Wir trafen uns in einem garten
For German authenticity, listen to 2Raumwohnung’s Wir trafen uns in einem Garten
I plan to summer in Berlin next year, that is to say if the DAAD institute is willing to grant me a research stipend for 3 months (hopefully). Lets hope I am one of the four lucky Icelanders the embassy will endow. I need to send my advisor a research proposal, so he can pimp me out to his German colleagues. This will make my recently-finished course on Research Proposals and Grant Applications actually worth taking, besides its easy 2 ECT.
I have two choices in Germany, namely
- Technische Universität Berlin, which focuses on Machine Learning and Intelligent Data Analysis
- Technische Universität Dortmund, which focuses Artificial Intelligence
|Summering in Germany 2011|
I think I will opt for Berlin, since what I can learn in Dortmund is not much more than I can learn here in Iceland from my advisor. Berlin has a more varied group of researches, besides being a more happening geographic location. I am not, repeat not, going to repeat that country living lifestyle I got accustomed in Valenciennes.
Best of both worlds would of course be visiting both universities. Especially since my advisor is thinking about applying himself for a stay month long stay in Dortmund. So I could start there, and then relocate to Berlin for the two extra months to get acquainted to its research team.
I will have to apply before October 25th, so October will be SUPER busy. I need to present my findings at the Engineering and Natural Sciences Research Symposium 2010; finish my EMO conference paper before the extended deadline passes; peer-review a paper on IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation; and finish my first LION5 conference paper and hope I have time to start (and finish) a second one during its extended deadline period. Oh, and finish a proper paper for International Journal of Systems Science, Special Issue on: Computational Intelligence Optimization in the Presence of Uncertainties. The only reason why this is actually feasible is because most of my work is closely related and an extension of a previous (or simultaneous) work.
I am also going to Iceland Airwaves and learning to knit. Wish me luck! I can’t wait for my little mini-breaks to Aarhus and Seattle. God knows, I will deserve them then.