Research What Matters At The University of Rochester

Research is about confronting the status quo.

The University of Rochester is one of the country’s top-tier research institutions and attracts more than $400 million in funding each year. With world-class facilities and a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Rochester is an ideal place for students to team up with professors and challenge current theories.



Summer of Research: Making Robots Smarter, and More User Friendly

Programming language can look foreign to someone who has never written code, but for a computer scientist, it’s second nature. For robots, it has been the only way to communicate with their human counterparts, until recent advances in the field of human computer interaction.

For Steven Broida, a rising senior at the University of Rochester who is majoring in computer science, helping to further bridge that gap between people and robots is a goal of his summer research. Specifically, building a program that can not only understand human speech and act on simple commands, but learn its environment and become smarter as it works with people and learns their needs.



Summer of Research: Saving the Earth from Asteroids

It’s a common plot line for disaster movies. An asteroid is speeding toward Earth, spelling certain doom unless some hero can step forward and save the day. While Hollywood might not always science right, researchers in the Infrared Research Laboratory at the University of Rochester know all too well how real that possibility is, given then right circumstances.

That’s why NASA has commissioned their lab and other researchers to develop the imaging technology that can spot these objects and potentially divert them before they can reach our orbit. NEOCam (Near-Earth Object Camera) will use infrared sensors that are being tested in this lab, with the help of a team that includes undergraduates like rising sophomore Diarra Bell, a double major in physics and astronomy, and computer science.