One year on..

The more you know, the less you know!

Hey everyone! This is Narimane Early-Stage researcher number 10 from Bordeaux.

Now I am on my way to the land of cheese and chocolate, I thought it’s the perfect timing for writing. I am really thrilled to finally type down another blog post, after a long absence.  

Well, guess what ? Exactly one year ago today, I wrote my very first blog post.

Reflections on the first year of my PhD? It can be tough and awful and there will be days you wish you had a normal job, but it’s an incredibly challenging experience.

What have I been up to these past few months? A lot has been happening lately but first thing first!

I started my very first secondment in the month of July and no surprise it had to be held remotely from my office in Bordeaux.  As I mentioned in my last post, our focus was laid particularly on the inverse problem. I have been mainly working with MUSIC software to assess the accuracy of different algorithms for solving ECG inverse problem on in-silico data. To do this, we have been studying the zero order Tikhonov regularization in conjunction with the Method of Fundamental Solutions (MFS), the ZOT regularization using the Finite Element Method (FEM) and the proposed EP-solution based on the boundary element method (BEM).

I guess the one take-home message here is socialize with your lab colleagues. It’s a great way to discuss your research experiences, get help and improve your work. Unfortunately, covid and home working didn’t help too much but now everything is almost back to normal we got to take advantage.

The month of September was very busy; 6 flights, 6 trains, 3 different countries and countless memories. 

At the beginning of the month, I took a few days off for a well-deserved vacation and a little break. There is always a certain vibe when I come back to my hometown, I  feel relieved and loved.

I guess the second take-home message here is you should take your holidays. Taking a break during your PhD is a form of self-care. PhD can feel overwhelming and serious, a break may offer you the opportunity to relax and recharge. 

I was also in Brno, Czech Republic to attend the international conference ; Computer In Cardiology. I have finally met some @PersonalizeAF team members in person. I am very proud to be part of the consortium. 

And, of course, I got the chance to present my paper : “Benchmark of deep learning algorithms for the automatic screening in electrocardiograms transmitted by implantable cardiac devices”. Weird sensation at the beginning, I am not a microphone girl, but it felt great and exciting to put my work out. 

Then again from Czech Republic to Karlsruhe in Germany to attend the Atrial Signals conference ; three days of non-stop networking and very interesting talks from the pioneers of the field. Of course, I didn’t understand everything during these seminars, and that’s the point, the more you know  the more you realize you don’t know and the less you know. 



The last take home message (from me to me this time) is to take it easy. 


Now it’s time to work, I hope you enjoy your day and your journey as I am learning to embrace and enjoy mine.  🤗

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Narimanz (or Narimanzanas as my close friends call me), ESR10.