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Employee Interview : Researcher

LeapMind’s Employee Interview : Joel

Before joining LeapMind in November 2017, I was studying at Warwick University in the U.K. First an MSc. in complexity science, then a PhD. in physics and complexity science. Making simulations to model physical processes was a big part of my work. This involved machine learning for optimization, probabilistic sampling methods, and some group theory mathematics.


What are you responsible for at LeapMind?


In LeapMind, I am making use of my programming and scientific skills in the research and science team. My role includes generating new ideas for efficient deep learning technology, as well as making improvements to existing deep learning methods. I'm also invested in the question of how it is possible for neural networks to learn, and I believe more research in this area is important for making big improvements in this field.

LeapMindでは、Research & Science Divisionでプログラミングと科学技術の知識を活用しています。私の役割は、効率的なDeep Learning技術のためのアイデア生み出すだけでなく、既存のDeep Learning技術の改善も行なっています。また、Deep Learning技術をこれからも良くしていくためには、ニューラルネットワークでの学習での課題に貢献することが大事だと思っています。

What made you decide to join LeapMind?


When I saw the interesting new technologies occurring in deep learning, I felt it was an exciting field to take part in. I had some experience in creating new algorithms and making existing algorithms faster, so I felt like I could do some good work at LeapMind specifically. On the human side, the idea that people’s lives could become easier by intelligent devices really appealed to me.

私は、Deep Learningという新技術が生まれたときとてもワクワクし、その技術開発に関わりたいと思いました。新しいアルゴリズムを生成し、既存のアルゴリズムよりも高速なものを作った経験があったため、LeapMindで貢献できるのではと感じました。人の側に知能を持った機械がいるという生活が、容易になるかもしれないという考えは、私の心に響きました。

What is important to you in your job?


To continue to grow, get new skills, and make a positive contribution are all important for me. Of course, I have interest in mathematics, machine learning, and logical investigation, so I am especially happy to be able to be involved in using these skills in my daily work.


What inspiration do you get from the members around you?


I am coming from a theoretical background. So for me, it was an experience to see the other side of technology, involving software engineers, where code is implemented into working products. Also, the hardware side, where the details of specific components are key. The spirit to create with others in the company is an inspiring feeling.


What do you think about LeapMind? Please tell us what you like about working at LeapMind.


In LeapMind, questions are valued, so I don’t need to worry to ask. Also, collaboration across the company is valued highly. I can speak with people from all different sections, which I think does not always happen in other companies. There are people from various backgrounds, for example home country or work background, so I feel lucky to meet lots of different kinds of people. We have fun playing table tennis, and going to the pub outside of work, too. We recently held a hack-days event inside the company, and I wrote a command-line tool for inspecting network weights, it's a nice tool we can use for visualizing our daily work. One of the things I like about LeapMind is that there is a good culture of encouraging commitment to following through on project ideas to its conclusion.

LeapMind は、質問することが評価される文化です。誰かに質問する場合も遠慮する必要はありません。社内の他のセクションとのコラボレーションもとても活発で、これは他社ではなかなか経験できないことだと思います。LMには、いろいろな国、多種多様な経験を持つメンバーがいます。このような出会いができたことは幸運だと思っています。

オフィスにある卓球台で楽しく遊んだり、仕事の後、プライベートで飲みに行ったりもします。最近は、Hack Daysが社内で開催され、私はnetwork weight を検査するcommand-line toolを書きました。毎日の業務を可視化することができるとても便利なツールなんですよ。

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