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July 30, 2019

Media Advisory: Students From Across US to Test Self-Driving Vehicle at UA

  • What: Demonstration of the UA's Cognitive and Autonomous (CAT) Vehicle
  • When: 7-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Reporters may request rides in vehicle until 11 a.m.
  • Where: UA parking lot No. 3039, next to the Electrical and Computer Engineering building by Second Street and North Palm Drive.

TUCSON, Ariz. — A diverse group of students from across the country will put their tech to the test when they remotely drive the University of Arizona's Cognitive and Autonomous, or CAT, vehicle on Tuesday.

The college students have spent their summer working on the CAT vehicle as part of the National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program. REU supports research opportunities for students from varied backgrounds at hosting U.S. universities.

The CAT vehicle demonstration culminates 10 weeks of coding, experimentation and data analysis. The event is open to the public, and students will be available to discuss their research and experience with the program.

Tamal Bose, professor and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is leading the REU this year, along with Larry Head, professor in the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering. Professor Jonathan Sprinkle, creator and host of the UA CAT program since 2013, is on assignment at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Researcher contact:
Tamal Bose
UA Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Media contact:
Emily Dieckman
UA College of Engineering
Office: 520-621-1992 | Cell: 760-981-8808

The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top 50 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the UA is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The UA ranked in the top 25 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures. The UA advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually.