What are Collider Sprints?
Collider Sprints are projects designed to connect students with thought leaders in industry and academia. Derived from the SCET #WhatsNext Watchlist, Collider Sprint topics are proposed by industry or academic research centers and designed to challenge students to develop innovative solutions that lead to industry or technology advancement, new venture creation, or measurable social impact. Mentoring by industry experts provides students valuable insight into new markets and opportunities while expanding personal and professional networks. All Collider Sprints are team-based and project-driven, providing an opportunity to sharpen teamwork and leadership skills in a multidisciplinary environment.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders can participate in the Collider Sprints.
Collider Sprint are 8-week projects that are open to undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines. The class is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters, and is listed in the course catalog as INDENG 190c. Due to high demand and specific skill requirements for each Collider Sprint topic, enrollment into the class is application-based. It is the student's responsibility to drop the class if they are enrolled through CalCentral but do not get accepted. Announcements regarding the application will be posted on SCET media channels and registered students will receive an announcement through bCourses. The class is only offered P/NP and students may choose whether to take it for 2 units or none. Units from this class count towards fulfilling the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology for undergraduate students.
Industry and Academic Advisors
Current Collider Sprints
Data Engineering via Noise Injection
Today, online data trails provide large volumes of private, real-time consumer information to companies doing business on the Internet. Whether it’s search histories, GPS locations, browsing behavior, or social media content, companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook are able to mine data streams to gain insights about details that consumers may consider private (and may incorrectly assume is undiscoverable). Can the privacy of individual consumers be protected by injecting irrelevant or mis-directing noise into the Internet data stream?
Previous Collider Sprints
Collider Sprints do not change the ownership of IP.
- If the problem and resources to work on the problem are provided by a sponsoring firm and no substantial use of facilities and equipment are provided by the university, then the firm may own the resulting IP, similar to an internship.
- If the resources to work on the problem, including substantial use of facilities and equipment, are provided by the university, then the IP may be open or protected by the university at the discretion of the faculty and researchers.
- For projects proposed and conducted entirely by students who are not paid employees of the university, such as undergraduates students, then students will continue to own the work of their project as well as have the ability to make their results open.