Recently I spent some time looking for summer research internships and thought that it might be useful to share some of my experiences from the process. I will talk about how to choose where to apply, how to apply, and what to do if you get rejected. So, if you’re thinking of applying for a summer research internship but don’t know how to go about it, or if you had a bad experience last time you applied, this post is for you!
IC Hack 2018 (Imperial College London’s 2018 hackathon) has just finished and in this post I’d like to share my experiences from the event and what our team has built. In the period of 24 hours me and 4 of my friends from Imperial have made an application which uses a camera to track users’ consumption of soft drinks and shows them various real-time health-related data such as sugar or energy consumption over time. To do this, we have used technologies including YOLO, Microsoft Cognitive API, Flask, Chart.js and Bootstrap. Read on to find out more!
This summer I spent 9 weeks doing a research internship at Imperial College London’s Data Science Institute. Supervised by a finishing PhD student Axel and his postdoc colleague Miguel, I was working on a project which aims to identify fake news tweets based on their metadata. My work included data analysis, feature engineering, and tuning and evaluation of different machine learning models to obtain the best possible classifier to distinguish fake news from other types of news. I have mostly worked with Python and the Scikit-Learn machine learning library, but I have also briefly used parallel processing, the R language, and the TensorFlow library. I found the work really exciting and also a great learning experience. To learn more about the project and how to find an internship, read on!
Are some of your friends on FB Messenger taking way too long to reply to you? Do you want to know if your friendship improves or deteriorates over time? Or do you want to know how long it takes them to reply on average? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this post is for you! Here, I’ll show you how I made a program in Python which parses data from FB Messenger website to get response times in a conversation, and then used it to plot a graph of response times over time in Excel which you can analyse.
IC HealthHack is a hackathon organized by Imperial College London combining bioengineering and computing to produce “serious games in the public health sector taking advantage of biomedical technologies”. This was the first year this kind of hackathon was organised by Imperial and it was great fun! Teams got together to build cool stuff such as a program giving the user alerts when they’re slouching in front of a computer, various games utilising Microsoft Fizzyo device to help make physiotherapy of cystic fibrosis patients more enjoyable, and analysis of large samples of data to see how likely patients are to turn up late to appointments. Read on to see what our team built and skip to the end to see the project links!