Learnings from Finland's NomadicLab - Summer in the Labs

Security plays an important role in technical development and automation. Albert has been working on various security projects this summer together with the network society team at NomadicLab, which provides research and standardization results both for Business Units and for Group Function technology.

Helsinki

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My name is Albert Georgs. Currently I live in Helsinki, but I’ve lived in Kirkkonummi for most of my childhood. Ericsson has always been familiar, at the very least in the shape of a building alongside road 51. This year, I finished my bachelor’s degree in automation and systems technology, minoring in production economy at Aalto University. This fall I will begin my master’s studies, majoring in Control, Robotics and Autonomous Systems as part of the Automation and Electrical Engineering program. I am something of a sports freak, interested in most things involving a ball and tend to be quite competitive, for better or worse. In my free time, I play handball. Beyond this I enjoy a good book as much as a quiet weekend in the archipelago.

Name: Albert Georgs
Unit: Security
Education: Control, Robotics and
Autonomous Systems at Aalto University
Location: Jorvas, near Helsinki in Finland
Age: 22

Albert Georgs

Network security team

I was offered the position of summer trainee with the network security team at NomadicLab, which is part of Ericsson research. The team works with many different technical areas, including 5G security, Internet of Things (IoT) security, and Cloud/SDN/NFV security. The team contributes to standardization organizations, such as 3GPP and IETF, and does a lot of collaborative research with external partners in both EU and Tekes research projects.

I really had no idea about what to expect or what I was going to do, having no previous experience in the area. However, I managed to settle in quite nicely much thanks to helpful colleagues. I knew about Ericsson but perhaps I didn’t have the clearest of pictures about what specifically was done here. I have always been interested in all kinds of computer science and technology in general and figured that especially security is an area highly applicable to automation as well, and there for a great addition to my studies and way of thinking in general.

Various tasks

My tasks here at Ericsson have been very versatile. Mainly I have been working in the APPSTACLE and SUCCESS projects, but I have also redesigned a web tool for selecting connectivity technology according to user preferences, which has given me a chance to do some coding as well. Experience with programming languages that I was unfamiliar with in the beginning, database handling, reading and interpreting technical specifications, writing technical reports are only some examples of what I have gotten to do here at Ericsson and things that I feel will help me greatly in the future.

Ericsson as an employer

The trust in the employees is very high, which gave me a feeling of high cohesion amongst everybody here. I have received all the help I have needed and gained many new contacts. Furthermore, working in an international environment like this has really opened my eyes and given me the chance of meeting a lot of interesting and great people.

The whole point of research in general is to learn new things.

My perception of Ericsson has changed from being quite neutral when first joining, and I would gladly recommend Ericsson to anyone looking for a place to work, not only for the vast variety of work opportunities displayed here, but also for the great atmosphere and the mere experience from it.

"The whole point of research in general is to learn new things."

Soon, my internship here will come to an end. I have been fortunate enough to have the chance of working in a wide range of fields with different projects, which has taught me a lot. The first lesson coming here was that you always have to be ready to fail. There will always be things you don’t understand, things you feel are too hard to comprehend, a feeling of ‘how will I ever manage to understand this?’ At first this felt quite demoralizing, realizing that I couldn’t do something, that I just didn’t have the required skills. Eventually I came to the realization that the whole point of research in general is to learn new things and while challenging at times, it also offers massive potential to do so. ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,’ sounds like a cliché but seems fitting at this point and feels like a suitable description of my summer. I have realized that I am capable of doing much more than I imagined before coming here, which has also given me a lot of motivation for my studies going forth.

Facts about Helsinki

 


Facts about Helsinki

  • Residents: ~ 640 000
  • Size: 715 000 km², ~ 70% sea
  • Latitude/Longitude: 60°10′15″N, 24°56′15″E
  • Founded in: 1550
  • Capital city since: 1812
  • Official languages (% mother tongue): Finnish (~85%) Swedish (~6%)
  • City nicknames: Stadi, Hesa

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