V3 welcomes its new intern to the tech team

V3 Smart Technologies Pte Ltd.

AI makes everything appear effortless, but behind the scenes, creating an AI solution to a problem is a whole different challenge unknown to most. In our latest intern spotlight, we talk to local NTU undergrad in Data Science and AI, Lim Jun Rong, on what it’s like to work on AI programming for V3’s new project.

1. How did you become interested in data science and AI in university?

When I was choosing my degree in 2018, I was contemplating between computer science and data science. Back then, data science was the hot new field. But more importantly, data science and AI is a confluence of two fields that I have a keen interest in – math and computing. This is the primary reason why I chose it.

Furthermore, AI to me is a technological marvel – one that I find endlessly intriguing. Before I started my degree, I actually self-studied programming when I was serving National Service in the army. So, if you were to ask if I will make the same choice regarding AI and data science, my answer will always be yes.

2. What has been the most valuable experience during your internship?

I would say my most valuable experience has been the opportunity to embark on real-world projects. While training is useful, there is no substitute for experience. That, and being able to learn from other professionals in the field has been invaluable.

What I’m doing now also requires knowledge on full stack development, which is something I’ve not learnt before in school and am self-learning currently.  

3. Can you tell us more about your role in the AI team’s project? How do you find it so far?

Currently my role is to assist in the development of a predictive maintenance solution for buses. To put it simply: it predicts vehicle breakdowns in advance so corrective actions can be taken. This way, fleet owners can save costs on emergency breakdowns and prevent vehicle downtime.

The project is quite challenging, but there is a lot to learn in the process. The challenging part of working on AI programming is you need high attention to detail and to constantly upskill yourself. AI is a rapidly evolving field, so you have to keep picking up new skills on the job, and take initiative to read up on research papers to gain more knowledge.

4. What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work in a company where learning opportunities are aplenty and where I can make a positive impact on society through its solutions. For example, the healthcare industry is one such sector which can benefit a lot from AI technology. Other than that, I’m also planning to pursue post-graduate studies in Data Science after I graduate from NTU.

5. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I like to binge watch American TV series and chill out to music. One of my recently finished series is Better Call Saul. It’s a fantastic prequel of Breaking Bad, and truly lives up to its high praise on all fronts. If you’re looking for a recommendation for a TV series, try this one.

6. What is a quote that defines you?

Tough times never last, but tough people do.