Upcoming REUs

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Past REU Projects

Patterns and PDEs (2022): Wrinkling patterns


In this project during, we explored wrinkling patterns in anisotropic Swift-Hohenberg systems, which have applications in flexible electronics and materials with tunable surface properties. In particular, we explored the effect of parameters which control the amplitude, wavelength, and orientation of the emerging patterns, using computational approaches.

REU Students: Guogen Lan

Patterns and PDEs (2021): Vegetation fronts


In this project, we investigated traveling fronts which arise as interfaces between desert and vegetatation in semiarid regions. These fronts propagate as the desert invades the vegetated regions. Transverse instabilities in these fronts can cause fingering patterns to appear, which propagate in the opposite direction, allowing the vegetation to re-invade the desert region, providing a possible mechanism for slowing or reversing desertification. We investivated these instabilities using numerical simulation and continuation in the Klausmeier and Gilad models.

Collaborators: A. Doelman
REU Students: Kaitlynn Lilly, Erin Obermayer, Shreyas Rao


Patterns and PDEs (2020): Vegetation spots


In semiarid regions, limited water resources result in the formation of vegetation patterns, and there is evidence that the pattern structure is influenced by topographical conditions. On flat ground, vegetation patches or spot patterns are commonly observed. In this project, using a variant of the Klausmeier reaction-diffusion model of vegetation pattern formation, we analyzed radially symmetric spot patterns using geometric singular perturbation theory and numerical methods.

Collaborators: A. Doelman
REU Students: Ellie Byrnes, Lily Liu


Stellar winds (2019)

Stellar wind

In the setting of viscous stationary spherically symmetric equations of gas dynamics, we are interested in the existence of sub-to-supersonic transitions which describe the phenomena of stellar wind and stellar accretion. These transitions arise as canard solutions in an appropriate fast-slow framework and can be constructed using geometric singular perturbation theory. In this project, we analyzed the effects of viscosity and heat conduction on the structure of stellar winds.

REU Students: Adam Bauer


Localized roll patterns (2016)


In a project hosted by the Summer@ICERM program in 2016, groups of undergraduate students studied snaking localized roll patterns in the Swift-Hohenberg equation. They analyzed the effect of the underlying geometry/topology of the equation on the structure of the associated snaking curves, as well as implications for higher dimensional patterns.

Collaborators: T. Aougab, M. Beck, J. Bramburger, B. Sandstede
REU Students: Dylan Altschuler, Chloe Avery, Surabhi Desai, Tharathep Sangsawang, Melissa Stadt, Aric Wheeler


Traffic flow (2014/2016)

In this REU project, undergraduate students studied the application of data assimilation to models of traffic flow. In particular, a framework was developed to assimilate both Eulerian (fixed sensor) and Lagrangian (GPS) observations in order to predict traffic states and estimate model parameters. In another project, students applied equaton-free modelling techniques to the study of traffic dynamics.

Collaborators: B. Sandstede, L. Slivinski, C. Xia
REU Students: Tracy Chin, Courtney Cochrane, Joseph DeGuire, Bridget Fan, Emma Holmes, Melissa McGuirl, Patrick Murphy, Jenna Palmer, Jacob Ruth, Clayton Sanford, Rebecca Santorella