Project Ideas

Here is a list of project ideas I'm interested in but unfortunately not having enough time to work on by my own, I could certainly use some help :). Some of which are research, others are projects/services while others are (what I believe to be) useful mobile apps. I can supervise/co-found or advice any of them. If you are interested in more information, drop me a line. I will keep updating the list as I find time and as new ideas come to my mind.

Research: These are projects related to the work I'm currently doing or have been doing in the past. I could certainly do all of them if I have time (just saying so you know how much I'm interested in them :-)). I also listed some resources so you get an idea of where you will be looking if you are to work on one of them.

  1. EmoGames: Multimodal deep learning is a growing field with lots of interest and so is emotion recognition. What I'm particularly interested in is the application of ideas from these two fields in games. We have the Platformer experience dataset (which you can find here) publicly available and we now have deep models that can recognise emotions from videos. Wouldn't be nice if we could employ these models to  recognise and classify players' emotions as they play. I'm really interested in seeing how far we can go with this and the great application this has on increasing engagement and personalising the experience. (Related articles can be found here and here.)
  2. Augmented reality games: There has been a lot of tech tools coming to the market and increasing interest in augment reality games (I personally believe AR is the future, and not VR but that is another story). There has been some attempts, but so far, I haven't seen any AR game that actually manages to make the best of the technology we have (both in terms of hardware and software). I would love to work on one and if you share this interest (and preferably have some background in computer graphics) then I would love to work with you. 

Misc.: I don’t have the business plan ready for these apps but I would very much like to be involved or co-found any of them. Let me know if you want to work on one of them.

  1. A GoodReads-like website for research papers: I like how Goodreads works and I think it would be great if we could build a similar platform specifically for research papers. I think rating and reviewing papers through a similar platform is more reliable and useful than the current citation mechanism. Usually when you read papers, you could like some while not cite them yet (which, in the current citation system, means they won’t get any credit and your friends won't know you read these papers and found them nice). I believe such reviewing and sharing system could potentially substitute Google Scholar (on the long run); papers will be evaluated by a wider audience that includes whoever reads the paper (and not only by the smaller network of people who cite it). Papers will be evaluated by the crowd eliminating some of the inherent limitations of Google Scholar especially the Matthew effect and the Vulnerability to spam (I borrowed these fancy words from Wikipedia ;-)).
  2. A collaboration platform for researchers that facilitates proposal of research ideas, discussions and collaborations on projects: Occasionally, I have interesting ideas that I would like to see implemented but I often lack the necessary expertise or knowledge in all the technologies needed to bring the idea to life. I might as well have the knowledge but lack the time to do the whole project on my own. I believe many of the researchers I know share the same experience. In the platform I propose, one could share a high level description of the idea and list the knowledge she is missing and the sort of collaboration she is looking for. Others can view, comment or start a serious discussion about possible collaboration. I believe we as researchers need to talk more to each other (and by other here, I mean researchers from other fields who we don’t usually meet in the conferences we usually go to). My hope is that such a platform could encourage collaborations among researchers who don’t usually get to talk or meet each other and foster discussions that advance research.
  3. A website with articles about the recent trends in machine learning/ data mining and AI: I know how hard it can be for Arabic-speaking student, especially in the IT field, to find useful resources even with the wealth of information on the Internet (which might also be a curse if you are new and want to navigate your way and filter what Google gives you). So, a while ago I decided to build a website where I write short articles on topics related to recent trends and techniques in machine learning and data mining. The idea is that the articles should be short, focused, easy to understand, example-oriented and in Arabic. That is because I wanted them to appeal not only to IT students, but to whoever interested in advancing her knowledge in these areas. I really want to make this a reality and I could use all the help I can get (setting up the website, typing the articles (I’m very slow in typing Arabic), or even helping with suggesting topics, writing, reviewing and putting the content together).

Mobile Apps: I don’t have the business plan ready for these apps but I would very much like to be involved or co-found any of them. Let me know if you find them interesting.

  1. A mobile app that detects the level of noise in the environment and automatically mute/reinstate the mobile phone. This adds a touch of intelligence to your mobile and is really useful in cases where you are, for instance, in a meeting or a lecture. You don't want to be disturbed but forget to put your mobile on the silence mode. The app periodically senses the level of noise, estimates where you are and adjusts the sound accordingly.
  2. A mobile app that switches between playlists according to the place and time of day: the songs you enjoy listening to in the morning are most likely different from those you listen to during your walk in the afternoon. And those are most likely different from the ones you listen to while cooking or running. A mobile app that detects your current activity and combines it with the time of the day to recommend the next song or to switch to appropriate playlist is potentially useful. (This idea is inspired by a chat with my friend Yun-Gyung Cheong).


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