Programming to automate simulation – Summer in the Labs

Being part of the RF ASIC Systems team, who work with circuit design for 5G radio access, Amelie has been programming new features in an existing Matlab toolbox. Find out more about Amelie’s internship and her accomplishments this summer.

Summer in the Labs

Students from many different fields join Ericsson Research for internships or thesis work. You could be next. Follow our blog to learn about the students at Ericsson Research during the summer 2017.

What are your tasks at Ericsson Research?
My tasks at Ericsson Research have revolved around a Matlab toolbox involving different aspects of automation of tools for measurements. These aspects comprise storage of configuration and simulation of the measurement setup.

Name: Amelie Bäck

Unit: RF ASIC Systems
Education: Electrical Engineering at Lund University
Location: Lund, Sweden
Age: 20

I have worked with programming new features in an existing Matlab toolbox. One of the goals is for the program to be able to save all the settings from a measurement setup in the lab until next time they are needed and can then be re-applied. This will save the user a lot of time. Another goal with my internship is to program a simulation feature that will make it possible to simulate all the measurement scripts from the office instead of having to develop the measurement scripts sitting in the lab with the physical equipment hooked up.

What are the main focus areas of your research department?
I am part of the RF ASIC Systems team and they work with circuit design for 5G radio access, which includes things such as block design – implemented in silicon and measured. They explore architecture, process technology, and building practice to achieve world-class radio chip integration. The system produces about twenty patents and generates approximately five publications every year.

What expectations did you have and how did your internship turn out?
My expectations on this summer’s internship at Ericsson Research was to make use of the knowledge I have gained so far at my education, but also to further develop my programming skills. I have taken courses in Java – which is similar to Matlab – and that helped a lot since my internship is based on Matlab.

When I first started, I was excited but nervous since I faced a new way of working. My previous experience with programming consisted mostly of implementing classes and writing small programs. At Ericsson, I was supposed to develop new functions in an existing Matlab toolbox in a program that was much greater than what I was used to. However, thanks to my great supervisor, everything worked out well when I got started.

Why did you choose to do your internship at Ericsson Research?
I chose Ericsson because I was motivated to be part of a company at the forefront of technology – a development I want to be a part of. Ericsson Research fits well with my education and Ericsson is a company where I can not only develop my technical skills, but working here also contributee to my personal development.

It’s been great fun to do my internship at the RF ASIC Systems department, where we work with circuit design, which is a part of my education that I’m very interested in.

What has been the most interesting part of your internship?
Definitely experiencing what it is like to have a real tech job and work with engineers as colleagues. It is also fun to know that my work with the Matlab toolbox makes a difference and will be used by Ericsson employees in the future.

Can you tell us some more about yourself as a person?
I am twenty years old and just entered my third year studying Electrical Engineering at Lund University, Sweden. In my spare time, I am chairman of the Elektra Association (link in Swedish). The goal of this organization is to strengthen relations between female students, which is needed as there are not many girls enrolled in electrical engineering in Lund. We also work to inspire more girls to apply to the program, which is great fun.

Facts about Lund

Facts about Lund

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  • Lund university celebrates 350 years 19 Dec 2016–28 Jan 2018
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