Monday, August 31, 2015

Google to award over USD$1M to Latin America researchers

Google is well known for supporting the development of sciences and technology around the globe. This time, the Internet giant is looking for world-class scientists in the Latin America region to support them and work with them in research topics of mutual interest. In particular, researchers in the domain of computational science are likely to have common interests with Google and their in-house research programs. These are the research areas that are of interest for Google (every proposal should be classified in one of these areas): 

  • Geo/maps
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information retrieval, extraction and organization
  • Internet of things
  • Machine learning and data mining 
  • Mobile 
  • Natural language processing 
  • Physical interfaces and immersive experiences 
  • Privacy
  • Other topics related to web research  

Google has offered over one million dollars to support scientists in the region. This represents a significant cash injection into the Latin America research community. Each project should have one student, either PhD or Master and one faculty member. For the case of PhD students, the student will receive an allowance of USD$1200/month and the faculty USD$750/month for one year. For Master students, the student will receive USD$750/month and the faculty USD$675/month. 

Thousands of students and faculty member sent their applications last month. Precise guidelines on how to build a good application were given. Google senior researchers wrote a guide on how to write a strong proposal, which was a great place to start for applicants. The notifications would be sent directly to the fortunate winners in the coming weeks. We should keep an eye on those fortunate teams to see what great research results come out of this in the coming months. 

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