Meeting and more work!!

We had an early meeting ( Jon is always early by the way). Two main discussion for this month is the experiment and conference paper. I explained on the simulation that I had and Jon gave ideas on what kind of result that I can show to him next week.  So I think it went well. While discussing, we look at the ‘algorithmic-novelty’ that I will come out with and compare with what has been done by Alan and his students. I have to be careful and delineate the problem and solution that I am working on and write in properly in the paper that I am writing.

Towards the end of the discussion, we had a chat on my Phd as a whole and jon highlighted that he can still remember on my first year ( ouch!!!). and I know I have been learning A LOT and changes ( based on true story!!!). I am pleased …so did jon.  I know, my first and second year was not that good, but with all effort ….I am now in my third year ( alhamdulillah). Third year is not bad at all, better than first and second. You are getting clearer  and clearer each day.  For me, I have a weekly milestone and it must be ahead from what Jon is expecting. So that I have extra days from Jon. Trying to achieve is hard, especially you can’t really delayed in any more. No more excuses!!! More discussion with friends…people that are doing the same thing with you. Fortunately, in my office, we are all doing swarm robotics..we have Prof. Alan from Bristol Robotics Lab to verify or to give ideas, help us , emailing us with new thesis or papers that we need to look at. Trying to achieve novel idea is not as easy as it is…it is difficult!!! and..doing Phd is another story  :P.

Looking back at my monthly tasks, I have few more major experiment to be done before migrating to the real robot which I think will be challenges. We have 1 more experiment which is the signature algorithm for this week. My thesis audit with Fiona is coming, hope to get feedback from her as well. Jon suggested to send the paper to ANTS 201o, as more robotics people will be there and we will get good feedback on our work ( no matter it is accepted or not). Alan will be jointly writing the paper.

While writing, running some experiment, I did update my bib file ( references…..:P), crashing my MACBOOK hard disk yesterday  ( I want the new snow-leopard mac os-X ), thanks to Time-Machine again for the second time..In the mean time I am updating the content of my big book and writing the experimental design chapter….so off to work and more work is coming !!!!!


Its friday…12th february 2010

It’s friday..12th february..and it is my birthday..old enough to celebrate. We performed ‘solat hajat’ together praying for our future, hoping for a better tomorrow, insyaAllah. That’s me, ever since a little girl, my grandparents forbid birthday celebration, they said ‘mesti berdoa, bersyukur masih hidup hingga ke hari ini’. Kata mereka lagi..’jangan lah dipanggil hari jadi sebab hari itu lebih bermakna di panggil hari lahir, dah lama kita dijadikan cuma dilahirkan pada hari itu…’ alhamdulillah masih ingat ke hari ini walau mereka sudah tiada. We read few sections of hadith 40, alhamdulillah. semoga hidup makin bermakna bila mendekkati Allah. Semoga ilmu setara dengan amal , InsyaAllah…semoga hidayahmu sentiasa bersama kami. Amin ya Allah.

Work wise, progressing well. Alhamdulillah. both algorithm are ready for testing next week. Paper has been updated, submitted ….This month will be ready for testing both algorithms for anchoring and energy sharing and writing a paper for ICARIS 2010.

This week, am planning to start do some writing for my ‘big book’..:P. I have 8 chapters altogether. Collecting all the chapters that have been written in 4 reports submitted to the department, the outline of the ‘book’ is there. Main reference is of course paul’s, nembrini and a new  thesis given by alan.

Without extension, I will have 8 months, :). I am happy as my final year is better than 1st and 2nd. …. I  hope my journey is like this until the end…::)

Ain’t about how fast I get there,it’s the climb….

I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head sayin,
You’ll never reach it,
Every step I’m taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Got to keep trying
Got to keep my head held high

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing,
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes they knock me down but
No I’m not breaking
The pain I’m knowing
But these are the moments that
I’m going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I,
I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on,

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

2010 resolution!

If I can’t fly, then run
If I can’t run, then walk
If i can’t walk, then crawl
But whatever I do
make sure it is keep moving

Snow and cold surround me, hope for a brighter year ahead .. hope to have a wonderful PhD journey in 2010

If I have been standing, then sit.
If I have been traveling , then stay home.
If I have been teaching, then learn.
If I have been learning, then  teach.
If I have been talking , then listen.
If I have been listening, then talk.

It’s snowing up here…’s snowing…we played….took some pics too..simulation is not completed yet..but shows some good result now..finally the code is ready for the analysis for the faulty robot…so this week just run the simulation for 100 000 secs around 10 simulation times…managed to write some bash script for simulation run, which I tried using C, then jadi merapu2…hope to plot some result esok…some update this week..

Next plan for the code is to add some faulty signal emitted by the faulty robot and makes the other robot moves towards the faulty robot…

more update next week….TUNGGU…