UIUC Summer School

Sep 20

From July 21st to August 11th, 14 students from our freshman to junior college went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to exchange and study. The project includes several courses in informatics, including artificial intelligence, control systems, network analysis and other courses, as well as some activities organized by UIUC to understand the local customs of the school and the United States. In the short 21 days of exchanges, we not only experience the curriculum style and learning atmosphere in the United States, but also have a basic knowledge about some areas concerned information science.

In the next two days, UIUC arranged the introduction of campus and other activities. We are also guided to register and complete the campus card used at school. During the visit, we visited various buildings of UIUC, including libraries, teaching buildings, laboratories, etc. At the same time, we also learned at the briefing that UIUC has a strong research academic background in science and engineering, business and other fields, cultivating a large number of big experts. Since this is a summer vacation, there are not many students in the school, and the whole school is quiet and academic. It can be seen from the two days of visits and introductions that UIUC is one of the top American research universities in science and engineering. We are also interested in and expecting the following courses.

After a few days of familiarity with the campus, the formal courses began. According to different choices for each person, we went to various classes according to different time periods. Prof. Svetlana Lazebnik, given "Artificial Intelligence" class, introduced the development and application of artificial intelligence, such as search algorithms and game games, in this week's class. Prof. Jana Diesner, given "Network Analysis" class, vividly and interestingly describes the various concepts of the network through various examples. In order to consolidate the classroom knowledge, the teachers also arranged homework assignments. It is certain that through this stage of careful listening and timely completion of the homework, we can have a better understanding of the knowledge in these areas and apply it to later learning and research.

After four days of study, UIUC arranged a trip to Springfield for us on Saturday. We visited the Illinois State Capitol, the Lincoln Museum, and the home and cemetery of President Lincoln in Illinois. Throughout the visit, staff members introduced us to the relevant historical knowledge of various attractions, which gave us a deeper understanding and respect for the president. At the same time, this day's tour also allowed us to further experience the local community culture in the United States.

On the last two days of Illinois, we were actively preparing for the final examination. Each course is evaluated in a different way. Artificial intelligence is a small test plus a thinking problem. Social networks perform a group assignment to analyze and display a data set. Each group's topic selection is very unique and interesting, and the reply is always the Eight Immortals crossing the sea. Finally, every student is very rewarding. Such course assignments are also available in Zhejiang University, and the performance of the students is also very positive.

On the last day of University of Illinois, the students dressed in formal clothes and participated in the lunch. Lunch was very rich. Everyone sat with the teachers in the class and enjoyed the food. Matt hosted the entire lunch, expressing our vision for the project, and our representatives and NASA representatives came to the stage to express their gratitude to all the teachers, to express our gratitude for the friendship of friends and landlords and to express our good impression of the University of Illinois.

Last week we visited Washington and New York, went to Columbia University, visited libraries and classrooms, and yearned for the famous Ivy League college. We visited the Metropolitan Museum of America and got a lot of cultural and artistic edification. We traced back a lot of history.

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