Florida International University VIP Program

11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, Florida 33199, United States

Florida International University School of Computing and Information Sciences

11200 SW 8th St.
MiamiFlorida 33199
United States
Phone(305) 348-1835
Latitude: 25.756784
Longitude: -80.382014

The Institution

Florida International University is a vibrant, student-centered public research university, ideally located in Miami, that is worlds ahead in its commitment to learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity so that our graduates are prepared to succeed in a global market. The School of Computing and Information Sciences was formed in 1987 from the former Department of Mathematical Sciences. The mission of the School has several dimensions, consistent with the overall mission of the University and consistent with its role as part of the College of Engineering and Computing. ● High Quality Undergraduate Program ● Graduate Degree Programs for MS and PhD ● Basic and Applied Research in CS ● Provide Course work & Support for Non-CS Students ● Respond to needs of local & regional industry/govt. ● Provide Technical expertise to entire University

The Program

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program at FIU unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Undergraduate VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams. VIP extends the academic design experience beyond a single semester, with students participating for up to three years. It provides the time and context to learn and practice professional skills, to make substantial contributions, and experience different roles on large multidisciplinary design/discovery teams. The long-term nature of VIP creates an environment of mentorship, with faculty and graduate students mentoring teams, experienced students mentoring new members, and students moving into leadership roles as others graduate. We have been developing a number of VIP Tools and have already adopted some other tools to manage and track our VIP projects. Specifically, for managing the VIP projects, we have developed the VIP Project Management Web Site that helps students with their applications to join our existing VIP teams and our instructors with their proposals for new VIP projects. This tool can also help the VIP program coordinator to review the applications and project proposals, notify the applicants and proposers with the outcome of the review process, and facilitate the project assignments based on the interest of the students, their skillset and qualification to work in different teams, and the history of their involvements with the other VIP projects, if any. For managing the development of our VIP projects, we have adopted Mingle from ThoughWorks as our scrum/agile project management tool and GitHub as our version control tool.


Masoud Sadjadi

VIP Teams

  • VIP
    The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) FIU website intends to unite undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Undergraduate VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams. This Web site facilitate the process of creating and managing VIP projects at FIU.
  • When police want to share information about wanted persons or recent crimes they utilize a slow process that fails to reach significant numbers of police officers. The BOLO (Be On the Look Out) web-application ushers the BOLO into the 21st century by allowing officers to create BOLOs in real time using a mobile device and simultaneously disseminating the information to a vast number of police...
  • An interactive athletic training system of illuminated target pads and software application. The SkillCourt pads include touch and pressure sensors which report ball activity to SkillCourt app.
  • The objective of this project is to develop “Building Brain Version 4.0”. Building Brain is a smart application designed to reduce energy waste in buildings through understanding and improving occupants’ behaviors. Building Brain 1.0 - 3.0 were developed in Spring 2015, Summer 2015, and Fall 2015 as a platform for storing, analyzing, and communicating the energy behaviors of occupants and...
  • Penicillin was discovered in 1928 and used as an antibiotic soon after that. However, it does not work against all bacterial infections. Since then, hundreds of different antibiotics have been developed to counter different bacterial infections. There are several guidebooks for a physician to choose the right antibiotic or antimicrobial drug for a patient. However, very few apps exist that can...
  • A collaborative process between ECE, CS, and CARTA to develop a smart desk for Education and other domains, which includes multiple gesture detection algorithms, visualization techniques, and domain-specific applications.