COVID-19-Related Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Vertically Integrated Projects

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to earn academic credit while engaging in authentic and extended research and design projects related to active research areas of Purdue faculty members and national, international, and industry-sponsored design challenges.

VIP team of students
  • Analyze the Risk of COVID-19 in Crowded Locations

    This project uses computer vision to analyze visual data (image or video) captured in public locations in order to estimate the density of crowds and responses to governments' policies of social distancing.
  • Disinfecting Robotics - COVID-19 Response

    In order to mitigate the risk of health care personnel and other patients visiting hospitals from the 2019-nCoV, or bacteria, our team proposes to deploy autonomous cleaning robots to disinfecting hospitals, schools and dorms. New technologies will be developed and test as part of the robot.
  • Product Prototype for Post-COVID-19 Industry

    The purpose of this team is to develop product prototypes, in the guidance of industry experts, that may have practical values for deployment.
  • Video Analytics for Understanding Human Behavior

    This study aims to use video along with environmental sensors to develop a behavioral model that can be used to predict human action during design and before construction and to analyze pre- and post-COVID use patterns within the built environment.


EPICS is a service-learning design program in which teams of students partner with local and global community organizations to address human, community, and environmental needs. EPICS was founded at Purdue University in Fall 1995.

EPICS team of students