Program participants will work with artificial intelligence and large language models to analyze big data and extract key insights to be communicated to the public.
By Susan Enright.
Applications are now being accepted for an undergraduate research summer program at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo that gives students the chance to work directly on climate change solutions using artificial intelligence technology. In addition to gaining valuable research experience, students will receive a $3,000 stipend upon successful completion of the program.
The 2023 Change HI Summer Research Program will take place at UH Hilo, May 22–June 30. The funded research opportunity, supported by the UH EPSCoR Change HI program, is open to undergraduate students of all majors enrolled in the UH system.
Program participants will work with artificial intelligence and large language models to analyze big data and extract key insights to be communicated to the public. Students will also have opportunities to develop skills in natural language processing and machine learning, while also learning basic programming and data science techniques and collaborating with fellow students.
“Providing undergraduate research experience such as this in AI and natural language processing is crucial in Hawai‘i, as the state faces unique environmental challenges that require innovative solutions,” says Sukhwa Hong, an assistant professor of data science and business administration who will lead the research experience as a mentor in the summer program.
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Hong says Change HI, the sponsor of the program, recognizes the importance of an undergraduate research experience in AI and natural language processing for addressing Hawai‘i’s unique challenges.
“Through this program, students can develop critical thinking skills, gain hands-on experience, and effectively communicate solutions for climate change,” says Hong. “By focusing on the intersection of AI, natural language processing, and climate change in Hawai‘i, students can contribute to finding sustainable solutions and help navigate the rapidly evolving technological landscape of the 21st century.”
Applications are due on Saturday, April 28 (apply online). Students must be available to participate in the program from May 22 to June 30, for a mix of online and in-person formats at the UH Hilo campus. Applicants of all levels of programming experience are welcome to apply. Those with a strong interest in working with data are preferred.
For more information or for any questions, email Assistant Professor Hong.
Story by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.