Pisa, Italy, where I am expriencing Italian culture (which includes eating a loooot of cheese and pasta 🤪), learning Italian and attempting to do some research.
Every sunrise and sunset here seems to set the sky ablaze! 😍
What am I working on? 👩💻
Implementing Crash Prediction Networks: At my day job as a Research Fellow at the ReTiS Lab, I am currently implementing code for the approach proposed here. Having worked on this proposal during my Master's Thesis focusing only on Camera input, the task now involves extending the approach to other sensors, and ensuring that the code and experiments are performed in a reproducible manner. Tools being used: Carla simulator, OATomobile wrapper, PyTorch.
Writing: Being locked indoors after handing in my Master's Thesis afforded me the time to experiment with writing. Publishing the initial articles to Medium helped me realise that I enjoy writing, and decided to shift over to my own platform instead. Though the period between July to September, has not been good for this goal, I am happy to be finally settled in at the new place and am looking forward to getting back to writing again.
Videos: Yes, you read that right. After spending hours watching videos on YouTube and thinking about making my own, I finally took the plunge on September 01, 2020. The plan is to create content to support the posts published on the blog here. I am currently aiming for 2 videos a month. Even though that sounds too little for growth, it seems like a good pace for me. I really hadn't realised how involved the process of video production is when I started out, between filming, remembering to stare into the lens, attempting not to appear too uncomfortable on screen and editing, the hours do add up.
What am I reading? 📚
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams: Having picked up the omnibus multiple times over the years, only to have to put it back on the shelf to complete some other higher priority task, I have resolved to finally finish all 5 novels this time; 2 down, 3 more to go! 😁
Life trajectory: Of late I have been contemplating what to do next. My current Research Fellowship at Sant'Anna, Pisa is funded until mid-next year, following which I am unsure what to do next. I am torn between looking for a job and pursuing a PhD. I thrive in uncertain conditions that challenge me intellectually, forcing me to think outside the box, and yet deadlines stress me out. I am hoping to find a happy medium between the two, so if you do have any advice, I would love to hear from you. 🙃