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Seminar Meeting 2012.1.12

Seminar Meeting 2012.1.12

Overview

  • New Year’s Greetings from Professor Mitomo
  • Advice to thesis writers from 4th-semester students
  • Presentations: Hitomi and Thuy
  • Next up

New Year’s Greetings from Professor Mitomo

The professor welcomed students to the first seminar meeting of 2012, and wished everyone a productive new year. There were plenty of cookies to celebrate.

The fourth semester students all handed in their theses and now only have the oral presentation to go before they can finish. Well done everyone!

The professor described the process of the oral exam and reminded interviewees to especially focus on their contribution, and also bring an extra copy of their thesis in case some specific point needs to be discussed.

Advice to thesis writers from 4th-semester students

The fourth semester students had advice for the rest of the seminar class:

  • Start early and stay healthy, and you’ll finish just fine
  • Write down your structure, you’ll find out you have a lot less to write than you think
  • While writing, put in your references immediately, because you will not be able to remember them afterwards
  • Start your reading early

Presentations: Hitomi and Thuy

First semester students Hitomi and Thuy did their presentations today

Hitomi: Digital Divide in India

This presentation concerned the discrepancy between macro-level reporting on the digital divide in India, according to which the divide is narrowing, and micro-level observations, which show that the divide is getting wider.

In the discussion, the issues of digital divide definition, and the differences between a hypothesis and a research question were brought up.

Thuy: Leap-frogging as a way to combat the digital divide in Vietnam

The next presentation also concerned the digital divide, but from a different perspective. The main focus was on the advantages and disadvantages of using leap-frogging as a strategy for combating the digital divide.

The different definitions of digital divide were again brought up, and then the possible problems concerning the gathering of reliable data were discussed, as well as some potential solutions.

Next up

There might be a chance to visit the NTT DoCoMo showroom on February 2-3.

Next week, third semester students will make their final presentations for this semester.

Notes will be taken by Riyung.

Seminar Meeting 2011.9.29

Seminar Meeting 2011.9.29

In the first seminar class of the autumn semester for 2011 we welcomed three new students and set our plans for the semester to come.

  • Welcome new students!We have three new students join our seminar class this semester. Hitomi form Japan, Ren from Korea, and Thuy from Vietnam joined us on Thursday. Welcome ladies!
  • Introduction to the seminar classTo start off the class (our zemi), professor Mitomo explained the purpose of the seminar class. This semester we will be doing mostly student presentations.
  • PresentationsPresentations are usually about 10 minutes long. The slides should be in English, but the presentation can be either in English or Japanese. 3rd semester students will take over the first 2 weeks of presentations followed by the new students and the 2nd semester students. Presentation order:
    • 1st week (10.6): Maria, Film, Elaine
    • 2nd week (10.13): Socheat, Lee, and, if there is time, Thuy
    • 3rd week (10.20): Hitomi, Ren
    • 4th week (10.27): Millya, Wenjin, Riyung
  • Extra statistics classThere will most likely be an extra (non-credited) class on statistical analysis with a focus on thesis writing. This class is NOT mandatory. The details will be discussed with Nassar next week.
    • If you can, please leave the 5th period on Thursdays open.
  • Upcoming eventsOn a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon to be specified, those wishing to will be given the opportunity to visit the NTT showroom. The exact date of the study visit will be decided once our schedules have been solidified. Again, this event is not mandatory.
  • Welcome nomikaiThe date for the welcome party will be decided next week (Responsible: Tong)
  • The websiteThere was a brief introduction on the zemi’s website, http://digitalsociety.jpFilm explained the registration process and how to use the website, and will be in charge of giving access to the new students. (Responsible: Film)Next steps for the website:
    • We need to make a Japanese-language version
    • Everyone is asked to bring in suggestions for a new logo!
  • Omiyage time!Cake-eating is a tradition for our zemi.The debate on the best pineapple cake is as yet unresolved. Taiwanese students are asked to bring more cakes for comparative research.
  • ITS conference in BudapestThe professor brought up the International Telecommunications Society’s Regional Conference held in Budapest earlier in September, which Tong, Manit, and Maria attended.Students wishing to attend other conferences are encouraged to look up theITS Regional Conference in Perth, Australia (November 13-16)AEA Conference “Towards a Digital Society” in Luxembourg (December 1-2)ITS Regional Conference in New Delhi, India (February 23-24, 2012)and everyone should keep in mind the

    ITS Biennial Conference 2012 in Phuket, Thailand (November 18-21, 2012)

    For more information on the ITS conferences, please check: http://www.itsworld.org/content/?con0

    Financing for conference attendance in case of a paper presentation is given only to PhD students. However, privately-financed Master’s students can ask at CIE for other subsidies available to them.

  • Classes at GSAPSA clarification was made concerning the contents of the two courses given by Professor Mitomo this semester; while the courses are described as ‘introductory’ and ‘advanced’, this distinction is not so clear in practice and students are free to take whichever they want.
  • Sub-zemiA second session was held during the 5th period for 4th semester Master’s students to discuss their thesis proposals with the Professor.
  • Wrap upNotes for this seminar class were kept by Maria, and will be uploaded on the website (Responsible: Maria)Next zemi’s notes will be kept by Wendy (Responsible: Wendy)

Sorry if I got anyone’s name wrong, despite asking you to spell your name twice.

See you Thursday!