Research summer internships for students - UROP Internships

The Faculty of Informatics encourages and promotes the talent of its Bachelor and Master students by offering them summer internships in academic research within the programme Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program - UROP.

Internships are extracurricular and access is on a competitive basis. Students work one-on-one with an advisor to develop a deeper understanding of both the concepts taught during the semester and of the research topic. Students that are considering continuing in academia should seriously consider applying for a UROP position.

All research opportunities for this year are listed below (information available in English only).

Summer 2020 UROP Internship Project Proposals

Click here for the detailed descriptions of the UROP internship projects listed below.


Project Description Mentors / Sponsors  
Analyzing Missed Optimization Opportunities in Dynamic Compilers Prof. Walter Binder, Dr. Andrea Rosà    
Profiling and Analyzing Contention in Parallel Applications Prof. Walter Binder, Dr. Andrea Rosà  
Visualizing a Digital Library Interface Prof. Fabio Crestani  

Python front-end for Utopia, a C++ library for parallel scientific computing

Prof. Rolf Krause, Dr. Patrick Zulian, Alena Kopanicakova  
Contract-aware test-case generation Prof. Carlo A. Furia, Dr. Andrea Mocci  
Automatic Pest Insect Image Classification Prof. Cesare Alippi, Dr. Alberto Ferrante  
An Improved Ear-Training Application for Musicians Dr. Roberto Minelli  
Luce Research Lab Prof. Matthias Hauswirth  
Sensor-Based Personal Assistant to Promote Self-Learners’ Engagement Prof. Silvia Santini, Elena Di Lascio, Shkurta Gashi  
Laughter Recognition Using Earbuds Prof. Silvia Santini, Elena Di Lascio, Shkurta Gashi  
Developing an Interactive Tool to Allow Human Control in MLS Testing Prof. Paolo Tonella, Michael Weiss  
Mutation Testing of Deep Drone Prof. Paolo Tonella, Dr. Gunel Jahangirova, Nargiz Humbatova  
Oracle Improvement for Self-Driving Cars Prof. Paolo Tonella, Dr. Gunel Jahangirova  
Repairing Self-Driving Cars Autopilots Prof. Paolo Tonella, Dr. Andrea Stocco  
What Self Driving Car Simulator Should I Use? A Comparative Study Prof. Paolo Tonella, Dr. Andrea Stocco, Dr. Vincenzo Riccio  
Federated Learning of Human Mobility Prof. Marc Langheinrich  
Physiological Synchrony and its Effects on Recall in Peer Meetings Prof. Marc Langheinrich, Matias Laporte  
A new revolutionary product and its commercialization Prof. Fabio Crestani  
Graph Series Analysis of Connected Systems with Geometric Deep Learning Prof. Rolf Krause, Prof. Alessandro Lomi  
Analysis of Image Quality Perception from Brain Waves Prof. Piotr Didyk, Dr. Okan Tursun  
Massively parallel power grid computations Prof. Olaf Schenk, Juraj Kardos  

In general, if you are interested in working in a specific research group, even one not mentioned above, please contact the corresponding professor directly.


Eligibility and Application Deadline

  • USI Informatics Bachelor or Master student
  • Directly contact a project's mentor to apply (see names above)
  • Application deadline: Tuesday, 25 February 2020 (by the deadline you should already agree with the project's mentor) - send your application to


Acceptance and Funding

  • Funded by the Faculty of Informatics
  • Only a limited number of grants available
  • Acceptance is competitive
  • Decision is taken by the Dean


Duration and Dates of Internship

  • Roughly 2 months
  • Start after exam period (~ July 1st)
  • End before recovery exam period (~ August 31)