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International Days at KU Leuven 2018
March 12, 2018 - March 16, 2018
“International = Digital?” – The International Days 2018
Like in previous years, students, lecturers, and academic staff from FH Dortmund took part in the International Days (12th-16th March, 2018) at the KU Leuven Technology Campus De Nayer in Belgium. This event organized by KU Leuven and Thomas More University of Applied Sciences features lectures, presentations, and workshops focusing on Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship. Following this year’s theme “International = Digital?” topics like trends in the mobile radio technology, big data, AI and autonomous robots, augmented reality, as well as new technologies for the automobile industry were presented. Speakers from countries like Belgium, China, Germany, Greece, Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey, the UK, Ukraine, and the United States took part in this event. For the students from FH Dortmund, besides the lectures, a special workshop programme was organized.
For the students, the week started with the lecture “State-of-the-Art Computer Vision and Image Interpretation Techniques to be used in a Mechatronic System”, combined with a practical exercise with Raspberry Pi on face recognition. On Tuesday, they participated in the lecture “Introduction to VHDL & Combinatorial Circuits on an FPGA” and in the practical exercise “Sequential Circuits & System on Chip Design on an FPGA“. On Wednesday they visited the lecture “Motor Management and Chip Tuning”, which included a guided tour through the Test Center for Automotive Technology.
On Thursday, the lectures “Natural Language Processing – NLP – Speech and Text Analytics”, and “Avatars Virtual Agent & Bots“ took place, the latter examining the creation and working process of AIs. Also, the students were able to gain first knowledge on programming in Python during the course “Python on Raspberry Pi”. On Friday, the event concluded with a presentation of the Product Certification Center (PCC) and an introduction into the field of Electromagnetic Compatibility.
KU Leuven not only created a broad academic programme, but also offered a wide variety of social events. On Sunday, students from FH Dortmund were welcomed by Peter Arras, professor at KU Leuven, and were guided through downtown Mechelen were they could enjoy its unique cultural atmosphere. On Monday, they were invited by students from KU Leuven, Campus De Nayer, to join their Cantus, a typical Belgian student evening. For the lecturers and academic staff, different guided city walks through Lier and large networking events were offered.
The International Days at the Technology Campus De Nayer offered students the opportunity to visit lectures by experts from all over the world and to get into contact with different concepts of teaching, enabling them to see their own academic as well as professional development from a different angle. Some were even encouraged to study for a semester abroad at KU Leuven.