Thursday, May 23, 2013

Our day started with a visit to Microsoft Research Asia (MRSA), in which we explored new technologies and ideas through interaction and play. After being fully immersed in touch screens and high tech cameras, we were able to talk to a few of the interns face-to-face. Many of our students enjoyed talking about research, Beijing, and personal thoughts. MRSA was a great host and we are extremely thankful for such a unique opportunity.
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Our day started with a visit to Microsoft Research Asia (MRSA), in which we explored new technologies and ideas through interaction and play. After being fully immersed in touch screens and high tech cameras, we were able to talk to a few of the interns face-to-face. Many of our students enjoyed talking about research, Beijing, and personal thoughts. MRSA was a great host and we are extremely thankful for such a unique opportunity.

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The next stop of our day was at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). Here we learned about new advancements in radio waves, fiber optic cables, and holograms. We were shown many of their laboratories and had a sit down meeting with professors and graduate students. Questions were encouraged from both parties about college life, academic opportunities, and departmental preferences. They later took us out for a fantastic Chinese-American style dinner; it was very interesting to see the Chinese version of sausage and eggs. They were very generous and great hosts.

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To end the night we took a trip through the Beijing subway system, which is surprisingly easy to navigate. After a humorous and brief split-up, we were able to rejoin together and visit a touristy part of town. There was dancing, hackie sack (with a shuttle cock instead of a beanbag), and restaurants everywhere. Culture in China is so vibrant and live, we never have to search for something new.

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