Internships on data and societal issues

on the July 15, 2020

The Grenoble Alpes Data Institute launched an interdisciplinary call on ethical, environmental and societal practices and issues of data processing. The first internships present their projects.
Edwige De Colnet is a student at INSA Rennes in electronics and industrial computing. She began an internship at the GIPSA-Lab on an interdisciplinary project. She is under the supervision of Paolo Frasca (GIPSA-Lab), control scientist with a background in applied mathematics and Tommaso Venturini (Centre Internet et Société, CNRS Paris), social scientist and new media scholar.
Edwige is working on observing filter bubbles in online shopping. She began her data analysis work on data sets provided by CDiscount, which record received promotional messages and purchases made by groups of customers. Personalized algorithms based on previous behaviors are used to filter and recommend digital contents that will be send by email. The scientific objective is to highlight the effects of promotional messages on purchases and more specifically on the variety of purchased products. The hypothesis is that personalized promotional messages can reduce the diversity of purchases.

Types and numbers of purchases of IS target customers from 6/01/20 to 6/04/20

Julie Thieulin is a Master 2 student at the Université Grenoble Alpes in statistics and data science. She is working under the supervision of Rémy Drouilhet (LJK) on creating a tool to assist in the dissemination of information. After two humanitarian missions in Benin, with an association that intervenes in villages through medical and educational missions, Julie realized that their accessibility to information was very limited. They generate a lot of data such as information about each patient or pharmacy stocks but they don't have the means to exploit them. The scientific objective is thus to create an application that can be used by the association to collect and process data. Julie’s goal is to help this association to exploit data in order to improve the inhabitants’ health. This application can be used by other humanitarian associations.

Breakdown of pathologies by village and by gender

Florent Frasque is a Master 2 student at Sciences Po Grenoble in Political Sciences. He is involved in a research project focused on algorithmic justice (justice predictive), under the supervision of Laurence Dumoulin (Pacte, CNRS). This study fits into the works of the Algorithmic Society Chair, led by Gilles Bastin (Pacte, IEP).
The aim of the project is to analyze the discourses on algorithmic justice and understand how debates are framed in the public space. Florent is currently collecting data both on Twitter and in the media (press coverage) and processing it using quantitative (Iramuteq) and qualitative (Nvivo) tools. The methodology adopted is based on the complementarity of these methods and Florent plans to prepare a working paper devoted to that from a methodological and epistemological point of view.

Number of tweets sent per day about «predictive justice» over the period 2010-2019

Guillaume Charret is a student at ENSIMAG in engineering of information systems. He is working under the supervision of Françoise Berthoud (GRICAD) and Alexis Arnaud (GRICAD) on evaluating the  carbon footprint of the data storage services provided by GRICAD. This study follows another one supervised by Françoise Berthoud earlier this year about the environmental impact (greenhouse gas emissions) of computation services provided by GRICAD. It is motivated by the will to give users an estimation of their  greenhouse gas emissions as well as proposing a methodology to evaluate the carbon footprint  of data storage since there are no complet public studies on this field. On top of that, the scientific objective of this study is to make a life-cycle assessment of data-storage in order to identify some ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions  of such service.

credit: EduCarbon

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Published on November 16, 2020