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June 9, 2020 at 21:11 #12558
Thanks Lara for the webinar today. The projects you exposed today were so awesome. It’s amazing to know you have studied philosophy and now you are a computational linguist at Google, two very different fields. One different field I want to learn aside from my university’s studies is psychology. It’s really interesting how you can understand the mind and all the actions we do.
Hi Sofia Di Giorgio! I’ve heard about this new degree in Milan, I found it so interesting. Could you tell us more about it? What courses are you attending right now? Isn’t it the first year the degree is available? Also, can you share with us the projects you have applied to? Machine learning applications in medicine fascinate me, I’m currently studying Data science and engineering and I would like to work in the bioinformatics field one day!
About the question you proposed, I haven’t got yet the opportunity to work abroad but I think it’s a good way to broaden the horizons, especially now that we’re young. Furthermore, I have attended one study week in a high school in the UK four years ago during the last year of Liceo Scientifico. It was a great opportunity to live with an English family and get to know their habits. Of course, it impacted my life a little, even it was for a week.
SilviaJune 8, 2020 at 21:59 #12549
Good evening everyone!
Hi Andrea Parodi, nice to meet you! 🙂
Nice question, I try to report here all the things I’ve been doing since I started working and attending the master’s degree, these have been helping me focus on my interests, work and studying.
- Organize my day with a to-do list: it makes realize how much I have to do and then I am more conscious about my goals of the day;
- Take a good quality pause: during my study’s pause, when at home, I always try to make me a good snack, or I usually workout. One of my recent hobbies is pilates, I have started practicing since the lockdown. It helps me free my mind and relax. Does anyone has already tried it?
- Read articles, papers about the courses I am studying, or everything I’m interested in. To go deeper into topics I always try to find some interesting articles, blogs, presentations to help me understand things a lot better, I usually share some of them on my Linkedin page;
- Wake up early while getting a good amount of sleep. I start working at the office by 9 am and I have to leave the house by 8.20. I wake up around 6-6:30 to get a good breakfast and focus on a small university task. To do so, I go to bed early, around 10:30-11 pm if I don’t hang out with friends.
- Study and confront friends: since the start of the master’s degree, I have been studying more with my colleagues. This helps me get a 360 degrees overview of the subject because often everyone learns a slightly different aspect of a topic. Talking together makes you understand the topic more deeply, focusing on things you have considered not useful.
I can’t wait to read all of your answers!
SilviaJune 3, 2020 at 21:32 #12515
Good evening everyone!
If you followed the last webinar, you saw I presented myself and mentioned I found a new friend thanks to the forum ( @eleonoracarletti). I’m so happy we are able to get in touch and discuss things even if we never met in real life!
@matteo30 I checked your Instagram page, I really like your creations! I’ve always been fascinated by 3D printing but unfortunately, I didn’t find the time to try it out yet.
@valeriomarcociampi as soon as I read through your post, the 8 years old you’re talking about came to my mind! I found out about him thanks to Marco Montemagno (I leave the link to his video down below). The key to his success, according to Marco, it’s the fact children tends to rewatch the same things, they have a lot of time to watch all the videos they want, and most important they do not skip ads.
@daniel-romano, In my opinion, the risk of failure or the failure itself, it is what keeps me alive and motivated. As I mentioned in my presentation, from September I work as a part-time junior programmer and I’m currently attending the master’s degree. I am not afraid to tell you there have been several times I thought “I should give up, I’m so stressed and I don’t know how to deal with all of this”. But I keep going. Did I make a mistake? I don’t know and I will never will. The days of reckoning came to me during this winter, during the exam session. At the end of them, I was happy! I was able to pass three exams out of four with pretty good grades. I was exhausted, but so motivated because I reached my goal!
Are you a “student-worker” like me? Share your story!
May 25, 2020 at 23:00 #12478
- This reply was modified 3 years, 3 months ago by Silvia Giammarinaro.
Good evening everyone!
Thanks Paolo Marenco for sharing these stories with us. I have followed both seminars and they were so motivating. I often read successful stories to get inspired. Some days ago I bumped into an interesting video on youtube in my subscriptions which make me think how this global pandemic is changing us. This girl is entrepreneur who lives in San Francisco and she got a baby last year. The lockdown phase due to the Coronavirus spread made her realized she was paying for something she was not getting. As the previous webinars, she mentioned that networking is a powerful tool, but now it is impossible. So she decided to move, also for finding a good school for her baby. Maybe she would move anyway, but who knows.
Another important topic is that Politecnico di Torino has confirmed online teaching for the next year, along with fewer face-to-face activities like laboratories, thesis and projects. A lot of my colleagues are about to drop their rental contract before the start of the summer, they decided to not come to Turin after this announcement. I will continue to stay in Turin for work, but I think I would have the same even without work. What do you think about it? How your school or university is dealing with this crisis?
I always believe every cloud has a silver lining. The silver lining I found out during the lockdown is the pleasure of preparing a good balanced meal. I report here some statistics from Altroconsumo which show how our eating habits have changed. Have you noticed your diet changed during this lockdown? What is your silver lining of the lockdown?
May 13, 2020 at 17:32 #12437
- This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by Silvia Giammarinaro.
My name is Silvia Giammarinaro, I’m currently enrolled in Data science and engineering at Politecnico di Torino.
Last July I graduated in Computer Engineering and I’m working as a junior programmer at a small company based in Collegno.
Looking forward to see you later!April 27, 2020 at 17:02 #12158
Hi everyone, happy Monday! I hope you are well.
Yesterday came out a new series related to the ones I suggested before, so I want to share it with you. It is about Coronavirus and for now it is available just a brief episode.
Let me know what do you think about it, so we can start a discussion.
SilviaApril 23, 2020 at 9:00 #12143
Good morning everyone!
Thanks Fiorella for the suggestions, I have already watched them both. Keep posting everyone, I am looking for new series and documentaries to watch.
It was nice to hear Andrea’s story yesterday. I have already heard about Loris Degioanni because my professor introduced it while explaining how Wireshark works. I think having a strong network nowadays is really important, although one should also develop good skills. I am sure that a person with good knowledge, not so perfect, and strong relationships can have great opportunities. I think you have to be in the right place at the right time.
Referring to Simone‘s post, I have used some great open-source tools during my internship last year and I am still using them now at my office.
The first one is Meld, which is a software to compare files and folders. It is yet so simple but so useful. I post a picture of the UI if you want to have an idea of what it looks like.
The second one is ThinReports and there’s a story behind it. ThinReports is a software compatible with Ruby and it allows you to create documents with some customizable items from code. You can create the template using the UI provided or by writing some code in Jason, defining every object with its coordinates on the template.
During my internship, I was developing a part of the digital clinical record, more precisely evaluation scales filled by the nurses in order to prevent injuries and falls of the patients. These scales are called Braden and Conley. They are a list of closed questions to which you can answer yes/no or with a value given a range (i.e. a value from 1 to 5). Starting from that point, I created a static template containing all the questions and indicating all the customizable items, the answers, and the personal data of the patient (name, surname, etc.). Then on the application, within the page of the selected scale, the user can create, download and print the PDF related to it, so the empty items of the template are filled in via code.
At a certain point, I was struggling because I had to dynamically change the position of an item via code. In the documentation, it said it was possible to do it but I could not find the implementation. So I tried to contact the support via mail, even If the support page is only in Japanese and previous payment was required. I post here the mails.
So basically I have to implement it myself via Prawn, which is a package available for Ruby. I tried implementing it but I was running out of time, I had only a few days left of my internship. So I found another solution, which was to create all the combinations of the position of the item and then change the visibility via code.April 18, 2020 at 11:08 #12113
Good morning everyone!
I’m glad some of you watched the documentary about Cambridge Analytica. It made me think about how I am valuable and vulnerable as an online entity. In addition, I’m enrolled in the Data ethics course this semester and we are studying all the regulations of the GDPR. Take as an example your bike or scooter sharing account, if you are used to going to university by it, it’s simple to suppose this is your home-work or home-school track.
We have to find a good trade-off between our data and our safety. Consider that South Korea is using aggressive contact tracing to track people in order to prevent Coronavirus’ spread. Then Russia is empowering his facial recognition surveillance. Instead, the EU last January considered the option to ban face recognition for five years in public areas, but it has been reconsidered. In the end, two days ago it was announced the use of an app here in Italy to control the spread of the virus, it is not mandatory though. Here are some articles if you want to read more about it:
The weekend is here so here’s another list of documentaries I watched and I strongly suggest. They are all available on Netflix IT now.
1. Prediction by the numbers (it title: Le statistiche delle previsioni)
It’s about statistics (of course) and a small part of it is linked to the one about Cambridge Analytica, for the ones of you who watched. I think I have watched all the documentaries related to statistics on Netflix, they are very interesting and as a Data Science Student, I love to watch them. This one is produced by Nova PBS, all of them are very well made.
2. Joshua (teenager vs. superpower)
This documentary is about how the Umbrella movement was born, I bet all of you have seen photos or videos of the events happened in Hong Kong during the past six years. I followed the events but I didn’t know how it all started so it was very interesting.
3. Explained (it title: In poche parole)
This is a series made of small documentaries about literally everything (ex: cryptocurrency, programming, K-pop, etc.) This is one of my favorites because they are pretty short and they easily explained the topic.
4. The mind explained (it title: La mente svelata)
This series is the same as the previous one, but it’s all about the brain. This is mind-blowing!
I close this post with a question, during this quarantine have you find a new way to manage your time? One thing I usually do once a week is planning the seven days that cames ahead. I divide every day into time slots so I’m sure that by the end of Sunday night I did everything I wanted to do. I also make a to-do list to better knuckle down.
Enjoy the weekend,
SilviaApril 10, 2020 at 19:22 #12075
Today I would like to reply both to @simone-dalledonne and @cbrugo.
I’ve already watched the documentary about AlphaGo. Last semester I’ve studied just a part of theory beside it, reinforcement learning, and it is so fascinating. I have a Netflix subscription, so I have a few documentaries to recommend. The first one is ‘The great hack’, it is around Cambridge Analytica’s case. Then if you are interested in medicine, ‘Diagnosis’ is awesome. It’s about a weekly online section on The New York Times, in which an unsolved medical case is proposed. As a reader, you can expose your ideas to help to find a cure. Everyone can reply: you could be a doctor, a person with the same disease, a medicine student.
I’m currently reading two books, one is ‘Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE’ by Phil knight. It’s about how the creator started his business. The other one is ‘Purple Cow’ by Seth Godin, it explains the basic principles of marketing, which is a field I want to examine.
One thing I discovered lately is podcasts, I love them because you can listen to episodes about literally everything. One I suggest is Artificial Intelligence by Lex Fridman, it is a collection of interviews with representatives in the AI field. The last episode I started is with David Silver, the mind behind AlphaGo and AlphaZero.
The last thing I would like to suggest are TED talks on youtube, there is also the official app where you can download them. After the coronavirus outbreak, all the internet is talking about the one with Bill Gates if you haven’t seen it yet check it out.
I think Jack Ma is right, you have to develop skills outside school. As I said in my presentation post, I choose to work while finishing my Master’s degree. I think it is a great opportunity to gain abilities like teamwork, organization, and problem-solving.
In the end happy Easter to you and your families,
April 8, 2020 at 15:45 #12055
- This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by Silvia Giammarinaro.
Thank you @pistillostefano for sharing your story with us, it was so inspiring.
It’s incredible how things evolve in ten years. Are you able to visualize your 2010 self looking at your 2020 self? Is it how you planned? My answer is a no. To prove it, I’m telling you one of my childhood memories.
My family and I were going to the seaside, it was summer. At that time I was attending middle school and as a kid, it was a long trip (4-5 hours), so I used to take a toy or a book with me. I remember carrying with me a magazine bought the day before with my mum, the title on the cover was “this cellphone will change the world” or something like that.
I checked today what year it was: it was 2008 and I was 11. The phone on that cover was the iPhone 3G, it was the first iPhone sold in Italy and the man beside it was Steve Jobs. I was so fascinated by reading the magazine I followed every Apple presentation since then. But Steve had the power to make it magical and after him, it was never the same.
If you asked 2009 Silvia what she will do in 2020, I think the answer would be a dancer. I was attending dance classes and I was in love.
But things didn’t work out. Some years later I wanted to be an artist, going to art high school but I chose Liceo Scientifico. Then, I have to pick what university course attend and I choose Management engineering even if Computer engineering was charming, but I never programmed in my life and I was scared.
After attending the first year at Politecnico di Torino I switched to Computer Engineering and I felt it was the right way. Ten years later I graduated. Sometimes, I think I knew my path since I was a child, but it was not as strong as it is now.
Did you find your right path?
Pic taken from the Focus web page (https://www.focus.it/scienza/scienze/la-biografia-di-steve-jobs-fondatore-di-apple)
April 6, 2020 at 11:03 #11988
- This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by Silvia Giammarinaro.
Hi everyone! I’m Silvia Giammarinaro, a student currently attending the first year of the Master’s Degree in “Data science and engineering” and a Ruby on Rails web developer. I started working last September and I have a part-time job, so I can have some time to study and attend lessons.
I moved to Turin 4 years ago to start attending Computer engineering at Politecnico. My family is staying in my home town, Gattinara, a small city in Piedmont exactly between Turin and Milan. I graduated last July and it is still one of the best memories of my life.
First of all, hope you’re all safe at home staying with your loved ones. It’s been a tough month, I changed my entire routine and I’m currently working from home. Here’s a list of few things I put in my daily basis to stay healthy:
– prepare myself a complete and balanced breakfast: my go-to is high-protein pancakes, green tea, and some fresh orange juice;
– workout every day: I used to go to the gym before the lockdown and I can’t stop doing it. As equipment, I’m currently using bands and a mat. A thing I added in my schedule is flexibility session 3 to 4 times a week to prevent injuries, this is more than just a standard rest day and your muscles will thank you; – read more: every day I look for articles, research papers to study even better the content of the online lessons.
Hope we can get to know each other even if we are in front of a computer,