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Social media mining intern

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We are looking for an intern to work with us this summer in the area of social media analysis. The project will involve understanding and mining patterns within Twitter data, in both text and images. An ideal candidate is a PhD student with strong machine learning skills. Prior experience in image understanding, text data mining, social network analysis, or statistical modeling is a plus.  If you are interested in this project, please send your CV to Dhiraj dhiraj@fxpal.com or Francine  chen@fxpal.com.

A good showing

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I was pleasantly surprised to discover that of the 75 people attending HCIR 2012 last week, five were former FXPAL interns! In order of most recent internship, these were: Elena Agapie (Harvard), Abdi Diriye (then UCL, currently at CMU), Aditi Muralidharan (UC Berkeley), Chirag Shah (then UNC Chapel Hill, now Rutgers), and Jacek Gwizdka (then UofT, now UT). another former intern, Diane Kelly (then Rutgers, now UNC Chapel Hill) who was a reviewer, couldn’t make due to a  scheduling conflict with a workshop in Japan.

I am hoping to see these alumni back next year, and encourage students interested in HCIR to consider an internship at FXPAL in 2013.

HCIR intern, 2012 edition

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Update: This intern slot has been filled.

It’s intern season again! I am looking for a PhD student well-versed in persuasive/affective computing/captology literature to participate in a research project related to improving the quality of interaction in information seeking environments. The goal of the project is to explore how to increase people’s engagement with systems while performing exploratory search. We would like to improve our current system to make it more usable and to explore some novel interaction techniques.

Applicants should be familiar with basic tactics of designing affective and engaging interfaces in a web-based environment. The internship will last three months, and will be structured to produce and evaluate research systems. As a further incentive, we expect to publish the results of this work at CHI 2013, which will be held in Paris. For more information on the intern process, please see the FXPAL web site, or contact me directly. I would like to fill this internship slot as soon as possible.

Are device drivers your kind of thing?

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FXPAL would like to hire a summer intern who wants to work on Android internals. In particular, we are talking with a vendor for an innovative pen/touch interface sensor. We are exploring how to effectively support pen and multi-touch interface controls on forthcoming tablets using this sensor. While Android (Gingerbread) has some interesting touch events, there are some things this hardware provides that are not reflected through to the Android event system. Depending on exactly what happens in Honeycomb, we are thinking about modifying the device driver and event mapping code to show through some additional device information. This information would then be reflected in an application we are developing that combines pen and touch inputs in novel ways.

While it would be nice to find someone with Android source code experience, we would be happy to offer an internship to someone who was an experienced OS person (Unix?) who is interested in learning Android.

Please see the FXPAL internship page for more information about applying, and do not hesitate to ask me any questions you might have about this project. Please disregard the January application time-frame.

Looking for an HCIR intern

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It’s intern time again! I am looking for someone to help me run an exploratory study of a collaborative, session-based search tool that I’ve been building over the last few months. Session-based search frames information seeking as an on-going activity, consisting of many queries on a particular topic, with searches conducted over the course of hours, days, or even longer. Collaborative search describes how people can coordinate their information-seeking activities in pursuit of a common goal.

The intern for this project will help frame a set of research questions around collaborative, session-based search, and then take the lead on an experiment to gain insight into this rich space and to help understand how to improve our search tool. The intern will also participate in writing up this work for publication at a major conference such as CHI, CSCW, JCDL, etc.

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Summer Internship in Virtualization (IT Group)

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This is one in a series of posts advertising internship positions at FXPAL for the summer of 2010. A listing of all internship positions currently posted is available here.

FXPAL’s information technology team is looking for an intern who can work with the team to help evaluate and develop a number of virtualization technologies for deployment within the lab as well as in select research prototypes.

We currently have two projects, one to evaluate VMWare View Desktop Virtualization, and the other to develop user-facing VM Management & Monitoring applications. (You can apply for one or for both positions.) Continue Reading

Summer Intern Position in HCIR

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This is one in a series of posts advertising internship positions at FXPAL for the summer of 2010. A listing of all internship positions currently posted is available here.

The focus of Human-Computer Information Retrieval (HCIR) is to help people find and make sense of the information that satisfies their evolving information needs, and to do so with an emphasis on interaction and not just on clever algorithms that attempt to approximate users’ intent. Over the past couple of years, we have developed some novel information retrieval algorithms such as collaborative search. While we have evaluated the work in various ways (e.g., evaluating algorithms offline and testing with people on artificial information needs), we have not tested them on people with real information needs.

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Summer Intern position in Computer Vision/Signal Processing

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Update: This intern slot has been filled.

This is one in a series of posts advertising internship positions at FXPAL for the summer of 2010. A listing of all internship positions currently posted is available here.

Awareness systems enable people to be aware of others in their sphere. These systems can provide contextual information about the set of people in the system, such as knowledge about someone’s location, their schedule, and what they are doing. Some aspects of a person’s context are more difficult to determine than others. For example, it is relatively easy to determine if a person is using their networked computer or has an appointment on an electronic calendar. However the awareness of what someone is doing is more difficult, often relying on self-report.

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Summer intern position in privacy preserving computation

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This is the third of a series of posts advertising internship positions at FXPAL for the summer of 2010.  A listing of all blog posts about our 2010 internship positions is available here.

Significant privacy issues arise when personal data is stored and analyzed. This issue is exacerbated when part or all of the storage and analysis is outsourced to a third party. To support such analysis in an awareness system, while addressing the privacy concerns, we are building into our system a facility that supports computation of simple statistics on encrypted data. This facility can be extended in a number of ways to support a greater variety of computations. There are a wealth of research questions related to designing such a system to support the types of computations useful to our application while choosing the best tradeoffs in terms of storage, bandwidth, division of labor between the third party and the clients, computation time at encryption, time to compute the statistics, and time to decrypt.

Prospective candidates should be enrolled in a PhD program and have significant experience in privacy and security, particularly computation on or search of encrypted data.

The intern will be hosted by Eleanor Rieffel.  For more information on the FXPAL internship program, please visit our web site.


Summer Intern position in Data Mining and Visual Search

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Update: This intern slot has been filled.

This is one in a series of posts advertising internship positions at FXPAL for the summer of 2010. A listing of all internship positions currently posted is available here.

Making a decision can be difficult. From choosing the right camera to
finding a place to live, people are faced with a dizzying array of
choices on one hand and commentary (in the form of blog posts, reviews, etc.) about their different options on the other. But little scaffolding connects the two. We are interested in how to make those connections in order to help people make decisions using innovative data mining and search techniques integrated with rich, interactive visualizations.

Specifically, this project will involve building a data mining system
capable of extracting useful summaries and metadata from consumer
reviews, and a walk-up-and-use visual interface that makes use of these data to help users browse collections. It is expected that the intern will be responsible for a subset of the system that is tailored to their interests. The intern will be expected to contribute to a paper suitable for IUI or a similar conference that describes the system and their experience designing it.

Prospective candidates should be enrolled in a PhD program and should have some experience with data mining and GUI design. Experience with information retrieval is a plus. Please contact Scott Carter if you are interested in this position. For more information on the FXPAL internship program, please visit our web site.