Do you ever have a moment in your life where you feel like everything falls into place, and you just know that you have found your true passion? That’s how I feel about AI. My story with AI started 10 years ago, and it still has the power to captivate and inspire me every single day.
It all began when I was a child, and my family got our first computer. I was fascinated by this device that had only a bunch of wires inside. I wondered how I could write and paint on it, and I even thought there were tiny people inside the TV who acted and changed whenever we changed channels. These childhood curiosities led me down a path that would shape my entire future.
When I chose computer science for my bachelor’s degree, I was introduced to the fundamentals of this field. I learned about algorithms, statistics, probability, and more. But it wasn’t until I started studying AI that my passion grew even bigger. I was amazed by the possibilities and the endless potential that this field offered.
I knew I had found my calling, so I decided to pursue a master’s degree in AI and web. During my studies, I became focused on embedded systems and robotics, and I wanted to learn more about these fields. But unfortunately, there were no classes available at my university. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I made an extensive self-learning program during the summer to learn about robots, micro-controllers, and mechanics. And let me tell you, it was the best time I ever spent. I fell in love with it instantly, and I knew that this was my narrow path.
As I returned to my studies, I spoke with my teacher about my desire to build a humanoid robot for my Master’s final project. He welcomed the idea, and that’s when my journey with robotics began. I worked as a freelancer to get the funding needed to buy the materials required. And during one semester, I was able to build an intelligent humanoid robot on a wheeled base. It could talk, follow objects, dance, and sing.
This robot was not just a breakthrough in my career, but it was also featured on national and international channels like Aljazeera. I remember being in a TV interview where the host asked me what if robots started having feelings. That question triggered me positively, and I started thinking about how we could give robots the chance to observe and recognize our emotions and have empathy.
This experience made me realize that I wanted to pursue higher education in this field. And thanks to an extraordinary scholarship from the Slovak government, I was able to do just that. My research topic was facial expression recognition in human-robot interaction, and it was an incredible experience in a different culture and country where I learned many things and met like-minded people.
But my journey didn’t stop there. During my research, my supervisor introduced me to an organization related to Women in AI. And that’s when I was selected as an ambassador for women in AI in the Algerian chapter. This opportunity opened up a whole new world of public speaking, promoting, and empowering women to embrace this field.
Looking back on my journey, I realized that it was not an easy path. There were times when I felt like giving up, but my passion and determination kept me going. It’s essential to give credit when credit is due, and I must acknowledge the support and encouragement I received from my family, friends, and mentors along the way.
My story with AI is still ongoing, and I know that there are many more exciting and challenging opportunities waiting for me. But I am confident that with hard work, perseverance, and a strong belief in myself, I can achieve anything.
With my newfound passion for empowering women in AI, I founded my own initiative to support and encourage girls to pursue their interests in STEM fields. I organized workshops and talks in schools and universities, where I shared my experience and motivated young girls to break barriers and follow their dreams, no matter how challenging they may seem.
Through these efforts, I was able to make a difference in the lives of many young women, who were previously discouraged from pursuing their interests in STEM due to societal expectations and norms. I was proud to see many of them taking the first steps towards a future in technology, and some even becoming leaders in their respective fields.
In the meantime, my own journey continued to grow and flourish. I was invited to speak at international conferences and events, where I shared my research and experiences with audiences from around the world. I was humbled by the opportunities that came my way and the positive impact that my work was having on others.
But my journey wasn’t without challenges. There were times when I faced setbacks and obstacles, where I doubted my abilities and questioned my choices. However, through perseverance and a strong sense of purpose, I was able to overcome these challenges and keep moving forward.
Looking back at my journey, I am grateful for every step of the way. Every experience, every challenge, and every opportunity has helped shape me into the person I am today. It has taught me the value of hard work, determination, and the importance of giving back.
To anyone who is starting their journey in AI, I encourage you to embrace your passion and pursue it with all your heart. Don’t be discouraged by the challenges and setbacks you may face, for they will only make you stronger. Remember to always give credit where credit is due and to pay it forward by empowering others to follow their dreams.
And to all the women out there who are interested in AI, know that you belong in this field and that your contributions are invaluable. Embrace your passion, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. You have the power to change the world with your ideas and your innovations.
In conclusion, my story with AI has been an incredible journey, filled with highs and lows, successes and failures. But through it all, my passion for AI has remained steadfast, and I am grateful for every opportunity that has come my way. I am committed to continuing my work in AI and to empowering the next generation of women to pursue their dreams in STEM. Remember, the sky is the limit, and with hard work, determination, and a passion for innovation, anything is possible.
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