Shower. Breakfast. Brisk walk. Card, key, computer. And finally the much wanted cup of coffee. Tuesday mornings are the beginning of the work week that Monday wasn’t, as I usually try to let Mondays have emails and administrative tasks. After a brief coffee deliberation with my officemates, an email ticks in from IEEE. Every Tuesday morning, I get an update on last weeks published papers on industrial robotics and force control.
Not all are relevant, nor are all good, but sometimes an interesting paper comes along that shines through. And as I haven’t been doing research for long, it is important to try to establish an overview of the field, and where the good work is done. The next hour I go through the articles, saving those of interest and adding them to my Mendeley archive with short keywords so that they can be easily found later if needed.
Courses at NTNU
This semester I had 2 PhD courses and a self-study course. The two courses I had were TK8103: Advanced Nonlinear Systems and TK8102: Nonlinear State Estimation. In both courses we were to write a conference article. This semester essentially became a crash-course in academic writing and working.
In TK8102 I looked at the stability of a recently developed speed observer and a classic trajectory tracking controller for a robot. And in TK8103 I compared the previous observer-controller system to a “dynamic” trajectory tracking controller. We recently completed our presentations for the subjects, and got feedback as to what should be fixed. And I start working on that.
I get a tap on the shoulder “Lunch?”, the sun is shining and the weather is nice, we gather our troops and pass by the cafeteria to pick up some food before sitting outside in the sunshine. After a while we return to work and I continue where I left off. A typical Tuesday is reading, writing, coding and debugging. With some coffee and lunch breaks sprinkled on top.