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10 July 2024

At SEGULA, we take on many interns every year to work on our R&D projects, and we support them throughout their career.

Meet Xavier Tardy, R&D intern at our Vénissieux site.
Xavier is working on optimizing CNN (Convolutional Neural Networks) learning.

  • Can you introduce yourself in a few words?

My name is Xavier Tardy, and I’m currently an intern at SEGULA. I’m working in Research and Innovation on a project linked to deep learning and computer vision. I’m passionate about technology and I like team sports like soccer.

  • What’s your background?

After my A-levels, I went on to do a preparatory course in MPSI (mathematics, physics and engineering sciences) then MP (mathematics, physics). I then entered Télécom Saint-Étienne, where I specialized in computer science in my second year. In my final year, I went to Canada to study machine learning, because I wanted to learn more in this field.

  • What made you want to join SEGULA?

SEGULA offers internships in artificial intelligence, a field I’m particularly interested in. This internship enables me to do research while gaining experience in the corporate world, which was a decisive factor in my choice. What’s more, the possibility of continuing in research, as in a thesis for example, was a strong motivation for me to join SEGULA.

  • What does your job at SEGULA involve?

My mission at SEGULA is to optimize the learning of CNNs (Convolution Neural Networks) in highly constrained environments, such as edge computing. It’s an R&I project where I have a lot of freedom in terms of the methods to be explored. The aim is to explore the field of “dataset pruning” to reduce image databases while maintaining the same performance during training.

  • What do you think of this experience and what did you get out of it?

It’s been an extremely enriching experience. My internship is part of a PhD student’s work at SEGULA, which has enabled me to integrate quickly and make significant progress. I feel I’ve progressed not only technically, but also in terms of presentations and communication with the various players involved in my project. I’m also more rigorous in my organization.

  • What advice would you give to a student wishing to do an internship at SEGULA Technologies?

I’d advise a student to be curious and proactive, not to hesitate to ask questions, and to get fully involved in projects to get the most out of the experience.

  • Describe SEGULA in 3 words

Innovation, Expertise, Collaboration.

  • What’s your best memory of working for SEGULA?

As I love soccer, the Euro matches are currently on and we can make predictions and compare our results with our colleagues. I really appreciate this initiative. I’ve also enjoyed sharing our experiences within the SEGULA France trainee community. This community allows us to get to know each other better and share our experiences.

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