Publications of MIT-Spain students at IN3-UOC
The attached PDF contains a list with the publications and presentations co-authored by MIT-Spain students.
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MIT-Spain connects MIT students to professional internships and research with leading companies, universities and research institutes in Spain. The program is open to undergrads, graduate students and recent MIT alumni.
"The opportunity to do research with Professors at two institutions was a wonderful opportunity. The most valuable part of the internship was being able to network with other professors in Spain, publish a paper in a journal, and most importantly, staying in contact with them after the internship ended. This proved to be very beneficial because you can come to them next year and continue your work with them and contribute more. The fact is it isn't a 3 or 6 months experience, it is an experience that will be a part of you for the rest of your professional career. That's why this internship was valuable and dear to me."
Barry Barrios (2008 and 2011)
"...I have traditionally only attempted pursuing projects or ideas when I am fairly sure they are going to work. Working with these professors has been inspiring because they have demonstrated true commitment to their ideas, even in the face of discouragement from "experts". They have reminded me that most great scientific and technological advances were made in similar atmospheres of opposition, and that vision is still needed in today's academic community if we are to continue to make progress... Thank you for an excellent two months at the UOC and in Barcelona!"
Josh Hester (2009)
"I had a great time in Barcelona and Pamplona, and I enjoyed the work that I've done. I feel that during my research stage I have learned a lot about writing a good technical paper, and I have improved my presentation skills. Also, participating at an international conference and giving a talk there was a unique experience, for which I am very grateful. Now, at the end of the summer, I am happy that I've chosen this program, as I had a very rewarding the experience.”
Dragos Ionescu (2010)
“The internship abroad has had a significant impact on my life as it was an opportunity to both challenge myself both academically and socially in a global environment. Through the MISTI internship, I have been able to develop research experience in EECS, thus giving me insight into possible future careers, both in industry and academia. I have also acquired a more global mindset towards my future, as I become increasingly fascinated with the variety of cultures worldwide.”
Jorge Simosa (2010)
"...Hemos disfrutado mucho de los proyectos y también de los paseos. Esta experiencia nos ha ayudado a crecer, tanto como persona como en lo académico!"
Jorge Simosa & Dragos Ionescu (2010)
"...Through this experience I had the possibility to complete or acquire much knowledge in language and technical way. I made a lot of practice in use my Spanish in the work and also outside of the work. So now I completed my capacity in another language very useful like Spanish is. In the technical way I’m making a great experience because I have the possibility to work in a University where I’m helping in solving some interesting problematic and through this I fulfilled my informatics capacity. I was surrounded of persons very prepared and always ready to help me in all the different moments of my internship with advice and tips. Therefore I must give a positive feedback to all the experience where I’m stimulated to learn new things very useful in my future working life all around the World."
Federico Toscany Internship (2010).
“It’s been fun to see how research is done in the real world. I got to directly contribute towards a research paper, which was a very unique experience. Not only that, it was fun to learn about many of the various research projects that go on in the real world, and it allowed me to see that research is something that is very accessible if you have drive and creativity. My favorite part of this all was the practical attitude taken towards problem solving: if you have an idea, implement it, test it out and see how it fares! This internship has provided me with many great learning opportunities and has helped me grow as a person, both professionally and personally.”
Rodrigo Muñoz (2011)
“The IN3-UOC offered us the opportunity to work in Barcelona and grow professionally at the same time. We had interesting work, a motivated group of colleagues, and a positive atmosphere. Our supervisor, Angel Juan, engendered a feeling of community in the work environment and freedom in our work plans. Moreover, we experienced a new culture at the university. For me, the internship was invaluable.”
Karan Sagar (2011)
"I can say that the internship has totally met my expectations since I had a wonderful time in Barcelona. I’ve learned a lot of things about np-hard problems and heuristics that I will probably use later in my PhD studies. Even more interesting is that the IN3-UOC promotes valuable research collaborations among graduate students from different countries in the world. I really enjoyed this experience! I recommend it!"
"A minha experiência no IN3 foi fantástica. Para começar o edifício é fantástico e tem condições óptimas. Mas principalmente a oportunidade de fazer parte de um óptima equipa de trabalho, de ter contacto com outros investigadores, de diferentes países e puder partilhar experiências e conhecimentos foram sem dúvida as mais-valias desta nova experiência na minha vida". Andreia Monteiro
"The opportunity to work at IN3-HAROSA was an invaluable one. Not only did I manage to have time to visit many of the wonderful touristic attractions that Barcelona has to offer, but also I enjoyed my time working at the research institute. The work in itself was very interesting to me, as it showed me the other perspective of the work done on so-called NP-hard problems. Most of what I knew from it was the theoretical (and pessimistic) bounds of efficiency, while here the approach was more on solving real-life scenarios, practical problems almost reaching the optimum in even large cases. Such exposure has broadened my mind and helped me gain practical skills and work experience I would have hardly acquired anywhere else. Finally, I just want to add that the work environment was encouraging, fun, and flexible, allowing me to enjoy every day of my stay."
Cesar Cuenca (2012)
"Working with the IN3 was an amazing opportunity to spend the summer studying a technical field in Spain. Not only did I get the chance to see how research in Statistics/OR is done, I also met many incredible people and gained a new global perspective. I was able to challenge myself both research-wise and culturally, in a global context, and I can now better appreciate the nuances of different cultures. I learned a lot about my research topics as well, and the IN3 definitely provided a fun and productive environment for learning."
Rachel Luo (2012)
"I am a German master student in 'Logistics and Supply Chain Management' and I spend 3 months (June-Spetemper 2014) at the UOC in Barcelona to do an internship in logistics research with Prof. Angel Juan. Before my stay, I didn't have a clear idea of what to expect, as academic research was rather new for me. Thanks to the great support of Prof. Juan and his team, I adapted very fast to the new working environment.
I had very flexible working times, which suited me perfectly (as Barcelona in summer offers a lot more than just a nice office to work in of course). But my project was very interesting and I also got the opportunity to participate in further activities (e.g. the participation and voluntary work at the IFORS 2014, or JAVA-classes offered by a UOC-colleague), I didn't run out of interesting work all summer.
We are even hoping to publish a paper on my project in the following weeks, which is more than I hoped for before my stay in Barcelona. So I can say that I really had a unique and rewarding experience working with Prof. Juan and his team. The fact that I will return to write my Master-Thesis at the UOC should say it all."
Aljoscha Gruler (2014)
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