Thursday, May 24, 2018

Day 11: Hiking at Cinque di Terre

Today was another free day which was dedicated to hiking between and exploring the five villages of Cinque di Terre. We split into two groups, one which would attempt to hike all four segments of the trail, and another which would only hike one.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A visit to the University of Southern Denmark and other Danish landmarks

Today was  filled with learning. We departed from our hostel in Copenhagen bright and early, and got on the road to the University of Southern Denmark. There, we listened to a lecture about batteries—how they work, how they have advanced, and how they will advance in the future.

Day 10: Cinque Terre

Today was a free day and another traveling day. After a quick breakfast we left Genoa. We took two trains with a stop in Santa Margherita Ligure and arrived in Monterosa.

Working on projects at the Indian Social Institute (ISI) and new foods!

Waking up early is not unusual in this trip, but today I got to wake up a little bit later, for which I am grateful! We got to try a new dish for breakfast called puri. A puri is a puff flour that is eaten together with aloo curry (potato stir fry), chutney (Indian spicy sauce), and a boiled egg. Today’s agenda consists of mostly staying in Indian Social Institute (ISI) doing our own project.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Day 9: Tours of the University of Genova and lots of robots!

Today we traveled to the University of Genova and visited the Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics & Systems Engineering (DIBRIS). Our host, Professor Lorenzo Rosasco, set us up with a morning filled with presentations about Computational Vision, Motion Analysis, Deep Convoluted Neural Networks, and lots of Linear Algebra. Each presentation was packed with beautiful visuals and groundbreaking research.

Hello from warm and sunny Copenhagen!

We've enjoyed incredible weather in our time here. Today began with a quick trip to a Danish bakery, after which we took a bus to the university if Copenhagen. We had the chance to see two awesome lecturers who talked about many aspects of conservation.

Learning About Indian Waste Management

After a several days of early-morning departures, the Bengaluru Squad departed the Indian Social Institute at 6:27 a.m. Our destination was one local waste collection facility or “State-of-the-Art Dry Waste Collection Centre” operated by Hasiru Dala, an organization focusing on improving working conditions for waste pickers and minimizing impacts of human waste.