A few notes for students.

High school students

I do occasionally take exceptional high school students into my lab over the summer. Students need to be highly self-motivated and independent, and have good math and/or programming skills. Unfortunately, I am usually not able to fund high school students.

Undergraduates


Graduates

Thank you for expressing interest in our ECE graduate program at Boston University. As I'm sure you can understand, I am regularly swamped with interest letters from prospective students, and it is very difficult for me to answer all of them, much less provide assessment of the likelihood of acceptance. For most cases, the best situation is to simply apply to our program so that I can view your application in context of other applications in the given year. In general, my research focuses on networking and security, using fundamental tools from algorithms, error-correcting codes, number theory and the like. I currently have projects on data synchronization, harsh-environment localization, over-the-air programming of sensor networks, and security of smartphones, although new projects come up all the time. You are welcome to peruse my web site (you're currently viewint it - http://people.bu.edu/trachten) or my lab web site (http://nislab.bu.edu) to see the kind of work that I am doing. Though my lab does have openings for incoming graduate students, these positions are typically extremely competitive. Things that I look for in my assessments include: Please feel free to contact me if you have specific thoughts on these matters. In any event, I wish you the best of luck in your graduate search.

Post-doctoral researchers

It is very rare for me to take post-docs into my lab. Acceptable candidates must have an extraordinarily strong research record in their PhDs, with relevance to my interests.