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Anelise N. '19

Feb 27 2018

A reading list for a week at MIT

Posted in: Academics & Research, Information, Life & Culture, Majors & Minors

Something unexpected has happened with my classes this semester. Up until this point, my homework has been pretty predictable: read some lecture notes, do a pset, repeat.

This semester, none of my classes have regular psets, but almost all of my classes have assigned reading!

A week's worth of reading...even in technical classes! :O

Recently a big chunk of my time on weekday nights has been dedicated to studying scientific papers, pieces of literature, or system specifications. Even though a lot of it is technical, it’s a really sharp break from the math-and-coding heaving schedules I’m used to. In a way, it’s really nice—I’m being regularly exposed to challenging and cutting edge ideas and being asked to reason about them.

So I thought I’d take the opportunity of doing something I never thought I’d do at MIT—giving you an intro to my classes, literary style.

6.835: Intelligent Multimodal User Interfaces

This is a graduate-level UI class about designing systems that... read the post »


Feb 11 2018

What’s trending?: My Computer Vision final project

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research

The last couple weeks of my fall semester were almost entirely consumed by my final project for 6.869: Computer Vision. So I thought I would share with you guys what me and Nathan, my project partner came up with!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Computer Vision is the study of developing algorithms resulting in the high-level understanding of images by a computer. For instance, here are some questions you might be able to solve using computer vision techniques, all of which we tackled on our psets for the class. 

Given a simple natural image, can you reconstruct a 3-d rendering of the scene? 

On the left: a picture of a "simple world" comprised only of simple prisms with high-contrast edges on a smooth background. On the right: a 3-d representation of the same world.

Given several images that are of the same scene but from different angles, can you stitch them together into a panorama? 

On the left: original photos from the same landscape. On the right: the same... read the post »


Jan 23 2018

January in Paris

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

Bonjour de la France!

Photo credit: Rebecca Grekin.

I’ve spent the last two weeks in Paris with an MIT program called JSF—January Scholars in France. 

The students of JSF 2018 and our chaperone, Prof. Perreau (on the right). Photo credit to Sophie de Loubens, one of our JSF guides.

JSF is an IAP program sponsored by the French department for students who are committed to learning French at MIT. You spend two weeks in Paris exploring the history and culture of the city and speaking exclusively en français. (Forgive me, Professor Perreau, for writing this post in English!)

JSF is a really unique program. Unlike IAP Madrid, which I did last year, it’s not a class (no homework—yay!!!). Instead of going to class, we had a packed schedule of walking tours of different neighborhoods, musical and theatrical productions, and delicious meals. Literally, we spent two weeks doing nothing but soaking in the atmosphere of Paris.

And the program is funded by MIT—airfare, lodging,... read the post »


Nov 11 2017

In case you want to travel over IAP…

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Barcelona, IAP 2017


College study abroad programs are really great. You get to travel and experience living in another country, and it’s possible to do so on a college student budget. But what if you’re pursuing a really technical major, and it’s hard to get outside credit from a school in another country? And what if you’ve got other plans for the summer—like an internship, or research, or going home to see family?

In that case—which is a pretty common case for MIT students—then IAP is the perfect time to travel! (with the added benefit that you can escape January in Boston.)

Last January, I took a Spanish conversation class in Madrid with the Spanish department (I wrote a blog post about it—check it out here!). It was literally lifechanging. It was my first time out of the country, I made good friends from MIT that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, my Spanish got exponentially better, and it inspired me to start taking languages again. After that experience, I decided to... read the post »


Oct 17 2017

Four days of fun!

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Columbus Day weekend was a four day weekend. I got an embarrassingly small amount of work done, but a pretty large amount of good memories, so I thought I would share some of the things I did. Who says MIT students can't have fun? 

On Saturday, I met up with a friend of mine who recently graduated and is now working in the Cambridge area. We decided to take a little sightseeing tour around Boston! 

Our brainstorm list of things to see. There's a lot to see in Boston; we only got to two of these!

First, we headed over to the U.S.S. Constitution.

The U.S.S. Constitution in Boston Harbor

The Constitution, a.k.a. Old Ironsides, is a three-masted frigate that played an important role in the war of 1812. It was built in the 1790s in Boston’s North End, and to this day is still an active military vessel stationed in Boston Harbor (although its runs at this point are largely ceremonial). 

The view into Boston harbor from Old Ironsides

After that, we... read the post »