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GoodBye LASA, Goodbye old friend


Basilio was indeed right that "It is an interesting conundrum when the person responsible for writing the usual farewell blog is also the person that has to say goodbye". It is almost the end of my five and a half fantastic years in LASA. Meeting awesome people, playing with multiple robots, debugging tons of incomprehensible codes, writing some papers/reports and travelling nonstop. Life as a PhD student was indeed a great experience. It has lots of ups and downs which make it interestingly unpredictable. Highly recommended. Thanks a lot LASA, thanks a lot LASA's crew and Thanks a lot Aude, indeed thank you so much. 

Goodbye, farewell and hope to see you again in the lab before and in the apéro after the defences, in the conferences, at barbecues/house-warmings or elsewhere. I am sure we are going to meet a lot and I would make sure that you will not miss me. 

Sina out.

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 0:03
Dr. Iason, You nailed it!

A real greek man never puts on a tie even on his defense ;)

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 11:48
The family

We grow, we shrink, but we stay always together.

The fondue was indeed good, no Saurav? ;)


Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 8:40
Lasa's family

@Kunpeng,  don't be shy ;)

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 20:43
Great game with professionals



Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 12:29
Congratulation Dr. Pais Ureche

The big day finally passed :) 

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 17:06
Jose Ramon Medina, the Postdoc!

This is going to be a honest reply to this questionnaire. No make-up and no smart, flashy answers.


LASA: "Do you remember the happiest moment of your Postdoc life?"

Remembering how cool it was to make things work together with other people and experiencing that joy again.

LASA: "Do you remember the time you felt most afraid? If so, what was your thought process at the time?"

I’ve been having a hard time feeling bad about not meeting my own expectations and at the same time having to commute every weekend to Munich. This was very hard. It was then very interesting to observe how my mind crushed all those expectations in a sort of survival reaction to reach the point where I couldn’t care less about all those (now meaningless) things.

LASA: “Is there anything you would like to do that you haven’t done yet?”

I would love to have 6 months, a sound studio room, a bunch of MIDI instruments, some friends visiting sometimes and myself. I’d love to listen to what’s sounding in that room after that. I’d like to get to know myself in the infinite space of music where no criteria nor rules prevail. Overwhelming!

LASA: “If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?”

If it’s concerning my own decisions, I’m not changing a thing. I accept myself as I am, for the good and the bad things.

LASA: “What will you miss the most from your time as a Postdoc in LASA?”

The people! Anything else is irrelevant.

About specific moments, I’ll miss the nice discussions with Felix and Klas.

I’d love to repeat boom,boom… lamp flashing…. boom,boom orange splashing …

LASA: “What advice can you give to new Postdocs?”

There is a continuous process in each person (or at least in myself) seeking for something different. If you want to do a Postdoc make sure you are not at all close to the point where

  1. you already understood too well how things work/do not work in a research group and

  2. where every research problem you could consider reminds you of another problem you already know.

LASA: "What do you feel most guilty about?"

I don’t feel guilt anymore.

“What’s surprised you most about being a Postdoc?”

That nothing surprised me. That was surprising!

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 14:13
Goodbye College...Hello Job!

* What will you miss the most from your time at LASA?"

Felix: Two things:

First, getting to work with so many different systems: arms, hands, sensors, software architectures, etc... It's great to be presented with a new system: first you use and understand it, then you master and improve it.

Second, and more importantly, getting to work with so many people, each with their own unique expertise. Finding common ground and going into new directions is a great pleasure.


* What advice can you give to new PhD students?

Felix: Implementation on robots is just like investing: get the fundamentals right and you're sure to be successful in the long term.




"Do you remember the happiest moment of your intership?"

Yue: Saw the robot running as you wanted it.

"Do you remember the saddest moment of your intership?"

Yue: saw the robot not running as you wanted it.

“Is there anything you would like to do that you haven’t done yet?”

Yue: Yes, I would like to put the learning from demonstration part into my work, which was possible because of lack of time.

Yue: “If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?”

I think if I could have defined the project more clearly, earlier, I could have a better result.



Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 15:17
Farewell the most positive person I've ever met.Yes, her name is Ajung Moon.

"What was the happiest moment of your Phd life?"

- It's coming... I can feel it... Getting my PhD will be the moment I think.

"Do you remember the happiest moment of your Phd life?"

- There are several moments other than the one I am expecting (see above). A very consistently happy moment comes the day after I put down “Do Nothing” on my task list for a day and actually followed through. Guilt-free 'do nothing' time is much more enjoyable than time spent doing nothing without intending to do so. 

“If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?”

- I would have signed up to stay for the full year (and a month) first time around. ;)

“What’s surprised you most about being a phd student/Postdoc/Professor?”

- The fact that the world doesn't wait for you to finish your PhD, and that your life shouldn't wait for you to finish your PhD either.

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 23:54
Be motivated!

It is the end of sumemr and it is time to farewell the most motavated man of the earth:

GooDBye Edouard

Posted by Seyed Sina Mirrazavi Salehian at 17:29
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