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Tulyakov Stepan, Mr.

Solar system remote sensing, EPFL
PhD Student
1015 Lausanne

Please give us a personal quote or a quote of a famous person (e.g. of Albert Einstein) that describes you and your life/work.
“Enjoying what you do, loving what you do is such a completely unfair advantage to anyone you are competing with who does it for a job.” S. Leavitt (Freakonomics)

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” A. Einstein

Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.
My research is in the field of artificial intelligence and image understanding. Currently, I am especially interested in aerial image analysis. As a member of PlanetS, I am developing camera calibration and image correlation algorithms for CaSSIS camera of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.

How did you get into this research/work field?
I was always interested in artificial intelligence. The image understanding area was especially compelling since it allowed me to work with such vivid and complex data, as video and images. I started to work in this area during my MS studies at Seoul National University and later at Samsung R&D laboratory.

What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?
I am waiting for new developments in the area of brain-machine interfaces (interfacing artificial limbs, ears and eyes to human brain). When the technology becomes mature, it can improve the quality of life of many people.

You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?
Thanks to NCCR PlanetS, I was able to start my PhD study at EPFL. Moreover, I also got an opportunity to contribute my skills and experience to success of scientific project of Mars exploration. I am really looking forward for an exciting opportunity to work with unique Mars image data.  

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