New UROP opportunities will be listed here for one month, and thereafter will appear on the relevant faculty page (UROP website) until notified otherwise by the relevant member of academic staff.


Title of UROP Opportunity (Research Experience) & DetailsExperienced required (if any)Contact Details and any further Information

Added on 8 February, 2017

Control of a Laboratory Scale Gantry Crane

  • Digital filtering of measured signals.
  • Estimating velocity and acceleration based on position measurements.
  • Implementing a PID controller for direct acceleration, velocity and position control.
  • Performing system identification for the closed-loop system that includes the crane, estimator and PID controller.
  • Making improvements to the simulation model in Matlab and Simulink.
  • Implementing a Kalman filter for estimating the states of the system.
  • Implementing an LQR controller with anti-windup.
  • Implementing a nonlinear optimization-based controller.

Skills and experience required:

  • 3rd year student who has followed a course on state space control. 
  • This project is also suitable to 2nd year students interested in pursuing control engineering

Available in the Summer Vacation

Contact details: Dr Eric Kerrigan, Room 1108C, Dept of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, South Kensington Campus. Email:

ADDED on 3 February, 2017

Wireless sensor networks for river stage and flow monitoring: This placement provides the opportunity to be part of an international consortium project on community-based flood early warning systems in Nepal. The hydrology group is developing prototypes of wireless sensors to provide robust and low-cost real-time data on flood level and river flow. For this, we test and adapt technologies originally developed in the automotive industry for distance sensing (acoustic, radar, lidar). Depending on the skills and the interest of the student, placement activities can focus on prototype design and assembly, hydraulic modelling and data assimilation, and in-situ testing in locations in and around London.

Skills and experience required: Basic knowledge of hydraulics and matlab programming, ideally combined with an interest in electronics (e.g., arduino). Contact: Dr Wouter Buytaert, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Skempton building, South Kensington Campus. Email:

ADDED: 16 February, 2017

Theory and Simulation of Materials: The Theory and Simulation of Materials Centre for Doctoral Training is offering a number of UROP projects this summer in areas across Physics, Materials and Engineering.


For more information on the projects and details of how to apply please visit our website:

Added: 3 March, 2017

Simulation of a sector module in MUSE, a novel energy systems model: The student will contribute to extend functionalities of the sector modules in MUSE (the Modular Universal energy system Simulation Environment). MUSE is the novel energy systems modelling framework of the Sustainable Gas Institute. It addresses the complex problem related to the world transition to a low carbon energy system. Each sector modules in MUSE is a mathematical model, which aims to closely capture on a worldwide scale real investments and operational decisions in an energy sector, such as industry, transport, power generation, refineries.

Skills and experience required: The student should have a strong interest in energy systems, excellent quantitative/analytical skills, abilities to manage large datasets.

In this project, the student will focus on a specific energy sector module in MUSE and deliver:

  • A complete technoeconomic and environmental characterisation of the sector technologies
  • An appraisal of advances in energy consumption and environmental performance of the sector technologies
  • A definition of promising sector technologies available at lab and demonstration scales
  • Current research areas are in the industrial and transport sectors.

Contact details: Dr Adam Hawkes, Room C502, Roderic Hill Building South Kensington Campus. Email: Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 7250

Added: 10 March, 2017

The MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health is offering a number of summer projects in areas across the Centre covering biostatistics, epidemiological analyses, field trials and writing systematic reviews. A limited number of bursaries are available.

The MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health was formed in June 2009 as a partnership between Imperial College (lead institution) and King’s College London, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England, PHE). The Centre incorporates the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) at  Imperial College, the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s College London, in addition to bringing  together  leading  researchers  from  four (of six) departments of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, and researchers at King’s College, St George’s University of London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Since that time, the Centre has grown to become an integrated research collective, with more than fifty research groups and approximately three hundred associated research staff and students.

For more information on the projects and details of how to apply please visit:   Please note that this site advertises opportunities which are offered by institutions other than Imperial College. Only in cases of UROPs supervised at Imperial College London should the UROP registration procedure apply.

Added: 16 March, 2017

Programming controllers for multispectral LED sphere Light StageThe UROP student will be engaged in assisting the Realistic Graphics and Imaging group in controlling a reflectance measurement research apparatus called a Light Stage. The planned Light Stage is being built in the RGI group’s measurementlab and will consist of 336programmable LEDS mounted on a spherical gantrywith control over 6 channel multispectral illumination.The student will help write control software (Python/Kinet) for controlling the LED lamps over Ethernet and also write software for hardware controllers such as Arduino boards to control various digital cameras (DSLRs and machine vision) in synchronization with the LED lights.

Skills and experience required: Python/C, C++programming required, OpenGL experience ideal

The UROP would take place during Summer 2017.

Contact details: Dr Abhijeet Ghosh, Room 376 Huxley Building, Dept of Computing, Faculty of Engineering, South Kensington Campus. Email:; Tel: (0) 20 7594 8351.

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