Sunday, January 15, 2017

KGSP - DIS Project

So back in March of last year, I got assigned a project at my lab. It wasn't really a project that I had much interest in, but it was something that could develop my skills and allow me to explore new forms of technology I didn't have much experience in, so in a way it was good.

Originally it was supposed to go on for half a year, but we decided to change the direction of the project halfway through development so it ended up getting pushed into this month for a different conference.

Specifically DIS conference (DIS).

So me and my team worked quite hard to get the project ready for the submission to this conference. It's been a long and tiring few weeks of doing user studies, data analysis, and preparing to write the paper.

But suddenly our professor changes his mind and decides to delay the submission to the next conference. Now, his reasons are fair, because despite putting a lot of time into the project, the time frame we had to work with was short, so we probably would have a stronger submission if we delayed.

I don't have a picture related to this project I want to share so here's some dirty tap water. Which I guess is related in some ways.

This decision really bugs me. Because he could've easily decided to tell us a week or two earlier but he ended up telling us a day and a half before the conference deadline. Not only does it mess with our plans and schedule for the rest of the winter break, it really is kind of disheartening.

I mean, I've been putting 60 - 70 hour weeks in the lab for like, a month now. And then it turns out that all this time I could've taken it a bit easier and taken a bit more time with the work instead of powering through it at the cost of sleep and free time.

One of my teammate's last day was today. She gave me a comic about hope.

Like the last month has been pretty brutal. I've been working on tiring projects for years now but this project has taken so much out of me both physically and mentally. It's been stressful enough that I was actually glad the project was coming to end, but now it continues for another month.

Yea, it's only another month, but I still need to start my thesis project and my time is running out on that too. It would've been so nice to just put this project behind me and just focus on my thesis project which is actually integral to my studies.

I also bought a small rack today for a light. But I didn't notice it was slanted because it's for shoes. Salt in wounds etc etc.

So yea, I'm a bit annoyed and just wanted to vent a bit. This clogs up my schedule somewhat but it's just another obstacle I have to overcome. I should be fine I think. Just gotta do as much as I can and hope for the best right?

Anyways, on a more positive note, I'm heading to Taiwan on Thursday for a few days so my next post will be a bit delayed. It was supposed to be a celebratory trip after the project finishes, but regardless I need some time off from the lab or I'm going to go insane.

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