Elnaz ALIZADEH JARCHLO, first steps at OSRAM, Munich
I arrived in Munich in beginning of May 2018. At the same day, I had a chance to meet my flat neighbors and get introduced to them. I found them very friendly and we could communicate in English since I cannot speak German yet. However, surely it is my plan to learn German language skills in future soon.
It took me only a few days to settle down smoothly thanks to my supervisors and other colleagues assistant. I started my work officially right after in OSRAM and I was pleased to receive warm welcoming from the project managers, funders, supervisors and the other colleagues in OSRAM and TU/Berlin university. I found OSRAM as a very active, innovative, attractive and nice environment to work and develop the novel ideas. I had an internal tour by my supervisor to get to know the people who are working in the same area as me and get introduced to what they are working on currently. I found the ongoing projects very interesting and also colleagues very talented with wide range of skills.
During the first weekends I had chances to visit Munich city center and walk from one landmark to the other. There are many attractions and sights such as new town hall of Munich and Cathedral of Our blessed Lady. It is very nice to see bike paths in the city so people can have a safe biking tours. A city is very alive and there is a well scheduled and organized public transportation in the city.
During the first month of my working in OSRAM, I mostly focused on literature reviews. I started reading relevant surveys and papers in the scope of Visible Light Communications (VLC). I could mainly find out the current general potential and challenges of VLC in indoor and outdoor environments. Moreover, I studied recent articles regarding VLC implementation in vehicular networks and dug into the physical and MAC layer design and implementation of the proposed systems to understand the platforms. As a next step I would like to narrow the research studies and look for the proposed solutions for VLC challenges (mostly in upper layers) in vehicular communication and networks and following come up with novel ideas to improve their efficiencies.