原创 2017-11-13 UMassAmherstECE
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Master Program (ECE) by University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University went into the enterprise for the first time. On Thursday night, November 9th, at PwC Innovation Center, located in Xin Tian Di ─ one of Shanghai’s Fashion landmarks, practitioners or followers for Internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) gathered together to listen to the seniors’ and experts’ essential understanding on those two topics.
On UMass Global Tech Open Day, the topic sharing on Internet of Things (IoT) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) was hosted by Ms. Mila, Asia Market Manager of UMass Global Office. Director of PwC Innovation Centre, Ms. Rong Lin gave a welcome speech first: She mentioned PwC’s continuous emphasis on the importance of innovation and technology. The Innovation Centre is designed to focus on current hot and the future promising trend of big data, AI, cyber security, IoT and other high-tech fields, while supporting a number of start-ups with potentialities and talented young entrepreneurs, and acting as an incubator for qualified high-tech projects.
上海交通大学海外教育学院副院长谷丰来（Tom Gu）博士给我们提供了“活到老，学到老”的鲜活个例，因为他最近开始了自己心仪已久的第二个博士课程。在当晚的分享中，他枚举了AI的各种应用如无店员商店Amazon Go、人工智能和医学Watson，并就AI与人们的失业、AI会不会毁灭整个人类社会进行了探讨。
Vice Dean of Overseas Education College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr. Fenglai Gu (Tom Gu) showed us his living example of “Live and learn” by initiating his second doctoral program on the subject which he has been interested in for a long time. During the night, he enumerated a variety of applications of artificial intelligence (AI) such as stores without clerk ─ Amazon Go, AI in healthcare like Watson. He also discussed the problems after AI, such as the unemployment in the near future and whether AI will destroy the whole human society.
Dr. Gu is full of confidence in the ECE Master Program launched by the two worldly renowned universities and he believes that it will become one of those excellent educational programs in Shanghai. Therefore, he strongly encourages everyone to enroll and participate in the program in future.
作为UMass与上海交通大学双料资深校友，车联联盟（CCC: Car Connectivity Consortium）中国/亚太区副总裁傅世雄先生就自己所处行业作了分享。他以CASE为汽车行业的发展趋势定调：
As an aluminum of UMass and SJTU, Vice President in Asia Pacific Region of Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), Mr. Fu Shixiong (Dennis) shared his thoughts on his working industry. He took CASE (Connectivity, Autonomous, Sharing, Electric) as the development trend of the automotive industry's tone:
- Intelligent car connectivity has experienced the rapid development over the past few years and will still be soaring in future, which include infotainment system, information security, wireless connection with smart phones, sensors, etc.;
- Information security in autonomous driving, GPS navigation system;
- Vehicle sharing appeared in metropolitans like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, which were driven derivatively by sharing bike like Mobike who solving the last kilometer travelling problem;
- Electric vehicles: China, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and other countries have decided to gradually abolish fuel vehicles from the national planning level in 2025 for example, in order to promote zero emissions, zero pollution, green travelling.
With the dual push of AI and IoT, OEMs, suppliers and Internet companies will offer various employment opportunities. He enlisted lots of possible companies and job opportunities for ECE graduates.
UMass aluminum, Founder & CEO of Shanghai AgentTech, Dr. Yang Li (Leo) briefly introduced his educational background and his professional career and gave a speech on “Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things”. It was like an illiteracy eliminating one which showing us the basic knowledge on AI and IoT, such as the meanings of AI, its essence of finding the common features, concept/relation/predicate as 3 key elements. AI and IoT are closely binded together.
博西家用电器集团（BSH）工业4.0/智能制造及RGC自动化负责人Marijn Ten Wolde先生一BSH的数字化变革为主题，向大家介绍了自己的公司（成立于1967年的博世-西门子合资公司），对物联网和工业4.0作了基本阐述，中国数字化变革之缘由，物联网如何改变了BSH的商业模式，对工作方法的深远影响以及当今的学生如何去付诸行动。
Mr. Marijn Ten Wolde, Head of Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing & Automation RGC at BSH Home Appliances Group gave a speech on digitalization by BSH. He introduced his company ─ a joint-venture by Borsch and Siemens, talked about IoT and Industry 4.0, showed the reasons on digitalization in China, how IoT/Connectivity changed BSH’s business model, how it changed the way we work and how the students could contribute.
He also showed successful professional experience by a UMass ECE student in IoT contribution at BSH and encouraged more students to have internship or work at BSH.
Director of Market Development, APAC, Umass Amherst Global, Ms. Yanci Ma (Christy) then showed several video clips to present this prestigious university who has a history of 154 years. She also gave some strong ranking numbers to show its notoriety, such as Top 27 among 700 American public universities, Top 20 in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Top 8 in Artificial Intelligence. The students will spend 2 evenings per week to study in the high-tech classroom during 16 months, which ensures participants’ full-time job in daytime. They will eventually get the same master diploma as those American students. The school successfully signed cooperation agreement with some Top 500 companies like Amazon, Microsoft, which provides the possibility for students’ internship in those companies according to their personal requirements.
Christy pointed out that the very first class for the ECE program was launched in August this year and the students will spend 3 weeks at the beautiful UMass Amherst’s Campus in Boston next summer to experience the colorful university life with local American students. She mentioned of the help of the teaching assistant during the class, showed the audience the high-tech classroom video clip and let the audience use some digital pens.
Tony Tan is a current student of ECE master program in 2017. He is now a senior software engineer at Medtronic Technology Center in China. He has accumulated nearly 20 years of software engineering experience and once worked in Intel Software Center for nearly 4 years.
Tony has a strong interest in the fields of electronics and IoT in his daily life. Another attractive fact is that he doesn't need to quit his full-time job to get his master's degree. He reviewed his mental journey of choosing ECE program at that time. He also shared with the audience his feeling about the ECE courses after a few months’ study. He thought that the professors are very professional and very patient. They tended to use heuristic teaching methods by encouraging students to think by themselves and participate in class interaction. It was really beneficial for him during the class. The knowledge taught was very practical and he could soon learn to use them in his daily work. He was very grateful for the excellent organization of the program by all the staff as well.
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