Link Lab Students

Both graduate and undergraduate students participate in a variety of research and educational opportunities in the Link Lab.

Programs, Events, and Resources

  • Link Lab Committee on Culture and Livability

    The Link Lab Committee on Culture and Livability is a student-run committee that aims to elevate the Link Lab experience, for both residents and non-residents. The committee strives to encourage comradery among the diverse Link Lab group through professional and social events and serve as the liaison between students, staff, and faculty.

  • Student Services and Wellbeing

    Graduate school can be a challenging journey, and there are resources here at UVA for you when you need help and support. Please reach out when you need assistance, and know that the UVA community is committed to helping you succeed.

    Resources for students

  • Professional Development

    The University of Virginia offers FREE online training through LinkedIn Learning. The site contains a training video library for courses and tutorials on hundreds of topics. You can simply type "leadership" or "ethics" or "entrepreneurship" or "python" in the search box and many options are available under those topics.

    For example, look at the great resources under "Presentations" to improve your oral communication skills: CLICK HERE

    We recommend taking advantage of the great professional development and training opportunities offered through PhD Plus, UVA Engineering Writing Lab and other UVA resources. We encourage you to attend at least one per month!

    PhD+ Foundations 1: Contemplative Inquiry, Pedagogy and Practice
    September 14, 2020 | 3:30 pm
    Navigating the various roles and responsibilities of a graduate program can be disorienting and stressful. As a result, graduate students may find...

    PhD+ Foundations 2: Building Resilience and Leveraging Strength
    September 21, 2020 | 3:30 pm
    The challenges in graduate school and Postdoc training may cause significant stress, anxiety, and imposter fears. In this interactive workshop,...

    PhD+ Foundations 3: Time Management
    September 28, 2020 | 3:30 pm
    'Working long hours, yet not having enough time in a day to finish work' may lead to burnout and decline in mental health and well-being.

    PhD+ Foundations 4: Project Management
    October 5, 2020 | 3:30 pm
    PhD students and Postdocs are essentially managers of your research projects. Therefore, learn and integrate project management principles in your...

    PhD+ Foundations 5: Agency, Teams and Conflict Management
    October 12, 2020 | 3:30 pm
    Research productivity is highly dependent on healthy team dynamics. However, most PhD students and Postdocs are wary of "people problems" and find...

    PhD+ Foundations 6: Finance Management
    October 19, 2020 | 3:30 pm
    Living from paycheck to paycheck can add stress to the already complex Graduate School and Postdoc training experience. In this workshop, learn...

    PhD+ Foundations 7: Effective Communication
    October 26, 2020 | 3:30 am
    “Communication” is consistently listed among the top skills businesses want in their employees. We all communicate – what makes communication in a...

    PhD+ Foundations 8: Developing Professional Presence and Networks
    November 2, 2020 | 3:30 pm
    In this 90-minute interactive workshop, we will together explore the creative and professional ways to present ourselves in networking,...

    PhD+ Foundations 9: Taking Care of Our Well-Being
    November 9, 2020 | 3:30 pm
    We are helping our mentees, students, and colleagues through stressful situations, all the while trying to take care of ourselves, PhD or...

    PhD+ Foundations 10: Group Discussion and Journey Maps
    November 16, 2020 | 3:30 pm
    In this session, participants will meet PhD+ Foundations series grads from past years, discuss applying strategies learned in professional life...

    PhD+ Innovation 1: Info Session

    September 1, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    Today's session is just what it sounds like: A general introduction to each other and to the seminar series.

    PhD+ Innovation 2: Q'est que c'est? The "Entrepreneur"

    September 8, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    For the discussion, we will leverage the story of Savage Beast and its co-founder Tim Westergren to consider our own opinions about innovators and...

    PhD+ Innovation 3: Cause v. Effect: Thinking Differently

    September 15, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    Apple built the wildly successful yet grammatically incorrect "Think Different" ad campaign on the images of social innovators, scientists,...

    PhD+ Innovation 4: Taking to Humans - Design Thinking

    September 22, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    Different ways of thinking can also benefit from different ways of connecting with and understanding those for whom we are trying develop novel...

    PhD+ Innovation 5: A Panel of Experts

    September 29, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    Participants will join CvilleBioHub for their monthly event. Detail and registration information will be shared later.

    PhD+ Innovation 6: Deal with It - Problem Identification

    October 6, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    Today's discussion will center upon the challenge of defining and understanding not only (a) the underlying "problem" any idea/invention is trying...

    PhD+ Innovation 7: Weird Science - Hypothesis-Driven Prototyping

    October 13, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    The tools of science aren't just for, well, science. Thinking like a scientist—being hypothesis-driven—can also be the right frame of mind when...

    PhD+ Innovation 8: May the Force Be with You - Understanding Market Context

    October 20, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    No innovation exists in a vacuum. Instead, these new discoveries or inventions exist in the context of alternative ideas and solutions. And so,...

    PhD+ Innovation 9: A Panel of Experts

    October 27, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    Participants will join CvilleBioHub for their monthly event. Detail and registration information will be shared later.

    PhD+ Innovation 10: What's It Worth To You - Value Proposition

    November 3, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    Any innovation ultimately creates impact, impact which has value—whether measured in pure dollars or other terms. Yet, pricing truly novel...

    PhD+ Innovation 11: Sizing Things Up - Defining and Measuring the Market

    November 10, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    Estimating the number of people or entities who might benefit from any innovation is the sort of exercise ultimately designed for understanding...

    PhD+ Innovation 12: The Stories We Tell

    November 17, 2020 | 4:30 pm

    Our objective for this session is to discuss the various facets of a startup venture by way of the “buttons” that often get pushed during a...

    Writing & Reference Management Tools Showcase - Fa20 

    Thur. Sept. 3, 2pm | ZOOM – find software to help with your writing process

    Sentence Structure and Punctuation Refresher

    Wed. Sept. 16, 2-3:30pm | Zoom – addresses questions on comma use, that vs which, semicolons & more

    Writing Abstracts

    Wed. Sept. 23, 1-2:30pm | Zoom

    Perfecting Paragraphs (Workshop)

    Wed. Sept. 30, 2-3:30pm | ZOOM – improve clarity, flow and organization with paragraph level strategies.

    Self-Editing Strategies

    Wed. Oct. 7, 2pm | Zoom

    Clarity Workshop- Strategies for Revising Scientific Writing

    with Nathan Sheffield, PhD | Th. Oct. 15 1:30-3pm | Zoom- Key strategies for improving clarity across all of your technical writing. recommended for all engineering grad students.

    Word Choice in Research Writing

    2-3:30pm Wed. Oct. 21 | Zoom

    Writing Introductions to research articles

    Wed. Nov. 4, 2-3:30pm | Zoom

    Just a few professional development sessions/workshops we offered through the NRT Program last were were:

    • August – On Presentations/Communications
    • September – Link Lab Research Showcase
    • October - Working with your Advisor
    • November – Communication Wrap Up and Team Presentations
    • January – What You Should Do Now to Prepare Post PhD
    • February – Leadership
    • March – Ethics / Boeing 747 Case Study
    • April – Entrepreneurship
    • Spring 2021

      Spring 2021 Core CPS Courses:

      CPS 4: Dynamical Systems - MAE 6592
      Dates/Times - to be determined

      CPS5: Formal Methods, Safety, and Security - CS 6501 or SYS 6582
      Dates/Times - to be determined


      Spring 2021 In-Depth CPS Courses will be listed at the end of October/beginning of November


    • Fall 2020


      CPS1: Communication, Test-Beds & Policy 12538 (ENGR 6559, CE 6500, CS 6501, MAE 6592, SYS 6581)

      Brad Campbell/Tolu Odumosu M/W 11:00am - 12:15pm

      CPS2: Advanced Embedded Computing Systems 19386 (CS 6501, ECE 6501)

      Homa Alemzadeh T/Th 11:00am - 12:15pm

      CPS3: Signal Processing, Machine Learning, and Control 12042 (CS 6501)

      John Stankovic T/Th 12:30pm - 1:45pm


      CE 5000 Management Large-Scale Construction Projects 12360 Arsalan Heydarian T/Th 2:00pm - 3:15pm

      CE 5400 Traffic Operations 11098 Brian Park T/Th 11:00am - 12:15pm

      CS 6501 Principles of Modeling for Cyber Physical Systems 11819 Madhur Behl T/Th 2:00pm - 3:15pm

      CS 6501 Cloud Computing 18798 Haiying Shen T/Th 9:30am - 10:45am

      CS 6501 Mobile and IoT Security 12239 Yuan Tian T/Th 9:30am - 10:45am

      CS 6501 Human-Computer Interaction 12350 Seongkook Heo M/W 5pm-6:15pm

      CS 6501 Autonomous Mobile Robots 19396 Nicola Bezzo Tu 5:00pm - 6:15pm and W 12:30pm - 1:45pm

      ECE 6501 Low Power Wireless Transceivers for IoT 19198 Steven Bowers T/Th 2:00pm - 3:15pm

      ECE 6501 Autonomous Mobile Robots 11919 Nicola Bezzo Tu 5:00pm - 6:15pm and W 12:30pm - 1:45pm

      MAE 6310 Fluid Mechanics I 19003 Daniel Quinn T/Th 2:00pm - 3:15pm

      MAE 6592 Modeling & Control of Manufacturing Processes 12357 Qing Chang T/Th 9:30am - 10:45am

      MAE 6592 Experimental Robotics 12597 Tomonari Furukawa W 10:00am - 12:30pm

      SYS 6005 Stochastic Modeling I 11190 Tariq Iqbal T/Th 9:30am - 10:45am

      SYS 6021 Statistical Modeling I 11632 Julianne Quinn/Laura Barnes M/W 2:00pm - 3:15pm

      SYS 6581 Autonomous Mobile Robots Nicola Bezzo Tu 5:00pm - 6:15pm and  W 12:30pm - 1:45pm

      SYS 6581 Modeling and Control of Manufacturing Processes 12386 Qing Chang T/Th 9:30am - 10:45am

      SYS 6581 Principles of Modeling for Cyber Physical Systems 12088 Madhur Behl T/Th 2:00pm - 3:15pm 

      SYS 6581 Mobile Sensing and Health 12385 Mahdi Boukhechba Th 3:30pm - 6:00pm

      SYS 6581 Introduction to Reinforcement Learning 18934 Peter Beling M/W 11:00am - 12:15pm

      SYS 6581 AI for Good 18935 Afsaneh Doryab T/Th 2:00pm - 3:15pm

    • Spring 2020

      In-Depth CPS Courses (Spring 2020)
      CS 8501 Cyber Physical Systems and the Internet of Things M/W 2:00-3:15 18896 (Jack Stankovic)

      CS 6456 Operating Systems M/W 9:30am - 10:45am 19969 (Brad Campbell)

      CS 6465 (ECE 6465, CS 6465, SYS 6465) - Robots and Humans T/Th 9:30 – 10:45 16205 (Joanne Dugan and Tariq Iqbal)

      CS 6501 Engineering Interactive Technologies M/W/F 1pm - 1:50pm 20298 (Seongkook Heo)

      SYS 6581 (CE 5500) Human Considerations In Smart Infrastructure W 2-4:30 18667 (Arsalan Heydarian)

      ECE 6332 VLSI Design T/Th 11-12:15 15905 (Mircea Stan)

      ECE 6502 Advanced Digital Design Laboratory T/Th 12:30-01:45  15911 (Mircea Stan)

      CE 6500 Forefronts of Civil Engineering Th 2:00 - 4:45 18679 (Venkataraman Lakshmi)

      SYS 6024 User Experience Design M/W 10:30-11:45 16041 (Greg Gerling)

      SYS 6050 Risk Analysis M/W 5-6:15 15160 (Jim Lambert)

      SYS 6582 Human Error in Complex Systems T/Th 3:30-4:45 16322 (Sara Riggs)

      MAE 6210 Analytical Dynamics M/W 2:00 - 3:15 15888 (Cindy Chang)

      MAE 6592 Robotic Autonomy Day/Time/Course Number (Tomo Furukawa)

      ECE 5502 - Hardware-Software Security T/Th 12:30pm - 1:45pm 19772 (Barry Johnson)
      *please note, this is a 5000 level course – make sure it satisfies your degree requirements

      Core CPS Courses (Spring 2020)
      CPS 4 - MAE 6592: Special Topics – Dynamical Systems
      T/Th 11am – 12:15pm 19448 (Quinn)

      CPS5 - CS 6501 (SYS 6582): Special Topics – Formal Methods, Safety, and Security
      M/W 5pm – 6:15pm (Feng) 18658

    • Fall 2019

      Below is a sample of some of the In-Depth CPS courses that were offered in Fall 2019.

      ECE 6501 Self powered system for the IoT - Ben Calhoun

      SYS 6581 / ECE 6501 / CS 6501 Autonomous Mobile Robots - Nicola Bezzo

      CE 6500 Remote Sensing for Environmental Engineers - Venkataraman Lakshmi

      CS 6501 / SYS 6582: Principles of Modeling for Cyber-Physical Systems - Madhur Behl

      CS 6501: CPS and Cloud Computing - Haiying Shen

      CS 6456: Operating Systems – Brad Campbell

      CS 8501: Mobile and IoT Security – Yuan Tian

      SYS 6021: Statistical Modeling I - Laura Barnes

      SYS 6581: Modeling and Control of Manufacturing Processes and Systems – Cindy Chang

      MAE 6592: Experimental Robotics - Tomonari Furukawa

      MAE 6720: Computational Fluid Dynamics – Haibo Dong