It’s been a while since I last updated this blog. My excuse is that I’ve been busy but who isn’t? ;) Just submitted a couple of conference papers with another journal paper in the review stage—I’ll post them up here soon. I’m excited about one of the conference papers which ties complex networks metrics with machine learning (specifically, centrality with a sparse GP), which can have applications in a broad range of areas.
Working at SMART has been quite enjoyable this past year; from hanging out in the (autonomous vehicle) garage to data analytics @ the fishbowl (pictures to come). A few of my fellow postdocs have moved on to greener pastures since I joined, which has gotten me thinking about what lies ahead. As usual, there is some internal tension brewing between choosing academia or industry. I’m tend towards the former but am open to the latter—given the limited number of tenure-track faculty positions available, I believe this to be the best perspective. Anyone with experience have any thoughts?
I’ll update more often from now on given I’ve mostly settled down into a routine. Oh, and I’m engaged so, a wedding next year. Crazy, exciting time in my life!
Most PhD students know that at some point, the dreaded PhD Avoidance Syndrome sets in. A few whatsapp and real-world conversations led to this:
Slightly Longer Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTX9WcgjZqM
After watching this tutorial,
Kyu Hwa had the great idea to replicate it. So, we gave it a go:
It didn’t taste good. Our experience was that marshmallows and watermelons do not go together. Neither does peanut butter.
We ended up eating the ingredients separately.
But maybe we did it wrong. For example, we cut the watermelon the wrong way. Also, we made only 2/3 holes; Mr Willett made 4 holes. Perhaps we used the wrong kind of watermelon / marshmallow / peanut-butter.
P.S. This is what happens when you have PhD students working 10-12 hours a day in the summer.
Had a great time with the gang watching the Olympics closing ceremony. Coincidentally, we had another steak night. Yummy. Hats off to Kyu Hwa the Chef!
In other news, just submitted a paper on ARTY (and a trial-run by a child with special needs) to the IROS Workshop on robotic wheelchairs — fingers crossed that it’ll get accepted. Will put up a pre-print soon. If you are in the field, I recommend checking out the workshop on shared-control (organised by Tom Carlson at EPFL) at this year’s SMC.
Next week will be busy for us as we gear up for the Summer School.
Had an awesome steak night with Kyu Hwa, Sing and Miguel. Fresh north highland fillet and sirloin with Miguel’s famous secret sauce.
Miguel’s no-longer-secret sauce recipe:
Dice 1 onion, 2 tomatoes and a hand-full of coriander.
Mix together with (the best) olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon).
Add salt to taste. Enjoy!