It’s been *counting..* 3 weeks.. since I met Dr Umi and she wanted me to study regarding project. Meaning, to read journals online, to understand, and to start writing project proposal. Truth is, after 3 weeks, I havent been getting nowhere :(
First, the topic (generally) was Image Processing for Hand Veins. All I had in mind was image extraction, enhancement – whatever picture of it. Shouldnt be that hard. Like I did the same way with image noise removal using Matlab programming during DIP the other semester. Once Dr Umi mentioned something regarding some light wave to enable image reading, i.e. Infra-red, I started getting uncertain of how the hell I’m going to start with the project. It should be more than only mere programming. And as soon as she forwarded to me journals regarding Neural Network, the more I went clueless… why NN?? How on earth AI has to still be haunting me til this point of time?? =_= Okay, add procrastinating, add laziness, add unfocusing, add so-many-other-things-I-love-doing-rather-than-reading-journals. And the result was, I couldnt get my mind hardworking enough to understand what I’ve been reading.
But this has to stop there. I must wake up and work my ass off.
Dr Umi wanted me to gather info and images from this research student Mar, who’s doing a kinda similar project, but she’s focusing for both hardware and software part throughout 2 years of her research studies. I went to meet her this morning and oh how I could somehow finally see some light in the darkest of darkness in the matter. I am so happy. Thanks to her, I now have some idea what I should be reading, what I should be studying, what I should be understanding. And later I can figure out what I should be writing, and what I should be programming. NN is another method among loads of methods available, silly. For my dissertation period of only 1 semester, barely 4 months actually before the implementation and thesis writing, so as Dr Umi said, nothing much I can do. I can simply use the one or some I’m already familiar with or certain in working on it and that should be enough. I dont even have to care about hardware part. Mar herself has been around for 1 semester, and she said she had to do alot of readings 2 months before coming to USM. 2 months of reading alone >.< I could only gasped looking at her browsing thick files of journal copies. I cant understand people who can devote their time to researches and reading journals and books. That’s why they are called researchers, okay.
The semester hasn’t even started, but I guess I’ve been really late and I’m gonna faint here.