Chintan Maniyar, a sixth semester student of CHARUSAT ’s  U and P U. Patel Department of Computer Engineering, CSPIT, is invited as an intern to The University of Georgia (UGA), Department of Geography to participate in an 8-week long internship from May 15, 2018 to July 15, 2018.

He was selected from among six students who had applied for this summer internship, based on the correspondences and the Skype Interviews. The selection process consisted of scrutinization based on the Statement of Purpose and a Research Proposal submitted by each applicant and finally concluded in an individual Skype interview conducted by the field expert from the Geography Department, UGA. The University of Georgia, Athens (UGA), which is more than 200 years old, is globally acclaimed for its research activities.

Chintan has worked in domains ranging from technical content writing and full stack web development to image processing, machine learning and Internet of Things. Apart from academics, he is interested in orating and managing events and clubs.

At the age of 14, Chintan co-founded ‘Astronomy Club, Baroda High School ONGC’ which has now expanded to the city level. He consistently contributes by giving lectures and holding astronomical observations for the progress of the club. He also serves as the Editor in Chief of the CHARUSAT University magazine, ‘The Quill’. He has organized events and coding competitions – A Technical Treasure Hunt – first of its kind in the college. Being the member of core committee of Google Developer Students Club, CHARUSAT, he frequently conducts workshops and hands on sessions on the latest and trending tools and technologies.

During the research at UGA, he will work in collaboration with the CyanoTRACKER team in Geography Department. ‘I will specifically work on running machine learning algorithms on social media reported posts and satellite validated cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) data (photos and satellite images). I may also focus on detecting and mapping CyanoHABs infested water bodies in India and other Southeast Asian countries’, says Chintan, expressing his enthusiasm to be a part of this research.

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