IIP Internships in Ireland
Baboro International Arts Festival for Children
Location: Galway, Ireland
About: Baboró is Ireland’s flagship International Arts Festival for Children and Families. The festival presents a week of Irish and International work for children and families. The festival provides access to quality work from a growing number of Irish companies creating work for children and families. At the heart of the organization’s activities is access to the arts for all children, regardless of their geographic, economic, physical, intellectual, or cultural status.
Intern Responsibilities: As an essential part of the team preparing for this annual Festival in October, the IIP intern will be responsible for:
- Collating information on the performing companies coming to Baboró: This involves contacting the performing companies and obtaining information on names of company members traveling to Galway, photographs, videos, marketing material, descriptions of the productions, technical specifications, etc.
- Updating the Artist and Delegates Welcome Pack: All of the artists and delegates receive this welcome pack upon arrival in Galway. It provides information about Galway, places to eat, places of interest, information on Baboró and its mission, and information on all of the companies performing in Galway and their productions. The information the IIP intern collates on each company will form the basis of this pack - they will write a description of the company, a description of the show and list the names of the company who will be in Galway during the festival and add photos. They will also update the general information in the pack if necessary.
- Brochure Draft: Using the collated information on the companies and the text written, the IIP intern will begin the draft of the brochure. This draft will give basic information for each show and will be sent to the designer for the first draft of the brochure.
- Updating Baboró Website: Using the collated information and the draft of the brochure, the IIP intern will learn how to edit the website via WordPress and will create company and production pages.
- Update Teacher Packs: We provide free teacher pre-and-post engagement packs to encourage teachers to explore the arts with the class, prior to and following attendance at Baboró events. The IIP intern will update these packs with information on venues, companies and productions.
IIP interns will get a real taste of what goes into putting together a festival. They get to interact with lots of different people, from the artistic director, website designer, and brochure designer, to the performing companies and artists. They learn why productions are chosen, how venues are selected, what the festival's audience profile is, and all the finer details that go into a festival.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with an interest in the arts are encouraged to apply. Strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as proven experience of working well in a team are recommended.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of the previous IIP interns): Intern #1: My main responsibility was to create the official Welcome Pack for the incoming artists and delegates of the 2013 festival. This involved researching each participating company and its respective show, writing the company backgrounds and show descriptions, designing the welcome pack, and collecting business contact information/soliciting deals. I served as the point of contact for company managers, helped create festival schedules, and assisted in updating and revising the Baboró website. Intern #2: Designed, created, and assembled 300 craft kits for the festival to sell as merchandise. Also ordered other merchandise. Intern #3: I had wide ranging responsibilities. I created two short promotional videos and one general video, for which I had to research Baboro's history and conduct interviews of my colleagues. I also researched bus companies that were hired by schools to transport children for Baboro events and also wrote articles/blogs for their website and updated information - teacher packets,delegate packet, website and brochure. Intern #4: I started out mainly by working on the Welcome Pack- an informational packet that was handed out to the performing companies and delegates at the festival. I then started to put together shorter pieces that went into the brochure that was handed out to audiences of the festival. I also contacted the companies and collected images from them of the show and I organized those and was part of the process for choosing which ones to use for the brochure and pack. I felt that I learned many things from my experience there. First, from my specific projects I learned how to both compile and present information. Second, while I have worked to plan events in the past, I had never worked on something on such a large scale like this, so it was great to go into meetings with my colleagues and see how the different pieces that we've been working on (and there are many) were coming together. Third, because one of the shows went on sale while I was there I was able to learn a bit about public representation and how to market the festival.
View PowerPoint presentations by past IIP interns:
Baboro Intern #1
Baboro Intern #2
Babaro Intern #3
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Baboro International Festival for the Arts for Children|
Queen's University Belfast
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
About: Queen's University Belfast is part of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK's 24 leading research intensive universities. Their world-class researchers carry out internationally leading research, with Queen's placed joint 8th in the UK for research intensity. The UK's ninth oldest university, Queen's was founded as Queen’s College in 1845, and can trace its roots as far back as 1810. With more 170 years of heritage, Queen's University Belfast combines an international reputation for academic excellence with a life-changing student experience and a culture of innovation. Queen's prides itself on the quality of its academic leadership, with a united team of academics and professional services directorates working together to deliver its Vision.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
PROJECT 1: Position control for EV wireless charging - As a clean transportation, electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. The charging of EV batteries is usually done through a plugged-in cable which is sometimes inconvenient. By contrast, wireless charging is much easier as it doesn’t involve any physical contact during the charging process. A car can be charged instantly once it is parked or on move. However, due the mechanism of wireless energy transmission, the energy transfer and receiver has to be properly aligned to achieve the maximum charging efficiency.
In this project, PID controllers for three dimensional charging position control platform will be developed. This is based on an existing wireless charging platform. It is expected to implement the control algorithm through Raspberry Pi or Arduino controller.The objectives of the project are:
- Become familiar with DC motor and stepper motor control, and PID controller.
- Become familiar with embedded programming.
- Embed three dimensional motor PID controllers.
- Develop local and remote motor position control.
- Validate remote control through both PC and raspberry Pi.
- Evaluate the charging efficiency under different charging positions.
PROJECT 2: Position control for EV wireless charging - With the resurgence in interest of VR (Virtual Reality) in recent years, largely due to new HMD (Head Mounted Display) technology, namely the Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, Microsoft Hololens etc. visual aspects of technological advancement far outpace that of the input or interaction technology. Currently there are no large scale haptic devices for use with VR, most haptic devices have very small working volumes; an exception to this is the use of gloves. However, haptic gloves do not provide full force feedback, more commonly it is vibro-tactical. As most force feedback haptic devices are at their core a robotic arm.
A solution to this is to use a larger robot, this has its own concerns, such as safety and cost. We believe that the Baxter Robot provides a middle ground to these, it has two 7-DOF arms mounted on a single torso, is designed with safety in mind and due to these safety features, it can be operated without a cage and in close proximity to the user. We propose using the Baxter robot as an encounter haptic device. Encounter haptic systems need a form of input as the user is not attached to the device or robotic arm for positional data, for this we propose using the Vice tracking controller, which can track a user’s hands in 6-DOF.
Specifically, the objectives of this project are:
- Research and become familiar with the Baxtor, Vive and latest developments in the areas of haptics and VR.
- Become familiar with the current working system of Vive and Baxtor for encounter haptics.
- Design and develop a piece of hardware that can be held by Baxtor to deliver different haptics experiences to the user.
- Develop suitable VR content to allow the user to interact with surfaces of different textures.
Learning Outcomes: On completion of this project, you will have:
- A practical understanding of the Baxtor Robotic System and VR Vive device.
- A strong grasp of the behavior of tracking systems and haptics.
- A working knowledge of the performance/cost and trade-offs implicit in practical implementations and user testing.
PROJECT 3: Making sense of cancer data via deep learning - This project aims to use computers to make sense of a large set of medical data relating to types of cancer. A medical scientist would love to see the entire big picture what has changed in the patient compared to a normal human being without cancer. But since that analysis tool is not available, he cherry picks the genes he is interested in, and compares tumour and normal tissue. Ultimately we want to provide a better and more complete method using modern machine learning, such as deep learning.
The project will be suitable for a IIP intern with some computer programming experience and an interest in data science and/or life sciences. The project will be supervised for the duration of the internship.
PROJECT 4: Phase Estimation Algorithms for the “OpenPMU” Smart Grid sensor technology platform- Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) technology has become a mainstream tool of the power systems engineer. PMUs allow all manner of interesting phenomena to be analysed, from transmission system faults to power oscillations induced by wind farms. The OpenPMU project is concerned with the advancement of Phasor Measurement Unit technology for the purposes of academic research. In this project, a Python program will be written to convert streaming sample data (representing substation voltage/current waveforms) into their phasor representations. The IIP intern will subsequently add state-of-the-art quality assessment functions, comparing the phasor created with the waveform data that produced it. The IIP intern will be expected to communicate with research centres in USA/Sweden/Australia on this topic.
IIP candidates for this project should have a strong background in mathematics, and the ability to program in the Python language. An interest in signal processing would be preferred.
PROJECT 5: Memory system optimization of the Intel Xeon Phi Knights Landing - The organization of modern computers is becoming increasingly complex. One key component of computers, the memory system, has multiple levels of hardware caches. While hardware caches are typically oblivious to programmers (programmers typically do not think about how efficiently caches are used when writing software), the recently introduced Xeon Phi Knights Landing has an additional cache level that can be managed explicitly in software. This opens opportunities to significantly enhance the performance of the cache by using application-specific knowledge.
This project will explore software management of the die-stacked eDRAM cache of the Xeon Phi Knights Landing processor. The project will investigate stencil computations, a class of algorithms used widely in scientific computing to calculate how physical quantities such as heat and air pressure evolve over time. Such algorithms are predictable enough such that caches can be managed by software. The goal of the project is to explore policies and techniques to move data between the eDRAM cache and main memory in order to increase performance. The aim is to outperform the standard, application-agnostic policy implemented in hardware. During this project, you will learn about software optimisation, the performance characteristics of memory systems such as memory locality and how they are affected by program structure.
PROJECT 6: OpenCL machine - A p-code machine (pmachine) is a program which simulates the execution of a simple processor, typically providing basic arithmetic and control flow instructions (p-code). OpenCL is a programming approach/library which permits program functions (kernels) to be executed in parallel on accelerators such as GPUs. The purpose of this project is to investigate the use of a p-code machine running on a GPU to see whether good performance can be combined with some of the other benefits of this approach.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in C/C++, Python and/or Open CL would be an asset.
|For UPDATED information on SUMMER 2017 and TO APPLY, click here: Queen's University Belfast|