ITP Research Opportunities

These are opportunities open to ITP/IMA students.


Context and Computing Internship 
(2.0 units)
Mimi Onuoha

We're in the middle of a number of societal conversations about politics, ethics and responsibility, particularly when it comes to subjects like AI and emerging tech more broadly. This internship is about stepping back, surveying the field, and demystifying what all of these buzzwords really mean. How should we be considering the technology we use and create? How do we historicize and situate ourselves in relation to it? And finally, how should we, here at ITP specifically, be approaching these topics? This experimental seven-week internship will be structured like a graduate seminar, but with the goal of creating output(s) that can be instructive to the ITP community.
**An important registration note! Any students who get accepted to either of these "internal internship" opportunities, must register for ITPG-GT 2100 - Internship with me! To do this, visit this page on ITP Help, and fill out the Google form only after you have been accepted by either Mimi.**



Research Workshop: Networks and the Built Environment 
(2.0 - 4.0 units **depending on total hours to be worked - see ITP Help for the hours/per unit requirement breakdown**)
Tom Igoe

Most of us are aware of our connections to the internet, but unaware of the many other networks which affect our lives. The buildings in which we live and work are heavily connected, in ways of which most people are unaware. This project aims to make the systems which connect our infrastructure more understandable to the general public. 
In this project, we'll research and write about these systems: building management systems, lighting and environmental control systems, power control systems, and others. We'll assemble resources for others who need to know about these systems to use to get started. We’ll assume an audience that is not formally trained in engineering or computer science, yet somewhat technically literate. 
**An important registration note! Any students who get accepted to either of these "internal internship" opportunities, must register for ITPG-GT 2100 - Internship with me! To do this, visit this page on ITP Help, and fill out the Google form only after you have been accepted by either Tom.**


Summer Project Development Studio for AMC Networks (with funding!)


AMC Networks is providing ITP with media—video, audio, still images, scripts, etc.—from some of their popular television series, including (but not limited to) The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. We’re soliciting proposals from ITP students for projects that make use of this media to produce innovative narrative experiences with virtual/augmented reality, artificial intelligence and/or machine learning. Students whose proposals are accepted will be awarded funding to work on the project during Summer 2019. Starting in late May, we’ll meet as a group every week to report progress and get feedback from one another, with an eye toward presenting prototypes of the projects to AMC Networks at the end of the summer. Funding awarded to students may vary depending on the number of proposals we accept; we expect to award $1K to proposals from individuals and $2K to group proposals.

Proposal submissions: https://forms.gle/yvZD259B4Rug4iG6A (due May 14th 2019)




ML5

Friendly Machine Learning for the Web.

ml5.js aims to make machine learning approachable for a broad audience of artists, creative coders, and students. The library provides access to machine learning algorithms and models in the browser, building on top of TensorFlow.js with no other external dependencies.

New applications in the fall.


Design Expo 2019 

Mike Dory stops by ITP to discuss the upcoming Design Expo.

Design Expo is an eight-week design challenge — seven weeks during the semester, and one after. Students will work in groups to understand, and then respond to, a brief from Microsoft Research (MSR), and then present their work for feedback and iteration. Each week will also feature guest presenters from the practitioners from the likes of Google, Microsoft, Kickstarter, and more.

This year's theme is "Empathy at Scale," and allows for a wide variety of interpretations. Given the scale and range of the topic, it will be critical for students to focus in on a particular community, type of interface, and problem that has impact. Students will form their own small groups of 3-5 people (before applying), and each group will research the challenge, propose possible innovations or solutions, and then iterate those proposals. A successful proposal can be a demo ("We've imagined a new possibility, and this is what it would look like") or a prototype ("We've imagined a new possibility, and we built a small version of it.")

More info (and the signup form) can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/wQSaTwA1Wem7TQJm1. The application deadline is February 12th.



ITP xStory is an organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and publishing innovative creative projects and tools in the field of digital storytelling and digital art, by ITP students and alumni. The organization vision is to reach as many digital creators as possible, to inspire them with cutting-edge ideas and creation tools, and to build a community of explorers around these ideas. The organization is sponsored and supported by NYU ITP.

* The submission deadline is November 18th, 2018.

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