MIT SDM research thesis topics

Currently I am thinking over the themes and precise topics for my Master thesis, there are couple in my mind and I have to make a decision which one to choose. I am going to talk briefly about it. One is about population flow between Africa and Europe, how people come to work to European Union and then they come back to their country, this is a circular migration concept and now there is a challenge during the current financial crisis so this model has to be reviewed. One of the approaches in my thesis would be applying System Dynamics to understand and make a profound analysis of this migration and multidimensional issue.

Circular Migration: key migration routes from Africa to Europe

Circular Migration: key migration routes from Africa to Europe

The second topic for my thesis is something that I have been thinking about for the last 13 years and it comes to my mind again. I was imagining the possibility to travel, to be more precise time travel, e.g. you are in your home country and you want to travel to China, there’s one way to do it: you buy a ticket and you visit it, but what if you do not have time and you wish to walk around the Forbidden City you can go to CAVE in your house where you put the glasses on and then you select a desired destination with a small fare to pay and then the CAVE gives you an opportunity and present a very real image, 3D dimensional environment of the Forbidden city. It is going to be amazing experience as most of the information is already online like Google maps has already images of numerous locations around the world, so you can walk among the buildings as if it were real. But the more important things when you go traveling you don’t want to see only the buildings, trip it is not only about sightseeing, in my opinion, the most exciting is meeting people and learning their language, so in the program/game you can come across people like you. Imagine you are walking in Forbidden city area and you meet, for example, me currently living in the US, we can see each other clearly as well as the lifelike surroundings, I can not touch and smell things ‘yet‘, but at least we can enjoy a conversation, it can be useful especially when your partner is away, apart from us there are other people in the street (system) so anyone can approach us and ask where are we from and what are we doing here, we can practice languages as well as have a virtual tour guide, that could be wonderful experience!

Dr. Shreekanth Mandayam lead the CAVE project in Rowan University

Apart from entertainment CAVE could be used for work purposes: I am at home in my house in the US and then suddenly there is problem in one of the companies I am collaborating with in Andalusia. There is a mechanical problem and people can not fix it, so I need to see for myself what is happening on site, what are cables, type of network is involved, so I put the glasses on again and I have the entire building in front of me to walk around, talk to people in the company.

CAVE in Rowan University's South Jersey Technology Park

CAVE in Rowan University's South Jersey Technology Park

Once you are there, you can analyze better and come up with a best option and decision as you see what’s exactly going on having 3D image that provides you with a reality-like surroundings. Another example of distance collaboration is a military ship in middle of the Pacific Ocean and if something goes wrong and you do not have access, however, by phone it can be quite complicated as someone else gives you a vision of the situation.

The president goes 1-2 days later after the emergency situation has happened, but what if the head of the government has a possibility to be there half an hour later so these are applications for the CAVE.

Most probably I am going to start working on migration project as it is something unique. Not so many people are working on that so I am very concerned about analyzing and circulating the case of Cartaya as a success story in circular migration. Actually, a couple of weeks ago, taking the opportunity that  I was visiting family and friends in my hometown in Cartaya , I collected a considerable amount of available data from the last 20 years that this migration management experiment has been running. The local government of Cartaya is also very excited about a collaboration between Cartaya and MIT.

CARTAYA: A case of study of Ethical Management of Temporary Immigration between Morocco and Spain. Project funded by the European Union

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