The Software & Application Innovation Lab (SAIL) at the Hariri Institute for Computing is a professional research, software engineering, and consulting lab that acts as both a driver and a collaborative partner for computational and data-oriented research efforts across Boston University.
Ongoing projects focus on a wide range of topics and technologies, from developing and deploying novel cybersecurity applications, to applying scalable computing and machine learning techniques to large corpora, to solving record linkage problems for public health and economics applications, to building production-quality web services and mobile apps that enable research in areas such as electronic health and synthetic biology, to prototyping and deploying smart-city services and platforms.
SAIL is committed to promoting innovation, best practices, and open source models within the research community. SAIL will learn and help teach new technologies and techniques as determined by the needs of any given project.
Across Boston University, the quality and the potential impact of research activities (as well as the success of both students and researchers) are increasingly dependent on the ability to work with data and computational approaches, the development of quality software applications and services, and familiarity with software development practices.
SAIL activities include basic and applied research, prototype and production-quality software application development, consultations, project and budget planning guidance, and other forms of support for projects and research efforts funded by the Hariri Research Awards, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies. SAIL has worked with over 60 collaborators across 12 schools at Boston University; several examples are described briefly below.
If you are seeking other forms of support (including seed funding) for a research effort that requires computational science expertise or software engineering resources, you may also want to consider the Hariri Research Award program.
SAIL is often seeking full-time professional software engineers. See current opportunities to apply for a full-time position.
SAIL offers paid internship opportunities for BU undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining experience working in a professional software development environment situated in a research university context. We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2021 SAIL Internship. Applications for the Summer 2022 SAIL Internship will open in Fall 2021.
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