Purdue University VIP Program

610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, United States

Purdue University

610 Purdue Mall
West LafayetteIndiana 47907
United States
Latitude: 40.423705
Longitude: -86.921195

The Institution

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States, is a public research university and is the main campus of the Purdue University system. It was founded in 1869 after a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students. The main campus in West Lafayette offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 900 student organizations. Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference and enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana, as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.

The Program

Each team is supervised by one or more faculty advisors, typically with the assistance of several graduate student mentors. Although the teams have been heavily ECE-centric (Electrical and Computer Engineering), we do have teams supervised by faculty advisors from the Schools of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Outside of the College of Engineering, we have teams supervised by faculty advisors from Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Library Sciences, and Psychological Sciences. Our teams are closely tied to the research interests of the faculty advisors who lead them. Several of the teams have close engagement with external partners that are companies or government agencies. The accomplishments of one team has very directly resulted in the award of a large National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to the team advisor and the formation of a start-up company that has been awarded an NSF Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant. Our vision is to continue to grow VIP at Purdue, and to further expand it beyond ECE and the College of Engineering. Within ECE, we are working to have VIP included as an option for completion of the Senior Design requirement.


Jan P. Allebach
Yung-Hsiang Lu
Carla Zoltowski
Website Phone 765-494-3559

VIP Teams

  • Analyze computer programs and identify mistakes. Provide statistics to instructors teaching computer programming
  • The initial goal of the AAV team is to develop software to control a Parrot drone and allow it to fly autonomously, i.e., without input from a human.
  • The Autonomous Land Vehicle or Crawler project seeks to build a radio control buggy that will be able to navigate autonomously.
  • CAM2 is cloud-based system for studying the worldwide phenomena using network cameras. CAM2 provides an event-based API and is open to researchers to analyze the data for their studies. The web interface allows users to select the cameras for analysis. The cloud computing engine can scale in response to the needs of analysis programs.
  • Building on the past Purdue-developed "TimeScale Creator" visualization system for Earth history, and brainstorm new resources which further the global mission of the nternational Comission on Stratigraphy.
  • Earthquakes are one of the most devastating natural disasters. One major earthquake may kill tens of thousands of people. When an earthquake occurs, casualties often occur in collapsed buildings. Post-earthquake rapid reconnaissance and detailed forensic inspections are essential to learn from failures and successes. These inspections often generate large amounts (tens of thousands) of visual...
  • Conduct field experiments to collect P-band (137-400 MHz) satellite signals and evaluate their qualities for use in Earth remote sensing.
  • The goal is to assemble a small group of undergraduate students who will work alongside some of the graduate students in my research group to address problems that range from low-level imaging algorithms that are designed for printer and scanner products, to higher level algorithms that use image analysis and machine learning methods to identify image content and perform various tasks with...
  • Investigate and develop policy and workflow for managing data so that critical data is preserved or can be reproduced.
  • Continue to develop and extend the SoC we have created.
  • Create custom Software Defined Radios using GNU Radio and SDR harware like the USRP or Sidekiq.
  • Design and develop an MRI-safe, metal-less video game controller to effectively provide brain stimulation for complex sensorimotor investigation. Program the controller to interface with modern video games for more brain stimulation to conduct further fMRI testing
  • Develop a visual analytic system based on sensor data.
  • The purpose of this project is to create computer tools that can facilitate discovery of patterns of human behaviors from worldwide network cameras.