TRISKELL Team Seminar

Posted: 22nd June 2010 by Luciano Araujo in Software Development, Summer 2010 in France

The TRISKELL team here at INRIA / IRISA Rennes was kind enough to invite me to their annual seminar. The pwurpose of this 2 day retreat is to discuss the focus of research for the next year and to view a small presentation from the first year PHD students. The event was held at a beautiful golf resort on the north of France called Saint-Malo hotel golf and country club.

Golf Carts - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

Golf Carts - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

Members of the TRISKELL team and some guests (including myself) composed the list of 30 attendees. The first day of the seminar we had short introductions from the attendees and the first year PHD students presented their topic of research and after each presentation there were questions, suggestions, and discussions regarding the direction of the research. The entire seminar was conducted mainly in English but some in depth discussions and presentations were made in French. Frequent breaks for coffee were made which gave us the opportunity to watch the world cup matches being showed at the clubhouse bar.

Presentation - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

Presentation - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

Students - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

Students - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

At the end of the first day, most of the team went out to play golf and there was an instructor at the driving range to help us improve our swing! I believe I was the only one that had played golf before so I did ok! The entire course was quiet and deserted and the scenery was amazing.

The food at this resort was phenomenal. We had long 3 course lunches and dinners on both days accompanied by plenty of red or white wine. During our meals, I had the chance to get to know some of the other team members that do not work directly in my project. There was one guest that really called my attention; an admirable older woman professor (about 60 years old) at the Universsity of Rennes 1. She refused to conduct any technical discussions in a language other than French and only spoke in English during her introduction and her closing remarks. I didn’t need to understand what she was saying to know that she was very knowledgeable and showed great interest in the topics being discussed.

Overall this was a great experience because I was able to see first hand how the PHD process is conducted here at IRISA and had the opportunity to strengthen my friendship with some team members as well as establish new ones.

Hotel - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

Hotel - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

18th Hole - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

18th Hole - Saint Malo Hotel Golf and Country Club, France

  1. gilcelia says:

    Lu! que delicia que voce ta morando na Franca! Seu Chateau eh lindo! hahaha
    Aproveite e tome muito Bourdeaux por mim!
    :)
    Gil