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Research Work In A Motivating Environment

 

By Jasleen Kaur, Data Scientist At Philips Lighting

 

Working as a member of the research staff at Philips Lighting is not what you might expect. I find I have more freedom and flexibility than is usual in industry. In my field of data analytics, I’m working on outdoor lighting solutions for the future. In line with my skills, I’ve been encouraged to write grant proposals and also publish papers of my own. It’s wonderful to be located near the MIT campus in the US; I stay in touch with the academic world at the same time as working among peers on real-time lighting solutions.   

The freedom to be innovative

Following my Bachelors in IT at the University of Delhi and a post-graduate diploma in Bioinformatics, I continued my studies in the US. I got my Masters in Bioinformatics and in 2014 was awarded my Ph.D. in Informatics, Complex Networks & Systems from Indiana University, where I also had some teaching experience. My initial work experience was as a software engineer in India and California, and later as a research collaborator at the Los Alamos National Lab and Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. Although my aim was a position in industry, I wanted the freedom to do research. I felt at home immediately with the Philips Lighting team from the moment I came to interview for the position – everyone was so friendly!

 

As Member Research Staff I’m part of the Smart Cities team.  My work is about analyzing large-scale data collected from connected lighting systems that monitor and manage remote street lighting infrastructures. My aim is it to analyze data in order make useful “smart” conclusions that will help improve the quality of light, energy and operational efficiency. This could include for example urban flow modeling for lighting installation but also user behavior learning.  Big data can be used to analyze any kind of system, and we’re exploring new solutions for the future using historic information and simulation models. We think on a bigger scale than just selling lighting – such as how to use the existing lighting infrastructure for applications beyond illumination.

Motivating Environment

 

I’m in a team of about thirty five people within Research. We have many different projects; I handle the technical side of the projects I'm working on. We bring people together with various skills and a variety of knowledge to work on different aspects of our projects, and collaborate with colleagues internationally. We also interact with the business stakeholders involved – it’s a motivating environment.

 

Our efforts are appreciated and acknowledged, which boosts morale and creates a positive atmosphere. Right from the beginning I was asked to think about what projects would be cool and innovative to work on. That’s uncommon with most employers. We’re all encouraged to continue learning new technologies through the online resources and Philips University. And we all enjoy our “Change the world” period every Friday afternoon!

 

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One of the best things about my job is the creative freedom. And flexibility. It’s not so important to work precisely the same hours every day, so long as I meet my objectives. As the mother of a 3-year old daughter, I really appreciate that."

 

Jasleen Kaur

Data Scientist at Philips Lighting