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.

  • P4: PhDs Preparing for Professorship Positions

    P4 is a series of instructional seminars held in the fall on how to get a faculty job. This includes the following topics:

    • Session 1: Written documents and application [slides] [pdf]
    • Session 2: Interviewing (phone and in-person) [slides] [pdf]
    • Session 3: How to give a job talk
    • Session 4: Other advice
  • 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 offer 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.

    SEAS Writing Lab Events

    Word for Dissertation & Document Formatting (Workshop)

    Th. June 4, 2-3pm

    Join us for this workshop on formatting your dissertation & other documents in MS Word. Workshop is expected to cover tables, figures, captions/references, auto numbering, headings, headers, suggested fonts, tables of contents, figures, & tables

    Perfecting Paragraphs (Workshop)

    Th. June 11, 2-3:30pm

    Take control of your paragraphs as you learn strategies to make the most of sentence organization within a paragraph, improve flow, and help key information stand out. This workshop focuses on perfecting paragraph structure in engineering research articles.

    PhD Plus Upcoming Events

    Immigration Options for Academic Careers in the U.S.

    June 3, 2020 | 4:00 pm

    Join a panel of UVA experts Adrienne Kim Bird and Linda Callahan (UVA International Studies Office) and Tim White (UVA Human Resources) on immigration options for international researchers interested in careers at universities, research institutes, and research-based non-profit organizations. This panel will focus on F-1-OPT, J-1, and cap-exempt H-1B visas for researchers.

    PhD+ Exploring Careers Working in the Public Good: Virtual Info Session with MITRE

    June 5, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    Dr. Michael A. Balazs serves as the Head of MITRE’s Charlottesville Operations will discuss their hiring needs range across a range of disciplines to include, but not limited to: data science, AI/ML, modeling and simulation, gamification, software engineering, systems engineering, bioinformatics, and cyber.

    Immigration Options for Researchers Planning Diverse Careers within the U.S.

    June 10, 2020 | 4:00 pm

    Mark B. Rhoads will lead this session to provide guidance to PhD students and Postdocs exploring careers (such as research, consulting, business development) in industry and non-profits, with a specific focus on capped H-1B, O-1 and long-term options for Green Card, such as EB-1 (A/B) and EB-2/NIW. This webinar is geared for PhD students, Postdocs, as well as, faculty members who employ postdocs to learn about some shifting timelines of visa processing due to COVID. Mark will also address COVID-related issues that impact researchers, such as how to deal with lay-offs, furloughs, pay reduction, hour-reduction, and work from home.

    Faculty Job Search during Recession: Life Science Perspectives

    June 17, 2020 | 12:00 pm

    The global economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to impact faculty jobs across universities in the coming year. To help envision future scenarios, we look to lessons learned from the last recession. Therefore, PhD Plus is organizing a series of panels to discuss ‘faculty job search during recession’ where PhD students and Postdocs can learn from experiences of faculty on the job market during 2008-2010 across various disciplines. The panel will highlight perspectives from Life Science faculty at UVA, professors Paul Adler, Christopher Deppmann and Sarah Kucenas. Sarah and Chris will share their experiences going through the search and hiring process, and Paul will share his experience chairing the search committee in the Biology department during the 2008-2010 recession. This panel discussion will be especially helpful for postdocs exploring the faculty job market in the next couple of years. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions before and during the panel discussion.


    There are many technical support options available to students:


    See UVA Engineering's Graduate Writing Lab website

    See PhD Plus Graduate Professional Development offerings

    Research Communication Series Level 1

    PhD + is hosting this 4-week series to expose you to the basics of communicating your research. In these sessions, you will learn how to engage your audience while sharing your research without jargon. The concepts build on each other so you should plan to attend all sessions. 

    Sessions will be held Wednesdays, March 4 to March 25 from 12:00PM to 1:30PM in New Cabell Hall. Registration will be available in early 2020. 

    March 4: Crafting Your Talk
    March 11: PowerPoint Strategies (Virtual session due to UVA Spring Break)
    March 18: Managing Your Jargon
    March 25: Presentation Skills

    For more information, contact Marlit Hayslett at

  • 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 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)

    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