It has been great to take part in the Digital Futures seminars to meet with other students and learn about the panellists’ experience
In our series of interviews with students participating in the Digital Futures Summer Research Internships (SRI) Programme, the turn has come to Josefin Stenberg. The programme allowed students to research under the guidance of researchers affiliated with Digital Futures.
Meet Josefin Stenberg, 4th year, in fall 2021, a student at KTH studying engineering physics.
What made you apply for this internship?
I had never done research like this before and wanted to try something new. Control theory is a subject I like and, when I got the opportunity, I happily applied. I live in Stockholm, but I have been working a lot from home due to the pandemic. Therefore it has been great to take part in the Digital Futures seminars to meet with other students and learn about the panellists’ experience.
Tell us a bit about the project you are working on?
My project deals with understanding the trade-offs between diverse and dense actuators. This is motivated by the fact that there are systems where we have various actuators that can’t efficiently control a system separately but can when they are combined. One example is the immune system that can be divided into a fast but non-accurate innate immunity and slow but accurate adaptive immunity. Separately they can’t protect us efficiently, but together, they can provide a well-functioning defence.
So, to sum up, what’s your takeaway from the SRI program?
This summer has been very educational for me. I have had the opportunity to do research and learn from my own experience. I also got to know a lot from the participants in the seminars about life as an academic.
What about your plans for the future? How does this internship connect with those?
I think that my experience from the internship this summer will be precious for my continuos studies. My plan for the near future is to continue my studies with a master degree in applied and computational mathematics.