COVID-19 – Mobile phone based passport applications (available)

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Project Description

We have all been affected by COVID19. Amongst the main driving forces for reopening international borders and enabling traveling is the existence of COVID19 immunity passports. However, there are serious considerations around the overall trust, security, privacy but also ethical dimensions of such proposals. This project aims to take into account the views of all interested parties in order to propose an overall infrastructure that will create a secure, reliable, ethical, and privacy preserving system that will enable the provision and access of the passport via a mobile device. The innovation should be cost effective, promote public health, secure and enable domestic and international travel. The theoretical design will have to be supported by a demonstrator including the back office systems and front end mobile phone applications.

The respective UROP recipient will be pivotal in shaping the scope of this project and lead the research activities in collaboration with the ISG-SCC team.

Required Technical Skills

ISG-SCC value the enthusiasm and commitment significantly and considers technical skills as an acquirable skill during the internship. However, basic understand and knowledge of mobile phone application development, cybersecurity, ethics will be desirable.

What will you gain during UROP?

During this internship, the objective of the ISG-SCC is to make sure that you develop your independent research and development skills and enhance your skills on a) presenting the project’s progress, b) keeping in line with time management, b) research methods, c) technical writing skills for project outcomes and d) problem identification and solving.

ISG-SCC Track Record

ISG-SCC has successfully run the UROP for the last two years. The success of the previous two years has produced a patent application (under review by patent office) and commercial demo (MVP) under development, and five research papers. Corresponding undergraduate students are named as first authors on the papers and co-inventor on the patent application. Research papers by undergraduate students have won one ‘best student paper award’, featured in a news article on Medium and being pivotal for a World Economic Forum’s project for anti-corruption project. The ethos of ISG-SCC is that undergraduate students have the talent and imagination to sort out unique and innovative solutions. They just need guidance from established researchers, and this is what ISG-SCC will provide during the UROP.