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The appropriate level of student-faculty interaction and supervision of the participants will be achieved by the following means:
Each PI will hold a weekly individual meeting with each of the REU participants to discuss their research project.
Each PI will set aside 3-5 hours per week of office hours strictly for REU students. The students will have a chance to ask questions and discuss projects during this time in addition to their regular weekly meetings.
The graduate research assistant will also hold 10 hours weekly office hours for REU students. The student will be able to discuss matters related to the system, implementation details, and programming.
Each PI holds a weekly seminar-style meeting with his research group, in which current research papers are discussed, upcoming presentations by group members are rehearsed and discussed, papers by group members are ``pre-reviewed," participants give presentations on the status of their project, etc.
The whole REU group, consisting of P.I.'s and REU students will meet twice a semester. This meeting will last for one day and will be scheduled on weekends. The meeting will be structured into three sessions consisting of presentation, demonstration, and discussion sessions. During the first session the student will present their projects. These presentations will include a brief introduction of the problem, results to date, and future plans. Next, the students will be able to demonstrate their projects in the Computer Vision lab. Finally, we will have an open discussion session where each student will be encouraged to comment on other projects.
Students will be able to communicate with fellow students, the graduate research assistant and PI's at their campuses as well as at other campuses using electronic mail. In past years, REU participants at the different campuses have exchanged software using ftp and been able to have it operational in a very short time. This is always very impressive to a student the first time they experience it.