2021 Summer Interns
Kin-Keepers is looking for 2021 summer interns. We are a start-up company focused on using machine learning to help seniors with cognitive challenges, like Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. Our objective is to reduce the anger and frustration that seniors with dementia feel as they struggle to express what they want to say. We accomplish this using an artificial intelligence Parrot. It becomes an Assistive Self for seniors that improves communication. You can learn more about Kin-Keepers AI PET at the Kin-Keepers website.
You need to do this: If you wish to apply, hit the email button on this page. There you can send us your resume or a few paragraphs about yourself, and what you wish to accomplish with your studies. Then let us know which of the following six tracks you wish to join.
for Everyone ...
- Activity - Curate Machine Learning Synthetic Data: This team will search for and review large data repositories to identify and curate data related to Seniors. The curated data will be used to build Machine Language models for our prototype.
- Activity - Machine Learning Process – All will learn to go from curated datasets to implemented ML algorithms. We will be using Google Collab with Python.
The diagram shows the design/development model we are using, followed by the categories of work available this summer:
Your specific project:
- Activity - Family Circle Application – This team will use a Graph Database and Portal Technology to store family memories of value to Elders.
- Activity - Build Alexa Skills: This team will be developing applications (called Skills by Amazon) that can run on Alexa devices. These Skills will interface to a database created by our Family Circle application to help Seniors who struggle remembering names and news from family and friends.
- Granny Query example: What is the name of my grandson, what is his birthday?
- Caregiver Query example: What is the history of the person under my care?
5. Activity - Smart AI Parrot – This team will build a Social Robot following Cornell University guidelines. The Parrot will be a woven puppet that sits atop an electronic cone. An Arduino or Raspberry PI board is inside with ports to IoT sensors.
Again, if you are interested in applying for any of these teams, please contact us via the following link: Summer Internships | Kin-Keepers
We hope to hear from you soon. Good luck!
Machine Learning Synthetic Data Team Lead - Sudi comes to us from Makerere University in Uganda. This summer he showing other summer interns how to find and curate the rocket fuel for ML models: Synthetic Data. He is a talented engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the Data Science and Machine Learning field. To date, he has worked on different projects like Smart Traffic System, Crop Disease Detection, etc. Sudi lives and works in Rwanda. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/murindanyi-sudi-aa8793150/).
Amrit comes from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania. She is a senior graduating in 2022. This summer she will work on with the Family Circle Team.
Joseph Hagen is a rising senior at Cabrini University pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. I am very passionate about seeing the overlap between these two areas of study and have a particular interest in applied mathematics. Outside of school I enjoy camping, bowling, and reading scary stories.
Waqas Khan - I am an upcoming Junior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in math and business at Cabrini University. I have been learning Python by myself since High school, I really want to put my skills into a big project, and I wish to learn from the people that I will be working with as well as learning new things related to my major and helping others is my passion because it inspires me more to do better. One of my dreams is to become a successful software engineer in the field of computer science. My strength is time management because I managed to get a 4.0 GPA during my first semester despite taking four courses and excessive workload to deal with. When I started college as a freshman I had anxiety and I was not able to do presentation in my classes. That anxiety was really awful but through my hard work and practice. I have improved myself and I am able to present in front of people, guide others on how to overcome such situations, and eventually help them succeed like I have.
Alexa Skills Team Lead - Ethan rejoins us this summer with a fresh B.S. in Math and CS from the University of California. He will be working on two elder care apps. The first is a memory aid for the senior. It queries the Family Circle and answers "what is the name of my grandchild, what is their birthday? etc." The second app allows caregivers to get information about the individual under their care. "Who was this person in their younger years? Who are their relatives?"
Sang comes to us from the University of California. She is a sophomore student interested in economics and data science. In addition to working with data, she will be working with backend members of our team to understand the economics and management behind startup businesses. She will also work on project management, financial literacy, and payroll in order to understand how to run her own business one day. In her personal life, she enjoys playing with her dog and playing Valorant.
Alex Alon rejoins us from last year's cohort. This summer Alex will work on creating a Smart AI Parrot followingg Social PET guidelines.
Joel Joseph - I am a senior at Temple University. I am majoring in information science & technology and I will be graduating in May 2022. When I am not doing school work, I enjoy taking long walks with my dog, going to the gym to keep myself healthy, and occasionally playing the guitar. I am excited to be a part of this program and always ready to learn something new. This summer I hope to work on the family circle application track along with graph databases.
AI/ML Team Lead - I live and work from Uganda, This summer I am showing data Science enthusiasts how we can go from Synthetic Data to an ML model using Supervised Learning with either Regression or Classification techniques. Cool stuff. I graduated in 2019 with a BS. in Computer Engineering from Makerere University, Uganda. I have Research experience in Natural Language Processing evidenced by the Research Paper I published in the SAIEE African Journal 2020. In 2019, I received a certificate of honors in Applied Data Science from The Data Incubator and WorldQuant University. Additionally, I will be pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Science in August 2021. Sulaiman has worked on various projects like Designing a Text Normalization module for a Text to Speech System, Implementing a Luganda Talking clock and Calendar, a Deep learning Based Detector for Identification of pests and diseases in passion fruits, etc. Currently, he is working on projects like 'preventing the Financing of Terrorism by Engineering an ML Model with Financial Crime Data' project, and 'Helping People with Visual Impairment to Easily Use Buses through Computer Vision project. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kagumire-sulaiman-3b2a97135/.
Justin Walt is also a senior at Cabrini University in Pennsylvania. I am majoring in Computer & Information Science with a minor in accounting and will be graduating in 2022. Outside of school, I enjoy going to Philadelphia Phillies baseball games and playing video games. This summer I will be working with the Family Circle Team and the AI/ML group. .
Brian Ebiyau - I come from Makerere University where I am doing a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, graduating in 2021. I am passionate about machine learning and integrating it into Electrical engineering. In my free time, am either watching movies and TV series, listening to the word of God or probably playing video games.
Saumiyaah Nimalakumaran is an undergraduate student at Cardiff University in Wales. I am studying Biomedical Engineering. I am interested in exploring the world of AI & machine learning and integrating it with my studies, particularly in the use of wearable technology in healthcare applications. Outside of my education in engineering, I am an avid mountaineer and cyclist with an interest in photography.
2020 Summer Interns
Graphic Design Team - I made everything look better, including cool T-Shirts. Student at Contra Costa College in California. Graduating in 2023.
Alexa Skills Team - I worked on developing Alexa Skills to aid senior care, this included investigating Alexa Conversations (beta), a new feature that enhances conversational experiences using AI. I am a third-year MSci Physics student currently studying at Imperial College London, graduating in 2022.
Alexa Skills Team - I developed spooky conversational intelligence for Seniors using Alexa voice. A third-year engineering student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Graduating in 2022.
Biometrics IoT Team - I built the surveillance software allowing devices to probe for elderly heart rate and movement data wirelessly over Bluetooth LE signals. I'm a fourth-year student studying computer science at the University of California San Diego, graduating in 2021. Outside of work, I enjoy walks with my dog, late-night scary movies, and drinking boba until it's sunrise!
Abnormal Fluid Flow Detection team - My team used machine learning to identify abnormalities in water flow. Outside of machine learning, I am a second-year computing student at Imperial College London. I am interested in financial technology and open banking.
Joel Joseph also comes from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania. Hw is a senior graduating in 2022 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Science and Mathematics. This summer she will work with the Synthetic Data and the Family Circle Team, the Alexa Skills teams.
Family Circle Team -I was fortunate to work on multiple projects this summer: researching senior-centred improvements to current voice recognition systems with Mr Ramos; re-designing the UI/UX of kin-keepers.ai with the Family Circle team (supervised by Mr Abdulmalik); filtering acceleration and gyration data from an Arduino and using them for anomaly detection with the IoT Integration team (supervised by Mr Jimenez). I’d like to thank all of my teammates and my supervisors for their continuous support, insight, and for showing me what I don’t know. I’m a final year Mechanical Engineering student at Imperial College London graduating in 2021, always looking to learn something new.
Flow Detection Team - I worked on the IoT side of the flow detection project. I designed a circuit and a PCB that would be used in the final demo. I programmed a microcontroller to read from a flow sensor and send the readings via Bluetooth. I am a French student, living in London since 2012. I study at UCL in Electronic engineering and I’m about to start my 2nd year.
Biometrics IoT Team - I worked on movement detection using an Arduino Nano, which involved me exploring Bluetooth LE and creating an API to detect 'significant movements'. As a further application, I used the movement data to detect when someone has fallen using machine learning, which is quite a serious issue for the elderly! I'm a second-year Computing student at Imperial College London. Outside of work, I love playing and watching football, stock investing and travelling!
Mercado eCommerce Team - I worked on the eCommerce website development for Kin-Keepers which included API testing and catalog arrangement. My name is Jimmy and I am an entering senior at the University of Santa Cruz with a major in Computer Science.
Enclosure team - I created a variety of concepts for the PET enclosure, the outer casing that seniors will see and interact with. One of these was then chosen which I developed using CAD so it could be 3D printed. Then I designed the ‘Robots with Soul’ element to bring the Guardian Pet alive. I’m a third-year aerospace engineering student at Imperial College London, graduating in 2022. Outside of engineering and robotics, I love rock climbing, long-distance cycling, and sailing.
Family Circle Team - I worked on the Family Circle Team, mainly on the back end side which includes creating databases, a real-time backend framework, and real-time communications using the latest cutting edge technology. I was also given the chance to help other teams with quirky software and bug fixes. I am a first-year Computer Science student in Pennsylvania, focusing on backend/low-level programming and real-time networking.
Flow Detection Team - I worked on creating software and hardware simulations of typical household water flow so that we could collect data to train a machine learning engine. This consisted in writing computer software, which was eventually ported to a microcontroller for a hardware demo, as well as a PCB design to connect the hardware. Hailing from Spain, I am currently a second-year student at UCL, studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Mercado eCommerce Team - During the summer I worked on developing the Mercado site. I added cool features from AgeTech startups, that subsequently could be summoned with a voice query The work exposed me to Graph databases. My name is Will and I am entering my senior year at UCSC pursuing a BS in Computer Science. In my free time, when I am not a full-time student, I like to play basketball and video games.