Virtual Intern Program

The Empathic Computing Laboratory (ECL) is excited to announce the launch of its Virtual Intern Program (VIP). In the past the ECL has hosted interns from around the world who worked on a number of exciting Empathic Computing projects. However, due to COVID-19 travel and campus access restrictions, this is currently not possible. So the VIP program will allow excellent students from around the world to have an internship with the ECL, while remaining in their home country.


Internship will be for either 3 or 6 months and will be conducted on a range of different projects related to Empathic Computing such as:

  • Using AR and VR for remote collaboration
  • Measuring emotion from EEG and physiological sensing
  • Exploring how sharing gesture and gaze cues improves collaboration
  • Using machine learning to recognize emotion from physiological cues
  • Developing AR/VR experiences that respond to emotional state
  • Using computer vision to capture and share a person’s surroundings
  • Measuring brain synchronisation in collaborative AR/VR experiences
  • Using AR/VR for intelligent tutoring and training
  • Developing sensor hardware and systems for measuring emotion
  • And many more..


We are looking for current undergraduate or postgraduate university students interested in these areas and Empathic Computing in general, who have the skills to make a meaningful contribution to these projects.


As a VIP intern you will work closely with staff and students of the ECL, having weekly meetings, sharing code, analysing data, working on research papers and providing input into the user studies conducted. You will be considered a full member of the ECL, even though you will be working remotely. The expectation is that you would be able to commit at least 10 hours a week to the project, or more if possible.


The VIP program provides the following benefits:

  • Access to ECL hardware and software
  • Name, photo and bio on the ECL website
  • Name on at least one submitted academic publication
  • Working closely with leading Empathic Computing faculty and students
  • Assistance with application to future postgraduate study in the ECL (if desired)
  • Future travel support to visit the ECL to present the project (when possible)
  • Letter of recommendation


In many cases, this internship work could count for the course or thesis credits at your home institution, and we would be happy to support ongoing collaboration after the internship ends.

Note that the internships are currently unpaid due to the difficulty of creating international contracts.

You can download the projects list and apply if you are interested.

Applications for the March 2024 Intake will close on March 16, 2024 AoE, with internships starting from End-March 2024 onwards.