Aurélie at MathWorks - Cambridge
I have spent 6 months as a secondee in Cambridge. I organized this secondment long in advance as I first needed to temporally go from associate professor at University of Bordeaux to researcher at CNRS. I have been very well welcomed by Mathworks and in the Cambridge Image Analysis group.
This time as a secondee has been an excellent opportunity to learn more in details about deep learning methods and to share experience with the important number of researchers present in Cambridge. In particular, we have investigated connections between deep learning and traditional non local and variational methods. With different colleagues, I have focused on various applications: image and point cloud segmentation, 3D object detection, image registration and image post-production. It has been a stimulating and professionally rewarding experience.
On a personal side, the NoMADS project has given my family the possibility to leave abroad for several months. We have had the chance to rent a flat in Churchill College. You can see its garden on the photo. It has been interesting to discover Cambridge primary schools that welcome non-English speaking kids in an amazing way. Cambridge is a wonderful small city, very pleasant to live in. There are many animations organized in museums and libraries. One impressive event is the science festival where you can attend several children and adults hands-on activities all across town, etc.