Semester projects Spring-Summer 2018

Adapting technologies in Africa and Latin America

These projects explore the technological needs of natural park conservation and healthcare in French-speaking Burkina Faso and in Colombia. In groups, you will work on the development of a technology or a study protocol, which you will then test-drive during 2-3 weeks of fieldwork in either country. You will be able to use your technical skills in the solution of real life problems, alongside other students from different disciplines and cultures.

Practical information

Start date: February 2018 (Spring semester)

Dates of fieldwork:
Burkina Faso: July 2018
Colombia: End of July until mid-August 2018

Who can apply?
Burkina Faso: Master students from I&C, EL and MT enrolled in MA2
Colombia: Master students from all sections enrolled in MA2

Information and registration:
Burkina Faso: Please contact [email protected]
For more information, see Embedded systems for African Parks

Colombia: Please send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected]

Burkina Faso: technologies for wildlife conservation and natural parks

As a member of a multidisciplinary team, you will participate in the analysis and development of technological solutions for the monitoring of issues related to protected areas in Burkina Faso (inventory of fauna and flora, poaching, elephant damage, etc.). You will imagine and develop technological devices adapted to challenging tropical climate and to economic, social and human realities of the park of Nazinga (Southern Burkina Faso). During your stay in Nazinga, you will be able to exchange with local students and park staff, and explore together local issues.

They are many potential topics for semester/master projects:

  • Control of a drone for images acquisition and analysis
  • Elephants detection around villages by sound and image analysis
  • Poachers detection by gun sound detection and triangulation
  • Network of detectors

Colombia: developing health technologies with indigenous Amazonian peoples

For this project, students will travel to Leticia, a small city in the Colombian Amazon. Urbanization is increasingly transforming the lives of Amazonian peoples, including their health care. Together with local students and indigenous organisations, we will explore three domains related to health and the potential contributions of different technologies:

  1. Language and culture: For indigenous peoples living in Leticia, that young people no longer learn their languages is a threat to their culture, and therefore to their health and wellbeing. Students shall work on developing an app for learning languages, adapted to the habits and preferences of young indigenous peoples in Leticia.
  2. Water and urbanization: Leticia is on the border of the Amazon river, and seasonal diarrheas are common in these riverine cities and villages. The increase of fuel-driven motor boats, of mining and deforestation is also affecting the quality of water and the health of people. Students shall explore the eco-epidemiology of waterbourne diseases and use remote sensing technologies to develop predictive spatial and dynamic models.
  3. Snake bites and other poisonous animals: Changing patterns of habitation and forest-use may be transforming how often people come into contact with poisonous animals such as snakes or caterpillars. In this project students shall work on understanding the eco-epidemiology of poisonous bites and thinking about technologies which may contribute in better prevention, diagnosis or treatment.