Great minds

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They say “great minds think alike”. In my opinion, great minds do not always share the same opinions, doubtless the fact that they really think. Last week at the Ubi Summer Schoolin Oulu felt like a marathon of brains or an olympic training of our brain cells. Exhilarating, but exhausting! Which is why on Friday we were “flying on fumes” and on Saturday, after the final exam and the workshop presentations, we were crashing free, crying “mayday mayday!”

I don’t remember the last time I’ve worked so hard and intensively with such a great people. 8hrs a day, six days in a row. Every day we had a lecture in the morning, group work after and during lunch and presentations after that. The multidisciplinary of the people in our group was, in my opinion, a great asset to share knowledge and also question our theories and facts.

In the picture slideshow above I’ve included only few of the presentations from Saturday. Workshop D created a system that detects a person entering a room, which led the coffee maker to initialize coffee making. The other pictures are from our group, Workshop E, which was divided in three small working groups. Usually I’m observing and documenting everything through the lens of my camera, but this time I only has a small Canon Ixus with me and most of the time I gladly forgot it in my bag and concentrated in absorbing as much information as possible. My notebook is full with ideas!

Lastly, I’d like to give a special thanks to our  workshops professor Isabella Fortunati for the support, guiding and inspiring persona. Also I’d like to thank Johanna Ylipulli, Mika Oja and Jon Back from my working group. We rocked! *insert MC Hammer tune here*

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Seminaari Oulussa – 2nd International UBI Summer School 2011

Toukokuussa seminaari Oulussa! Vielä mahtuu mukaan! Minut voi myös laittaa tiedon välittäjäksi, tahtoo voittaa palkinnon! 😉
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Dates: May 23-28, 2011

Location: Oulu, Finland [map link]
Student enrollment: There are still few vacant seats in all workshops that are filled on “first come first served” basis. Prospective students apply by submitting an application form for approval.

Registration fee: 300 EUR (at most, final registration fee may be lower depending on the amount of sponsorship money we manage to raise)

Hox! Applicants, be sure to join our Facebook page, latest info will always be posted there.
NEW: Student referral contest
Tell a friend! We’ve launched a student referral contest, open for all students who have already applied for a seat in the summer school.

Here’s the deal: spread the word about the summer school to your friends and colleagues, have them mark YOU as the person who referred them to apply (there’s now a field in the application form), and win a handsome prize! The student with most accepted referred students will claim a surprise reward at one of the (many) parties during the summer school.

We don’t know what the prize is just yet, but trust as, it’ll be good 🙂

So get to referring!

The 2nd International UBI Summer School 2011 will be held in Oulu, Finland, on May 23-28, 2011. The purpose of the summer school is to provide young researchers with an opportunity to gain hands on experience and insight on selected topics on the multidisciplinary fields of ubiquitous and urban computing under the tutelage of distinguished experts.

The summer school builds on the highly successful legacy of the 1st International UBI Summer School 2010held in Oulu on May 31 – June 4, 2010. It comprised of six parallel workshops that enrolled 72 students from 20 countries.

The 2011 summer school comprises of five four parallel workshops:

Up to 16 students will be enrolled to each workshop in two phases:

CLOSED 1. Open international call with application deadline on March 15, 2011. Each prospective student has to submit an application. Selected students will be notified by March 22, 2011, and they have to confirm their enrollment via registration by March 31, 2011 (including payment of registration fee).

2. Filling of any remaining vacant seats on “first come first served” basis. Prospective students apply by submitting an application form for approval.

Status of student enrollment on March 16: There are few vacant seats in all four workshops. If you are interested in attending the summer school, please submit your application for approval.