Hello everyone! I am Abdelrahman Ahmed (or Abdel for short) and I joined the Project AGI team as a Research Assistant a few months ago. I thought it would be a good time to tell you more about myself and what I am working on at Project AGI.
Who am I?
Originally from Egypt, I studied Computer Science in the UK for about two years before transferring to the University of Technology Sydney. I am currently in the final semester of my degree with a major in Enterprise Systems Development and sub-major in Data Analytics. Before joining Project AGI, I worked as a Software QA Engineer Intern at Garmin in Germany, and more recently as a Software Engineer at ManageFlitter, a social media management company, in Sydney.
I try to spend most of my spare time learning more about machine learning through various online courses, books and academic papers.
Why did I join AGI?
I have always been fascinated with artificial intelligence. I learned a bit about symbolic artificial intelligence during my studies in the UK, and it was never really satisfying to me. I was excited to learn about machine learning compared to GOFAI, as it had way more potential. After completing the Machine Learning course on Coursera, I tried to get more involved in the community. I started tweeting about things I found interesting in the field, which is where I first met Gideon. I believe in Project AGI’s vision and mission, so I took the opportunity to be a part of it to learn more and make meaningful contributions to the field.
What will I be doing?
I predominately work with code, ranging from improving run-framework to implementing algorithms in the AGI framework. I also work on running and analysing experiments to evaluate different algorithms. You can also expect the occasional literature review from me.