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2018 ACE Lab Internship Essay – Kim Gang-yong, Park Jae-hyun, Ahn Sung-ju

Kim Gang-yong (Chung-ang University, Mechanical Engineering)

“Hi! I’m intern of ACE Lab.” This was the first sentence I always said on my presentations in the ACE Lab. I am proud and feel nostalgic at the same time when I think that I now need to say “Hi! I was an intern on ACE Lab”. It was such an opportunity to experience many things to be part of the ACE Lab Internship Program.

We did a group study on control theories and the Embedded system for the first four weeks and presented the material. I can still vividly remember the first presentation. I was touched by how my senior researchers gave detailed comments and advised on my presentation with so much attention as if it is their own. Furthermore, I was able to study in depth through the group study. For example, with the concept ‘Model’ we were able to explore what exactly the model is, why we need to know about the model and how can we use it.

Then we did our project based on the group study materials. My projects was to actualize a Pole Detection algorithm used in Localization of automotive vehicles, under supervision of researcher Cho Sung-jin. I had to know how to use C++ for the project, but I had no prior knowledge. So I had to study about the C++ while executing the project. I learned C++ through reading books and watching online courses on Youtube, and Cho Sung-jin helped me a lot to clearly understand the materials I studied and to think like a programmer. With all of the knowledge, I was able to achieve my goals and finish the project.

Looking back the past two months, I feel like it has been the most educational two months of my life. It was difficult, but I learned so much. I would like to specially thank my senior researchers for answering my constant questions with a smile and offering help all the time. I would also like to thank Professor Myoung-ho Sunwoo for giving me the opportunity to learn.

Park Jae-hyun (Hanyang University, Department of Automotive Engineering)

Time has fled from 2018 July 2nd when I wrote how I would like the internship program to be meaningful to me, and the eight weeks have already passed with the final presentation. Looking back of the eight weeks, the program has been very meaningful for my future career plans and studies. Before I start my essay, I would like to thank Professor Myoung-ho Sunwoo and the researchers for giving me such an opportunity.

My internship program started with studying basic theories on Embedded and Control technology and presenting on the topics. We studied on designated topics through various means and prepared for the presentation, thinking that we would teach people with no prior knowledge in the field. It was surprising that the subjects felt like as if it was entirely new when we already took classes during our undergraduate course. We had to repeat the materials in the book and form the structure of units in order to explain the two subjects to the audience. We could not study it the way we did to prepare exams for school. As a result, I realized I was missing a lot of things and doing a lot of things wrong, and that I need to change the way I study. It was a shame to realize this after four years of university, but I was glad that I know now. Furthermore, the comments from the researchers were so meaningful in a way that I learned the importance of a structure in a presentation. I found out that even I studied and understood the material thoroughly, the audience could misunderstand or get confused through inefficient delivery.

After the study period, I started the project on building motor 제어기through forming an actual software architecture, based on AUTOSAR platform which is the most important platform in developing embedded system for the self-driving automobile as a team of two. My role was to form the software architecture. It was a great opportunity for us to practice on the Embedded technology subject and a perfect way to experience a software development through AUTOSTAR. The project was challenging in a different way from the group studies because it did not have an answer to it. Everything seemed to have a question mark in the end, whether I am doing the right thing, if this is necessary for the project and if so, am I doing it the right way. In every corner, there were the researchers from the lab to help me through the right path and to complete my project.

As I am writing the essay on my internship experience, I can clearly see how much I learned and felt through the program. I would like to thank professor Myoung-ho Sunwoo and the senior researchers including Cho Sung-jin again, for giving me the opportunity, helping me through the study and the project while being busy of their own business, and giving plenty of advice on my future career and to blend in the lab. Thank you.

Ahn Sung-ju (Hanyang University, Department of Automotive Engineering)

I joined the ACE Lab Internship program to experience graduate school, as I decided to study further in the field after several internship programs outside. I was introduced to the program plan, the lab and the facilities on my first day. We were to study the Embedded system and the control theories as a group and run a project. I was psychologically burdened and encountered several hardships as I was away from study for a year, but was able to solve it well thanks to the help from people around me. I was supposed to take the control theory subject on the second semester of my third year, but I had to study it for the first time in the internship program as I was unable to take the class for personal reasons. For that I had to study extra hours, but learned so much more through the group study, which was vital for my future studies.

As for the Embedded System, I took the class on my seventh semester, but the internship program allowed me to study further in depth. I realized what real study is that I would remember the materials longer while I was studying the subject deeply. My project was to control motors using the new software architecture of TC297. The goal was to validate the new architecture, but it was a good experience to review both control theory and the embedded system while controlling the motor myself.

The program pushed me further. It did not end at studying on the subjects but pushed me to practice, review and see the result. I was able to answer a lot of questions form the theories while actually practicing them. Adding on to that, company visits, and weekly physical activities allowed me to further understand the atmosphere of ACE Lab. I learned so much during the past eight weeks, more than from corporate internships. The program helped me a lot to decide on my future career.

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