Alessandro Brunetti

 

Welcome to my Blog: Little introduction :)

 

Hi I am Alessandro and I am a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher. I come from Naples, from the sunshine and the seaside of southern Europe. For sure the weather here in Oxford is different and it takes some time to get another living habit. Fortunately, It is not my only experience abroad. In particular, I used to live in Belgium when I was a child for seven years and, during my studies, I did an Erasmus in Catalonia .

Oh yes the Erasmus! If you are still studying at the University I'll suggest to do an Erasmus. It is the most intense and amazing experience you can do while you're studying. Basically, you're going in a country you don't know, you'll have to speak a language you don't speak and you are alone. You'll have to make friends, learn a language and understand a culture. But.... you have a limited time! Your Erasmus will only last some months so you have to be quick! Moreover, you have to make new friends already knowing that all the relations you are building will break soon. However, friends you make during this experience will be for life. I still am in contact with mine and we often remember the unforgivable time spent together.

For this reasons, I can now speak different European languages such as Italian (obviously) , French, Spanish and English. I also speak Neapolitan, which is the language from my region (yes, it is a language not a dialect!) and I am studying Portuguese to be prepared to my next experience in Portugal. I think as Europeans we are culturally very similar and lowering the language barrier has helped me a lot in building relations in Belgium, Spain and  here in UK. Now I have changed again my country of residence as part of the Marie Curie requirements. This makes me happy as I am discovering the beauty of England and of this small magic city which is Oxford. This city is a little surprising world. Someone would define it multicultural but Oxford is something more. It is an unique way of living, a different approach to knowledge.

The collegiate system was something totally new for me when I arrived and I couldn't understand the importance it could have in a student's life. Colleges support students in all their needs: they take care of your meals and your accommodation, they give you access to the library and they have very enjoyable courts where you can relax in the sunny days (rare days unfortunately). However, the most important function of the College is to give you access to an easy social life. In fact, it provides a common space and funding to let the students meet and do activities together. In many Universities these kind of spaces don't exist or are strictly confined to a Department where you'll met only people from your Department. Here it is different. In my College, Somerville, I have met a lot of interesting people and I can discuss and discover different topics from my classical engineering ones. As an example, I have a friend that studies mathematical modelling of the kidney or another that is studying the history of the telegraph. These are completely different areas of research and of interest.

It is of fundamental importance. It is an incubator for research. It is a random genetic evolution of the knowledge through open dialog and sharing. For sure we're not always talking about research and we have our fun moments as well but our research is our life and we spend time talking of it. In conclusion of my first post on this blog I would like to say Welcome in this blog and give some little suggestions for you:

- Learn languages and discover new cultures, it is the best richness you can have :)

- If you are reading and are still in the university do an Erasmus!

- If you finished your university apply for an abroad programme such as the Marie Curie Actions.

- and.... If you are at high school plan to do both!

 

List of Publications

 

 - A low dark current wide dynamic range CMOS pixel, ISCAS 2016, Montreal Canada.