LeapMind’s Employee Interview : Azuma

In this episode, we asked Azuma, who is currently working as a machine learning engineer, to tell us about his first internship at LeapMind and how he came to his decision to join the company!

Many of the engineers at LeapMind have areas of expertise at a deep level, and he says it's an exciting environment to be able to steal knowledge and raw experience from other engineers that can’t be learnt from a textbook. After reading this article, you might want to join LeapMind too!


Why did you choose LeapMind?

I found LeapMind when I was looking for a company on a job search site. I remember applying for the internship because I thought the technology seemed solid since they were doing hardware, they had a research team and I felt that they were approaching machine learning from the computer science side, and I could get a clearer picture of what they were doing compared to other companies.

During my internship, I was involved in the development of incorporating some of the latest machine learning methods into Blueoil and the quantization of super-resolution at the time, and although I was a student, I was inspired because I found the subject itself new and interesting! 

My mentor was a very soft-spoken person, so it was easy to ask him questions and he gave me clear answers to my problems and questions. He taught me so much that when I look back on it now, I am so glad that he became a mentor for me.

Even after finishing my internship, that impression remained very strong, and I was convinced that if I followed him, my engineering skills would improve and I would be able to grow, so I decided to join LeapMind. I'm very happy that I was able to make the decision to join LeapMind then.


What are you responsible for at LeapMind?

I'm responsible for solving customer problems using machine learning and improving the machine learning skills of the entire team.

The most important difference between work and my research at university is the importance of understanding the customer's needs and communicating appropriately to ensure that there are no conflicts between our perceptions. It's interesting to see how that kind of communication can lead to the realization that there is practicality in unexpected things and new discoveries for each project, not just because the technology is advanced.

I also find it fascinating that at LeapMind we have a wide range of things we can do, and that we can challenge ourselves to do many different things. When I joined the company, I felt that there weren't many in-house study groups, so I planned a round-the-world reading of papers, and more people than I had expected participated in it. After that, they encouraged me to organize such a project, and now I am leading a study session for LeapMind's engineers.

At LeapMind, we can launch projects not only for this kind of project, but also for other projects, and it is often said that there are advantages and disadvantages to working at large companies and startups like LeapMind.


What inspiration do you get from the members around you?

I get the impression that many people are highly skilled engineers, and many of them have areas of expertise at a really deep level. There are people who are strong in hardware, people who are strong in machine learning, and others who are at the level of craftsmanship, which I feel is really amazing.

Also, I feel that I'm gaining skills in algorithms through practical work, which I didn't have that much experience in college. When I was in college, I didn't have the experience of having someone review my code, but the engineers at LeapMind have great coding skills and give me useful feedback, so I can learn more and more the skills that I wanted to learn or I thought I lacked, both actively and passively. 

There are many engineers from English-speaking countries at LeapMind, and although I wasn't very good at English when I joined the company, I have actually used it in some situations at work, so I feel that I am able to improve my English skills at my own pace little by little.


What do you like to do in your free time?

As a hobby, I play piano, draw illustrations, participate in computer science study groups here and there, and hold a remote hackathon with my friends during Golden Week.

As for my illustrations, I recently published a comic book (manga) for an engineer's comic market with my friends.

I'm also interested in combining technology with content and entertainment. At the moment, I'm trying to create something creative from the perspective of my hobby and machine learning. One of the things I've created is a piece of music that can be improvised with just a sense of rhythm, which I developed during LeapMind's HackDays project.


What are you expecting for the future?

At LeapMind, I think I'm still in the process of learning, so I'd like to steal skills from the people around me to improve my skills. There are things only you can know by creating, and I believe that by accumulating these experiences, I can build up my own persuasiveness in terms of technology, so once I've reached a level where the people around me think I'm skilled, I'd like to be able to encourage them to do the same.

I don't know if I can do that at LeapMind, but my ultimate goal is to combine entertainment and technology. I'm on the technology side, but by challenging myself as a creator of content, I feel like I can do more interesting things with technology and content.


At the end 

At LeapMind, we are deeply interested in our employees’ career growth; we believe that providing the best opportunities for our members to advance their careers is the key for our business to succeed. If this sounds interesting to you, please take a look at our career page!


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