My background: I did my undergraduate in Computer Science and Engineering from India and completed my Masters in Computer Science from University of Birmingham,School of Computer Science. I did my Masters final project on Brain computer interface using facial expressions, collaborating with the IT Innovation Centre.
My placement at the IT Innovation Centre: My placement at ITIC was about extending my Masters final project on Brain computer Interface. I was working on the possible extension of the technology to help the patients who are paralyzed neck-down by leveraging the various options to integrate the technology to a scientific wheelchair. My work was also about endorsing the technology to the various other schools who may be interested in this technology.
What I enjoyed the most: Every part of the work was enjoyable. I was working on a project that I was interested in and was getting full support from the team at ITIC. The encouragement and support from the very friendly team at ITIC was a tremendous help. The flexible working hours and the freedom at work was amazing. Having access to all the gadgets at the ITIC was an added perk to the internship.
What I learnt from the process: The work at ITIC was a continuous learning process. It gave me an option to learn more about the technology apart from the limited time of the masters project and to further try out the various options available with BCI. The internship helped me gain great exposure as I was given the opportunity to present my work to the various heads of the university, school and corporate.It indeed equipped me to be more confident in my skills, both technical and personal. Apart from my work on BCI, I was also fortunate to try and learn various other technologies like Leapmotion and google glass.
Why I would recommend this experience: I would definitely recommend the placement at ITIC to anyone who is interested in the latest technology and want to try something new with them. ITIC provides you with all the support and exposure that you would ever need, be it any technology that you are interested in. To add to that you will have a wonderful team to work with and a very flexible and relaxed work environment. All these advantages coupled with a handsome pay-cheque makes the placement at ITIC irresistible.
Further thoughts: I felt that in ITIC you are considered part of the team and not just as as intern which gives you an amazing opportunity to be part of the various events organised as a attendee as well as to be part of the organising team. The exposure and independence at work makes the whole experience as an intern here incredible.