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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 submitted the conference paper.

 PhD retreat in warren 2017

7/2017 I submitted another abstract for IALCCE 2018, Ghent, Belgium.

8/2017 I attended a summer school in The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS), Magdeburg, Germany. Please view Attending summer school, gain knowlege and enjoy fun!

Summer school in IMPRS 2017

9/2017 I was supposed to attend the IWSHM conference in Stanford University, USA. Unfortunately I didn't get my Visa in time. But this paper Damage detection and deteriorating structural systems was published  at the end. Instead of going to USA, I did a poster presentation Lessons that I learned from my first PhD poster presentation on PhD day in BAM based on my paper.

PhD day in BAM 2017

10/2017 To comfort me for missing the trip to USA, my supervisor introduced another conference to me which is in China. I submitted another abstract for 7WCSCM 2018.

11/2017 It was a busy month and I attended two training schools. One is the  COST TU1402 Training School on the Value of Structural Health Monitoring  in Milan, Italy. Another one is the internal INFRASTAR second training week in EPFL, Switzerland .
COST TU1402 Training School discussion

 INFRASTAR Second training week in EPFL, Lausanne

Another more challenging year ahead, keep going 2018~~~


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