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  • Locations: Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Information School Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 6
Estimated Program Fee: 4000 UW Program Director: Michael Doane, Richard Sturman
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email: mtd@uw.edu, rsturman@uw.edu
Program Information:

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QUICK FACTS
Location Vienna, Austria
Academic Term Summer A-Term
07/01/2019 - 07/27/2019
Estimated Program Fee $4,450
Credits 6
Prerequisites None.
Program Directors Michael Doane | mtd@uw.edu
Richard Sturman rsturman@uw.edu
Program Manager | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
HIGHLIGHTS
General Spend a month in beautiful Vienna, Austria while working on customer projects in the fields of AI and traditional semantic metadata. Designed for students of all tech (or non-tech) backgrounds who are working in information science, library science, or computer science.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.
 

Program Description

This program will explore the growing connection between traditional semantic methodologies for creating taxonomies and ontologies and the latest artificial intelligence and natural language processing technologies used to build enterprise systems.
 
Through the use of hands-on experiences with semantic software and client projects, along with the participation of faculty from Vienna University and commercial software provider Semantic Web Company, students from both MLIS and MSIM programs will learn the latest methods and practices in developing artificial intelligence and natural language processing to enhance traditionally-developed controlled vocabularies and metadata schemas.
 
This program will take place in Vienna, Austria, home to the Semantic Web Company (SWC), producers of the software used as the core product in the project. The recent rise in importance of big data, data analytics and data science has put a focus on ways to optimally use data to gain insights and competitive advantages previously unavailable to businesses and individuals. In addition, the use of data analytics has influenced the ways information can be used by companies and displayed to users. However, any manipulation of data to produce insightful information still relies on satisfying the needs and desires of the end user, regardless of the methods or technologies being used.
 
During this course, we will examine both the data science and information science being used today by companies to not only gather and manipulate vast amounts of data, but also how those data are being shaped and delivered to customers, employees, other companies and government agencies. Specific topics to be examined include:

  • Using a hybrid approach of semantic and business AI to meet user needs
  • Understanding the relative strengths/weaknesses to structured and unstructured data Providing AI solutions that work on technical, ethical and legal layers
  • Documenting user needs in relation to data and information structures
  • Determining the optimal use of software technologies to provide solutions that consider system data quality and user information needs

 
By the end of the course, the student will be able to add a significant amount of project work to a portfolio, with an emphasis on both data science and information science. The project to be worked on in the course will use real-world data and, if available, client project work that can be shared.
 
The course will also include day trips to business client sites, tours of the local area given by residents, visits to cultural and academic locations, including planned interactions with local university faculty and students.

 

LOCATION

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Sites

Vienna, Austria

Housing

There are numerous pensions (small hotels) within the city limits that provide easy access to Vienna's subway system and are located near the company where we plan to do work, as well as close to the University of Vienna. The small hotels that we've identified so far can be paid in advance with a credit card.

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

None. None.

Credits

6 UW Quarter Credits

Courses

INFO 497: Semantic AI: Building Cognitive Artificial Intelligence Solutions for Today's Enterprise (6 credits)

This course will explore the growing connection between traditional semantic methodologies for creating taxonomies and ontologies and the latest artificial intelligence and natural language processing technologies used to build enterprise systems. Through the use of hands-on experiences with semantic software and client projects, along with the participation of faculty from Vienna University and commercial software provider Semantic Web Company, students from both MLIS and MSIM programs will learn the latest methods and practices in developing artificial intelligence and natural language processing to enhance traditionally-developed controlled vocabularies and metadata schemas.

Learning goals include:
Understand how to use a hybrid approach of semantic and business AI to meet user needs for a project Demonstrate the relative strengths/weaknesses to structured and unstructured data Develop AI solutions that work on technical, ethical and legal layers Document user needs in relation to data and information structures Determine the optimal use of software technologies to provide solutions that consider system data quality and user information needs

 



 

 


 

 


 

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Michael Doane
Lecturer, Information School


mtd@uw.edu

Richard Sturman
Lecturer, Information School


rsturman@uw.edu

 

 

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket)
  • Food 
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: July 12, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

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Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.