Name: Daniel Lemes Gribel
School: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIO), Brazil.
What are words you try to live by?
Once I read a Shakespeare quote, which says, “I’ve learned that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.” I really believe in this. Small daily things hold an immeasurable value.
What are you studying at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIO), and how have you applied your studies to your IBM internship?
I’m currently studying Information Systems, in which I’ve been able to apply these acquired skills in scientific projects I’ve been involved in for the IBM Research Center. My internship at the Center is an opportunity to improve my professional maturity and to apply the theoretical foundations learned in the academic context to situations that occur in reality. I especially applied the knowledge of programming, software engineering, algorithms and database modeling to my work at IBM.
I understand you’ve worked on a social sentiment project during the Confederations Cup. Can you tell me more about this?
One project that I have been working is #Ei, which has measured social sentiment in real time for the Brazil soccer team during the Confederations Cup in 2013. For the #Ei project, I worked as a software developer, developing a dashboard monitoring interface and creating information visualization for the matches. We dealt with large amounts of data from social media, so visual representation of the data was a key point in this project.
As part of the project, I also worked on a method to evidence the most relevant data and the co-relation between topics mentioned during the matches, such that we could better understand the perception of collective social sentiment.
In my point-of-view, the great potential of this project is that its approach can be used in a large variety of applications. For instance, we can understand what people are saying about a company brand or a public event.