WebValley is the FBK summer school for dissemination of interdisciplinary research: almost 400 students (17-18y old) have attended the WebValley camps since its first edition in 2001. WebValley started as a regional initiative for high school students from Trentino Alto-Adige SüdTirol, and it is now an opportunity for national and international students to experiment scientific research.
The WebValley formula: Create a team of enthusiast and motivated high school students (18 y) tutored by researchers.
Data Science and Artificial Intelligence are pervasively spreading into the Life Science domain, opening the doors to a near future where algorithms are considered proper medical devices certified by institutional agencies. In this scenario, a growing number of prognostic tools are developed and tested to support physicians in their daily clinical tasks, with a particular interest in predictive systems raising red flags when signals of worsening conditions are detected. In particular, the WebValley 2021 Team will be involved in the development, implementation, and validation of AI algorithms aimed at detecting the early onset of comorbidities in diabetic patients starting from their healthcare trajectories collected as personal Electronic Health Record. In details, the Team will delve into the computational tools needed to analyze and make sense of the data, i.e. data science and machine/deep learning solutions and high-quality software collaboratively produced by the participants, after having been provided with the essential domain knowledge and effective operative, communicative, and organisational tools.
Applications are open!
How it works
The team accepts a challenge by a collaborating scientist from Ecology, Biology or Social Sciences and develops in two weeks a new web-based prototype for data analysis and management. The school strongly encourages the participation of all genders and various backgrounds.
Students are introduced to Open Source software solutions (scientific programming, web interfaces, database, GIS and data analysis); they discuss, design and develop the new system interacting with scientists. They learn to select tools, organize their own workplan, and respond with a new solution to a problem of ethical interest. A working prototype web solution and technical results are presented at the end of the two week period.
The project activities are developed mostly in teamwork as in a true research environment, that is informal and of high quality in resources, competence and organization. Each student can differently contribute to project with ideas, software code or data preparation, design of new web interfaces, project presentation.