2010 Summer University

July 5-30

Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud

Today’s scientists and engineers are increasingly working in an international environments. Cultural diversity and communication in different languages are an enrichment of our work environment but they can also present challenges.

The goal of the International Summer University is to allow students from Switzerland, the United States and India to work together in an international environment to:

  • gain understanding of different cultures.
  • allow students to develop a professional network in Europe an the US, and to
  • encourage students to pursue part of their studies or professional career abroad.

Following the success of the 2007 and 2008 and 2009 editions of the International University in Computer Science and Networking, a new edition of the Summer University will take place in Switzerland. Advanced courses in the field of information technology will be taught in English by international renowned experts from SJSU (San José State University, California), CSULB (California State University Long Beach), ASU (Arizona State University) and HEIG-VD (Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud), located in the French speaking part of Switzerland.

This program rich in cultural and scientific exchange is undoubtedly beneficial, even necessary for future engineers. In addition to the academic program, students and instructors will participate in cultural activities in order to foster cultural exchange between all participants.

This International Summer University 2010 in Computer Science is jointly organized by HEIG-VD, SJSU, CSULB, ASU, PSIT (PES School of Engineering) and NITK (National Institute of Technology Karnataka). It will be held during 4 weeks from July 5 to July 31 at HEIG-VD in Switzerland, offering courses in Computer Sciences and Networking. Company visits and talks given by guest speakers from the industry will be an essential element of the program.

Each participating University has the option to provide participating students with elective units of academic credit in their major.

Testamonies of students

  • « Great!!!! Beautiful human experience »
  • « I was worry about the people coming, would they really mix with us etc. But it was just the opposite, these people are doing the same work as we do, some of them are already graduated and doing their master degrees. It was such a nice exchange and experience. I improved my English by 10 times just by speaking to them and having courses in English. »
  • « Wonderful experience!!! »
  • « A great way to make new friends and discover other cultures while learning interesting things we wouldn’t in ordinary classes. »
  • « Summer University provided an international platform which gave me an exposure to so many people from different background and cultures. Also the place is very beautiful. I cherished the fact that my first abroad stay was in a beautiful paradise called Switzerland. The hospitality was very warm and the housing facilities were excellent with fast internet access. The Moleson trek, the Jazz festival and the UNO & CERN visits were the most memorable experiences. And the Swiss Pass which allowed free public transport in the whole country was very helpful. The barbeques were awesome. Overall I loved my stay in Switzerland. »
  • « It’s a wonderful opportunity. We got to learn new subjects and learn about other cultures. »
  • « I had a great experience, and it allowed me to travel through Europe even after the program had ended. The program grants students a unique international experience where they not only tour abroad, but they actually live abroad. »
  • « The experience was priceless. I not only lived in another country but I made life long friends in the process, who are in my field none the less. »

Schedule, activities

Pictures from participants

Prof. Alvaro Monge’s pics
Joanna Noriega’s pics
Joshua Liong’s pics

Courses and seminars

All courses are given at HEIG-Vd St-Roch, except « Linear and Non Linear Image Processing ».

  • Multicore and concurrent programming (Prof. Dasguptha, ASU)
  • Web technologies (Prof. Monge, CSULB)
  • Java EE6 for Elvis (Prof. Horstman, SJSU)
  • Machine Intelligence (Prof. Andrès, HEIG-Vd)
  • Linear and Non linear Image processing (F06a, Cheseaux, map) (Prof. Kocher, HEIG-Vd)
  • Introduction to Ubiquitous Computing (Prof. Liechti, HEIG-Vd)
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics (Prof. Sami Khuri, SJSU)
  • Eco-Computing (Prof. Pearce, SJSU)
  • Introduction to Python (Natasha Khuri, SJSU)
  • Spatial localization and identification of objects based on video streams (Dr. De Siebenthal, HEIG-Vd)

Seminar 1 (July 9th)


Prof. Gowri Srinivasa (PESIT, Bangalore): An overview of Bioimage informatics/biomedical image processing image processing.

Prof. Sumam David (NITK Surathkal): Algorithms to Architectures ‐ look at mapping/implementation of signal processing algorithms on vlsi architectures (slides)

Seminar 2 (July 28th, 4:30 pm, R102)

Prof. Kien-Quoc Van Pham (Humboldt State University): Empowering BOP Citizens for Economic Development.

Summary: While CK Prahalad has drawn our attention to the Market Potential of the Bottom of the Pyramid from a Marketing perspective, and ICT stakeholders and scholars, the role of ICT for knowledge acquisition and diffusion at the BOP for Innovation, Co-Creation, little attention has been devoted to the role of ICT devices in jump-starting BOP economies allowing them to embrace a more value-adding economic development stage, the Information Economy one.


  • Steve Baron, Value Co-Creation from the Consumer Perspective
  • ICT for Education and Development, The Challenges of meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Africa
  • A. S. Rao, The bottom of the pyramid, Innovations in financing for low-price markets
  • Brand Community as Co-Creation Value in the Service-Dominant Logic of Marketing
  • Pitelis, Christos and Teece, David, Cross-border Market Co-creation, Dynamic Capabilities and the Entrepreneurial Theory of the Multinational Enterprise
  • Business model design: conceptualizing networked value co-creation
  • On customer knowledge co-creationand dynamic capabilities
  • The guru of the bottom of the pyramid


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Arizona State University (USA)
Ruben Prado, Marc Nixon, Ricardo Padilla, Steven Hernandez, Michael Bertapelli, Tiffany Silva

California State University, Long Beach (USA)
John Blanche, Punravee Cherngchaosil , Babak Goshtasbi , Joshua Liong , Nathan Pickrell, Matt Sguerri, Elyse Van Zant, Richard Wang, Haney Williams, Joanna Noriega, Volkan Aginlar

Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud (Switzerland)
Marjolaine Steiner, Valentin Delaye, Alexandre Kovar, Matthieu Reussner, Marc Sommer, ChristianMasson, Alexandre Perusset, Cyprien Huissoud, Arnaud Burkhalter, Steve Lienhard, Mohamed Regaya, Romain Cornaz, Piotr Maicher, Lionel Gaillard, Yvan Da Silva, Mathias Blanc

National Institute of Technology Karnataka (Surathkal, India)
Mitchel Vlentina Dsouza, Manoj Hosabettu Rao, Praveen Jain, Ankit Pandey

PES School of Engineering (Bangalore, India)
Pritha Narayanappa, Sagar T.U., Sakshi Bhatnagar, Swati Singhi

San Jose State University (USA)
Yulia Newton, Saumitra Maheshwari, Sarah Wannamaker, Aayush Chandra, Michael Haney, Rohan Vibhandik, Andrew McCandless, Edwards Reyes, Manisha Gaikwad, Mali Meenakshi, Brandon Bass


Arizona State University (USA)
Prof. Partha Dasgupta

California State University, Long Beach (USA)
Prof. Alvaro Monge

Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud (Switzerland)
Prof. Michel Kocher, Prof. Andres Perez-Uribe, Prof. Olivier Liechti, Prof. Juergen Ehrensberger, Prof. Stephan Robert, Dr. Julien de Siebenthal,

National Institute of Technology Karnataka (Surathkal, India)
Prof. David Sumam

PES School of Engineering (Bangalore, India)
Prof. Srinivasa Gowri

San Jose State University (USA)
Prof. John Pearce, Prof. Sami Khuri, Natasha Khuri, Prof. Cay Horstman

Organization and Contact

  • Stephan Robert, stephan.robert@heig-vd.ch, Cellular: +41 79 567 98 35
  • Raffael Maio, raffael.maio@heig-vd.ch, Cellular: +41 78 601 72 73


Student accommodations will be located in Lausanne, 20 minutes by train from Yverdon-les-Bains. Lausanne, the capital of the Swiss Canton of Vaud, is a medium sized city and host to the International Olympic Committee and two major universities (EPFL and Unil). Located at the lake of Geneva and 30 minutes from the Alps, Lausanne is a perfect place for outdoor activities. Since Lausanne is in the center of Europe, just 1 hour away from France, 2 hours from Italy, 2 hours from Germany, it is a perfect starting point to explore other European countries. The large student population makes for a lively nightlife and arts community. You’ll also find a number of quality restaurants and two dozen museums of note, including the Olympic Museum and the offbeat Collection de l’Art Brut.

Emergency numbers

Police, 118
Fire brigades/pompiers, 117
Vital emergencies/Urgences vitals, 144