‘I’m originally from Vietnam and that’s where my passion for computing began. I originally did a degree in Mathematics and Informatics followed by a scholarship to do my Masters in Applied Mathematics. I then received a scholarship to do my PHD at NUI Galway.
I didn’t know a great deal about Ireland, so it was a huge decision to make the big leap to live a such a different country. After time spent doing a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Limerick I decided to move over from academia to industry – joining Jaguar Land Rover after a short time in Valeo to be involved in computer modelling for autonomous vehicles – an area where my mathematics background fitted well.
Even though I had no automotive experience – my skills and knowledge have been essential in the ADAS team. Working here has been a big learning curve for me. I have gained new learnings and knowledge in my role. I didn’t know C ++ when I arrived in industry – or anything about computer vision – but I have learnt these new skills very quickly. I am always looking to improve my knowledge on relevant subjects, and I adapted very quickly to my role.
I’m also lucky to have worked with helpful managers and teams – the whole working environment is hugely supportive. The projects I work on are hugely challenging but the future looks extremely exciting. My academic background has been a huge benefit in helping me develop algorithms and be involved in some incredibly challenging problem solving in Autonomous driving. I love it!’
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