PhD student on international Exchange in Tokyo2017-06-29
Ricardo Santos, research student in computer science at Karlstad University, is one of few PhD students in Sweden offered a part in JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) summer program and the opportunity to do a research exchange in Tokyo. During two months, starting in the beginning of June, Ricardo is located in Tokyo, working together with research colleges at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Data transfer in mobile networks
Ricardo Santos work is about optimizing new ways of transporting huge amounts of data within mobile networks. The increasingly amount of data that needs to be transported through mobile networks demands new solutions. Ricardo’s research focus on using wireless networks that operate in high frequencies as a mean of communication for huge amounts of data, though but is highly sensitive to interference and blockage.
"This is a great opportunity which allows me to get to know and work together with other researchers and specialists within the same focus area. I also get access to equipment for real testbed experiments related to my work and to expand my research outcomes."
JSPS Summer program
JSPS, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, is a Japanese organization supporting science such as young researchers and international exchange via different programs. One of their programs is the Summer program which promote junior researchers, mainly from USA and Europe, coming to Japan for a research exchange during two months.
To be able to apply to the summer programme you need a contact at a university or research institute in Japan.
"I came in contact with a researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology during a conference in Berlin which made it possible for me to apply for an exchange there," says Ricardo.
Started with a week of introduction
Ricardo Santos started his exchange in Japan for a little more than two weeks ago and he has already experienced part of the Japanese culture and also started his research work at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
"We started with one week of orientation at Sokendai, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies. I had Japanese classes, a Japanese home-stay experience, a sightseeing activity and a poster session, where I presented my work to be done while I'm here in Japan," says Ricardo Santos. "After the introduction week, I am now at place in Tokyo and have started my work at Tokyo Institute of Technology."