1) Data Collection
Whewww…. I am on my last round of subjects. Trying to finish up all the test for these few subjects. Will not be recruiting any more. So that is sort of good news.
Now comes the real work. Processing the data. So far, thanks to my new found skills in programming, I can easily process the EMG and vGRF data. With my aging laptop (Surface Pro 2), it takes me about 11 to 15 seconds to process one jump (assuming the jump has been properly processed and cleaned). The 3D motion on the other hand is another story. That will take me about 1.5 to 2 hour per jump per person. Hmmmmm….. Long Road ahead I guess.
2) Paper 1
Due to the nature of my massive data collection phase (1 year and a half), I was not able to publish anything earlier. The norm for most PhDs are 3 to 5 studies (and corresponding data collection), they should be able to publish after each study throughout the PhD. Unfortunately I was unable to do so, so that is a slight disadvantage for me. But with it comes the huge advantage (in my opinion), with having all data collection done (and dusted) and I just need to process and start publishing. Thus currently in the process of writing up the first paper. Just need to decide the extent of the first paper. Quite excited.
I know, I am quite vague on a lot of things, but I am a believer of actions speaks louder than words. So hopefully the papers that we put out will be the proof.
The Eternal Student – “Always Learning, Always Growing”
And update on my PhD journey.
This past week. I have started my test for subject 020. Finally after such a long data collection period I am able to reach the big “20 series”. Still a long way to go though. I am thankful that it has been smooth so far and most importantly the data quality has been good so far. I think i finally reach a higher level of proficiency and efficiency.
Must thank my 2 interns who have been assisting me so far. 1) Ms Jessica Connaughton and 2) Mr Corbin Lam. Both who have been most helpful. This is my third round of interns attached to me and I have been lucky that I have had excellent “intern/students” attached to me.
What’s great is that they actually provide feedback and told me that helping me with my project allows them to actually made sense of what they learned in SPS2116: Applied Biomechanics. Prior to this all the “information” that they learned was just that. “Information”. I guess nothing beats seeing it all inaction.
That is a good feedback. Having tutored in the module for 2 years. I do sometimes wonder whether the students actually get to “fully digest” the information. I am sure some will. Some will just remember the facts to pass and some will only digest it much later when they see it in action.
Until the next post
Keep on Learning and Growing
The Eternal Student.
Most Singaporean universities use the traditional system of honors classification (eg. 1st class, 2nd(upper) etc). So when my sister enrolled in SMU, my sister and I were trying to explain to my parents the different honors system used in SMU. SMU follows the American system of using Latin Honors (cum laude etc.) , so it was very unusual for my parents. Took quite a while and the help of a table to explain to my parents this system of Latin Honors.
Below is the table that list the Latin and conventional honor system in Singapore. I believed I have included all 4 of the latin honors, instead of the 3 most commonly used.
Here is the list (in rough order, from highest to lowest)
Latin Honors (common in US universities)
summa cum laude: “with highest honor”
– Top 5% (often 2%)
– ALSO, means PERFECT academic record when maxima cum laude is ALSO used.
Honors – 1st Class
maxima cum laude: “with very great honor”
– Rarely used.
– Equivalent to summa cum laude (top 5%) except they (the student) did NOT have a PERFECT academic record.
magna cum laude: ” with great honor”
– Top 10% (often 15%)
– May be the highest honor awarded instead of summa cum laude at some institution
Honors – 2nd Class (Both Upper and Lower Class)
cum laude: “with honor/praise“
Honors – 3rd Class
Take note this is a very LOOSE translation or equivalence, but I believe the idea is there. There is another latin honor that is sometimes used (but not common) in a university setting. It is not as egregria cum laude, with egregia meaning: OUTSTANDING honor. It is supposed to be equivalent, but with a slightly higher status as it refers to a student who have earned summa cum laude BUT with a more rigorous course combination.
Will present this to my parents (who are familiar with the Commonwealth equivalent). Hope it helps them to understand.
Had to create a poster about myself as part of an application to attend Research Bazaar 2017 at Curtin University this year.
What do you think?
Lookin forward to attending the event.
For me this debate Evernote vs OneNote has always been at me ever since I started using online note taking apps.
And for the most part evernote has always won due to its simplicity and more important ease of use due to extensions such as evernote web clipper, where I can just “clip and forget”. The web clipper makes is sssoooooooooooo easy to just clip anything that I read. And once clipped, I can be assured that it is always there in my evernote. This clip and forget feature makes it the app to use.
However one of the reasons OneNote is and has always been alluring is due to the fact that it is entirely customisable and it is literally like a digital notebook. There are things that you can do with OneNote that Evernote can not ever do. I do like OneNote, and will always want to use OneNote, but the simplicity of Evernote will always make me choose it over OneNote.
Here is an updated article by Lifehacker – version 2106, on the difference between the two.
However since I have started on my PhD, I have increasing started the use of Docear. A software that tries to be jack of all trades. The best way to describe it is like Mendeley smaller brother and Evernote and FreeMind combined. Evernote has been relegated to simply an archiving system. Clip and Forget.
Do check it out and let me know your thoughts.
Since the Basa Fillets are so cheap, it has been one of my main source of Protein this past few days. And my wife has made another fantastic dish which she called “Tom-yam flavoured basa baked fish fillets with cous cous“.
I then ate it with some baby spinach for a complete and delicious meal.
Yours in the pursuit of Knowledge
“The Eternal Student”
Went supermarket shopping recently. And was super happy to found another source of cheap protein: Basa Fillets. It was selling for AUD$4.99 for 1kg. So based on the average estimated nutritional value of basa fillets, that is about AUD$0.22 per gram of protein. That is relatively cheap for a (meat) natural source of protein.
My dearest wife then turned it into a delicious meal, with potatoes. It was Fantastic.
Some other advantages of Basa Fillets
1) High in Protein – Mentioned it above.
2) High in Fats – Yes FATS are good (not all fats though). Basa Fillets are high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
3) Low in Calories – For those of you interested in controlling this.
4) Low in Carbohydrates – For those Paleo nuts (I have no issues with the theory, rather the concept that they are really following what the paleolithic man was eating)
Yours in Learning
“The Eternal Student”