Dec 1, 2016

The founding principle of all the activities of Zdenek and Michaela Bakala is, truly, the courage, which must, according to their belief, always go hand in hand with responsibility.
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Mike Jiang

Mike Jiang

Imagine a virtual world where we could teleport from place to place and have superpowers, unconstrained by the laws of physics - and we would not be able to perceive the sensory differences to the real world, all without compromising mother nature and humanity - How exciting would that be?
After my research internship at McGill University in the field of virtual reality and human computer interaction, I developed some visions and decided that I want to dedicate the rest of my life to this field - either as a researcher, entrepreneur or both!
Currently in my Master's program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at ETH Zurich, I specialized in the field of virtual and mixed reality (VR and MR). On my exchange semester at the National University of Singapore, I had the opportunity to study and work on projects not only related to VR/MR, but also related to artificial intelligence (AI).
Alongside my Master studies, I joined the junior enterprise ETH juniors as a project manager to nourish my entrepreneurial endeavors. ETH juniors builds a bridge between students of ETH Zurich and Swiss industry and is the largest of its kind in Switzerland in terms of revenue. During that time, I acquired and managed projects from SME's and multinationals and was internally overseeing the enterprise's finances. The knowledge, experience and network gained during that time will come in handy should I decide to start a business in the future. Furthermore, after a successful semester thesis "Real-time gaze interaction in a MiddleVR/Unity based CAVE," the Chair of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich hired me as a research assistant. A major accomplishment is my contribution to "EVE: A framework for Experiments in Virtual Environments," which will appear in Springer LNAI volume Spatial Cognition X this fall.
Thanks to the support from Foundation Znedek and Michaela Bakala, I will conduct my Master thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At the MIT Media Lab, I will have the opportunity to develop an innovative news/sports production system in which VR will play a key role. Not only am I looking forward to embracing the technical challenges and to pursuing my visions, but I am also looking forward to meeting and learning from the people that are behind one of the most innovative and interdisciplinary labs worldwide!

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