Summer Interns Present Research Findings

The Institute of People and Technology’s (IPaT) inaugural summer research internship program concluded on August 4, 2021, with 13 research-related presentations delivered virtually by 15 students. The students were hired as IPaT’s first class of summer research interns working on a variety of research projects under the supervision of select IPaT faculty researchers. This internship gave undergraduate and graduate students—most of whom working remotely—an opportunity to actively delve into ongoing Georgia Tech research projects.

For 2021, the internship program duration was 12 weeks (May 17th to August 6th). Summer interns received $5,000 for a full-time internship.

Project topics ranged from sensors, smart home devices, climate change, health, esports, augmented and virtual reality, community engagement and policy, and health-related research.

IPaT faculty members were thoroughly impressed by their research presentations—giving a generous round of virtual praise and applause to all of the summer intern presenters.

The research projects, presenters, project areas, and their faculty research sponsors are shown below:
 

Diminished Reality: Reduce Distractions
Jason Gao, School of Computer Science, undergraduate
Research area: Augmented and virtual reality
Faculty sponsor: Maribeth Coleman

Tracking sea water level from the Savannah area. Public facing dashboard.
Austin Ang, School of Computer Science, undergraduate
Research area: Smart Sea Level Sensors
Faculty sponsor: Russell Clark

Tracking temperature data throughout Atlanta to visualize the areas and community that were most impacted by extreme heat
Elizabeth Karivelil, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, undergraduate
Simrill Smith, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, undergraduate
Research areas: UrbanHeatATL and Smart Sea Level Sensors
Faculty sponsor(s): Russell Clark; Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn-Sustain Program

Smart Bathroom--create a smart home that's accessible to aging individuals and individuals’ w/disabilities
Ana Hererra, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, undergraduate
Research area: Aware Home - Smart Bathroom
Faculty sponsors: Brian Jones, Jon Sanford, Peter Presti

Rainfall Impacts Water Level & Dense Tree Canopy Blocks LoRaWAN
Mark Putman, Department of Biomedical Engineering, undergraduate
Mark Leggiero, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, undergraduate
Research area: Smart Sea Level Sensors
Faculty sponsor: Russell Clark

Identify early student patterns for poor acedemic performance & identify weakness of success coaches in aiding students academically
David Peeler, School of Computer Science, undergraduate
Research area: Learning from Text Data "Roane State"
Faculty sponsors: Peter Presti, Clint Zeagler, Laura Levy

Optimizing Player Performance
Kaleb Sixto, Computational Media, undergraduate
Benjamin Koehler, Computational Media, undergraduate
Research area: Esports
Faculty sponsor: Laura Levy

Google Home Smart Home Devices. Connecting Google Home w/smart home devices and creating customized applications to enable real-time use intervention
Jiachen Li, School of Computer Science, graduate
Research area: Programmable Google home
Faculty sponsors: Beth Mynatt, Brian Jones

Digit Calendaring for Older Adults with MCI and their Care Parents
Tamara Zubatiy, School of Interactive Computing, graduate
Research area: Cognitive Empowerment
Faculty sponsor: Beth Mynatt

Medication Management for Older Adults Using Conversational Agents
Niharika Mathur, Human Computer Interaction, graduate
Research area: Cognitive Empowerment
Faculty sponsor: Beth Mynatt

Community Engagement and Policy
Yasamin Khorashahi, School of Public Policy, undergraduate
Research areas: UrbanHeatATL
Faculty sponsor(s): Russell Clark; Georgia Tech Serve, Learn, Sustain Program

Map data in Atlanta - gaining an in-depth analysis of the mobile sensor response
Reyla Ponder, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, undergraduate
Research areas: UrbanHeatATL
Faculty sponsor(s): Russell Clark; Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn-Sustain Program

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  • IPaT 2021 summer interns: Pictured: Ben Koehler, Ana Herrera, Kaleb Sixto, Daniel Keehn, David Peeler, Jason Gao, Amandeep Singh (not all interns are pictured)

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