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KT with a short-term project

Are you PhD-student, postdoc or engineer, PlanetS Member or Associate? Have you developed competences or ideas that maybe applied to areas outside your specific research activities? Would you like to have a work experience outside of PlanetS in industry or in another research laboratory/institution for a limited period of time while still being employed by PlanetS or Partner Institutes?

If so, the Technology Platform (TP) of PlanetS can support you with an ad hoc contract between PlanetS and the external Partner of your choice with up to 3 months of financial support (salary compensation) in order to pursue your project. To be eligible, following minimum conditions must be fulfilled:

1.  You propose or you have been proposed a project

2.  You have or you have been proposed an external Partner

3.  Your project is not just a continuation of your normal work neither an intership. You expect/plan to transfer knowledge to the external Partner and develop new ‘aspects’, which would not be addressed in your normal work otherwise.

The external experience (or “externship”) is aimed at being of benefit for all the parties: You will have the chance to gain a significant and valuable experience in the private sector or another laboratory, and to expand your professional network. The external Partner will benefit from your competences and time. Your actual PlanetS employer will benefit from the gained experience. In practical terms, your contract can be frozen for the duration of the external project and will resume at the end of the mandate funded by the TP and possible third parties. This solution holds also for SNSF-paid PhD-students.

Start watching out already now for a project of your interest and take the time to fill out the following form: Short-term project form (for collaborators of NCCR PlanetS). The TP may provide support throughout the process and might help you finding a project if you do not already have your own.

If you are the industry or the research laboratory which would like to propose a project, please fill out the following form: Proposal of a short-term project with knowledge transfer (for the external partner).

Short term projects

Here all approved short-term projects are listed

Institution

Project

Place

Description

Institution

Micro-Cameras & Space Exploration SA

Project

JUICE monitoring camera calibration

Place

Neuchâtel and calibration laboratoiry

Description

The proposed project concerns the characterization and calibration of a color camera that is currently being developed for the JUICE mission to Jupiter.

Institution

Micro-Cameras & Space Exploration SA

Project

BRDF data collection

Place

Neuchâtel

Description

A full straylight analysis requires data of bidirectional reflection function (BDRF) measurements for the respective materials and surfaces used in an optical system. The goal of the project is to define a BRDF database for typical materials and coatings.

Institution

Sercalo Michrotechnologies Ltd

Project

Development of a qualification setup for micromirror

Place

Rue des Draizes 5 - Neuchâtel

Description

Sercalo is moving into autonomous vehicle market supplying micromirrors for beam steering in LIDAR. This market has high reliability standards (shock, vibrations, humidity, temperature...). Sercalo needs to further develop and automatize its testing equipment. The person will interface with the automotive norm, micromirror production, test equipment to provide an automatized testing equipment.

Institution

NetGuardians

Project

Label propagation

Place

Yverdon

Description

The goal of the project is to expand the amount of labelled samples in NetGuardians’ proprietary data sets of banking transactions that are highly imbalanced mostly unlabelled. This can be done using state-of-the-art artificial labelling strategies, or via mock data generation using Variational AutoEncoders and Generative Adversarial Networks.

Institution

NetGuardians

Project

Seasonality Analysis

Place

Yverdon

Description

An important aspect of behavioral analytics is to understand the seasonality aspect of the data. The goal of this project is to mathematically design robust seasonality indicators of customer behaviour extracted from data sets of historical banking transactions, quantify how these indicators evolve over long periods of time and validate the approach on proprietary banking datasets.

Institution

NetGuardians

Project

Pyspark implementation

Place

Yverdon

Description

Robust machine learning models are as much about theoretical design than scalable performance implementation. Some of NetGuardians' advanced AI models are currently developed to be executed in a single node, which limit their abilities for very large-scale deployment. The goal of the project is to adapt the NetGuardians' flagship approach to a fully distributed framework using Spark.

Please be aware that some projects listed before and proposed by the external companies could be not available nowadays but they could give ideas for possible future projects. In case you have any question, please contact Piero Pontelandolfo.

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