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MSRA-UCLA IPAM Student Summer School 2010

Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), in partnership with the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA IPAM), held the fourth MSRA-UCLA IPAM Student Summer School from July 5, 2010, to August 27, 2010, in Beijing, China. Students from China and the United States worked together in cross-cultural teams, guided by mentors from top universities and corporate research institutions, to solve industry-related problems.

Program Introduction

Since 2001, IPAM has sponsored a summer program for undergraduates called “Research in Industrial Projects for Students” (RIPS-LA). In the RIPS-LA program, teams of students, guided by academic mentors, worked to solve industry-related problems. In collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia, IPAM launched a new summer program called “RIPS-Beijing” in 2007 with similar objectives and format as RIPS-LA. The program is now commonly referred to as the MSRA-UCLA IPAM Student Summer School.

Now in its fourth year, the MSRA-UCLA IPAM Student Summer School was held in Beijing, China, from July 5, 2010, to August 27, 2010. Eight U.S. students and eight Chinese students formed four teams; each team consisted of two U.S. students and two Chinese students under the instruction of one U.S. faculty mentor and a Microsoft Research Asia researcher. The teams worked on projects proposed by the Microsoft Research Asia research groups. Listed below are the projects for 2010:

  • System: Scheduling and Resource Management for Cloud OS
  • Wireless and Networking: Bandwidth Guarantee for Virtual Data Centers in the Hose Model
  • Internet Media: Understanding the Properties of Arithmetic Graph Code from Information Theory Perspective
  • Data Mining: Probabilistic Matching in Uncertain, Large Graphs

The students, with direction from their faculty mentor and industrial mentor, spent eight weeks learning about their team's problem, mastering the latest analytical approaches and techniques to solve it, and developing report-writing and public-speaking skills to be able to make professional presentations about the progress and results of their work to a scientific audience.

Key Dates

  • Application Deadline (Chinese students): April 10, 2010
  • Announcement of Winners: May 14, 2010
  • Opening Day: July 5, 2010
  • Graduation: August 27, 2010

Application Instructions

Note: The application deadline was April 10, 2010

Check the available projects (Chinese language Web site)

Download the application form, and send your resume together with the completed application form to

Announcement of Winners

We are pleased to announce the students who were chosen to participate in the fourth MSRA-UCLA IPAM Student Summer School. Selected from hundreds of eligible applicants, these students worked in teams on the following research projects.  


  • Zuocheng Ren, Beihang University
  • Fangqiu Han, Zhejiang University
  • Muller Ryan, Harvey Mudd College
  • Katelyn Gao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wireless and Networking

  • Guolong Su, Tsinghua University
  • Xin Jin, Peking University
  • Funan Shi, University of North Carolina
  • Kristin Kay, Clemson University

Internet Media

  • Jiaqi Li, Peking University
  • Yangyang, Zhejiang University
  • Uribe Jasmin, University of Arizona
  • Brittany Mott, University of Akron

Data Mining

  • Weijie Su, Peking University
  • Xiaotian Zhang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Sean Howe, University of Arizona
  • Daniel Prentice, Grinnell College