School of Technology student does international internship in France

Pedro Chem is working at Université Grenoble Alpes' TIMA Lab

26/11/2021 - 17h17

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School of Technology’s Computer Science major Pedro Fratini Chem has been selected to for an internship at Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA)’s TIME Laboratory, a renowned research university and one of the best institutions in France. Chem was selected in Mar 2021 from a partnership between PUCRS and universities in France, Spain and the UK in the areas of Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Physics. The student will stay in France for five months.

The project the student is involved in aims to explore, evaluate and improve the reliability of future multiprocessor systems that are subject to radiation, by working with artificial intelligence algorithms that will be used for safety-critical applications. Chem will be conducting tests in a specialized laboratory to find out whether Machine Learning algorithms might be impacted by radiation.

To develop these activities, Pedro has come into contact with several specialists, an opportunity that he is very proud of: “It is such a privilege to learn from these professionals and I try to make the most of it. I have the chance to make valuable connections for my professional future. I also believe that the opportunity to have an international curriculum and to have broader professional experiences are extremely valuable”, he highlights.

Learning for life

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In addition to professional opportunities, Pedro is in contact with different cultures and traditions and is improving his French. He also joins programs with friends on weekends and goes hiking in the mountains, Grenoble’s main attractions. “Today, after a few months here, I see that I have improved my speaking and listening skills in French. I am learning more and more each day. Most importantly, I am experiencing lots of things and learning things that will stay with me forever. I know that in the future, I will look back and be very proud of the choice I made and the moments I am experiencing here in Grenoble”, he celebrates.

School of Technology professor, Dr. Rafael Garibotti, who has a solid research partnership with the French institution, reinforces the importance of the initiative. “This partnership actively contributes to the internationalization of PUCRS, giving School of Technology’s students the opportunity to showcase the knowledge gained at PUCRS in a world-class research environment. In addition, exchanges and international research projects are helpful in the comprehensive and multicultural training of our students”, he emphasizes.

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