Call for European AI labs to host a US graduate student for an extended visit
Call for European AI labs to host a US graduate student for an extended research visit (6-8 weeks) in Summer 2011
Deadline for applications: February 8, 2011
 
Applications are solicited from European AI research labs to host a PhD student from the US for an extended visit (6-8 weeks) in Summer 2011 to work on a research project of mutual interest.
The extended visits are connected with student participation to IJCAI'11, which will be held in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain), July 16-22, 2011, and should preferably be completed before IJCAI to culminate with a presentation of the results of the visit at the doctoral mentoring consortium at IJCAI.
 
Students will be funded by the National Science Foundation, which will cover their travel costs and living expenses. Funding will cover travel within Europe to the European Lab (up to $500), travel and registration to IJCAI (approximatively $2000), and living expenses during the extended visit (up to $2500/month).
 
The host needs to provide office space with access to computer and lab facilities needed to conduct the research project. It is expected that the host will help the student find living accomodations for the period of the visit and will include the students in the research group activities.
 
The central aims of these extended visits are to immerse the students in a research group in a different country, expose them to new research paradigms and approaches within AI, get them to work with established members of the research community who will host and supervise them. For the hosting labs, this will provide an opportunity to build a research bridge with the student's research group and advisor in the US, and will create a solid basis for long term collaborations between the groups.
 
Students selected for the extended visits will be matched with the hosting lab in a two step process, in which labs will be given the opportunity to decide which students they would be willing to host and students will then be asked to choose which lab to visit. No more than one student per lab. Each visit will be individually arranged with the hosting lab.
 
Eligibility is for full-time PhD students attending a university in the US. Preference will be given to students who are US citizens or permanent residents.
Consideration in the selection process will be given to progress in degree, evidence of research excellence, benefits expected from participation, and match of research interests to the hosts.
 
Funding is available for 6-8 students.
 
 
Deadline for applications: February 8, 2011
Notification of awards: mid March 2011
 
Information required in the application to host a student:
1. name of the faculty who will host the student;
 
2. name and address of the Lab/Department and University;
 
3. a short (2 pages) resume/CV of the faculty host;
 
4. a list of active research projects the student could work on. The list should include a paragraph or two for each project, and should preferably point to relevant web pages;
 
5. a brief description of the work environment (office/lab space, how many researchers will be working in the lab at the time of the visit, the language typically used for group meetings and seminars, etc) and a statement that the host agrees to provide office space and computing facilities to the student and supervise the student's research.
 
 
For information and questions contact:
Maria Gini
Professor
Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota
email: gini@cs.umn.edu
or
Judy Goldsmith
Professor
Department of Computer Science, University of Kentucky
email: goldsmit@cs.uky.edu