Machine learning in Israel
In Eran Segal’s lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Emma used machine learning algorithms to develop models of caloric consumption throughout the day. She learned not only how to work in the lab, but also about what it means to be part of the Israeli workplace: “It is different in Weizmann because there's not much hierarchy. Prof. Segal leads the lab, but it's not like postdocs are more important than master’s students, for example. Everyone says anything they want in lab meetings, no matter what their position is.”
I met a lot of people who are really open to talking about their lives [and] giving you advice.
Emma, who had never previously visited Israel, wanted to pass along advice to the next cohort: “Travel around the country as much as you can! It isn’t so difficult because it’s such a small country, and there’s a lot to see. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to locals you see around. I traveled all around in Israel, and the locals were friendly everywhere. In Tel Aviv especially I met a lot of people who are really open to talking about their lives, giving you advice, etc.” Emma appreciated the opportunity to meet Israelis of all different backgrounds, each with their own interesting stories, which left a lasting impact on the way she views the world.