscope and accelerometer sensors
  • Efficient representation and coding of  ECG signals
  • Extraction of fetal ECG (fECG) from the mixed fetal/maternal ECG (f/mECG)
  • Biometric based authentication in wireless  medical devices
  • Machine learning driven security for next generation medical devices

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 (can be directly emailed to the address above)
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Awards will be announced by March 20, 2021

  • $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks
  • Housing (meals not included)
  • Travel expenses up to $500


Dr. Ghirmai -
Dr. Thamilarasu - 


2021 Application Form

2021 REU Flyer