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Need to make decison towards your relationship? How about a decison tree analysis ?

Supposed you are in a long-distance relationship for some years, of course you want to be with your partner in a same city, but both of you have job in different cities, your partner shows reluctance to move to your city. What will you do? Sacrifice your job to move to another city? Is it worthy to do so? Then you need do a decision tree analysis!





If you move to another city, you need to quit your old job and find a new one, probably you can’t find a new job immediately, there may be a period that you have no income. Let’s assume you need a year to find a new job. Then the costs of moving will be the benefits of your original annual income. For your relationship, you know if you move to your partner’s city, there will be high chance of probability that both you will get married. If you don’t move, there will only be low chance of probability that you will get married. If you get married, your tax level will be lower, you share the rent and perhaps your annual income will be higher, w…
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Get to know me in three minutes

Thanks to my dearest and nicest colleague Andreas Kelling to make this professional video for me. I like it so much! Thanks million times :) )) Meanwhile, an article described our project is published on BAM's home webpage. You can read through Research trainees on the trail of concrete fatigue . Thanks a lot to my lovely colleague Rebekka Gabler for the interview and the article:D
Hope all you have fun watching the video as well as reading the article!





My big BAM theory

It has been almost three months since I haven't updated my blog. To be honest, I really had a tough time since last December, not only because of pressure from my work, but also from my private life. I was down for quite a while, but  don't worry, I have recovered and I am totally new LIJIA! When I look back to those hardest time, it is not the tears and sleepless night, all I remembered is how my colleagues and friends get me through all of this. We are not alone in the society, we can't live without friends and family. I feel so lucky that I met such a nice group of people in BAM that light up my way through the dark . In this post, I want to talk my life working as a PhD in BAM. (One nice afternoon, when I went off  from work and captured the beautiful sunset outside of BAM)
BAM stands for Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, which means Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. It is a senior scientific and technical Federal institute with res…

Summary of my first year PhD life

It has been one year already since I started my PhD, time flies! I still remembered  the first day when  I moved to Berlin. It is just like yesterday, OMG.


12/2016 I started to work in Federal institute of material research and testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany. My supervisor gave me the first task.
1/2017 I wrote my state of art for my PhD topic under the framework of INFRASTAR project.
2/2017 I submitted an abstract for IWSHM2017 based on the task  given by my supervisor.
3/2017 INFRASTAR first training week was held in Berlin, it was the first time to meet 12 ESRs.  INFRASTAR first training week in Berlin, BAM
4/2017 I moved to Aalborg and started my secondment in Aalborg university and worked on my paper.
Secondment in Aalborg University

5/2017  With the help of teams of John in Aalborg university, I wrote the full manuscript here for IWSHM2017.

6/2017 I was back to Berlin and attended outreach activity PhD retreat in warren which was organized by BAM PhD organization. And I submitt…

Brainstorming of team values during INFRASTAR Training week #02

Last week, our INFRASTAR project team had our second training week in EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland. We had 5 days of intensive courses and met plenty of excellent lecturers and professors. One of the lecture impressed me a lot and in this post I want to share how we achieve the team building with help of Mr. Polo Looser.

Here is the beautified results of our brainstorming towards team building :)



At the beginning, Mr. Polo Looser wrote three keywords on the black board: Values, Dealing with interaction and Ways of working, which are related to team working. We were divided into three groups and each group would discuss how we understood the keywords and wrote our opinion on the blackboard. 

Then  Mr. Polo Looser told us to rank these comments. Everyone can only vote three comments following 3,2,1 points on each key word group.

Finally we got the ranking list of what most people think of the team work!
Top three keywords about our project values: Creativity and curiosity. Pleasure. Tr…

Lessons that I learned from my first PhD poster presentation

Last month, I attended  the PhD day in BAM together with other three ESRs (Xin Wang,Joyraj Chakraborty,Imane Bayane). I presented my poster here based on my paper "Damage detection and deteriorating structural systems". I got some comments and feedback that I would like to share with all of you in this post. Preparing your welcoming sentenceAt first, I just stood besides my poster and I was thinking people may ask me if they have any questions. But the truth is if you don't speak, viewers will quickly pass through your poster and move to the next stand. So it is better to take the initiative to talk to others. It may be little embarrassing for you at the beginning, but you have to be brave to sell yourself and your ideas. 
If you prepare a good welcoming sentence, things will become much easier. Since my poster is about quantification the damage detection value of a bridge to help make better decision, so I opened my speech with the sentence like: Do you want t…