In my day job Im lucky and happy to be working on cool UAV technology for civilian applications, in particular our research focus is on search and rescue. While Im still not totally clear about what I want to do beyond my current contract I have always had an interest in helping to tackle humanitarian problems through engineering and technology (e.g., my recent RHOK event attendances). I was born in Burundi and grew up in various countries around East Africa. Experiences that have definitely left their mark and part of the reason I am writing this post.
A few weeks ago I attended the Southampton Multidisciplinary Research Forum or SMuRF for short. Graciously organized by a number of volunteers the aim of the two day conference was to bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines and encourage multidisciplinary thinking and collaboration.