Ulric Ferner to represent MIT at Doctoral Summer School in Spain

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 8:15pm

As announced by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE), Ulric Ferner, EECS graduate student, will represent MIT at the 3rd League of European Research Universities 2012 Doctoral Summer School's Beyond Open Access: "Open Education, Open Data and Open Knowledge." Ferner is a PhD candidate in Computer Science, researching information theory and sustainable information technology. He is interested in methods and implications of open-sourcing his own work and how open knowledge can help build international relations. This opportunity, hosted by the University of Barcelona in Spain, provides doctoral candidates with unique professional and personal development beyond what they are generally exposed to in their PhD training. 42 students from all disciplines will be brought together to identify and analyze challenges and opportunities brought to universities by the open scholarship agenda: open access to education, data and knowledge. Practical and interactive workshops will allow students to develop projects aimed at “opening” their research, and educate them on the appropriate use of tools for knowledge and research sharing.

As a participant in MIT's Inventing Our Future, Ulric Ferner describes his story on their website. A section follows:

I was born and raised in New Zealand, literally on the other side of the world. MIT, I really feel, is an incredibly diverse place. Especially culturally, I think. The number of people I've met from so many different countries all around the world, it really is, it really is a pleasure, I have to say. 

I've been quite lucky to get involved in the Graduate Student Council at MIT. And one of the aspects that we're looking at this year is a new diversity task force. It's really a strategic goal that the GSC wants to really make diversity a very high priority. So we're, we're brainstorming a large set of ideas in terms of how to incorporate diversity into MIT in a more sustainable and prominent fashion. And to see the interplay between really using the diverse backgrounds of the students here, and the diverse backgrounds of the faculty, and the diverse backgrounds of administrators here -- how do you really use that so that the, so that MIT becomes a better place, not just socially, but also from a research output perspective. 

Read more of Ulric's story.