1)Thesis Title: Disaster risk assessment
Type: BSc/MSc
Description of Topic: Which are the risks of various European communities in various disasters? What about wildfires and people living in the forest? What about tsunamis and people living at the seaside? Or flooding in areas near or below sea level? Are there evacuation and/or disaster response plans available? Which are the actual risks for the affected human population? The goal here is to develop a GIS application that addresses one or more of the above aspects, in one or more European regions. The outcome could be used for developing better risk indexes and assessment metrics, as well as insurance policies.
Required skills: Modeling skills, knowledge of GIS tools and geo-spatial analysis
Level of required skills: All levels of required skills are welcome
 

2)Thesis Title: Modeling associative memory on robots for promoting social behavior
Type: BSc/MSc
Description of Topic: This project is about mimicking the way humans store information to their brain, associating this information with other memories and happenings in the past. For example, an image of some person eating an apple could associate this person with the fact that he likes fruits, particularly apples. In the future, if the same person expresses hunger, the robot might suggest eating an apple. Or when the robot recognizes an apple, it might remember this same person if not a stronger stimulus appears at its memory. Thus, this model can then be used to improve the social behavior of robots when interacting with humans. Basic research in new forms of neural and/or deep learning architectures and structures/formations might be required. Moreover, sentiment analysis is important in this context, to understand the emotional state of humans and how to act accordingly. Also, which other sensors (beside camera) can be used to recognize humans and infer their state or needs? How can we bridge together artificial intelligence technologies, such as deep learning, knowledge?
Required skills: Modeling skills, some disciplines from artificial intelligence, robotic systems and empathic robots
Level of required skills: All levels of required skills are welcome
 

The applicants may address any technical or research related inquiries to the Research Office at research@rise.org.cy
 

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