Personal study trip to China

The past two months we have been preparing for our study trip to the US. It’s about a space design project and we are going to Huston to visit Nasa space center. We filled in our applications, wrote a lot of emails for materials we need, skipped our courses and travelled all the way to Stockholm for visa interviewing. Unfortunately, almost all the Asian students got rejected. Things became more and more complicated and we didn’t work it out. Finally the class had to leave without us.

This is so bad.

What could be worse is that I lose my motivation for the project and screw it up at the end.

We had to plan something on ourselves in these two weeks and try to follow what would happen in the class in USA at the same time. Therefore, I cleared my mind, made a new plan, talked to our professors about it. Now, I am going to China to visit the space museums and some space exhibitions in these two weeks. The school will support me financially, same as all other students.

Life is hard. We need to get around 🙂

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Exams’ week

Hey guys,

Exams are approaching and everyone is a bit stressed.

We usually have a week without classes right before the exams in order to study, so it is a good idea to plan ahead and maybe create a schedule to organize which chapters and exercises you’re doing.

When I have enough time I like to read all the book chapters again while keeping notes of all the important information.  Then I read the lecture notes and fill in whatever is missing from my summary.

I know that most of the courses in Embedded Systems have seminars (exercise sessions), and redoing all of them is very useful.

There are quite a lot study rooms at the E-building, so arranging a study session with your classmates is an option.

It is also worth mentioning that it can be quite frustrating to just study all day long for more than a week. Taking breaks is also important to keep you motivated and focused!

Good luck to us all,

-Lais.

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SUDes Goes to Sichuan, China!

Hey hey!

I’ll have to be ‘brief’ because I’m jetlagged to death. From October 6-15th, SUDes 2nd years were in Chengdu, Sichuan, China for a collaborative workshop with students from Southwest Jiaotong University. As well as being an amazing work opportunity, it was an incredible experience on its own. The biggest pro for the trip, however, is that it was essentially free. That’s right, SUDes PAYS FOR IT! =D  (Well, university and foundation funding covers the flights, some travel, and accommodation…)

Taking a break from the rain at Dujiangyan Panda Valley

The basic itinerary was overnight 18hrs of flight from Copenhagen-Stockholm-Beijing-Chengdu arriving on Saturday. Sunday we were put into work groups and met our Chinese host students, who took their groups to various places. My group, for example, went to Wuhou Temple, Jinli, and the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.

Monday was the full-class site visit to the project site in Dujiangyan, a nearby city that is famous for its 2200+ year old irrigation system that affects the whole of Sichuan and downstream regions. The site is a large district with rivers to the north and south that covers well over 330,000 square metres. As well as this, we visited the old town and some historic structures. Tuesday was when the real work began, with the workshop being an intensive three-day competition that culminated in being ready to print a little after midnight on the end of Thursday. Evenings were spent around Chengdu, lunches were at the surprisingly diverse and delicious restaurants on campus. Friday, of course, was presentation day and by the end of the afternoon there were three winners.

That left Saturday as our only remaining free day, and many of us used it to visit Dujiangyan again. The city, as said before, is famous for many things. The first thing I did that day was to visit the Panda Valley at Dujiangyan, a little out of the city set into the mountains. After this, we went back to the old city and into the scenic park region. Dujiangyan is known for its connection to the roots of Taoism and the surrounding mountains are covered with temples and pagodas amongst the forests. The crowning jewel of these is Erwang Temple, which had closed early by the time I got to it, though the most visible is Mt. Yulei Pavilion, a tall pagoda structure that rises above the forest is visible from afar which I did manage to climb. Sunday, of course, was 22 hours of travel back to Lund.

Yuleishan Park Gate, Dujiangyan, with Mt. Yulei Pavilion rising in the background

A future post might arrive with more photos and thoughts. The trip was amazing. SUDes has been going to China with costs covered for many many years and it is something to look forward to when you become part of the course. It was a great experience and it was even better shared with classmates and friends, both old and new. For now, I will return to regularly scheduled classes.

Joe x

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International Day for Disaster Reduction

Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. Held annually on October 13th, this day aims to promote a culture of reducing disaster risks and raising awareness globally. On this day, we celebrate how communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters.

The theme for the 2017 campaign is Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement.

Photo credit: United Nations

Best wishes to all Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation master’s students!

Irma

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Master Thesis Presentations

During the last two weeks I was attending master thesis presentations, both Architecture and Sustainable Urban Design ones. Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t do that last year, but it was a huge mistake. Following the conversation between the student and the examiners gives much more rather than just seeing the posters on exhibition, because it teaches you to have good arguments for whatever you propose. And of course, if you are just planning to apply for this school programme then master thesis presentations period is the right moment to visit. Next time we’ll have it at the beginning of February, so save the date!

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Happy Kannelbullens dag!

In case you didn’t know, kannelbulle is a cinnamon bun. Yes, cinnamon buns! …And yes, in Sweden there is a whole day dedicated to them – the 4th of October! 🙂 How about that?

Cinnamon buns are something very special in Sweden, they are adored by a lot of people and a traditional pastry to be served at fika. This Swedish word ‘fika’ is also special and unique. Fika means taking a break and drinking a coffee/tea with some pastry while taking some time for yourself or hanging around with your friends. Well in the spirit of Kannelbullens dag, I decided to learn the recipe and make some. It was a fun experience!

Even with all the projects going on currently, there is always time for fika!

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About being on time

LU is a university with a lot of international students. Group work with students from different culture is very common. It’s important to understand that being on time can be different for people from different culture.

In China when we say our course at 8:00, students will show up before 8:00 and the course will start exactly at 8:00. The first semester in school here, I always manage to get to our class on time or slightly earlier. But the courses normally start later than it should be. Finally I figured out that normally, courses start 15 minutes later than what is said on time editor.

We talked about being on time in different cultures on our Swedish course. In Sweden, people are strict but not that strict about being on time. Being late within 10 minutes is totally fine. Some students said people in their countries are very relaxed with time. It’s possible that an invitation says the dinner starts at 4:00 pm and guests show up 2 hours later.

It’s an interesting detail and a good thing to know. You don’t want to be upset waiting for someone or make your teammate upset waiting for you.

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My Corridor

Hallo everyone
Today i want to tell you about my corridor, I live in Delphi NB Building to be specific, Where i have my own room and bathroom with a shared kitchen with my corridor mates. There are different accommodation in Lund.
The kitchen and living room is where we share our thoughts,play board games,  watch movies together, do weird dance moves and sing our soul out. You can basically go crazy and you will always find someone who shares the same thing.
last Friday we had our sitting where we cooked together Mexican food and sang together Swedish and our childhood songs.
The fun thing about the corridor life, you will always learn something new – something different, and after a long day at school you will be there with beautiful people to share your day.Here is a picture of our Mexican food day

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MATLAB is your best friend

At the beginning of my second year in the Wireless Communications master program, I must say MATLAB is a very powerful computing environment and easy to use tool in order to simulate, analyze and understand multiple tasks.

This term I am working on a project in Wireless Communications where we should transfer data from one laptop using its speakers and receive it through the second laptop’s microphone. Off course the required system must be done using MATLAB.

The second course is one of the hottest topics in Telecom right now (even know it’s not new) is MIMO systems, we also have multiple assignments where we should analyze and investigate many measured data and compare it with the theoretical results using MATLAB also.

The third course is signal separation (independent component analysis), here the project tasks is to compress a picture and separate 2 acoustic signals, MATLAB is the tool here again.

With all this pressure I would say the most important things in my life in Descending order right now are:
1. MATLAB
2. Coffee
3. Teamwork i.e. sitting with people that have the same as your suffering and keep talking about it

Sunday evening teamwork (the guy on the left is still alive and coding)

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Cadence Lab

Hey guys,

My post today is directed to our future electronic engineering students.

If you decide to join us in this crazy adventure (crazy is the word since you will feel you’re going out of your mind sometimes, but it is worth it…..at least so I’ve heard ;D) , you will spend a lot of hours, daily, in the Cadence Lab room.

Located on the second floor of the E-building, Cadence lab is where we, embedded systems students, have lab sessions on Digital and Analog IC design, AD-DA converters as well as the IC project.

For now, the number of habitants/m² (people that basically live in the lab) is still low, so far we only have some tourists that come by to visit during obligatory lab sessions. This rate tends to increase once the spring semester kicks in and the IC projects begin. By this time, the competition over free computers begin.

Believe me, the struggle is real. Some simulations take quite a long time to run, so it may happen that you leave it working overnight and when you get there in the morning…. someone has “stolen” your computer. So here goes some techniques proven useful in the past:

– taking turns with your partner so someone is always there holding the spot;

– leaving a note saying “Do not restart, simulation running” (this may work a couple of times, but it is not 100% guaranteed);

– beg your friends that are staying in the lab to protect your spot :).

Some people even eat lunch in the lab (which is not the best to your colleagues when you bring food with strong smell), so it almost feels like home ^^.

 

But cheer up guys, you won’t be the only one stuck in there! Take a break, enjoy a fika, and #keepworking.

 

-Lais.

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