Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research in RPAL

The Robotic Personal Assistants Lab (RPAL) involves many Cornell undergraduates in robotics research. If you are an undergraduate who is curious about research, you may be asking yourself: what skills do I need? what is research all about? is graduate school for me?

There are a few things you can do to get involved. First, it is helpful to take a class in robotics like CS 4750: Foundations of Robotics.

Next, there are two paths to get involved in research in RPAL.

1. Reading Group

In order to get new lab members trained in robotics research, we are starting a new RPAL reading group. Each week, one paper is assigned for the whole group to read. Members will take turns writing and distributing a list of discussion questions in advance.

This route is appropriate for students who:

Anyone is welcome to participate in the reading group – the only rule is that you must have read the paper to participate. Students who participate the reading group will be given priority when the lab is recruiting students for research projects.

Details on participating in the reading group are coming soon!

2. Team Projects

Want to get involved in a project immediately? Is a reading group not for you? There are two team projects that may be recruiting new students.

  1. Solar Airship Team
  2. Miniature Self-Driving Car Team

These projects are best for students who:

You can contact me to get involved with either project.