AEGIS Access Site

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Welcome to the access site of the AEGIS RET Program!


The AEGIS RET Program is currently not accepting applications for our Teachers' SIP Workshop. Note that the Program may be soliciting for another SIP workshop again in fall 2017 depending on the availability of operational funds. If you are a mathematics or physics high school teacher in one of the Central Florida counties that is interested in our workshops, please feel free to contact the AEGIS RET Program co-director, Dr. Georgios C. Anagnostopoulos, at georgio@fit.edu.


Want to find out more about the AEGIS RET Program? Visit the Program's main site located at http://www.aegis-ret.org.
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Important Dates for Summer 2017

Start of the application period

Wednesday, June 10, 2017

Last day to apply

Friday, June 23, 2017

Latest acceptance notification date

Friday, June 23, 2017

Start of the workshop

Monday, June 26, 2017

End of the workshop

Thursday, June 29, 2017




FAQ: For prospective participants

Here you will find answers to typical questions that prospective participants may have. Tip: You may use the Find functionality of your web browser and an appropriate keyword to quickly locate specific Q&A items.


Q: What is SIP?

A: Signal & Image Processing is the field of research that deals with the analysis, synthesis, compression and transformation of information-bearing signals, such as audio, images or video. SIP techniques are used to improve signal quality, noise suppression and for detecting components of interest within a signal. SIP lies at the heart of modern communications. Everyday applications of SIP include noise suppression and signal encoding in cellular telephony, processing of bio-sensorial data from fitness-related wearable electronics (e.g., FitBit) and image enhancement and transformation techniques like the ones used in mobile applications (e.g. Snapchat's lenses).


Q:What is the AEGIS RET Program about?

A: The AEGIS RET Program is a joint effort of two universities, namely University of Central Florida (UCF) and Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), in partnership with the Public School Districts of Central Florida counties. Its main sponsor has been the National Science Foundation (NSF) and, since its beginning in 2012, it involved 33 high school teachers of mathematics or physics in a 6-week summer research experience on SIP. During these experiences, after acquiring a rudimentary SIP background, teacher participants developed lesson plans (LPs) connected to math and physics standards using GNU Octave. Subsequently, most of these LPs were implemented in classrooms, benefitted from student feedback, and were polished/finalized.


Q: What is GNU Octave?

A: GNU Octave is a freely-available, open-source, general purpose computational platform along with an easy to learn and flexible scientific programming language. Using it, one can readily perform numeric/computational tasks, generate figures, graphs, etc. Furthermore, its capabilities can be extended via packages such as the image processing package among others. The LPs that have been created during the tenure of the AEGIS RET Program often entail GNU Octave scripts to showcase a variety of concepts and results. Since recently, there are Internet sites, from which you can execute GNU Octave scripts online without the need of installing any software on your computing device(s).


Q: What is the Teachers' SIP Workshop about?

A: The workshop aims to attract interested teachers of mathematics or physics, provide them with a sufficient SIP background and basic working knowledge of GNU Octave, in order to implement/deliver one of our already available LPs (that they choose) in their classroom. In this way, the AEGIS RET Program hopes for increased adoption of its LPs and for disseminating its educational materials in a broader fashion. A couple of sample LPs (one for math and one for physics) can be found here.


Q: Why should I participate in the workshop?

A: As mentioned under ``main benefits'' in our solicitation, perhaps the most important reason is that your involvement may help you to increase student engagement and interest in your classroom by showing SIP related concepts and how they relate to real-world applications.


Q: What does my participation in the workshop entail?

A: The first couple of days of the workshop we will bring you up to speed on certain key SIP concepts and teach you the basics of GNU Octave in a hands-on manner. Note that we do not assume that you have any SIP or programming background. The remaining two days past teacher participants will introduce you to a small collection of LPs. After you choose one of them, these mentors will provide you with all the necessary information and tips for you to be able to implement it in your classroom.


Q: What will be my time commitment during the workshop?

A: We expect you to attend each and every one of the 4 days of the workshop; each day will start at 9am and finish at 4pm. In between, there will be a brief lunch break; each one of the participants will be responsible for their own lunch or lunch expenses.



Q: What happens after the workshop?

A: Hopefully, by having been prepared by our workshop, you will implement your chosen LP in your classroom in the following academic year. Pending continuation funding from the NSF, we may be able to support you with an additional one-time stipend of $500, once you have provided us with evidence of a successful LP implementation; more details will be provided during the workshop. Finally, we will know more about our funding status by mid-August, if not sooner, and we will inform the workshops' participants accordingly, whether we can extend this further opportunity or not.


Q: Do I have to pay a fee to apply or participate?

A: Absolutely not. On the contrary, we will provide you with a stipend of $600 for taking part in the workshop.


Q: What materials are necessary for completing the online application?

A: The application asks you to provide the following materials: (i) Basic information, such as your name and citizenship status, (ii) voluntary demographic information about yourself, (iii) information about your education and experience, (iv) information about your high school and your current teaching position, (v) past, current and future course assignments and (vi) an updated version of your curriculum vitae.


Q: How do we select applicants for participation?

A: We first look if the applicants are eligible to participate (please refer to our eligibility criteria) and whether, in our opinion, they are going to be a good fit for the workshop. Then, we extend offers on a priority basis (hinging on when the application was submitted) until we fill out our 20 available spots.


Q: OK, I have just applied. Now what?

A: We will be in touch with you soon. We appreciate your patience.


Q: What a shame... I cannot make the workshop's dates. What are my options?

A: If we are granted continuation funds by our main sponsor, the NSF, we plan to have at least yet another Teachers' SIP Workshop by the end of fall 2017. In that case, we will advertise the new workshop again. If you’d prefer, ask us to be added to our mailing list for such an announcement (see below for contact information).


Q: I still have questions regarding the Program and / or the application process. Who can I ask?

A: If you still have questions, then feel free to contact the AEGIS RET Program co-director, Dr. Georgios C. Anagnostopoulos, at georgio@fit.edu.