Guoda – alumnus of the programme
What year did you graduate?
"I graduated from the programme in Wireless Communications in June 2018."
What is your current occupation? What does the position entail?
"I am working as a PhD student and my research topic is machine learning on wireless communication systems. I am currently developing machine learning approaches to enhance the performance of communication systems. As a part of the process, I am investigating the possibility to strengthen the performance of wireless systems via learning-based approaches. The research project is funded by Ericsson, and therefore closely connected with the industry which makes it is so interesting."
How did you get this PhD position?
"I did my Master’s thesis together with Sony and I successfully filed a patent application for the company and wrote a good thesis. Because of this, I got this PhD position that will last for around 5 years."
Favourite thing about being a PhD student?
"It is so nice to cooperate with people from all over the world and to get familiar with different cultures. During my PhD journey, I have trained lots of important skills, such as making a good presentation, managing time, cooperating with coworkers, etc."
What was especially useful about the Master’s programme that you use in your everyday work?
"I learned a lot from the intensive Master’s programme in Wireless Communications. After learning all the basic theories of communication systems, I think the most important skill I learned is how to implement a wireless communication system step by step from scratch by programming. This implementation helped me improve my understanding a lot, which is also very useful for future careers."
Why do you think prospective students should choose this programme?
"The department has a very strong research team and lots of connections with both the industry and academia all over the world. Because of this, the programme offers a great opportunity to elevate yourself by learning more skills and expanding your horizons. In addition, Lund is a very international city and citizens in Lund generally have a very high English level, which makes it easy to make new friends."
Do you have any advice for prospective students coming to Lund?
"Firstly, try to be open-minded, experience and embrace different cultures. I know it can be tempting to stay in your comfort zone, but once you have tried to overcome this, lots of unexpected opportunities will appear. Secondly, I would advise you to manage your time in an efficient way. Even though the course workload can be challenging, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy student life."