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Social Computing System for Food Security and Sustainability


Term:

IAP and Spring

Department:

MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Danielle Wood

Faculty email:

drwood@media.mit.edu

Apply by:

02/13/2020

Contact:

gaikwad@mit.edu

Project Description

The mission of the Space Enabled research group is to advance justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space. Space technology contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals via communication, earth observation, positioning, microgravity research, spinoffs and inspiration. Space Enabled uses six research methods: design, art, social science, complex systems, satellite engineering and data science. We strive to enable a more just future in which every community and country can easily and affordably apply space-enabled technology to improve public services and solve local challenges. We are looking for a highly-motivated UROP with a strong interest at the intersection of design, computation, and society. As a UROP, you will assist in the ongoing development of the social computing system to tackle food security challenges. The responsibilities include extending the capability of current web-based infrastructure by implementing analytics-modules. You will assist in ongoing software development and participate in the research. At the end of the project, you will develop strong research skills and gain experience in designing human-centered systems for addressing societal challenges. The project is led by Neil Gaikwad and in deployment phase; we aim to improve the livelihood of marginalized communities .

Pre-requisites

Familiarity and experience with Javascript, Python, Html/CSS, React, and SQL Good to have: interest in machine learning and space technologies Estimated hours per week: 12