24 International Research Undergraduate Projects in Ireland for "Technologies for Aiding Human Memory".
ODCSSS the Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School is a paid research internship program for undergraduate students funded in part by the Science Foundation Ireland under their UREKA program. ODCSSS is a four-year collaborative internship program between the School of Computer Science and Informatics at the University College Dublin and the School of Computing at the Dublin City University.
The 2007 thematic focus of "Technologies for Aiding Human Memory" grew out of our experiences with the program in 2006. The 2006 students suggested the need for undergraduates to see a social impact from their work, not just academic results. In 2006 there were 17 students in the program, which has grown to 24 students in 2007. This year we had over 100 applications from around the world. In 2007 we have students coming from Universities in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand and the USA. The 2008 program opens for applications from 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students in late 2007. Successful candidates are offered a tax-free scholarship of 300 per week (for 12 weeks) along with travel support.
The primary goal of this research program is to afford exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to participate and contribute to exciting yet challenging research projects and to inspire them to go on to undertake research careers. Example projects in 2007 include, "Reminding Short-Term Memory Sufferers to Complete Routine Tasks" and "Using Multiple Sensors to Determine Posture". Past projects include "TableTop Tissue Micro Array Visualisation" and "Forensic speaker identification".
While focusing on world-class research, this internship provides the participants with exposure to a distributed, cooperative and collaborative research environment facilitated and supported by exchanges of the entire summer school cohort. Along with research seminars, research training, industrial lab visits, industrial research events, social events and research management seminars including intellectual property, patenting and commercialization.
Aaron Quigley, University College Dublin / IUA
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