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<div>=Suggested Undergraduate Research Topics=<br />
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Links to many research areas in the department may be found <br />
[http://www.cs.princeton.edu/research/areas/ here] while links<br />
to projects may be found<br />
[http://www.cs.princeton.edu/research/projects/ here].<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/ Andrew Appel], Room 219===<br />
* Research Areas: Formal methods, programming languages, compilers, computer security.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Automated theorem proving (suggestion: take COS 441 first).<br />
*# Trustworthiness of voting machines and/or internet voting.<br />
*# Computer game-playing programs.<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~arora/ Sanjeev Arora], Room 307 - On Leave Spring 2013=== <br />
* Research Areas: Uses of randomness in complexity theory and algorithms; Efficient algorithms for finding approximate solutions to NP-hard problems (or proving that they don't exist); Cryptography. <br />
* Independent Research Topics: <br />
*# Implement one of recently discovered algorithms for "recycling" random bits, and study how well it does in practice. <br />
*# Show that finding approximate solutions to NP-complete problems is also NP-complete (i.e., come up with NP-completeness reductions a la COS 487). <br />
*# Experimental Algorithms: Implementing and Evaluating Algorithms using existing software packages. <br />
*# Design and implementation of graph partitioning algorithms (possibly leading to a publication). <br />
*# Modeling the human brain using random graphs.<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~august/ David August], Room 209 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Computer Architecture and Compilers, and Green Energy.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Any interesting topic in computer architecture or compilers.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~blei/ David Blei], Room 419 - On Leave Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 ===<br />
*Research Areas: machine learning, graphical models, computational statistics and text analysis. <br />
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* Prof. Blei advises interesting machine learning or computational statistics projects. Example research areas are spectral clustering, approximate posterior inference, social network analysis, or time series analysis. <br />
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* Before contacting Prof. Blei, please read http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~blei/ugrad-work.html<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~mbraverm/ Mark Braverman], Room 411 === <br />
* Research Areas: computational complexity, algorithms, applied probability, computability over the real numbers, game theory and mechanism design, information theory, applications of machine learning in healthcare and medicine. <br />
* Independent Research Topics: <br />
*# Topics in computational and communication complexity.<br />
*# Algorithms for problems under real-life assumptions.<br />
*# Game theory, network effects, and mechanism design.<br />
*# Computation involving dynamical systems, fractals, and cellular automata. <br />
*# Game theory and machine learning applied to problems motivated by applications in healthcare. <br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~moses/ Moses Charikar], Room 305 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Design and analysis of algorithms, particularly approximation algorithms, on-line algorithms and efficient algorithms for dealing with large volumes of data.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Reconstructing evolutionary trees from biological data.<br />
*# Algorithms for clustering data - theory as well as impementation.<br />
*# Investigating the gap of mathematical programming relaxations for optimization problems. (This requires a strong math background).<br />
*# Any other topic in advanced algorithms or discrete mathematics.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~chazelle/ Bernard Chazelle], Room 404 - On Leave Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Natural Algorithms, Computational Geometry, Sublinear Algorithms. <br />
*Independent Research Topics<br />
*# Natural algorithms (flocking, swarming, social networks, etc).<br />
*# Sublinear algorithms<br />
*# Self-improving algorithms<br />
*# Markov data structures<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~doug/ Douglas Clark], Room 309 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer architecture and organization; architecturally-focused performance analysis.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Diagnose, repair, and possibly redesign the user interface of my father's 30-year-old Turing Machine. Requires digital logic design skills, plus some mechanical engineering, or perhaps a partner.<br />
*# Cycles Per Instruction (CPI) is a great performance measure but is hard to estimate without a highly detailed simulation of the hardware. Simple analytic models of CPI can be very wrong for certain programs and certain processors. Using good simulators and/or a real machine, show how bad such models can be.<br />
*# Other topics, depending on student interest.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~dpd/ David Dobkin],===<br />
*Research Areas: Visualization, computational geometry, pervasive computing, software engineering.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Building applications using Wireless and Handheld devices.<br />
*# Reconstructing jigsaw puzzles.<br />
*# Face recognition.<br />
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=== Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~rdondero/ Robert Dondero], Room 206 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Software engineering; software engineering education.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*#Develop or evaluate tools to facilitate student learning in undergraduate computer science courses at Princeton, and beyond.<br />
*#In particular, can code critiquing tools help students learn about software quality?<br />
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=== Prof. Zeev Dvir, Room 405 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Research Areas: computational complexity, pseudo-randomness, coding theory and discrete mathematics.<br />
*Independent Research: I have various research problems related to Pseudorandomness, Coding theory, Complexity and Discrete mathematics - all of which require strong mathematical background<br />
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===Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~fellbaum/ Christiane Fellbaum], Room 412 ===<br />
* Research Areas: theoretical and computational linguistics, word sense disambiguation, lexical resource construction, English and multilingual WordNet(s), ontology<br />
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* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Anything having to do with natural language--come and see me with/for ideas suitable to your background and interests.<br />
*# In the past, students have worked on extensions and interfaces for WordNet (English and WN in other languages),<br />
*# applications of WordNet(s), including:<br />
*## Foreign language tutoring systems,<br />
*## Spelling correction software,<br />
*## Word-finding/suggestion software for ordinary users and people with memory problems,<br />
*# Machine Translation (on the word level)<br />
*# Sentiment and Opinion detection<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~felten/ Edward Felten], 302 Sherrerd Hall ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer security and privacy; Internet software; technology law and policy.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Technology for open government.<br />
*# Computer security and privacy.<br />
*# Digital media distribution.<br />
*# Copy protection and peer to peer technologies.<br />
*# Electronic voting.<br />
*# Technology, society and public policy.<br />
*# Any other interesting or offbeat topic.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~fiebrink/ Rebecca Fiebrink], Room 408 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer music, human-computer interaction<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*<b> My lab has a few existing projects underway for which I'd love some undergraduate involvement. We are looking for students who have some background (a course or prior independent work) in machine learning, signal processing, and/or HCI.</b><br />
** One relates to audio mosaicing, an audio synthesis technique where you take pieces of one audio file, and use them to reconstruct another. For instance, you could chop up recordings of people talking, and then piece them together to resemble "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. We're interested in exploring new signal processing & machine learning techniques to make audio mosaicing algorithms that are more musically interesting. The ideal student would have some background in machine learning and/or signal processing.<br />
** A second project relates to tracking the head of a vibraphone mallet using computer vision or sensors. We're looking for an undergrad to help investigate computer vision methods for mallet head tracking, timing and velocity prediction, or online training (i.e., improving the tracking model in real-time, while a user plays). The ideal student would have som background in machine learning, signal processing, and/or computer vision.<br />
** A third project relates to creating novel visualizations and/or cost functions for human-in-the-loop supervised learning. We do a lot of work to build systems that allow end users (usually non-computer scientists) to apply machine learning to creating real-time control systems (e.g., gestural controllers for music or gaming), and this means making the process of applying machine learning algorithms more transparent and understandable to the user, as well as possibly more directly tunable to the user's goals. <br />
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If you have a strong interest in a topic other than those listed above, but which is still related to some combination of music, applied machine learning, and HCI, please send an email describing your ideas. (But please send it early, as my IW advising slots tend to fill up fast!)<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~af/ Adam Finkelstein], Room 424 ===<br />
*Research Areas: computer graphics, animation.<br />
*Ideas for independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Computer-generated drawings from 3D models.<br />
*# Tools for making visual art using computer graphics.<br />
*# New methods for computer animation.<br />
*# Techniques for medical visualization.<br />
*# Experiments where the data is collected via the internet.<br />
*# Any interesting project in computer graphics.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~mfreed/ Michael Freedman], Room 308 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Distributed systems, security, networking<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
Projects related to virtual worlds, datacenter systems and networks, new<br />
Internet architectures, untrusted cloud storage and applications, and<br />
peer-to-peer systems. Please see our group website at<br />
http://sns.cs.princeton.edu/ for an example of research areas.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~funk/ Thomas Funkhouser], Room 422 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Computer graphics.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Investigate methods for recognizing objects in 3D scans.<br />
*# Develop algorithms for aligning and matching 3D shapes.<br />
*# Build components of a shape-based search engine for 3D models.<br />
*# Any other projects related to computer graphics or shape analysis.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/ Brian Kernighan], Room 311 ===<br />
* Research Areas: application-specific languages, document preparation, user interfaces, software tools, programming methodology<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Application-oriented languages, scripting languages.<br />
*# Tools; user interfaces; web services.<br />
*# AMPL and optimization.<br />
*# Joint work with other departments.<br />
*# For a list of less than half-baked ideas [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/iw.ideas Look Here]<br />
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=== Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~kintali/ Shiva Kintali], Room 312 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Computational Complexity, Graph Theory and Combinatorial Optimization.<br />
* Prerequisites: Reasonable mathematical maturity, knowledge of algorithm design and analysis.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Topics related to [http://kintali.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/graceful-tree-conjecture/ Graceful Tree Conjecture], graph reconstruction conjecture, graph coloring and Pfaffians.<br />
*# Topics related to [http://kintali.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/hardness-of-graph-isomorphism/ Graph Isomorphism], [http://kintali.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/graph-isomorphism-and-bounded-tree-width/ Isomorphism of bounded treewidth graphs], [http://kintali.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/approximating-treewidth/ approximating treewidth] of special classes of graphs.<br />
*# Topics related to expander graphs, space-efficient computation and the L vs NL problem.<br />
*# Topics related to directed versions of treewidth (Eg: directed treewidth, D-width, DAG-width, Kelly-Width).<br />
*# Topics related to metric embedding and flow-cut gaps.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~aslp/ Andrea LaPaugh], Room 304 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Search and retrieval of information; data mining, particularly clustering; combinatorial algorithms<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Investigating new characterizations of the graph structure of the Web or other social networks.<br />
*# Experimental evaluations of clustering algorithms.<br />
*# Data analysis within social networks.<br />
*# Other topics with an information discovery or management aspect, including novel applications using databases or information retrieval.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~li/ Kai Li], Room 321 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Parallel architectures and systems; distributed systems; operating systems.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Design, implement and evaluate practical methods for image and audio similarity searches.<br />
*# Seamless shared visualization on large-scale displays.<br />
*# Simulation studies of asymmetric heterogeneous chip multiprocessor architecture.<br />
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=== Dr. Xiaoyan Li, Room 422 ===<br />
*Research areas: Information retrieval, novelty detection, question answering and text mining<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Explore new statistical retrieval models.<br />
*# Passage retrieval models and relevance feedback models.<br />
*# Evaluating existing document clustering techniques.<br />
*# Explore fast and efficient document clustering approach.<br />
*# Any interesting project related to information retrieval and text mining.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.princeton.edu/~mrm/ Margaret Martonosi], Room 204 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer architectures and the hardware/software interface, mobile networks, and technology for developing regions.<br />
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Possible research topics include:<br />
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* Green Data Centers<br />
* Mobile Computing<br />
* Cell phone applications and programming models<br />
* Energy-efficient computer architecture<br />
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Or email (mrm@princeton.edu) and pitch an idea roughly in this space!<br />
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=== Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~cmoretti/ Christopher Moretti], Room 206 ===<br />
*Research areas: Distributed systems, high-throughput computing, computer science/engineering education<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Expansion, improvement, and evaluation of open-source distributed computing software.<br />
*# Applications of distributed computing for "big science" (e.g. biometrics, data mining, bioinformatics)<br />
*# Software and best practices for computer science education and study<br />
*# Sports analytics and crowd-sourced computing<br />
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=== Dr. [http://randomwalker.info/ Arvind Narayanan] 308 Sherrerd Hall ===<br />
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Research areas: privacy, security, tech policy, cryptography, social networks.<br />
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Independent research topics<br />
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1. Finding privacy and security vulnerabilities, and figuring out what the "bad guys" are doing with your data.<br />
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Two example projects to whet your appetite. Feel free to propose your own!<br />
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1a. If someone ''really'' wanted to find out personal things about you online, how far could they get? Let's investigate this by writing a bot which, given an identity (say, an email address), collects and aggregates information from various sites about that person. Ideally, it should be able to automatically figure out which information is current and which is out of date, reconcile conflicts, make new inferences based on multiple pieces of data, and hook into the "deep web" -- pages that are not directly visible on web searches.<br />
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1b. Sniff out what's happening behind the scenes in mobile applications. When you're using apps on your smartphone in a coffee shop, how much can people nearby infer from the signals? And once you give app companies your data, what happens to it? One way to find this out might be to inject fake information into applications and see where it shows up (e.g., another company sends a marketing email to an email address they shouldn't know about in the first place).<br />
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2. Use machine learning to ''improve'' privacy.<br />
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Again, two examples. <br />
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2a. "Google Now" serendipitously shows you information you might find useful, such as driving time to your home when you're away. Can we serendipitously show people information to improve privacy? For example, when you're out on Halloween night with your friends, your phone could automatically figure out that one of them has a habit of always posting pictures publicly on Facebook, and notify you of this, so that you could request that they not take pictures of you.<br />
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2b. Companies have long privacy policies that no one reads. But these are still very useful and important because if they violate those policies, they can be held legally liable. What if we could automate the monitoring of privacy polices using natural language processing? There are two objectives: (1) find policies that are egregiously privacy-intrusive, and (2) notice when companies change policies to make them less privacy-friendly.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~vivek/ Vivek Pai], Room 322 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Network/Web servers, operating systems, high-performance applications.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Use data from [http://comon.cs.princeton.edu CoMon] to analyze workload behavior on [http://www.planet-lab.org PlanetLab]. For example, can you automatically detect things about people's programs, can you cluster usage patterns, etc., etc.<br />
*# Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) are commonly used to deliver Web content, but no standard monitoring system exists to easily gauge their relative performance. Can you build one that reasonably compares different CDNs?<br />
*# Tools like [http://codeen.cs.princeton.edu/covisualize/ CoVisualize] are useful for periodically-updating data. Can you take this concept and apply it to data that changes much more rapidly, such as every second<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~llp/ Larry Peterson], Room 208 - On Leave Fall 2012 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Networked systems, communication protocols, operating systems.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Topics related to planetary-scale network services, overlay networks, and the system infrastucture needed to support them.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~jrex/ Jennifer Rexford], Room 306 - On Leave Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 ===<br />
*Research areas: networking, programmable networks, network management, network virtualization<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Enterprise and data-center networking solutions built on [http://www.openflowswitch.org/ OpenFlow] and [http://noxrepo.org/ NOX]. For example, middleboxes like firewalls, NATs, intrusion detection systems, and load balancers, routing techniques that equalize latency between gaming or financial-services clients, adaptive measurement of network traffic, etc.<br />
*# Techniques for boot-strapping communication in regions without conventional Internet and cellular network connectivity (e.g., developing regions, disaster areas, countries censoring communication), using commodity equipment like phones and access points.<br />
*# Any interesting project in data networking.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~smr/ Szymon Rusinkiewicz], Room 406===<br />
*Research Areas: computer graphics; acquisition of 3D shape, reflectance, and appearance of real-world objects; novel methods for physical fabrication of objects with particular shape/appearance.<br />
*Independent Research Topics (updated fall, 2011):<br />
*# Construct an efficient and easy-to-use 3-D scanning system for large collections of fragments of archaeological artifacts.<br />
*# Investigate algorithms for computing and visualizing differences between ancient coins struck from similar, but slightly different, dies.<br />
*# Develop a system combining body-mounted cameras and/or Kinect with tactile or auditory feedback to help blind people avoid obstacles.<br />
*# Use computer-controlled milling machines to fabricate bas-reliefs, using substrates of heterogeneous materials.<br />
*# Adapt a MakerBot or other hobbyist-grade manufacturing device to use multiple materials.<br />
*# Implement (and perform the appropriate theoretical sampling/aliasing analysis for) a rendering system that explicitly accounts for the red/green/blue sub-pixels of LCD displays.<br />
*# Other projects in computer graphics and vision, or technologies for documenting and studying cultural heritage objects.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~schapire/ Robert Schapire], Room 407===<br />
*Research Areas: Machine learning<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement and run experiments on assorted machine learning algorithms.<br />
*# Apply machine learning algorithms to specific tasks.<br />
*# Any other interesting project related to machine learning.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~rs/ Robert Sedgewick], Room 319 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Scientific analysis of algorithms, Analytic combinatorics<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
Professor Sedgewick is willing to advise any student who comes up with an idea for independent work from his books, papers, courses, or in his current areas of active research. Send mail or stop by to discuss possible topics if you are interested.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~jps/ Jaswinder Pal Singh], Room 423 - On Leave Spring 2013 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Parallel computing systems and applications: parallel applications and their implications for software and architectural design; system software and programming environments for multiprocessors. Special interest in applications of computing in computational biology, especially protein structure determination and simulating the immune system.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Work with a team to build new types of "persistent search" or alerting/notifcation services that can be exposed to and used by real users. Could involve indexing and matching methods, end-user interfaces, data sourcing and interpretation, or building new information services.<br />
*# Implement and study novel methods for topic-specific or vertical information discovery and search, as well as for high-quality persistent search.<br />
*# Study and develop methods to infer insights from data in different application areas.<br />
*# Design and implement a parallel application. Possible areas include graphics, compression, biology, among many others. Analyze performance bottlenecks using existing tools, and compare programming models/languages.<br />
*# Develop and implement algorithms for selected problems in computational biology, especially simulating the immune system or analyzing immunological data.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~mona/ Mona Singh], Room 420 ===<br />
*Research Areas: computational molecular biology, as well as its interface with machine learning and algorithms.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Whole and cross-genome methods for predicting protein function and protein-protein interactions.<br />
*# Analysis and prediction of biological networks.<br />
*# Computational methods for inferring specific aspects of protein structure from protein sequence data.<br />
*# Any other interesting project in computational molecular biology.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~ret/ Robert Tarjan], Room 324 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Data structures; graph algorithms; combinatorial optimization; computational complexity; computational geometry; parallel algorithms.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement one or more data structures or combinatorial algorithms to provide insight into their empirical behavior.<br />
*# Design and/or analyze various data structures and combinatorial algorithms.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://function.princeton.edu/ogt.html/ Olga Troyanskaya], Room 320 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Bioinformatics; analysis of large-scale biological data sets (genomics, gene expression, proteomics, biological networks); algorithms for integration of data from multiple data sources; visualization of biological data; machine learning methods in bioinformatics.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement and evaluate one or more gene expression analysis algorithm.<br />
*# Develop algorithms for assessment of performance of genomic analysis methods.<br />
*# Develop, implement, and evaluate visualization tools for heterogeneous biological data.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~dpw/ David Walker], Room 211=== <br />
*Research Areas: Programming languages, type systems, compilers, data processing and security.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# PADS: a domain-specific research language for specifying data formats and automatically generating tools that and do cool things with the specified format (See here for more info):<br />
*## How can we improve the PADS toolkit?<br />
*## Can we automatically generate specialized compression, obfuscation, or encryption tools?<br />
*## Can we generate tools specialized for particular domains such as computational biologiy? Financial analysis? Physicis? Computer networking?<br />
*## PADS is currently implemented on top of C and O'Caml. Can we provide PADS for other languages such as Python or Haskell?<br />
*## Given example data (like the output of "ls -l"), can we automatically learn the format of the data using clever algorithms or machine learning?<br />
*## Can we design hardware and/or software mechanisms that will tolerate bit flips and other faults caused by cosmic rays?<br />
*## Can we develop a type system or other software analysis that can determine whether software is fault tolerant? <br />
*# Any other interesting project that involves type systems, compilers, data processing, fault tolerance, language-based security, aspect-oriented programming, theorem proving, logic or logical frameworks.<br />
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=== Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~wayne/contact/ Kevin Wayne], Room 207 ===<br />
*Research Areas: design, analysis, and implementation of algorithms; data structures; combinatorial optimization; graphs and networks.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Design and implement computer visualizations of algorithms or data structures.<br />
*# Develop pedagogical tools or programming assignments for the computer science curriculum at Princeton and beyond.<br />
*# Develop assessment infrastructure and assessments for MOOCs.<br />
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= ''Opportunities outside the department'' =<br />
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We encourage students to look in to doing interdisciplinary computer science research and to work with professors in departments other than computer science. However, every CS independent work project must have a strong computer science element (even if it has other scientific or artistic elements as well.) To do a project with an advisor outside of computer science you must have permission of the department. This can be accomplished by having a second co-advisor within the computer science department or by contacting the independent work supervisor about the project and having he or she sign the independent work proposal form.<br />
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Here is a list of professors outside the computer science department who are eager to work with computer science undergraduates.<br />
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===Prof. Mung Chiang, B238, E Quad. chiangm@princeton.edu===<br />
*Professor of Electrical Engineering, Associate Faculty of Computer Science <br />
Director of the EDGE Lab<br />
*Research Interests:<br />
*# Networking<br />
*# Wireless<br />
*# Network Economics<br />
*# Social Networks<br />
*Check out the new Princeton [http://scenic.princeton.edu/ EDGE Lab],:<br />
[http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S30/91/87E56/index.xmlsection=featured<br />
*Undergrad Research Topics:<br />
*We have a few openings for undergrad researchers in the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2011-2012<br />
*# [http://scenic.princeton.edu/tube/ TUBE],: Time dependent pricing for wireless data plans (with user trials in US and international operators).<br />
*# QAVA: Quota aware video adaptation (with a user trial in Princeton).<br />
*# Online social network influence maximization <br />
*# Intelligent processing of product ratings on Amazon <br />
*# Location based match making<br />
*# Energy efficient cloud computing (joint work with Google)<br />
*# Traffic management in cloud computing (joint work with HP)<br />
*# Satellite capacity overlay network on LTE 4G (joint work with SES)<br />
*# Cellular/Femto/WiFi network interaction (joint work with Intel, AT&T, and Verizon)<br />
*# Fairness evaluation tool (joint work with Telcordia)<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.molbio.princeton.edu/labs/coller/personnel.htm/ Hilary Coller], Room 140 Lewis Thomas Lab ===<br />
*Research Areas: computational approaches to analysis of large-scale genomics data sets<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Data integration projects with large scale data sets: gene expression and microRNA expression.<br />
*# Clustering algorithms and data visualization algorithms to represent patterns of genetic change.<br />
*# Pattern matching algorithms to define genetic regions that are overrepresented compared with chance.<br />
*# Pattern matching and data integration algorithms to integrate data generated by the laboratory with publicly available data sets from tumors or microbial species.<br />
*# Other topics of mutual interest.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.princeton.edu/~sharad/ Sharad Malik], Engineering Quad, Room B224 ===<br />
*Research Areas: <br />
*#Design of reliable hardware systems<br />
*#Verifying complex software and hardware systems<br />
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=== Prof. [http://weblamp.princeton.edu/~psych/psychology/research/norman/index.php Ken Norman], Room 3-N-18 Green Hall===<br />
* Research Areas: Memory, the brain and computation <br />
* Lab: [http://compmem.princeton.edu/ Princeton Computational Memory Lab]<br />
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Potential research topics<br />
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* Methods for decoding cognitive state information from neuroimaging data (fMRI and EEG) <br />
* Neural network simulations of learning and memory<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.princeton.edu/~mjs3/ Matthew Salganik], Room 145 Wallace Hall ===<br />
*Research areas: Internet-based social research, social networks, quantitative methods<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Website to allow groups/organizations/governments to collect and prioritize ideas in a democratic, transparent, and bottom-up way (http://www.allourideas.org).<br />
*# Social network sampling methods for hidden populations such as injection drug users and sex workers.<br />
*# Any interesting way to use new technology to better study human behavior.<br />
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=== Dr. [http://www.janet.vertesi.com/~jv/ Janet Vertesi], Society of Fellows and Sociology Dept, Room 104A, Scheide Caldwell House===<br />
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*Research areas: Human-Computer Interaction (qualitative); Informatics and Information Science; Socio-Computational Systems; Sociology of Technology; Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems; Computer-Supported Cooperative Work; Ubiquitous Computing; User-Centered Computing; Technology and Transnationalism (including ICT4D); New media art and critical technical practice; Sustainable design.<br />
<br />
*About this research: Have you ever stopped to think what will happen to your new chip, software, or iPhone app once it encounters the Real World? Human-Computer Interaction is an exciting and expanding community of computer scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and critical theorists who examine computing "in the wild" and are dramatically changing our sense of the possibilities of human technological experience. My research takes place at the intersection of these dynamic disciplines and uses qualitative methods to build new software and hardware tools that support a wider range of technological experiences. To learn more, visit my website: http://janet.vertesi.com<br />
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*Independent Research topics:<br />
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*1. NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn is a large-scale, international, planetary exploration venture that involves hundreds of scientists and engineers across NASA and ESA. How do members of the Cassini team work together to conduct science with a robot in orbit around another planet? How do they use technologies to do their work at a distance from each other and from their spacecraft? Based on these understandings, how can we better design software environments and tools to support their work, and the work of other distributed teams? This project is based on an NSF Computer Science grant and there are lots of opportunities to get involved with a NASA mission, looking at one piece of the puzzle.<br />
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*2. Culturally Embedded Computing. No one ever uses technologies in a vacuum. Whether playing World of Warcraft or making a call on your iPhone, software and technological practices are embedded in cultural systems, appropriated differently in new cultural contexts, and suffused with local values. Through qualitative user studies of these different cultural contexts, can we use our understanding of these varied settings to better design technologies that "fit"?<br />
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*3. Critical Technical Practice. From "Moore's Law" to "friending" on Facebook, certain cultural assumptions and values are built into our computational systems that we take for granted. If we invert, challenge or change those assumptions, what new systems and possible ways of interacting might result?<br />
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*4. Any interesting way to use qualitative research methods to better understand how users "in the wild" appropriate technologies into their daily lives, to inform the design of new technological systems and possibilities.<br />
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===Prof. David Wentzlaff, Engineering Quadrangle, Room 228===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer Architecture, Parallel Computing, Cloud <br />
Computing, Operating Systems, Sustainable Computing.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Instrument Princeton's Green (HPCRC) data center<br />
*# Investigate power utilization on an processor core implemented in an FPGA<br />
*# Dismantle and document all of the components in modern electronics. Invent new ways to build computers that can be recycled easier.<br />
*# Other topics in parallel computer architecture or operating systems</div>Aslphttp://wiki.cs.princeton.edu/index.php?title=UgradResearchTopics&diff=10726UgradResearchTopics2010-02-03T18:45:16Z<p>Aslp: /* Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~aslp/ Andrea LaPaugh], Room 304, ON SABBATICAL FALL 2009 */</p>
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<div>=Suggested Undergraduate Research Topics=<br />
<br />
Links to many research areas in the department may be found <br />
[http://www.cs.princeton.edu/research/areas/ here] while links<br />
to projects may be found<br />
[http://www.cs.princeton.edu/research/projects/ here].<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/ Andrew Appel], Room 219===<br />
* Research Areas: Programming languages, compilers, computer security.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Can prox cards be scanned from a distance? What are the implications?<br />
*# Trojan horses in cryptographic protocols.<br />
*# Automated theorem proving.<br />
*# Computer game-playing programs.<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~arora/ Sanjeev Arora], Room 307=== <br />
* Research Areas: Uses of randomness in complexity theory and algorithms; Efficient algorithms for finding approximate solutions to NP-hard problems (or proving that they don't exist); Cryptography. <br />
* Independent Research Topics: <br />
*# Implement one of recently discovered algorithms for "recycling" random bits, and study how well it does in practice. <br />
*# Show that finding approximate solutions to NP-complete problems is also NP-complete (i.e., come up with NP-completeness reductions a la COS 487). <br />
*# Experimental Algorithms: Implementing and Evaluating Algorithms using existing software packages. <br />
*# Design and implementation of graph partitioning algorithms (possibly leading to a publication). <br />
*# Modeling the human brain using random graphs.<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~august/ David August], Room 209 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Computer Architecture and Compilers, and Green Energy.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Programming models for multicore.<br />
*# Architectural techniques enabled by compiler support (run-time optimization, reconfigurable computing, etc.).<br />
*# Automatic program data-structure and algorithm optimization or replacement. <br />
*# Any interesting topic in computer architecture or compilers.<br />
*# Any interesting topic relating computer science to green energy.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~barak/ Boaz Barak], Room 405, ===<br />
*Research Areas: Cryptography, Complexity Theory, Randomness and Computation.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Explore Gentry's new homomorphic encryption scheme: implementation, possible simplifications<br />
*# Use computer assisted search to help refute/prove open questions in combinatorics.<br />
*# Any other interesting project, especially one involving cryptography or theory.<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~blei/ David Blei], Room 419===<br />
*Research Areas: machine learning, graphical models, computational statistics, information retrieval, natural language processing. <br />
<br />
* Prof. Blei advises interesting machine learning or computational statistics projects. Example research areas are spectral clustering, approximate posterior inference, social network analysis, or time series analysis. <br />
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* Before contacting Prof. Blei, please read http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~blei/ugrad-work.html<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~moses/ Moses Charikar], Room 305 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Design and analysis of algorithms, particularly approximation algorithms, on-line algorithms and efficient algorithms for dealing with large volumes of data.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Reconstructing evolutionary trees from biological data.<br />
*# Algorithms for clustering data - theory as well as impementation.<br />
*# Investigating the gap of mathematical programming relaxations for optimization problems. (This requires a strong math background).<br />
*# Any other topic in advanced algorithms or discrete mathematics.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~chazelle/ Bernard Chazelle], Room 404 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computational Geometry, Sublinear Algorithms, Clustering, Discrepancy Theory, Lower Bounds.<br />
*Independent Research Topics<br />
*# Natural algorithms (flocking, swarming, social networks, etc).<br />
*# Sublinear algorithms<br />
*# Self-improving algorithms<br />
*# Markov data structures<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~doug/ Douglas Clark], Room 309 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer architecture and organization; architecturally-focused performance analysis.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Diagnose, repair, and possibly redesign the user interface of my father's 30-year-old Turing Machine. Requires digital logic design skills, plus some mechanical engineering, or perhaps a partner.<br />
*# Cycles Per Instruction (CPI) is a great performance measure but is hard to estimate without a highly detailed simulation of the hardware. Simple analytic models of CPI can be very wrong for certain programs and certain processors. Using good simulators and/or a real machine, show how bad such models can be.<br />
*# Other topics, depending on student interest.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~prc/ Perry Cook], Room 408 ON SABBATICAL 2009-2010 ACADEMIC YEAR ===<br />
<br />
For Aphasia-related projects, talk to Christiane Fellbaum in CS<br />
<br />
For Music/PLOrk-related projects, talk to Prof. Dan Trueman in Music<br />
<br />
<br />
* Research Areas: Computer Music; Simulation of Musical Acoustics and Voice; Real-Time Expressive Computer Control, Human-Computer Interfacing.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Expressive Human Voice Synthesis. Look into famous historical (going back very far) voice synthesis projects and techniques. Program up simulations of a couple of them for a web page I'm building. Pick a modern system, and look into new techniques, such as transplanted prosody, to make it sound more "human."<br />
*# Physically Oriented Library of Interactive Sound Effects. Work on aspects of parametric synthesis of sound effects, like walking, clapping, breaking and bouncing, rubbing, crunching, etc. We're branching out into background sound textures this year, so there's lots of new work to be done.<br />
*# Work on parts of a new language for real-time audio and media, called ChucK. Add new graphical and controller components to the system.<br />
*# Machine learning on raw audio/music. Work to develop new techniques and applications for machine "understanding" of audio.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~dpd/ David Dobkin],===<br />
*Research Areas: Visualization, pervasive computing, software engineering.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Building applications using Wireless and Handheld devices.<br />
*# Building tools for managing online photo albums.<br />
*# Face recognition.<br />
*# Other Interesting topics.<br />
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=== Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~rdondero/ Robert Dondero], Room 206 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Software engineering; software engineering education.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Develop and/or evaluate tools that predict software bugs. In particular, can mining of source code databases predict bugs?<br />
*# Develop and/or evaluate tools to facilitate student learning in undergraduate computer science courses at Princeton, and beyond. In particular, can code critiquing tools help students learn about software quality?<br />
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===Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~fellbaum/ Christiane Fellbaum], Room 412 ===<br />
* Research Areas: theoretical and computational linguistics, word sense disambiguation, lexical resource construction, English and multilingual WordNet(s), ontology<br />
<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Anything having to do with natural language. <br />
*# Come and see me with/for ideas suitable to your background and interests.<br />
*# AphasiaFox (with sound extension) - - AphasiaFox is a Firefox extension (add-on) of a popup pictorial dictionary. When people click on a word on a webpage in Firefox browsers, associated icons or images in the backend dictionary pop up. We would like to add audio to the system, so that a short sound clip can be played if people click on its associated word on the webpage. We would like to give users the option of either displaying a picture, or playing a sound (or both).<br />
*# Email system for people with aphasia - - We would like to implement a web-based email system interface for people with aphasia,a language disorder, with the following functions: <br />
*##spelling suggestion (suggest words based on the current entered letters) <br />
*##spelling corrections<br />
*##related words suggestions (based on our vocabulary system, suggesting closely related to the current word)<br />
*##pictorial address book (contact information with the person's picture)<br />
*##connection to an online pictorial dictionary.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~felten/ Edward Felten], 302 Sherrerd Hall===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer security and privacy; Internet software; technology law and policy.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Technology for open government.<br />
*# Computer security and privacy.<br />
*# Digital media distribution.<br />
*# Copy protection and peer to peer technologies.<br />
*# Electronic voting.<br />
*# Technology, society and public policy.<br />
*# Any other interesting or offbeat topic.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~af/ Adam Finkelstein], Room 424 ===<br />
*Research Areas: computer graphics, animation.<br />
*Ideas for independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Computer-generated drawings from 3D models.<br />
*# Tools for making visual art using computer graphics.<br />
*# New methods for computer animation.<br />
*# Techniques for medical visualization.<br />
*# Experiments where the data is collected via the internet.<br />
*# Any interesting project in computer graphics.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~mfreed/ Michael Freedman], Room 308 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Distributed systems, security, networking<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Enterprise and datacenter networking solutions, possibly built on top of OpenFlow (http://www.openflowswitch.org/) and NOX (http://noxrepo.org/)<br />
*# Help build and deploy a browser-based peer-to-peer file sharing / content distribution network (http://www.firecoral.net/).<br />
*# Analyze system dynamics and peer behavior in BitTorrent networks, and [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/research/techrep/TR-814-08 design] more incentive-compatible protocols.<br />
*# Design and build systems- and network-support for distributed virtual worlds, such as new Second Life alternatives.<br />
*# Design and build a performance- and fault-monitoring tool / architecture for distributed systems such as [http://www.coralcdn.org CoralCDN].<br />
*# Improve web security by revisiting web security policies or designing new browser/server security mechanisms.<br />
*# Analyze power consumption in servers and datacenters; design distributed applications and architectures to minimize usage.<br />
*# Design and build distributed storage or coordination services for multi-site datacenters.<br />
*# Realize cryptographically-private data sharing between distributed systems.<br />
*# Any interesting topic related to distributed or peer-to-peer systems, security, or networking.<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~funk/ Thomas Funkhouser], Room 422 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Structural bioinformatics and computer graphics.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Investigate methods for predicting the function of a protein from its 3D structure.<br />
*# Develop algorithms for aligning and matching 3D shapes.<br />
*# Build components of a shape-based search engine for 3D models.<br />
*# Any other projects related to structural bioinformatics or computer graphics.<br />
<br />
===Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~scott/ Scott Karlin], Room 101A===<br />
* Research Areas: Networked Systems, Operating Systems, Hardware/Software Interfaces<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Hardware/Software gadgets for home automation. For example, media servers or convergence devices that combine Internet, TV, phone, security, and automation.<br />
*# Programming language support/extension for device driver programmers. For example, most device drivers are written in C; explore/implement ways the language be augmented to support multiple aliases (physical address, kernel virtual address, user virtual address, bus address) for the same memory cell.<br />
*# Design and implement analysis tools for maintaining large-scale distributed systems such as PlanetLab.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/ Brian Kernighan], Room 311 ===<br />
* Research Areas: application-specific languages, document preparation, user interfaces, software tools, programming methodology<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Application-oriented languages, scripting languages.<br />
*# Tools; user interfaces; web services.<br />
*# AMPL and optimization.<br />
*# Joint work with other departments.<br />
*# For a list of less than half-baked ideas [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/iw.ideas Look Here]<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~aslp/ Andrea LaPaugh], Room 304 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Search and retrieval of information; data mining, particularly clustering; combinatorial algorithms<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Develop visualization tools for social network algorithms such as PageRank.<br />
*# Study the current use of graph structure in the exploration of the Web or other social networks, and investigate the potential for new techniques.<br />
*# Experimentally evaluate the use of preprocessing with spectral clustering algorithms.<br />
*# Experimentally evaluate how well metrics used to compare two clusterings of a data set actually capture intuitive notions of similarity between clusterings.<br />
*# Other topics with an information discovery or management aspect, including novel applications using databases or information retrieval.<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~li/ Kai Li], Room 321===<br />
*Research Areas: Parallel architectures and systems; distributed systems; operating systems.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Design, implement and evaluate practical methods for image and audio similarity searches.<br />
*# Seamless shared visualization on large-scale displays.<br />
*# Simulation studies of asymmetric heterogeneous chip multiprocessor architecture.<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~vivek/ Vivek Pai], Room 322 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Network/Web servers, operating systems, high-performance applications.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Use data from [http://comon.cs.princeton.edu CoMon] to analyze workload behavior on [http://www.planet-lab.org PlanetLab]. For example, can you automatically detect things about people's programs, can you cluster usage patterns, etc., etc.<br />
*# Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) are commonly used to deliver Web content, but no standard monitoring system exists to easily gauge their relative performance. Can you build one that reasonably compares different CDNs?<br />
*# Tools like [http://codeen.cs.princeton.edu/covisualize/ CoVisualize] are useful for periodically-updating data. Can you take this concept and apply it to data that changes much more rapidly, such as every second<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~llp/ Larry Peterson], Room 208===<br />
*Research Areas: Networked systems, communication protocols, operating systems.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Topics related to planetary-scale network services, overlay networks, and the system infrastucture needed to support them.<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~jrex/ Jennifer Rexford], Room 306 ===<br />
*Research areas: networking, network virtualization, Internet measurement, network management, network troubleshooting<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Design, prototyping, and evaluation of new routing protocols on VINI (www.vini-veritas.net)<br />
*# Design, prototyping, and evaluation of new packet-handling logic in Click (http://www.read.cs.ucla.edu/click/) or NetFPGA http://netfpga.org/)<br />
*# Enterprise and data-center networking solutions, possibly built on top of OpenFlow (http://www.openflowswitch.org/)and NOX http://noxrepo.org/)<br />
*# Design, analysis, and simulation of traffic-management protocols and network virtualization techniques based on optimization theory or game theory<br />
*# Any interesting project in data networking<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~smr/ Szymon Rusinkiewicz], Room 406===<br />
*Research Areas: computer graphics; acquisition of 3D shape, reflectance, and appearance of real-world objects; novel devices and methods for physical output of objects with particular shape/appearance.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Build a system for background-oriented Schlieren: imaging of gases based on the tiny perturbations produced by refraction. Use this to visualize things like the airflow above a candle, or human breath.<br />
*# Scratch holography using computer-controlled milling machines.<br />
*# Computer-generated bas-relief using substrates of heterogeneous materials.<br />
*# Implement a system for generating high-quality panoramic images from low-resolution, low-quality sources (e.g., cell-phone cameras).<br />
*# Develop enhanced visualization techniques for collections of images of an object or scene taken under varying lighting.<br />
*# Implement an efficient ray tracer for huge meshes (hundreds of millions to billions of polygons) based on a compressed hierarchical data structure. Then make it run at interactive rates.<br />
*# Implement (and perform the appropriate theoretical sampling/aliasing analysis for) a rendering system that explicitly accounts for the red/green/blue sub-pixels of LCD displays.<br />
*# Other projects in computer graphics and vision.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~schapire/ Robert Schapire], Room 407, ON SABBATICAL 2009-2010 ACADEMIC YEAR ===<br />
*Research Areas: Machine learning<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement and run experiments on assorted machine learning algorithms.<br />
*# Apply machine learning algorithms to specific tasks.<br />
*# Any other interesting project related to machine learning.<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~rs/ Robert Sedgewick], Room 319 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Scientific analysis of algorithms, Analytic combinatorics<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
Professor Sedgewick is willing to advise any student who comes up with an idea for independent work from his books, papers, courses, or in his current areas of active research. Send mail or stop by to discuss possible topics if you are interested.<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~jps/ Jaswinder Pal Singh], Room 423 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Parallel computing systems and applications: parallel applications and their implications for software and architectural design; system software and programming environments for multiprocessors. Special interest in applications of computing in computational biology, especially protein structure determination and simulating the immune system.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Work with a team to build new types of "persistent search" or alerting/notifcation services that can be exposed to and used by real users. Could involve indexing and matching methods, end-user interfaces, data sourcing and interpretation, or building new information services.<br />
*# Implement and study novel methods for topic-specific or vertical information discovery and search, as well as for high-quality persistent search.<br />
*# Study and develop methods to infer insights from data in different application areas.<br />
*# Design and implement a parallel application. Possible areas include graphics, compression, biology, among many others. Analyze performance bottlenecks using existing tools, and compare programming models/languages.<br />
*# Develop and implement algorithms for selected problems in computational biology, especially simulating the immune system or analyzing immunological data.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~mona/ Mona Singh], Room 420 ===<br />
*Research Areas: computational molecular biology, as well as its interface with machine learning and algorithms.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Whole and cross-genome methods for predicting protein function and protein-protein interactions.<br />
*# Analysis and prediction of biological networks.<br />
*# Computational methods for inferring specific aspects of protein structure from protein sequence data.<br />
*# Any other interesting project in computational molecular biology.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~ken/ Kenneth Steiglitz], Room 421 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computational economics, soliton-guided quantum computation, auctions<br />
<br />
*EOS: Economics via Object-oriented Simulation <br />
<br />
This is an ongoing project devoted to the development of<br />
open-source software for the highly structured <br />
simulation of complete economies, making strong use of <br />
inheritance, and a very few high-level primitives.<br />
Projects include design of a banking system, options, <br />
and distributed implementations.<br />
For details, see http://eos.cs.princeton.edu/.<br />
<br />
*Computing with Solitons: <br />
Solitons are remarkably robust <br />
nonlinear waves. They can travel through optical fibers over<br />
distances on the order of the earth's circumference. Their<br />
ability to process information has preoccupied me more than <br />
ten years, and I'm working on several ways in which they<br />
might be used for computation of a more or less general nature,<br />
classical or quantum. This sort of work uses both computer science<br />
and physics, and it helps a lot if you're familiar with things<br />
like wave equations as well as Turing machines. It can involve<br />
either theory or applied computation. Some of the work<br />
sprouted from solitons in cellular automata, so there may also<br />
be projects interesting to fans of what physicists sometimes<br />
call "ultra-discrete" systems (binary cellular automata).<br />
<br />
*Auctions:<br />
There are a number of questions about auctions that intrigue me. <br />
For example, there are many examples of auctions that do not have <br />
Nash equilibria. Are there any such auctions that might be <br />
useful in practice, and how should we expect agents to behave <br />
in such auctions? I'm also interested in practical numerical <br />
algorithms for finding equilibria in auctions. Beyond this there <br />
are always behavioral questions that might be studied with field <br />
experiments in eBay (these are also typical term paper projects <br />
in COS 444).<br />
<br />
*Barter mechanisms:<br />
I'm interested in mechanisms that involve the exchange of<br />
goods without the use of money; in other words: barter. What<br />
kinds of barter sites are out there? How do they work? Is<br />
there an appropriate economic theory? How can barter among <br />
more than two traders be arranged? Can an effective site be<br />
put up that mediates barter as a third party? <br />
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________________________<br />
<br />
For papers relevant to some of the topics mentioned, see my<br />
[http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~ken/research.html research page].<br />
If you're interested in discussing any of these ideas, or have <br />
some of your own, please send email. --[[User:Ken|Ken]] Wed Aug 26 03:04:46 EDT 2009<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~ret/ Robert Tarjan], Room 324 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Data structures; graph algorithms; combinatorial optimization; computational complexity; computational geometry; parallel algorithms.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement one or more data structures or combinatorial algorithms to provide insight into their empirical behavior.<br />
*# Design and/or analyze various data structures and combinatorial algorithms.<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://function.princeton.edu/ogt.html/ Olga Troyanskaya], Room 320, ON SABBATICAL 2009-2010 ACADEMIC YEAR ===<br />
*Research Areas: Bioinformatics; analysis of large-scale biological data sets (genomics, gene expression, proteomics, biological networks); algorithms for integration of data from multiple data sources; visualization of biological data; machine learning methods in bioinformatics.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement and evaluate one or more gene expression analysis algorithm.<br />
*# Develop algorithms for assessment of performance of genomic analysis methods.<br />
*# Develop, implement, and evaluate visualization tools for heterogeneous biological data.<br />
<br />
=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~dpw/ David Walker], Room 211, ON SABBATICAL 2009-2010 ACADEMIC YEAR=== <br />
*Research Areas: Programming languages, type systems, compilers, data processing and security.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# PADS: a domain-specific research language for specifying data formats and automatically generating tools that and do cool things with the specified format (See here for more info):<br />
*## How can we improve the PADS toolkit?<br />
*## Can we automatically generate specialized compression, obfuscation, or encryption tools?<br />
*## Can we generate tools specialized for particular domains such as computational biologiy? Financial analysis? Physicis? Computer networking?<br />
*## PADS is currently implemented on top of C and O'Caml. Can we provide PADS for other languages such as Python or Haskell?<br />
*## Given example data (like the output of "ls -l"), can we automatically learn the format of the data using clever algorithms or machine learning?<br />
*## Can we design hardware and/or software mechanisms that will tolerate bit flips and other faults caused by cosmic rays?<br />
*## Can we develop a type system or other software analysis that can determine whether software is fault tolerant? <br />
*# Any other interesting project that involves type systems, compilers, data processing, fault tolerance, language-based security, aspect-oriented programming, theorem proving, logic or logical frameworks.<br />
<br />
=== Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~wayne/contact/ Kevin Wayne], Room 207 ===<br />
*Research Areas: design, analysis, and implementation of algorithms; data structures; combinatorial optimization; graphs and networks.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement and investigate the empirical behavior of a recent graph algorithm or data structure.<br />
*# Design and implement computer visualizations of graph algorithms or data structures.<br />
*# Develop pedagogical tools for the computer science curriculum at Princeton and beyond.<br />
*# Any interesting ideas involving games of skill and chance.<br />
<br />
= ''Opportunities outside the department'' =<br />
<br />
We encourage students to look in to doing interdisciplinary computer science research and to work with professors in departments other than computer science. However, every CS independent work project must have a strong computer science element (even if it has other scientific or artistic elements as well.) To do a project with an advisor outside of computer science you must have permission of the department. This can be accomplished by having a second co-advisor within the computer science department or by contacting the independent work supervisor about the project and having he or she sign the independent work proposal form.<br />
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Here is a list of professors outside the computer science department who are eager to work with computer science undergraduates.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.molbio.princeton.edu/labs/coller/personnel.htm/ Hillary Coller], Room 140 Lewis Thomas Lab ===<br />
*Research Areas: computational approaches to analysis of large-scale genomics data sets<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Data integration projects with large scale data sets: gene expression and microRNA expression.<br />
*# Clustering algorithms and data visualization algorithms to represent patterns of genetic change.<br />
*# Pattern matching algorithms to define genetic regions that are overrepresented compared with chance.<br />
*# Pattern matching and data integration algorithms to integrate data generated by the laboratory with publicly available data sets from tumors or microbial species.<br />
*# Other topics of mutual interest.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.princeton.edu/~sharad/ Sharad Malik], Engineering Quad, Room B224 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Design automation for digital systems: design methodology, synthesis and verification of digital systems<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.princeton.edu/~mrm/ Margaret Martonosi], Engineering Quad, Room B216 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer architectures and the hardware/software interface, particularly power-efficient systems, hardware-software interface issues, and most recently, power-efficient wireless networks.<br />
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Possible research topics include:<br />
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* Green Data Centers<br />
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* Mobile Computing<br />
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* Cell phone applications and programming models<br />
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* Energy-efficient computer architecture<br />
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Or email (mrm@princeton.edu) and pitch an idea roughly in this space!<br />
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=== Prof. [http://weblamp.princeton.edu/~psych/psychology/research/norman/index.php Ken Norman], Room 3-N-18 Green Hall SABBATICAL FALL 2009===<br />
* Research Areas: Memory, the brain and computation <br />
* Lab: [http://compmem.princeton.edu/ Princeton Computational Memory Lab]<br />
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Potential research topics<br />
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* Methods for decoding cognitive state information from neuroimaging data (fMRI and EEG) <br />
* Neural network simulations of learning and memory<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.princeton.edu/~mjs3/ Matthew Salganik], Room 145 Wallace Hall ===<br />
*Research areas: Internet-based social research, social networks, quantitative methods<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Website to allow groups/organizations/governments to collect and prioritize ideas in a democratic, transparent, and bottom-up way (http://www.allourideas.org).<br />
*# Social network sampling methods for hidden populations such as injection drug users and sex workers.<br />
*# Any interesting way to use new technology to better study human behavior.</div>Aslphttp://wiki.cs.princeton.edu/index.php?title=UgradResearchTopics&diff=8875UgradResearchTopics2008-09-11T18:28:46Z<p>Aslp: /* Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~aslp/ Andrea LaPaugh], Room 304 */</p>
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<div>=Suggested Undergraduate Research Topics=<br />
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Links to many research areas in the department may be found <br />
[http://www.cs.princeton.edu/research/areas/ here] while links<br />
to projects may be found<br />
[http://www.cs.princeton.edu/research/projects/ here].<br />
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The Independent Work Webpage located [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~dpw/courses/iw/08-09/ here] contains much more information on how to sign up to do IW or to write a thesis, to find an advisor and to get started on a project.<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/ Andrew Appel], Room 409===<br />
* Research Areas: Programming languages, compilers, computer security.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Can prox cards be scanned from a distance? What are the implications?<br />
*# Trojan horses in cryptographic protocols.<br />
*# Automated theorem proving.<br />
*# Computer game-playing programs.<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~arora/ Sanjeev Arora], Room 307=== <br />
* Research Areas: Uses of randomness in complexity theory and algorithms; Efficient algorithms for finding approximate solutions to NP-hard problems (or proving that they don't exist); Cryptography. <br />
* Independent Research Topics: <br />
*# Implement one of recently discovered algorithms for "recycling" random bits, and study how well it does in practice. <br />
*# Show that finding approximate solutions to NP-complete problems is also NP-complete (i.e., come up with NP-completeness reductions a la COS 487). <br />
*# Experimental Algorithms: Implementing and Evaluating Algorithms using existing software packages. <br />
*# Design and implementation of graph partitioning algorithms (possibly leading to a publication). <br />
*# Modeling the human brain using random graphs.<br />
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===Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~august/ David August], Room 209 ON SABBATICAL 2008-2009 Academic Year ===<br />
* Research Areas: Computer Architecture and Compilers.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# New parallel programming models: language and architectural support.<br />
*# Novel architectural techniques enabled by compiler support (joint compiler-time/run-time optimization, reconfigurable computing, etc.).<br />
*# Compiler optimization at the data-structure and algorithm level.<br />
*# Exploit vulnerabilities in subscription digital satellite receivers (TV or Radio), Princeton's digital parking meters (we have one in our possession, already disassembled - it is best not to ask how), and other devices.<br />
*# Any interesting topic in computer architecture or compiler theory.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~barak/ Boaz Barak], Room 405===<br />
*Research Areas: Cryptography, Complexity Theory, Randomness and Computation.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Build a tool to partially automate proving security of cryptographic protocols.<br />
*# Write a clean exposition of the proof that pseudorandom generators can be constructed from any one way function.<br />
*# Write a clean exposition of the parallel repetition lemma.<br />
*# Any other interesting project, especially one involving cryptography or theory.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~blei/ David Blei], Room 204===<br />
*Research Areas: machine learning, graphical models, computational statistics, information retrieval, natural language processing.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Explore the potential of using machine learning techniques with the Wikipedia corpus (http://www.wikipedia.com/). Develop algorithms that use both the content of and connections between articles.<br />
*# Develop algorithms which use both linguistic information (like part of speech tags) and statistical information (like word counts) to determine document similarity.*#<br />
*# Build a browser for large and unstructured collections of multimedia documents. Develop machine learning tools for automatically organizing and interfacing with such collections.<br />
*# Any interesting machine learning or computational statistics project. Example research areas are spectral clustering, approximate posterior inference, social network analysis, or time series analysis.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~moses/ Moses Charikar], Room 305 ON SABBATICAL 2008-2009 Academic Year ===<br />
*Research Areas: Design and analysis of algorithms, particularly approximation algorithms, on-line algorithms and efficient algorithms for dealing with large volumes of data.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Reconstructing evolutionary trees from biological data.<br />
*# Algorithms for clustering data - theory as well as impementation.<br />
*# Investigating the gap of mathematical programming relaxations for optimization problems. (This requires a strong math background).<br />
*# Any other topic in advanced algorithms or discrete mathematics.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~chazelle/ Bernard Chazelle], Room 404 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computational Geometry, Sublinear Algorithms, Clustering, Discrepancy Theory, Lower Bounds.<br />
*Independent Research Topics<br />
*# Experimentation with self-improving algorithms.<br />
*# Sublinear algorithms.<br />
*# Personalized web searching.<br />
*# Clustering algorithms.<br />
*# Experiment with stunningly fast approximate heaps.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~doug/ Douglas Clark], Room 309 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer architecture and organization; architecturally-focused performance analysis.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Diagnose, repair, and possibly redesign the user interface of my father's 30-year-old Turing Machine. Requires digital logic design skills, plus some mechanical engineering, or perhaps a partner.<br />
*# Cycles Per Instruction (CPI) is a great performance measure but is hard to estimate without a highly detailed simulation of the hardware. Simple analytic models of CPI can be very wrong for certain programs and certain processors. Using good simulators and/or a real machine, show how bad such models can be.<br />
*# Other topics, depending on student interest.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~prc/ Perry Cook], Room 408 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Computer Music; Simulation of Musical Acoustics and Voice; Real-Time Expressive Computer Control, Human-Computer Interfacing.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Expressive Human Voice Synthesis. Look into famous historical (going back very far) voice synthesis projects and techniques. Program up simulations of a couple of them for a web page I'm building. Pick a modern system, and look into new techniques, such as transplanted prosody, to make it sound more "human."<br />
*# Physically Oriented Library of Interactive Sound Effects. Work on aspects of parametric synthesis of sound effects, like walking, clapping, breaking and bouncing, rubbing, crunching, etc. We're branching out into background sound textures this year, so there's lots of new work to be done.<br />
*# Work on parts of a new language for real-time audio and media, called ChucK. Add new graphical and controller components to the system.<br />
*# Machine learning on raw audio/music. Work to develop new techniques and applications for machine "understanding" of audio.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~dpd/ David Dobkin], Room 411 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Visualization, pervasive computing, software engineering.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Building applications using Wireless and Handheld devices.<br />
*# Building tools for managing online photo albums.<br />
*# Face recognition.<br />
*# Other Interesting topics.<br />
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=== Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~rdondero/ Robert Dondero], Room 206 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Software engineering; software engineering education.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Develop and/or evaluate tools that predict software bugs. In particular, can mining of source code databases predict bugs?<br />
*# Develop and/or evaluate tools to facilitate student learning in undergraduate computer science courses at Princeton, and beyond. In particular, can code critiquing tools help students learn about software quality?<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~felten/ Edward Felten], 302 ORFE/CITP Building===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer security; network software; technology law and policy.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Computer security and privacy.<br />
*# Digital media distribution.<br />
*# Copy protection and peer to peer technologies.<br />
*# Electronic voting.<br />
*# Technology and public policy.<br />
*# Any other interesting or offbeat topic.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~af/ Adam Finkelstein], Room 424 ===<br />
*Research Areas: computer graphics, animation.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Computer-generated drawings from 3D models.<br />
*# Tools for making visual art using computer graphics.<br />
*# New methods for computer animation.<br />
*# Techniques for medical visualization.<br />
*# Any interesting project in computer graphics.<br />
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=== Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~mef/ Marc E. Fiuczynski], Room 314===<br />
*Research Areas: operating systems, distributed systems, computer networks, programming languages, computer architecture.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Better compiler tools for system software evolution (see c4.cs.princeton.edu).<br />
*# Operating systems and cluster management projects related to PlanetLab.<br />
*# Oh... just come see me and we can figure something out that should be fun.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~mfreed/ Michael Freedman], Room 208 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Distributed systems, security, networking, applied cryptography<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Help design, build, and deploy a browser-based peer-to-peer file sharing / content distribution network.<br />
*# Analyze system dynamics and peer behavior in BitTorrent networks, and [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/research/techrep/TR-814-08 design] more incentive-compatible protocols.<br />
*# Design and build systems- and network-support for distributed virtual worlds, such as new Second Life alternatives.<br />
*# Design and build a performance- and fault-monitoring tool / architecture for distributed systems such as [http://www.coralcdn.org CoralCDN].<br />
*# Improve web security by revisiting web security policies or designing new browser/server security mechanisms<br />
*# Analyze power consumption in servers and data centers; design distributed applications and architectures to minimize usage.<br />
*# Realize cryptographically-private data sharing between distributed systems.<br />
*# Any interesting topic related to distributed or peer-to-peer systems, security, or networking.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~funk/ Thomas Funkhouser], Room 422 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Structural bioinformatics and computer graphics.<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Investigate methods for predicting the function of a protein from its 3D structure.<br />
*# Develop algorithms for aligning and matching 3D shapes.<br />
*# Build components of a shape-based search engine for 3D models.<br />
*# Any other projects related to structural bioinformatics or computer graphics.<br />
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===Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~scott/ Scott Karlin], Room 101A===<br />
* Research Areas: Networked Systems, Operating Systems, Hardware/Software Interfaces<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Hardware/Software gadgets for home automation. For example, media servers or convergence devices that combine Internet, TV, phone, security, and automation.<br />
*# Programming language support/extension for device driver programmers. For example, most device drivers are written in C; explore/implement ways the language be augmented to support multiple aliases (physical address, kernel virtual address, user virtual address, bus address) for the same memory cell.<br />
*# Design and implement analysis tools for maintaining large-scale distributed systems such as PlanetLab.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/ Brian Kernighan], Room 311 ===<br />
* Research Areas: application-specific languages, document preparation, user interfaces, software tools, programming methodology<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Application-oriented languages, scripting languages.<br />
*# Tools; user interfaces; web services.<br />
*# AMPL and optimization.<br />
*# Joint work with other departments.<br />
*# For a list of less than half-baked ideas [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/iw.ideas Look Here]<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~aslp/ Andrea LaPaugh], Room 304 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Search and retrieval of information; data mining, particularly clustering; combinatorial algorithms<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# '''NEW!''' Develop visualization tools for social network algorithms such as PageRank.<br />
*# Study the current use of graph structure in the exploration of the Web or other social networks, and investigate the potential for new techniques.<br />
*# Experimentally evaluate the use of preprocessing with spectral clustering algorithms.<br />
*# Experimentally evaluate how well metrics used to compare two clusterings of a data set actually capture intuitive notions of similarity between clusterings.<br />
*# Other topics with an information discovery or management aspect, including novel applications using databases or information retrieval.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~feifeili/ Fei-fei Li], Room 211 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer vision, human vision, machine learning. Prof. Li is particularly interested in recognition topics related to the semantic understanding of the visual world, such as object categorization, human action understanding, event recognition, etc.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Computer vision project emphasizing on an interesting application in visual recognition.<br />
*# Computer vision project emphasizing on an interesting machine learning problem, such as inference techniques or efficient algorithms.<br />
*# Human psychophysics project that utilizes smart algorithms or ideas from computer vision or machine learning;<br />
*# Can you think of a particularly interesting application in computer vision? I'd love to hear your ideas!<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~li/ Kai Li], Room 321 ON SABBATICAL FALL 2008===<br />
*Research Areas: Parallel architectures and systems; distributed systems; operating systems.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Design, implement and evaluate practical methods for image and audio similarity searches.<br />
*# Seamless shared visualization on large-scale displays.<br />
*# Simulation studies of asymmetric heterogeneous chip multiprocessor architecture.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~vivek/ Vivek Pai], Room 322 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Network/Web servers, operating systems, high-performance applications.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Improve some aspect of CoDeeN, such as implementing ad filtering, analyzing and improving page download times, or develop a distributed log querying system.<br />
*# Distributed DNS resolution: we have a rough resolver that runs on many nodes, but is not intelligent. Fix it so that it can achieve the same (or better) performance while consuming fewer resources.<br />
*# Improve our system call performance visualization tool running on DeBox. It works, but is not particularly fast. We'd like to perform on-line performance monitoring and visualization while slowing down applications by only a few percent at most.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~llp/ Larry Peterson], Room 219 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Networked systems, communication protocols, operating systems.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Topics related to planetary-scale network services, overlay networks, and the system infrastucture needed to support them.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~jrex/ Jennifer Rexford], Room 306 ===<br />
*Research areas: networking, network virtualization, Internet measurement, network management, network troubleshooting<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Design, prototyping, and evaluation of new routing protocols on VINI (www.vini-veritas.net)<br />
*# Design, prototyping, and evaluation of new packet-handling logic in Click (http://www.read.cs.ucla.edu/click/) or NetFPGA (http://netfpga.org/)<br />
*# Design, analysis, and simulation of traffic-management protocols and network virtualization techniques based on optimization theory or game theory<br />
*# Design and measurement-based evaluation of techniques to improve routing-protocol scalability<br />
*# Any interesting project in data networking<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~smr/ Szymon Rusinkiewicz], Room 412 ON SABBATICAL 2008-2009 Academic Year ===<br />
*Research Areas: computer graphics; acquisition of 3D shape, reflectance, and appearance of real-world objects.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Work on computer vision systems for an autonomous vehicle to be entered in the DARPA Urban Challenge.<br />
*# Implement a system for generating high-quality panoramic images from low-resolution, low-quality sources (e.g., cell-phone cameras).<br />
*# Develop enhanced visualization techniques for collections of images of an object or scene under varying lighting.<br />
*# Implement an efficient ray tracer for huge meshes (hundreds of millions of polygons) based on a compressed hierarchical data structure.<br />
*# Other projects in computer graphics and vision.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~schapire/ Robert Schapire], Room 407 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Machine learning<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement and run experiments on assorted machine learning algorithms.<br />
*# Apply machine learning algorithms to specific tasks.<br />
*# Any other interesting project related to machine learning.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~rs/ Robert Sedgewick], Room 319 ===<br />
* Research Areas: Scientific analysis of algorithms, Analytic combinatorics<br />
* Independent Research Topics:<br />
Professor Sedgewick is willing to advise any student who comes up with an idea for independent work from his books, papers, courses, or in his current areas of active research. Send mail or stop by to discuss possible topics if you are interested.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~jps/ Jaswinder Pal Singh], Room 423 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Parallel computing systems and applications: parallel applications and their implications for software and architectural design; system software and programming environments for multiprocessors. Special interest in applications of computing in computational biology, especially protein structure determination and simulating the immune system.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Work with a team to build new types of "persistent search" or alerting/notifcation services that can be exposed to and used by real users. Could involve indexing and matching methods, end-user interfaces, data sourcing and interpretation, or building new information services.<br />
*# Implement and study novel methods for topic-specific or vertical information discovery and search, as well as for high-quality persistent search.<br />
*# Study and develop methods to infer insights from data in different application areas.<br />
*# Design and implement a parallel application. Possible areas include graphics, compression, biology, among many others. Analyze performance bottlenecks using existing tools, and compare programming models/languages.<br />
*# Develop and implement algorithms for selected problems in computational biology, especially simulating the immune system or analyzing immunological data.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~mona/ Mona Singh], Room 420 ON SABBATICAL Spring 2009 ===<br />
*Research Areas: computational molecular biology, as well as its interface with machine learning and algorithms.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Whole and cross-genome methods for predicting protein function and protein-protein interactions.<br />
*# Analysis and prediction of biological networks.<br />
*# Computational methods for inferring specific aspects of protein structure from protein sequence data.<br />
*# Any other interesting project in computational molecular biology.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~ken/ Kenneth Steiglitz], Room 421 ===<br />
*Agent-Based Simulation of Economies:<br />
Chris Chan '08 was the most <br />
recent student to work on this topic and his accomplished goal was<br />
to create and document a program that is reusable and extensible. We're <br />
hoping that his work will avoid the repeated reinvention of wheels that <br />
has characterized this kind of research in the past. His system is <br />
Java-based, and is built on the Repast platform, which provides a GUI. <br />
It uses the Eclipse development environment. The goal is to model<br />
fully autonomous and complete economies using interacting agents, <br />
and to use such models to study basic economic questions, such as <br />
the emergence of free-market interest rates and the effects of <br />
central bank policies. Others outside Princeton are interested<br />
in collaborating, especially Prof. Mike Honig <br />
(Northwestern University), who worked with me on the first<br />
project in this particular line of modeling. (Mike: perhaps you'd <br />
like to edit in a comment.)<br />
<br />
*Computing with Solitons: <br />
Solitons are remarkably robust <br />
nonlinear waves. They can travel through optical fibers over<br />
distances on the order of the earth's circumference. Their<br />
ability to process information has preoccupied me for about <br />
ten years, and I'm working on several ways in which they<br />
might be used for computation of a more or less general nature,<br />
classical or quantum. This sort of work uses both computer science<br />
and physics, and it helps a lot if you're familiar with things<br />
like wave equations as well as Turing machines. It can involve<br />
either theory or applied computation. Some of the work<br />
sprouted from solitons in cellular automata, so there may also<br />
be projects interesting to fans of what physicists sometimes<br />
call "ultra-discrete" systems (binary cellular automata).<br />
<br />
*Auctions:<br />
There are a number of questions about auctions that intrigue me. <br />
For example, there are many examples of auctions that do not have <br />
Nash equilibria. Are there any such auctions that might be <br />
useful in practice, and how should we expect agents to behave <br />
in such auctions? I'm also interested in practical numerical <br />
algorithms for finding equilibria in auctions. Beyond this there <br />
are always behavioral questions that might be studied with field <br />
experiments in eBay (these are also typical term paper projects <br />
in COS 444).<br />
<br />
*Barter mechanisms:<br />
I'm interested in mechanisms that involve the exchange of<br />
goods without the use of money; in other words: barter. What<br />
kinds of barter sites are out there? How do they work? Is<br />
there an appropriate economic theory? How can barter among <br />
more than two traders be arranged? Can an effective site be<br />
put up that mediates barter as a third party? <br />
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________________________<br />
<br />
For papers relevant to some of the topics mentioned, see my<br />
[http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~ken/research.html research page].<br />
If you're interested in discussing any of these ideas, or have <br />
some of your own, please send email. --[[User:Ken|Ken]] 05:03, 17 July 2008 (EDT)<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~ret/ Robert Tarjan], Room 324 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Data structures; graph algorithms; combinatorial optimization; computational complexity; computational geometry; parallel algorithms.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement one or more data structures or combinatorial algorithms to provide insight into their empirical behavior.<br />
*# Design and/or analyze various data structures and combinatorial algorithms.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://function.princeton.edu/ogt.html/ Olga Troyanskaya], Room 320 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Bioinformatics; analysis of large-scale biological data sets (genomics, gene expression, proteomics, biological networks); algorithms for integration of data from multiple data sources; visualization of biological data; machine learning methods in bioinformatics.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement and evaluate one or more gene expression analysis algorithm.<br />
*# Develop algorithms for assessment of performance of genomic analysis methods.<br />
*# Develop, implement, and evaluate visualization tools for heterogeneous biological data.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~dpw/ David Walker], Room 412 === <br />
*Research Areas: Programming languages, type systems, compilers, data processing and security.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# PADS: a domain-specific research language for specifying data formats and automatically generating tools that and do cool things with the specified format (See here for more info):<br />
*## How can we improve the PADS toolkit?<br />
*## Can we automatically generate specialized compression, obfuscation, or encryption tools?<br />
*## Can we generate tools specialized for particular domains such as computational biologiy? Financial analysis? Physicis? Computer networking?<br />
*## PADS is currently implemented on top of C and O'Caml. Can we provide PADS for other languages such as Python or Haskell?<br />
*## Given example data (like the output of "ls -l"), can we automatically learn the format of the data using clever algorithms or machine learning?<br />
*## Can we design hardware and/or software mechanisms that will tolerate bit flips and other faults caused by cosmic rays?<br />
*## Can we develop a type system or other software analysis that can determine whether software is fault tolerant? <br />
*# Any other interesting project that involves type systems, compilers, data processing, fault tolerance, language-based security, aspect-oriented programming, theorem proving, logic or logical frameworks.<br />
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=== Dr. [http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~wayne/contact/ Kevin Wayne], Room 207 ===<br />
*Research Areas: design, analysis, and implementation of algorithms; data structures; combinatorial optimization; graphs and networks.<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Implement and investigate the empirical behavior of a recent graph algorithm or data structure.<br />
*# Design and implement computer visualizations of graph algorithms or data structures.<br />
*# Develop pedagogical tools for the computer science curriculum at Princeton and beyond.<br />
*# Any interesting ideas involving games of skill and chance.<br />
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= ''Opportunities outside the department'' =<br />
<br />
We encourage students to look in to doing interdisciplinary computer science research and to work with professors in departments other than computer science. However, every CS independent work project must have a strong computer science element (even if it has other scientific or artistic elements as well.) To do a project with an advisor outside of computer science you must have permission of the department. This can be accomplished by having a second co-advisor within the computer science department or by contacting the independent work supervisor about the project and having he or she sign the independent work proposal form.<br />
<br />
Here is a list of professors outside the computer science department who are eager to work with computer science undergraduates.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.molbio.princeton.edu/labs/coller/personnel.htm/ Hillary Coller], Room 140 Lewis Thomas Lab ===<br />
*Research Areas: computational approaches to analysis of large-scale genomics data sets<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Data integration projects with large scale data sets: gene expression and microRNA expression.<br />
*# Clustering algorithms and data visualization algorithms to represent patterns of genetic change.<br />
*# Pattern matching algorithms to define genetic regions that are overrepresented compared with chance.<br />
*# Pattern matching and data integration algorithms to integrate data generated by the laboratory with publicly available data sets from tumors or microbial species.<br />
*# Other topics of mutual interest.<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.princeton.edu/~sharad/ Sharad Malik], Engineering Quad, Room B224 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Design automation for digital systems: design methodology, synthesis and verification of digital systems<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.princeton.edu/~mrm/ Margaret Martonosi], Engineering Quad, Room B216 ===<br />
*Research Areas: Computer architectures and the hardware/software interface, particularly power-efficient systems, hardware-software interface issues, and most recently, power-efficient wireless networks.<br />
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Possible research topics include:<br />
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* Green Data Centers<br />
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* Mobile Computing<br />
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* Cell phone applications and programming models<br />
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* Energy-efficient computer architecture<br />
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Or email (mrm@princeton.edu) and pitch an idea roughly in this space!<br />
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=== Prof. [http://weblamp.princeton.edu/~psych/psychology/research/norman/index.php Ken Norman] ===<br />
* Research Areas: Memory, the brain and computation <br />
* Lab: [http://compmem.princeton.edu/ Princeton Computational Memory Lab]<br />
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=== Prof. [http://www.princeton.edu/~mjs3/ Matthew Salganik], Room 145 Wallace Hall ===<br />
*Research areas: Internet-based social research, social networks, quantitative methods<br />
*Independent Research Topics:<br />
*# Web-based multiplayer video game to study social aspects of environment problems such as deforestation and overfishing.<br />
*# Facebook apps to study the structure and dynamics of online social networks.<br />
*# iPhone apps using GPS to study social segregation.<br />
*# Social network sampling methods for hidden populations such as injection drug users and sex workers.<br />
*# Any interesting way to use new technology to better study human behavior.</div>Aslp