To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed… And I think you’ll be happier for the trouble – Bill Watterson

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed... And I think you'll be happier for the trouble - Bill Watterson
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed… And I think you’ll be happier for the trouble – Bill Watterson
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I’ve submitted my PhD thesis! Yay!

Officially, I started my PhD on the 12th March 2008, and submitted my thesis on the 22 July 2011. That period makes it approximately 3 years and 5 months of the PhD journey. Alhamdulillah, and thanks are due to a lot of important people that nurture my research experience and life in overall. Notable names include, Siti Nor Khadijah Addis (my wife), my parents (Mohamad Ayob & Asmah Harun), Dr Tapabrata Ray and Dr Warren Smith (both are my supervisors), friends in the office (Hemant, Amitay, Abhi, Amit, Asaf, Sharif, Liu Min, Khin, Khairul, Vishal), people in the research office (Danica, Vera and Dougas) and my extended circles of friends in UNSW@ADFA.   

The Lady Cleaner and Artificial Intelligence

One morning, I sat in my office discussing about the multi-agent system to solve large-scale optimization problems with another PhD student. We tried to break down the problems and start sketching few diagrams on a paper. Suddenly the Lady Cleaner stepped in to my office.

Now, the Lady Cleaner has a simple routine. Usually she will come, say hello and collect all the thrash (mostly papers) from our office. But that day, the routine seems different.

While we were discussing our multi-agent problem, she leaned to our table, interested. “Eh, she never did this before”, I silently think, and  stopped talking and smile to acknowledge her. She said, “Eh, carry on?”, and smile.

I continued the discussion and she went to do her routine tasks. I later found out that the label of her lunch bag had a print of something like “AI Conference 2008”.

Mind=Blown.