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Five minutes with: Xiaolan Liu

21 September 2023

2 mins

What’s your job title and how long have you worked at Loughborough?

I’m a Lecturer in Machine Learning Engineering at Loughborough London and I’ve been here two years.

Tell us what a typical day looks like for you?

If I am in the teaching block, I will deliver a two-hour lecture in the morning, and then after a one-hour lunch break for myself and my students, we will have a workshop for an hour and a half. In the weeks before the teaching block, I usually start the day with a simple breakfast, then check my emails and have meetings. I prepare teaching materials and design the assessment questions, and mark the coursework and reports in the weeks after teaching. During other weeks, I usually check the recent papers and peer-review papers for the journals in the morning. Then, have meetings with my PhD students and collaborators, write and revise research papers, and do simulation experiments. I am also preparing to write some empirical projects and develop a few new collaborations.

What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on?

The Collaborative Project with IBM company, which allows Enterprise, academic staff, and students to develop a project together. It gave me a lot of practical experience in supervision, collaboration and communication.

What is your proudest moment at Loughborough?

During my first two years here, I received a lot of help from my colleagues, line managers and all the other staff, which made me feel so happy and included. I also volunteered for the face painting on University Mental Health Day.

Tell us something you do outside of work that we might not know about?

I travel to different countries in both UK and European countries and I love exploring places that are so different to where I am from. I also enjoy going to museums, art exhibitions and concerts regularly as I want to get the most out of life in London.

What is your favourite quote?

Actually, I don’t have any favourite quotes, but I always remember one Chinese phrase when I am tough situation: “否极泰来” which means “out of the depth of misfortune comes bliss.”

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