Ding Ma, doctoral student at the University of Gävle was commended for his 3D application, that when it is connected to social media enables me to see that you are online and want to chat with me.
ESRI Sweden is the largest supplier of geographical information systems in the country and granted Ding Ma with a scholarship and a trip to the USA.
“This means a lot to me personally. There was a conference in Palm Springs with famous developers from all over the world and I got to see such cool presentations and good looking new applications,” says Ding Ma.
Ding does research on geographical information systems and he has been here for three years now. His job is made up of both research and lecturing.
“I very much like doing research here, I am making a lot of progress and my supervisor Professor Bin Jiang is an excellent researcher.”
He also thinks that lecturing is very challenging for him as one must develop one’s communicative skills to be able to pass one’s knowledge onto the students.
It was a coincidence that Ding ended up here. He did his master’s degree in the Netherlands, liked the atmosphere in Europe and saw the announcement of a doctoral studentship at the University of Gävle.
“I can stay at the university, the University of Gävle is great. I might consider working in industry; I made many contacts when I was in the USA. I think its cool studying in Gävle. It’s close to Stockholm and I very much like the sea,” says Ding who, himself, comes from a city in the middle of China.
“Gävle has the ambition to be a GIS centre for the whole of Scandinavia and this is largely because we have clever doctoral students. It stimulates the other students and promotes progress,” says Douglas Howie, head of computer sciences at the University of Gävle.
For further information, please contact:
Ding Ma, doctoral student in geographical information systems at the University of Gävle
Tel: 073-270 74 32
Douglas Howie, head of computer sciences at the University of Gävle
Tel: 026-64 88 62
Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Photo: Ove Wall