Intern Diary: Meet Amédée

Hey guys, this is Amédée, the data science intern at Spire. I’m a CS undergrad at McGill.

I started two months ago, and have been loving my time at Spire! There are many interesting uses of data here. My job is to collect and analyze data, which is really vague, so in this post I’ll show you some of the things I get to do at Spire.

My first month I designed this test rig:

amadee-working-in-validation-testing

We used it to compare the device to our algorithms.

I brought in 25 people individually and had them do the same things while wearing the mask, so we could build a database of what the signal looked like under certain conditions. The second month included data cleaning and building some tools to look at our algorithms with this data. Now I’m helping out with core algorithms and investigating new ones.

Last week I worked on step counting. It’s simple to detect a step, but the hard part is to be impervious to fidgeting and other motions.

While at Spire, I’ve changed batteries in prototypes, jerry-rigged old versions of Spire together, asked people what they think of the app, given input on re-archictecturing the data pipeline, and proposed several new algorithms.

The power of breath hasn’t led me to marry a beautiful woman, but it did lead me to get a good night’s sleep. I started meditating one night when I couldn’t fall asleep. I gave up on trying to force myself to sleep and just started focusing on my breath. I got very relaxed and had an amazing night of refreshing sleep! That hooked me. I went on to read about yogis who could stop their hearts, or change their body temperatures whenever they wanted. Now I meditate every day, not because I want to stop my heart, but because it makes me a lot healthier.

I’m having a great summer at Spire, stay tuned for more summer intern stories!

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