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Enrollment Guide for Double Master Degree Program in Robotics Technology (MSRT)
from Nanjing University of Science and Technology - Carnegie Mellon University

 

The unique features of this program are (1) training students for bridge-roles between university research and industrial product and process development; (2) focusing on students who upon completion of the double-degree program will return to their home countries – in this case China – to fill bridge roles there; (3) focusing on students who have a strong personal commitment to filling these bridge-roles in companies and organizations that are ethically contributing to job creation and sustainable development in their home countries – in this case China.

 

I. Overview of the MSRT Program

Target students of the MSRT Program are mainly but not exclusively those with majors in computer science, mechatronics, or information technology and are admitted to Nanjing University of Science and Technology’s  master’s degree program[1].However, any student with strong academic credentials in any field and a strong interest in the program’s goals is encouraged to apply. The NC two-year program is composed of two one-year phases. First year studies are delivered by NUST’s faculty at NUST campus via distance education materials produced by the Robotics Institute of CMU. Students complete the degree courses (including Philosophy, Chinese and two major courses) offered by NUST and the core courses (including Fundamentals of Robotics I-IV and an Extended Project Course Sequence that runs the length of the two year program) offered by CMU in the first year. Successful students transition to Carnegie Mellon's main campus to complete a second year of classes. A student who passes all requirements and examinations will receive a master of science in Robotics Technology (MS-RT) from Carnegie Mellon University. A student who also submits his/her thesis to Nanjing University of Science and Technology and successfully defends his/her NUST thesis under the guidance of supervisors of the two universities will receive a master’s degree from Nanjing University of Science and Technology. The MSRT Program helps students obtain first-class graduate-level education from world-famous universities and trains future leaders of robotics and intelligent automation enterprises and agencies in the principles and practices of robotics and automation science, technology and engineering, software engineering, and management.

 

II. An Introduction to the Two Universities
1. Nanjing University of Science and Technology

Nanjing University of Science and Technology is currently administered by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. It is among the universities listed in the national 211 Project. It is an engineering-centered multidisciplinary university integrating science, engineering, liberal arts, economics, management, law and teaching. It has five academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, two chief scientists of the national 973 Project, four specially-appointed professors of the "Yangtze River Scholar Award Program", two chair professors of the "Yangtze River Scholar Award Program", two "National Distinguished Teachers", nine "Distinguished Teachers of Jiangsu Province", two National Innovation Teams, four National Teaching Teams, and eleven Ministry- and Provincial-Level Innovation Teams. It has one National Key Lab, three National Engineering Technology Research Centers, and twenty-four Ministry- and Provincial-Level Research Institutes (Centers) and laboratories. Since 1978, it has won 1,196 sci-tech scholarship, including 83 national sci-tech scholarship and 816 Ministry- and Provincial-Level sci-tech achievements scholarship.


The School of Computer Science and Engineering offers a national key discipline "Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Systems" and a provincial key discipline "Computer Application Technology". The School has 103 faculty members, of whom fifteen are doctoral supervisors, twenty-one professors, thirty-one associate professors, and twenty lecturers. Since the tenth Five-Year Plan, the School has won second prize in the National Natural Science Award and third prize in National Science and Technology Progress. It has also won three first prizes, six second prizes and four third prizes in Ministry- and Provincial-Level Science and Technology Progress.

 

2. Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, which was ranked twenty-second among "national universities" in 2010 by US News & World Report and twenty-seventh among the world's Top 200 universities in 2009 by the QS World University Rankings. Its computer science PhD program was ranked first among U.S. program for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. Carnegie Mellon University has around 10,000 students and over 3,000 faculty members. It offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and more than 50 master's degree programs and doctoral degree programs. Carnegie Mellon has attracted talented students from 50 states of the United States of America and 93 countries. Carnegie Mellon is affiliated with 16 Nobel laureates, 10 Turing Award winners, 41 Emmy Award recipients, 4 Academy Award recipients, and 12 Tony Award recipients.


Established in 1979, the Robotics Institute (RI) is a department in Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science and is one of the world's leading centers of robotics research and education. It was the first to offer a Ph.D. program in robotics. With more than 350 faculty, staff, students and postdocs, the RI is one of the largest robotics research organizations in the world. Its total annual sponsored project budget is approximately $55 million.

 

III. Benefits of the MSRT Program
1. Educational Benefits

The MSRT Program stems from a collaborative international program the Master of Science in Robotics Technology (MSRT) initiated by Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. The MSRT program is a global robotics education initiative with university partners in Asia, Europe, Latin American, the Caribbean, and North America. Nanjing University of Science and Technology is the only collaborative master's degree program partner of the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).


In the first year, the four Robotics Institute core (Fundamentals of Robotics) courses will be taught using distance education materials produced by CMU Robotics Institute and delivered by NUST's qualified faculty. The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University will include interactive distance instruction as a component of the program. The students admitted to the MSRT Program will obtain a first-class postgraduate education geared to international standards. In the second year, during his/her study at Carnegie Mellon University, the student will study alongside top students from the US and around the world.

 

2. Financial Benefits
The MSRT Program is a collaborative system. Students study in China for the first year, which significantly reduce tuition and living costs. According to preliminary estimates, a domestic student admitted to the MSRT Program will save around $20,000 compared to those directly admitted to a two-year master’s degree program at Carnegie Mellon University.


3. Advantages in Admission
CMU's Robotics Institute enjoys a high academic reputation internationally. Due to its highly selective nature, it is difficult for domestic students to be directly admitted to a master’s degree program at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. The specialized and collaborative nature of the MSRT Program presents a unique opportunity for students interested in entrepreneurship, product development and innovation, and commercialization. While all the minimum standards of admissions are uniform across the Robotics Institute programs, the local emphasis and focus produces a smaller applicant pool, so admission is statistically more likely for MSRT Program applicants. If a student is admitted to the MSRT Program, meets CMU's  TOEFL requirements and GRE standards, fulfills the first-year learning requirements prescribed herein, and passes an oral examination by experts from Carnegie Mellon University, he/she will invited to apply to complete the program at Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh PA campus. 


4.Advantages in Employment
Due to the excellent academic reputation of Carnegie Mellon University in computer science and related fields and the strong robotics research background of Nanjing University of Science and Technology, the graduates of this program will have outstanding opportunities to compete for excellent positions in famous enterprises and institutes, and for seeking funding for complete independent ventures. The program's collaborative teaching, research, and problem solving are grounded in ethical leadership and entrepreneurship. Project-based learning integrates cutting edge technology and real world applications. Leveraging our combined institutional resources and industrial collaborations, NUST and CMU faculty educate and develop perhaps the most innovative robotics technology leaders and entrepreneurs in the world. 


IV. Target Students and Total Number of Students to be Admitted
The target students of the MSRT Program fall into the following four categories:

  • S1 category students: This category is composed of domestic students who are concurrently admitted to Nanjing University of Science and Technology's 2013 master's degree program (including academic master’s degree programs and professional master’s degree program). They are mainly from the School of Computer Science and Technology, School of Automation, School of Electronic Engineering & Optoelectronic Technology, School of Electrical Engineering, etc. After S1 category students complete the Carnegie Mellon master’s degree, he/she is required to submit their theses to the Graduate School of Nanjing University of Science and Technology, and upon successfully defending, he/she will receive a master’s degree from Nanjing University of Science and Technology.
  • S2 category students: These are domestic students who are not concurrently admitted to Nanjing University of Science and Technology’s 2013 master's degree program, including postgraduate students, undergraduate students and visiting students of other universities. After S2 category students receive a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, they are not required to submit a thesis to the Graduate School of Nanjing University of Science and Technology, and are thus not allowed to apply for a master's degree from Nanjing University of Science and Technology.
  • S3 category of students: These are international students who seek to get double degrees from Nanjing University of Science and Technology and Carnegie Mellon University. Students enrolled in this category need to additionally submit an application form to the graduate school of Nanjing University of Science and Technology. The other requirements are similar as S1 category students.
  • S4 category of students: These are international students who only seek the Master of Science in Robotics Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. The other requirements are similar as S2 category students.

The Graduate School of Nanjing University of Science and Technology will be responsible for recruiting S1 and S3 category students; The School of Computer Science and Technology of Nanjing University of Science and Technology will support recruiting S2 and S4 category students. S1 and S3 category students will be the principal part. The Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University will direct US students who are interested in the MSRT program to apply one of its partner programs. Students in this category who are admitted by NUST will be designated as S3 orS4 category students.
After negotiations with Carnegie Mellon University, total number of students who admitted to the MSRT Program in 2013 shall not exceed 30 in order to ensure quality of training.

 

 V. Course Schedule

 

Campus

Course title (units)

Category of students

Remarks

S1

S2

S3

S4

NUST

English for Master Candidates (16)

Dialectics of Nature (12)

Taught in Chinese

Chinese History and Culture (16)

Taught in English

Applied Statistics (8)

Select one course

Taught in Chinese

Stochastic Mathematics (12)

Pattern Recognition Technology (8)

Select one course

Select one course

Taught in Chinese and English

Digital Image Analysis (8)

Robotics I(12)

Carnegie MellonUniversity provides parallel teaching materials and interactive distance instruction; Teachers of Nanjing University of Science & Technology instruct in English

Robotics II(12)

Robotics III(12)

Robotics IV(12)

CMU

Control Mechanics (12)

Select four courses

Select four courses

Select four courses

Select four courses

Taught in English

System Engineering (12)

Statistical Technology in Robotics (12)

Principles of Human-Robot Interaction (12)

Artificial Intelligence (12)

Robotic Manipulation (12)

Computer Vision (12)

Computational Photography (12)

Neural System Computing Model (12)

Intelligent Robot (12)

Feedback Control System (12)

Visual Sensor (12)

Kinematics, Dynamic System and Control (12)

Sensing and Sensor (12)

Medical Image Analysis (12)

Robot’s Behavior Planning (12)

Mobile Robot Technology (12)

Mechatronic System Design (12)

Geometric Methods in Vision (12)

Machine Learning (12)

……

 

Year 2 course selections will be a combination of elective and directive, selected primarily from the RI course catalog, for each student individually based on the student's preference and the MSRT program director's evaluation of the student's strengths, weaknesses, and intended career requirements. Taking non-RI courses requires first the permission of the MS-RT program director and additionally the permission of the course instructor.

 

VI. Tuition

Tuition is divided into Chinese NUST portion and international CMU portion (the tuition may be adjusted annually based on changes in the tuition of NUST and CMU).

 

Tuition

 

Student

First year (at NUST)

Second year (at CMU)

Domestic portion (RMB)

International portion (U.S. dollars)

Domestic portion (RMB)

CMU portion (U.S. dollars)

S1 category  students

21,000 Yuan

15,000 dollars

21,000 Yuan

37,000 dollars

S2 category students

21,000 Yuan

20,000 dollars

 

37,000 dollars

S3 category  students

21,000 Yuan

15,000 dollars

21,000 Yuan

37,000 dollars

S4 category students

21,000 Yuan

20,000 dollars

 

37,000 dollars

 

Remarks:
(1) Students are required to directly pay year two CMU tuition to Carnegie Mellon University. $37,000 U.S. listed herein is an estimated tuition fee for your reference only.  Current CMU tuition can be found at http://www.cmu.edu/hub.
(2) Nanjing University of Science and Technology will offer scholarship to outstanding students who have received a master's degree from both universities. The amount of the award and ways to reward will be announced later based on actual operating conditions of the MSRT Program.
(3) A student who at the end of the year one program is not admitted to the year two program will be given one chance to repeat the year one program and again seek admission to the year two program. If a student fails to pass the interview due to bad exam results in the first stage or low  GRE and / or TOEFL test results and is thus not qualified to be admitted to the second stage of the MSRT Program, Nanjing University of Science and Technology will retain his/her qualification for the MSRT Program for one year. The student may retake failed courses and prepare for the GRE/TOEFL test again. He/she may be admitted to the second stage of the MSRT Program if he/she passes the interview. During the retention of qualification period for the MSRT Program, he/she must pay Nanjing University of Science and Technology a domestic tuition fee of RMB 21,000 Yuan/year.
(4) If an S1 category student abandons the qualification for the MSRT Program at the second stage after he/she finishes the first-stage, he/she may be admitted to a 2.5-year master's degree program at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, and finish the remaining 1.5-year of study there. He/she must continue to pay Nanjing University of Science and Technology a domestic tuition fee of RMB 21,000 Yuan/year in the second year as agreed. He/she may pay Nanjing University of Science and Technology the same tuition fee as ordinary graduate candidates in the third year.

 

VII. Expected Start Date
The first stage (at Nanjing University of Science and Technology’s Campus): September 2013.
The second stage (at Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Pittsburgh): August 2014.
VIII. Documents Required for Domestic Students’ Application
(1)  MSRT Program application form
(2)  CMU MS-RT Applicant Information Form Receipt Email (Page: https://applyweb.cs.cmu.edu/apply/index.php?domain=41)
(3)  A copy of identity card
(4)  Two photographs following established standards
(5)  Documentary proof of bank deposit of at least RMB 200,000 Yuan with a freezing period of at least a year, and valid family income certificate.  This requirement may be waived on a case by case basis for predetermined excellent students.
(6)  Current students are required to provide original transcript of academic records in Chinese and English
(7)  Graduate students are required to provide a copy of their degree certificate and graduation certificate, and original transcript of academic records in Chinese and English
(8)  A student who attends the national post-graduate entrance examination is required to provide a copy of the examination results transcript
(9)  A copy of TOEFL and GRE test results.  The minimum score for the TOEFL test is 100 with a minimum score of 25 in each section.

 

IX. Admission Procedure for Domestic Students
(1) Application Methods

  • Application in person: Applicants may carry the required application documents and apply to the MSRT Program Enrollment Office, School of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Science and Technology (Room 2004, School of Computer Science and Engineering);
  • Application by mail: Applicants may mail the required application documents to Ms. Jiang Hui at the MSRT Program Enrollment Office (Room 2004, School of Computer Science and Engineering), Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094, P. R. China.

(2) Deadline
The Application deadline for postgraduate candidates exempted from the postgraduate admission test of Nanjing University of Science and Technology is November 30, 2010. Application for other categories of students is Rolling Admission.


(3) Qualification Review Process

  • Apply to the Enrollment Office of the School of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Science and Technology;
  • Submit the Application Form to relevant departments and experts of the two universities for review;
  • Online announcement of interview shortlist

(4) Interview and Admission
Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a round of interviews by experts to be held in June 2013 (2013 Postgraduate Entrance Reexamination of Nanjing University of Science and Technology falls on the same day). Candidates who pass the interview will receive the admission notice jointly signed by the two universities within 15 days.


(5) Payment of Tuition
Students are required to pay in a lump sum the first-year domestic and international tuition fee, accommodation fee and other fees when the term starts.


(6) Learning During the First Stage
The two universities will collaboratively designate a domestic and foreign faculty mentor for each NC student. The mentors will provide each student with guidance in his/her studies and project planning.


(7) Official admission to CMU
A student may apply for official admission to Carnegie Mellon University after he/she meets the following conditions:

  • He/she successfully completes his/her first-year studies at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, with average mark of 75 (full mark: 100);
  • He/she pays his/her second-year domestic tuition fee ( only applicable to S1 category students);
  • He/she submits required application documents (including GRE and TOEFL, three letters of recommendation written by experts in relevant fields, personal statement, etc) to Carnegie Mellon University before December 20, 2013, and his/her application documents are reviewed and approved in accordance with the CMU RI admissions policies.
  • He/she passes a second round of oral examinations administered by CMU faculty and assisted by NUST faculty.
  • He/she successfully gets a an appropriate visa to the United States.

(8) Learning During the Second Stage
After admission to Carnegie Mellon University, a student is required to consult with the MS-RT director and his/her supervisor about course selection and other project work, and, with his/her academic supervisors, determine the title and completion date of NUST master's thesis and CMU extended project.


(9) Review of Oral Examinations Markers
In summary, there are five major transition points in the program. Each is associated with an oral examination.

  • Admissions Interview with NUST and RI Faculty and Staff (occurs before Year One)
  • Mid-Year One Oral Examination with RI Faculty
  • Transition to Year Two Oral Examination with RI Faculty (occurs late in Year One)
  • CMU Extended Project Presentation with RI Faculty and Senior Graduate Students (oral examination that occurs after submission of the written extended project report). If convenient, NUST faculty may attend and participate in the evaluation.
  • NUST Thesis Defense with NUST Faculty (for double degree students only).  If convenient, CMU faculty may attend and participate in the evaluation.
    Notes:

[1] Please refer to  IV. Target Students and Total Number of Students to Be Admitted


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