Access Computing Summer Program


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Apply to be one of 14 interns working on improving the lives of people with disabilities, limited access to health screening technologies, and the decline of our environment.


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Now more than ever, technology is capable of addressing the issues that we face both as individuals and as a society. These problems include, but are not limited to, the lack of assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities, limited access to health screening technologies, and the decline of our environment. The Access Computing Summer Program (ACSP) brings together the next generation of global talent in computer science and related fields to develop highly impactful solutions that address these grand challenges. Students in the ACSP will be able to practice a variety of human-centered design methods to develop novel sensing techniques, user-friendly interfaces, and cutting-edge computer technologies.

This summer, the Access Computing Summer Program will be held from July 1st to September 20th, 2020. We aim to recruit fourteen full-time research interns with a background in computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or some other equivalent discipline. Participants will join a well-defined applied research project in a team formed by two interns and one mentor. The sponsoring faculty will supplement the mentorship with periodic advising.

The Access Computing Summer Program will also include lectures on topics within ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction from academic and industry speakers. The program will also include lectures/workshops on embedded hardware, signal processing, and machine learning. Furthermore, we would organize extracurricular activities such as visiting local museums, sports, etc.

Program Dates: July 1 – September 20, 2020
Location: Seattle and/or Beijing, or remote
Application Deadline: March 20, 2020
Admissions Interview Date: March 21-25, 2020
Admissions Results Released: March 31, 2020



This program is sponsored by the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a program founded by the University of Washington, Tsinghua University, and Microsoft to train the next leaders of innovation. Program participants will be led by numerous experts in ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction: 





Example Showcase

The ACSP is broadly focused on applied computer science fields like human-computer Interaction (HCI) and ubiquitous computing (ubicomp). These domains require a wide variety of skills, including sensing, signal processing, embedded systems, and human-centered design. Examples of past projects by the advisors and mentors are listed below.

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