Ambient Media

The Ambient Media department of Bell Labs, Belgium is looking for bright Ph.D. students for 3-6 months research internship on projects in key areas of interest. This is an excellent opportunity to work on original and significant research topics in a world leading research facility with fantastic benefit package.

Brief description of the current internship opportunities are listed below:

1/ Research Topic: Intention Recognition with Opportunistic Mobile Sensing

The objective of this project is to develop a robust algorithm for intention recognition
using mobile contexts (e.g., activity trail, location trail, communication trail, social context, etc.) applying logic based approaches. The algorithm will provide the foundation for a situated interaction experience with connected devices, e.g., enhanced searching in an connected environment. The intern will primarily be working on an iPhone platform and with social network services. The project is expected to lead to a publication of REF calibre in related conferences (Ubicomp, Pervasive, CHI, etc.)

Level: PhD Student
Required Skill:
Expertise in Data Mining, Logic Programming and iPhone Development.
Good to Have: Designing and Running User Studies.
Contact Person: Fahim Kawsar, fahim.kawsar@alcatel-lucent.com
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2/ Research Topic: Reflective Interface for Connected Objects

The objective of this project is to develop novel on-body interfaces for interacting with connected objects. The interns are expected to develop wearable interaction devices that reacts to connected objects’ state and offers interaction opportunities.
The project is expected to lead to a publication of REF calibre in related conferences (UIST, Ubicomp, Pervasive, CHI, etc.)

Level: PhD Student
Required Skill:
Expertise in UI/UX Design, Strong Programming (C++/Java/Obj. C), Sound Knowledge on Connected Objects
Good to Have: Designing and Running User Studies.
Contact Person: Fahim Kawsar, fahim.kawsar@alcatel-lucent.com
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3/ Research Topic: Network for RFID Boards

The ultimate goal is to build a network of RFID boards, or RFID augmented touch screen boards to enable easy and tangible way of interaction (using objects such as personalized cards). The system will replace a traditional chatting system and will be suitable for elderly and technology averse users who would like to interact in a community based easy and tangible communication means. Students will contribute to the design of the hardware and the software infrastructures.

Level: PhD Student
Required Skill:
Basic knowledge and skills in JAVA programming language and a theoretic/ (practical experience is a plus) background of RFID technology.
Contact Person: Mohamed Ali Feki, Mohamed_Ali.Feki@alcatel-lucent.com
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4/ Research Topic: Group Activity understanding in multi-user environment

The Do It Your Self (DYSE) research project is aiming at providing end users with in –on demand application creation tool. We focus mainly on providing community or group of users with a dedicated tool to design and build easily their applications such as social interaction (e.g. gaming or common activity of interest) sub-domain. For the aforementioned research, we need to recognize group activity patterns and predict their contextual situation. Students will contribute to the following tasks:

  1. Implement the primitives that describe group activity pattern (distance (person1, person2), movement, etc) behaviour, using data collected from ambient sensor networks.
  2. Implement group activity recognition method (shaking hand, hugging, hand-in hand, etc) using classification techniques.
  3. Amend the proposed classification method for semi-automatic annotation
  4. Test the system reaction in multi user tracking and sensor measurement assignment confusion issues.

Level: PhD Student
Required Skill:
Candidates need to be familiar with language programming, (JAVA or C++), theoretical background of activity recognition, sensors programming, and web programming. A good knowledge of data mining is mandatory.
Contact Person: Mohamed Ali Feki, Mohamed_Ali.Feki@alcatel-lucent.com
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5/ Research Topic: Explore And Adapt The Capabilities Of Emerging Rapid Prototyping And Distributed Fabrication Tools For The Creation Of Smart Objects

In this project  students will need to examine the existing and emerging rapid prototyping and distributed fabrication tools. Early examples are devices like the RepRap, MakerBot, CNC and services like FabLab, TechShop needs to be build up. A study of the MakerBot concept, available at our labs, will be chosen as a starting point. In the second step a design to extend this device must be made and implemented.

Level: Masters
Required Skill: Strong design skill, Basic knowledge of JAVA programming language and a theoretic/ (practical experience is a plus) background of RFID technology.
Contact Person:Marc Godon, marc.godon@alcatel-lucent.com
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