Take flight this summer by participating in the inaugural year of the AI Research Summer (AIRS) Fellowship Program. Organized by the Stevens Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI), the AIRS Fellowship Program empowers selected Stevens undergraduates to embark on an exciting research journey on a topic of their choice.

The SIAI's 2021 AIRS Fellowship Program

Humans and AI: An Evolving Partnership

The theme for the 2021 AIRS program is "Humans and AI: An Evolving Partnership". AI is already having an impact across myriad aspects of society, from mobility to healthcare, from education to finance, and more. In many of these scenarios, we find humans at the center: humans getting from place to place, humans striving toward wellness, humans teaching, humans learning, etc. As a scholarly community, we are now beginning to ask questions like, “How should AI augment human capabilities?” rather than, “When will AI replace humans?” This relationship between humans and AI is evolving. Selected projects in the 2021 AIRS program will target questions under this theme to better understand and enhance the relationship between humans and AI.

The AIRS Fellowship Program solicits independent undergraduate research project proposals from Stevens Undergraduates. The program runs over the summer during the months of June, July, and August with specific flexible individual scheduling.

What do I get with an AIRS Fellowship?

  • A $10,000 summer stipend to support you during the project.
  • A presentation about your project and its results to the greater Stevens AI community.
  • Recognition among the Stevens AI community for your independent work.
  • Scholarly and social activities, with visits to local AI-related institutions (NEC Labs and others), picnics and more (all pandemic permitting).
  • Access to SIAI resources.

Who can apply?

The program is open to all currently matriculated Stevens undergraduates who will remain at Stevens in Fall 2021. No prior research experience is required.

How do I apply?

The program is competitive; the SIAI will select a handful of awardees, likely three, from the pool of applications. You are required to write a two-page description of your proposed project that covers the key questions:

  • What AI problem or question are you considering? The problem need not be technical, it could be a social or business science analysis, for example; in fact the AIRS program encourages a diversity of project approaches.
  • How do you plan to solve the problem?
  • What data and computing resources might you need?
  • What is the expected result of the project?
  • How will your project impact society?
  • How does your project fit into the 2021 AIRS Fellowship Program theme "Humans and AI: An Evolving Partnership"?

An unofficial transcript is required as part of the application form. The application form asks if you have a project mentor. One is not required; if you do not have one then the SIAI will provide mentoring.

What topics can I propose?

The theme of the program this year involve the evolving partnership between humans and AI. We are happy to consider various projects under this umbrella. Examples of project ideas are below, but these should in no way constrain what you propose.

  • Study the possible impact AI technologies can have on bike safety in large urban environments.
  • Develop a new AI capability for filtering emails according to user behavior.
  • Improve how a mobile app interface can use AI to adapt to the user.
  • Evaluate the role of bias in AI-based business analytics systems.

What is the timeline?

  • Applications are due March 19, 2021 at 5 PM.
  • Notifications will be sent March 26, 2021.
  • Program commences June 2021.

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