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International Days at KU Leuven 2017
March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund was invited to attend a two-day workshop followed by an International Week in KU Leuven, the International Days 2017 at Technology Campus De Nayer, from the 13th till the 17th of March 2017. Students from Master Embedded Systems for Mechatronics, European Master in Project Management and the Master in Computer Science Programs (22 in total) participated in this event.
On the first day of the two-day workshop, March 13th, the students attended a workshop given by Prof. Dirk Van Merode, which included Advanced PCB design, VHDL-FPGA and the tools from Xilinx, and ARM Cortex M7 on STM Discovery. The students were given a tour on Campus and its laboratories, and were introduced to the different research projects currently held there. Afterwards, they were invited to attend a cultural event, a so-called cantus, which is typical for Belgium and was organized by the KU Leuven student fraternities. The Cantus mainly involves singing and drinking beer; the songs are from a book called the Codex, which contains anthems, and hundreds of songs in different languages, such as Dutch, French, German, etc. This experience was new to our international students and was very well accepted and enjoyed. On Tuesday, March 14th, Prof. Toon Goedemé gave a workshop in Face Detection and Object Tracking, which was later followed by a practical session in face detection using the Raspberry pi. In the evening, a guided tour through Mechelen was given by Prof. Peter Arras, which the students very much enjoyed.
On Wednesday, the International Days started. Speakers with expertise in different areas, technological and non-technological, like communication skills and innovation came from different parts of the world, like Portugal, Ukraine, United Kingdom. On this day, new trends in automotive industry were introduced, in addition to presenting the role of technology in the international leasing business. Followed by another lecture on the Revolutions in Artificial Intelligence. In the afternoon session, a lecture was given on Motor Management and Calibration, followed by a tour at the De Nayer Campus Test Center for Automotive Technology (ATC), where some tests were performed as a demonstration for the students.
Thursday started with a morning session on Python using Raspberry Pi. In the afternoon, sessions on Deep Learning and Deep Learning with Object Detection took place. Afterwards, the students were offered a guided tour in the Laboratoria De Nayer located on the Product Certification Center (PCC), where a wide range of multidisciplinary testing services are carried out, like Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), mechanical tests (vibration, shock,…), among others.
On Friday, a session on the problems and methods of technical and biomedical diagnosis was given, followed by a session on the potentials of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the opportunities and challenges that it poses. Afterwards, it was shown how to develop IoT applications based on the Raspberry Pi platform. Later that afternoon, students attended sessions in intercultural communication and innovation.
These sessions attended by the students of FH Dortmund belonged to a much broader offer of sessions at the International Week. This opportunity has given the students the chance to meet other students, researchers, and entrepreneurs with different expertise and to share their experiences and knowledge.