An internship of adventures

Lucas from HEIA_FR calls his three months in India a unique personal and professional experience. Find out why –

I’m a recent graduate from the HEIA-FR of the Computer Science Bachelor program. Having done my whole studies in my small hometown I wanted to seize the opportunity to challenge myself in an unknown country and gain some professional experience. I heard about Swissnex and their iii program and decided to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The day I arrived in Bangalore, I was welcomed by a future colleague at the airport who took me to my accommodation. He came back the next morning to bring me to the work place in Vijayanagar. First thing I noticed once outside was the traffic, but also the noise of the cars’ horn, the crowd, the smells, the atmosphere, … It was at this moment that I finally realised that my adventure in India had started.

I met the Cardiotrack team and everyone was really kind and wanted me to spend the best internship possible. It helped me a lot to acclimatise even though I was overwhelmed by all the new things I was experiencing! Cardiotrack is a disruptive healthcare diagnostics company that is making heart healthcare more accessible and efficient. The company’s mission is to significantly reduce the cost of diagnosis through continuous innovation.

My task was to analyse the Machine Learning solution proposed by Google. They offer a toolbox (called AutoML) allowing their users to perform supervised learning, which involves training a computer to recognize patterns from labelled data (in my case, normal/abnormal ECGs). This method is based only on images and not on raw data. AutoML Vision models can generally predict labels that humans can assign. So, if a human can be trained to assign labels by looking at the image for 1-2 seconds, the model likely can be trained to do it too. To know how well this tool would perform in the detection of normal/abnormal ECGs, I’ve created different datasets and models to analyse their results and determine which one was giving the best accuracy. Parallelly, I documented what AutoML is and how it is to be used (creating datasets, training models, using the python API, etc.).

During my internship, I explored Bangalore (MG Road, Cubbon Park, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Movie theatre, Football stadium, …) to get to know the city better, as well as, other places in South India. I went to Mysore where I saw its beautiful palace, to Goa where I enjoyed its relaxing beaches and to Hampi where I discovered its historical and impressive temples.

From September to December I had the chance to witness some wonderful events for the first time like Gandhi Jayanti, Dussehra, Kannada Rajyotsava and Diwali. These festivals don’t happen where I come from and I am so pleased to have been able to be a part of all of them. Besides all that, I had a small taste of a whole new culinary world (Vada, Dosa, Chutney, South meals, …) which I will undoubtedly miss! I also encountered a new religion which is Hinduism and it has been a pleasure to discover all the mythology belonging to it (Gods, Traditions, Beliefs, Temples, etc.).

This experience made me grow personally and professionally. It showed me that there is more to do and to explore out there and that I am not limited to my hometown or country. I would recommend this kind of internship to anyone wishing to take a break after their studies while still wanting to acquire new knowledge in their field of study/work.

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