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Call for Media Technology Summer Trainees 2012

The Department of Media Technology at the School of Science of Aalto University is looking for summer trainees for summer 2012. Application deadline is 11 March 2012 (except for the topics number 4 & 5 the deadline is 29 February 2012).

Topics

1. Digital magazine/newspaper publishing with HTML5

A position is offered associated with research on web technologies and graphic design. The work is conducted in an industry project in co-operation with several Finnish media companies. The task is to create responsive design web sites for magazine and newspaper content. The task is related to graphic design and automatic repurposing of media content for different end devices. The task requires experience with web technologies (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and interest in graphic design. The position may continue as a Master's thesis position.

2. Computation of high-level features from video

A position is offered associated with research on video analysis and processing. The work is conducted in an industry project in co-operation with several Finnish media companies. The task is to implement algorithms for computing high-level features from videos using for example computer vision. The task is related to and automatic repurposing of media content for different end devices. The task requires experience with video processing in Matlab and interest in cinematography. The position may continue as a Master's thesis position.

For further information on the positions number 1 and 2, please contact Mikko Kuhna (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

 

3. Media multitasking

Media multitasking − concurrent use of multiple media − is a growing phenomenon in leisure media use. A recent example would be watching the presidential election coverage on television, and participating in online discussions simultaneously. A summer worker or Master's thesis position is offered associated with research on media multitasking practices and experiences. The work will be conducted in an industry project with collaboration between several units from Aalto University and key Finnish media companies.

Within the current project, several activities will take place to which the applicant may contribute. These include a review on literature on media multitasking, interviews on media multitasking practices, definition of a setup for studying multitasking on multiple screens, user tests on multiple tasks, as well as data analysis and reporting. The tasks will familiarize the applicant with both quantitative and qualitative research methods and offer practical insight into media experience research. Experience on user testing and analyzing experimental data is appreciated.

The work may be started already in April if so desired, possibly as a part time position. The position may also be filled by a Master's thesis worker who may continue to work into the fall term.

For further information on the above position, please contact Stina Westman (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

 

4. Virtual reality and 3D User Interface platform development

The summer trainee's task is to port an existing Java based 3D User Interface platform (http://ruisystem.net) to Unity 3D, enabling this popular game engine to be used for 3DUI prototyping with Kinect and PlayStation Move. The summer trainee should have experience with C++ and keen interest to work with new interaction technologies.

5. Real-time 3D reconstruction of human body with Kinect

The summer trainee's task is to program software that constructs a 3D model of the tracked user on the fly, associating vertices and texture data to tracked skeleton "bones". This model based tracking software should start with a "tabula rasa" human model, carve out the details of the tracked individual over time, and should be saved as a standard "rigged" and textured 3D model that can be used in games etc. The summer trainee should have experience with C++. Experience with computer animation, 3D graphics, mathematics, Kinect or parallel/gpu programing will be appreciated.

For further information on the positions number 4 and 5, please contact Tuukka Takala or prof. Tassu Takala (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi). Please note the application deadline 29 February 2012!

 

6. Semantic Computing Research Group summer trainee positions

Our open positions in this field are explained in a separate page (in Finnish).

For further information on the SeCo group positions, please contact prof. Eero Hyvönen (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

 

7. HTML5 based Web of Things services

The web services research group is looking for 1-2 summer trainees to work on HTML5 based mobile web services. The application area is smart spaces and, especially, Web of Things. The group is involved with several related project such MIDE 4D Space, RYM SHOK EECI and TIVIT IoT. The task is to develop mobile web applications, such as indoor air quality monitoring, social video sharing, indoor positioning, and home automation. We are especially looking for persons who have experience in web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and mobile applications. The position may continue as Master's thesis position.

For further information on the above positions, please contact prof. Petri Vuorimaa (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi).

 

Notes

There may be more topics, given good applicants. Each summer trainee will be nominated a post-graduate student or a doctor as a personal supervisor. The training period is from 1 June until 31 August 2012, unless agreed otherwise. If you have any questions about a particular research topic, please contact the supervisor directly (but please send your application to Saara Ahokoski).

If you are studying for a Bachelor's or Master's degree at Aalto University (or other Finnish university) and you feel that you have been successful in your studies of computer science and engineering, media technology, or mathematics — and you are interested in scientific research work — you are an eligible applicant for our summer trainee positions. We do not require previous research experience. Typically, you are allowed to include the work done during the training period as a special assignment in your studies. Moreover, some of the summer trainees usually continue within the research group as full or part-time research assistants after summer. Such work often results in a Master's thesis.

If you apply for more than one position, please prioritize these in your application.

How to Apply

Summer Trainee application deadline is 11 March 2012 (except for the topics 4,5)

Please send your written application to Saara Ahokoski by email (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi). The following documents in the following order should be attached to the e-mail as a single pdf-file:

  1. a letter of interest (in English, addressed to the department) in which you state your interest for a summer training position and the preferred research topics from the above list, provide your contact information, as well as explain the reasons why you are applying and why we should select you,
  2. CV,
  3. an official up-to-date academic transcript (a document provided by your university that lists the courses you have completed and grades),
  4. and, optionally, any other documents you consider relevant.

Applicants from Other Finnish Universities

We will also consider applications from students of other Finnish universities. International applicants from other universities must provide an official English language test report as a proof of sufficient English proficiency.

Applicants from Outside Finland

We will consider applications from outside Finland only in extraordinary circumstances. We normally recommend that the international students apply and get accepted to one of our Master's Programmes before applying for the summer trainee positions.

Department of Media Technology

For more information, please visit the web pages of the department.