Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day 17

Today I worked on my project most of the day taking more video clips and starting to put them into an experiment. In our Tuesday meeting today I figured out that I was making my project to complex. After the meeting I took new video clips that were less complex than before. Hopefully tomorrow I will be ready to start putting the experiment together and start testing soon!

Monday, July 30, 2012

First Day Back!

Today was my first day back after a week vacation in the Adirondack Mountains. This morning we had a meeting with Jeff and Susan to discuss our projects that we will present at the end of August. After that we watched an hour of the Princess Bride with all of the other people in the MVRL lab. Once our break was over I learned how to take video shots of the computer screen so that I could take videos of the biological motion walker. Tomorrow I will start making my actual experiment with all of the videos I made.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Week of 7/23

This week I am on vacation in the Adirondacks! See you next week!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Day #10

Today was bring your friend to work day! I brought my friend Evan. We went to a presentation with Joe and some of his students from the freshman imaging science class. They took 3D images of the head. After the presentation we worked with the SMI and we did eye tracking on both of our friends. Then we went to the cookout and played some kan jam for a little bit. Then once again went to work on the SMI.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Day #9

Today we talked to Jeff about our projects that we are coming up with. One of his suggestions for me was to look into biological motion and give people a task and determine where they are looking on the animation to determine the answer to the task. I would use the SMI to watch their eye movements to determine the location on the body they determined such tasks as the gender, the weight, the emotions they are feeling and if it excited or nervous. You can figure out all the tasks by just looking at a nine point motion of a person. I am looking forward to begin my research on this project and to start the experiment to determine what exactly people look at.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day #8

So today, we learned how to use BeGaze to analyze the data from the SMI. Preethi taught us what the most important data is in and how to find it in the program. Then we went to the Wednesday movie in the fish bowl which wasn't the most interesting movie so far. After the fish bowl most of the interns went to Global Village to hang out for a little bit. To end the day we (Mike and Nick) worked on the SMI to see if it would crash again.

Day #7

We went to the Research and Creativity Symposium all day and listened to the graduate research projects. I really enjoyed most of them especially Scott Riddle's project on Diffusion Tensor Tractography. DTI helps doctors who are performing surgery on the head to help make sure that the doctor doesn't disrupt the neurons that would disrupt the sense of motion etc. He made his presentation very interesting by engaging the audience and allowing for questions as the presentation went on to keep the discussion understandable. After hearing his presentation I would like to learn more about MRI and DTI data.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Day #6

Today I sat in a meeting most of the day listening to people's presentations that they will be delivering tomorrow. After giving their presentation the rest of the people in the room commented on each slide to help make the presentations perfect. I learned new skills about what people like to see in presentations such as Jeff hates ALL animations in power point especially the typer writer animation that actually makes the sound of an actual typer writer. It was a really interesting learning about the three presentations and I look forward to seeing them tomorrow!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day #5

Group bonding in the reading room!

Well we made it through the first week of being interns! Today we sat with the SMI all day and we did multiple tests to figure out why the program would crash down so often. At this point we think it has to do with the program not being able to do so many tests in a row because after we restarted the computer  and did two tests on it the program would crash no matter which group files we used. At first we believed it was only group file three that was crashing down but was soon realized that all three of the group files would crash down at some point. Another great day in the lab! I am excited for next week to work with some new people on a different project!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day #4

We made it through another day of boot camp! Today was the most interesting day because we learned about the different eye trackers and learned about the projects that went on at RIT. What I found most interesting was what Andy discussed today which was what part of a picture caught a viewers attention the most compared to what part of the actual picture would give you the most information about the picture. I also enjoyed learning about how a viewer looks at a picture differently when there are not faces in the picture. Later in the day we worked with Susan and were in her experiment but halfway through the SMI broke down so I couldn't finish my turn. Overall, today was a great day!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Day #3

Survived another day of boot camp!! Only one more day to go! Luckily in the afternoon we got to work with another piece of equipment in one of the labs. After hearing about the Atlanta project today that some of the students are working on I am very excited to learn more about it because I have a large interest in it. Well I have lots of reading to do about the eye for tomorrow to get ready for another lecture.

Day #2

Day 2: Complete!
Today was much harder than yesterday and was the first day of boot camp. Boot camp was an interesting class to sit in on with all of the other students. At most times the information was really difficult to comprehend but all four of the interns made it through. After the class we started eye tracking which was extremely interesting! We had to wear a backpack with a laptop in it and a piece of headgear that had two cameras on it that took a video of the eye and one of the scene around you.
I am ready to get to day 2 of boot camp now!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day #1

Day One: Complete!
The day started off great with a team building activity with the RIT scavenger hunt. The group I was in  had a great time fooling around with the camera and exploring the HUGE campus! We figured out that with all of the help we received from various employees that we could easily find a bunch of the pictures on the sheet. Well...that wasn't the case whatsoever. Two hours had passes and we had found all of four places in the packet. By the end we found about half of the pictures! After watching all of the videos, I found out that I would not be working in the MRI lab anymore but instead I will be doing biomedical imaging which I am very excited to start learning more about since I am very interested in the medical field! I can't wait to see how day two goes and to start working in the lab!