Set goals for yourself and assess your skill levels before you approach a potential mentor. As a faculty member I'm wary of starting a relationship with someone who is completely undirected about what they want to accomplish. Learn about the research process on your own and what the potential mentor is interested in and then approach them with some ideas, your time frame and a willingness to work hard.
Research Interests: Collapse Informatics, Ubiquitous Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Bitcoin, Cloud Computing, Collapse Informatics, ICT4D, Mechanical Turk, Sensors, GPS, RFID, Accelerometers, Gesture Recogniition
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