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Scientific Research on Data for Development and Humanitarian Response

UN Global Pulse

31 Oct 2018 This opportunity is no longer available Share
31 Oct 2018 This opportunity is no longer available Share
Background and objectives
The selected UN Online Volunteers will collaborate with the UN Global Pulse team developing methodologies that leverage big data and artificial intelligence for sustainable development and humanitarian response innovation projects. The focus of this research will be defined in the intersection of Global Pulse project portfolio and the Volunteer skills and interests in the fields of -and not limited to- data science, artificial intelligence, data engineering, HCI, data visualization, computational social sciences and data privacy and ethics. The tasks of the online volunteers will include literature review and scientific research. Topics to be addressed include subjects such as machine learning for satellite images in humanitarian context, epidemiological modeling from big data sources, hate speech detection in online media or ethics and AI. Results of this work are expected to be jointly published by the UN Online Volunteer and Global Pulse in a scientific journal or conference.
Information technology and telecommunications
Global Pulse is a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on data innovation. Its vision is a future in which big data and AI are harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. To this end, Global Pulse is working to promote awareness of the opportunities Big Data presents for sustainable development and humanitarian action, forge public-private data sharing partnerships, generate high-impact analytical tools and approaches through its network of Pulse Labs, and drive broad adoption of useful innovations across the UN System. Global Pulse implements data innovation programmes through Pulse Labs to provide UN and development partners with access to the data, tools and expertise required to discover new uses of big data and AI for development. Global Pulse develops toolkits, applications and platforms to improve data-driven decision-making and support evaluation of promising solutions.
Volunteers: 7 needed
6-10 hours per week / 24 weeks
Applicants should preferably be enrolled in a PhD program or be Post-doctoral researchers. Area of study is preferably Computer Science, Complex Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Data Privacy, Computational Social Sciences, Data Science, Engineering, Information Design, Data Visualization, HCI, Digital Epidemiology or any other related specialty.

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