Tongji students brainstorm future urban planning in Finland
Updated: 2017-08-08

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The 2017 Tongji on Tracks, a summer camp inviting students studying at Tongji University in Shanghai to go overseas and brainstorm on various topics, opens at the Aalto University in Finland on July 31. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

The 2017 Tongji on Tracks, a summer camp inviting students studying at East China's Tongji University to go overseas to brainstorm on various current topics, got underway in Finland on July 31.

This year's edition has the support of the Sino Finnish 100 Summer Camp, a major event the Finnish Government initiated to publicize the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence in China.

The camp encourages 34 young bright minds to work together from July 31 to Aug 11 to find new ways of doing things and new solutions and to create and design services, while building friendship and wisdom together.

The opening ceremony kicked off at the Harald Herling Learning Centre of Aalto University on July 31. It saw renowned figures from both universities extending warm greetings and best wishes to the participants.

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Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US deliver ideas on sharing transportation, intelligent construction, and the integration of big data and urban planning. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

Two presenters, Ariel Noyman and Luis Alonso, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, delivered their ideas on sharing transportation, intelligent construction, and the integration of big data and urban planning.

They will help the students conduct a model analysis based on population distribution around Aalto. The analysis will collect as much related data as possible and delve into its significance.

Jarmo Suominen, a professor at Aalto, introduced the participants to his idea of "City as a Service". It was inspired from his previous idea of "School as a Service", which by coordinating different societal bodies, such as government, schools and communities, sought to promote cooperation between education, technology, and social services.

His ideas, including the notion that we should pay more attention to the service function potential of houses rather than simply seeing them as commodities, were warmly received by the participants.

The Tongji on Tracks series was initiated in 2011 with Finland as the first destination country. Since then it has taken place in various places around the world. The series is becoming known for encouraging close integration between college-aged thinkers and market development.

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Students and teachers pose for a photo at the 2017 Tongji on Tracks. [Photo/tongji.edu.cn]

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