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Angel Romero Aguilar

Angel Romero Aguilar

MSc Robotics, Systems and Control
Internship of 6 months
I have spent 6 months working in the Interface Test project at u‑blox AG in Thalwil. Coming from mostly academia, I have had the great opportunity to get in touch with the atmosphere inside the R&D department of this big company.

Challenges
What I have liked the most about my internship has been the fact that I have had the opportunity to learn about all the different layers of the embedded systems architecture: from the design of hardware sources in VHDL, going through the set up of the Linux Kernel and Linux Drivers, development of the Interface Test code in C++, all the way to the connection and incorporation of said test into the test framework, written in Perl. Thanks to these challenging tasks, I have been able to acquire a very valuable knowledge in these fields that will surely be really useful for my professional and academic career. The final aim was to get the system to work in an autonomous fashion, so that employees from different places in the world can easily run these tests.

Conclusion
For me, doing my internship in u‑blox AG has been, with no doubts, a great experience that I would totally recommend to anyone interested in embedded systems. I have been able to independently develop my own ideas in the project, and also ask for support to my teammates which were always very open, friendly and willing to help. All in all, I have had a very valuable and rewarding experience as an intern in
u‑blox AG.
Andrea Baccino

Andrea Baccino

Student Information Technology,
ISIS A. Maglinani Udine (IT)
Internship of 4 weeks
I have spent 4 weeks in u‑blox Italia. In this period I have learned to program on a real project.

Challenges
During my internship I had to improve the testing and control program of u‑blox with a new tool, the plot. This tool allows the operator to see the audio signal in real time and to see the RMS (root mean square).
During the implementation of the program I found out an error in the saving of the audio file in the e‑Call tool and with the help of some colleagues I had the opportunity to fix it.
I have always had a great support from my colleagues, they have always been very kind and ready to answer all my questions.

Conclusion
I’m enthusiastic of this opportunity which has been given to me, since it has cleared up some doubts I’ve recently had about my future study, at the university, moreover working to u‑blox had given me the opportunity to leave something useful for everybody in the company, which is more than what I had expected. This internship has really fulfilled all my wishes and my expectations. I had a very great time at u‑blox and I hope to have other work opportunities similar to this one in the future.

Kasper Bratz

Computer Science
Internship
As part of our studies in computer science, we performed our MSc thesis at the u‑blox office in Malmö. For our thesis, we investigated how a Bluetooth Automation IO service could be used in u‑blox products. This work included an investigation of what use cases there could be for such a profile, how to best integrate it in the existing firmware, as well as how it would interact with the remaining functionality of the module. Our work was concluded with a fully functional prototype solution.

Challenges
Working with a previously unknown technology, on a vast existing code‑base could be a daunting task. Our first challenge was to get to know the existing system, and fortunately for us we had plenty of great colleagues, always happy to help when they could. This allowed us to quickly get up to speed with the current firmware and how Bluetooth LE worked, and begin work with our prototype solution.

During our time at u‑blox we were given a lot of responsibilities and were allowed to plan and work independently with our project. With that said we were always welcome to come to our colleagues for help or to simply discuss our project. For instance, when trying to figure out how to evaluate our prototype, we were able to get input from the application engineers, software developers, and our mentor.

Conclusion
Our work at u‑blox was a great experience, and both of us are very happy we chose to work with u‑blox for our master’s thesis. Our work resulted in a prototype that could soon be part of the standard connectivity software of u‑blox’ Bluetooth LE modules, which we find very exciting.

We would both highly recommend any student interested in embedded systems that is planning to perform their master's thesis to get in touch with u‑blox Malmö!
Gerarda De Pasquale

Gerarda De Pasquale

Student of Telecommunication Enngineering
Politecnico di Torino
Internship of 6 months
I did my MSc thesis at u‑blox Italia. In the first part of my thesis, I analyzed the time information obtainable from an LTE modem. In the second part, I studied how to use this time information to aid GNSS system at the beginning of an acquisition activity and to assist those user applications with highly stringent accuracy of time synchronization requirements.

Challenges
The company experience was very intensive and interesting. How the LTE modem extracts an estimate of absolute time and how propagates this information were topics completely unknown to me. In the early days, I tried to fill my knowledge gaps about LTE cellular technologies. All the people of CellLocate team have always supported me, respected and helped to solve my problems. By sharing their knowledge and information, they have helped me to acquire gradually more autonomy.

It was hard to characterize the accuracy of time information. The base station equipment and some information regard their mode of operation is confidential and operator dependent. By discussing with my colleagues the obtained results, based on Time of Arrival measurements of LTE received signals, I was able to deduce the correct conclusions.

Conclusion
I can proudly say that, at the conclusion of the six‑month internship, the balance of my experience has been very positive. I have grown from both the technical and human point of view, and I have gained a greater awareness of my skills. I am satisfied with the good relationship established within the company as well as the colleagues of my team, but especially with my tutor who followed throughout my activities.
Marco Driusso

Marco Driusso

PhD Information Engineering, University of Trieste (IT)
3 years of PhD studies
From January 2013 to December 2015 I worked at the University of Trieste towards my PhD in Information Engineering. The research project was undertaken in close collaboration with u‑blox, who financed the PhD scholarship and reviewed the signal processing of downlink LTE signals for positioning purposes.

A fascinating challenge
The topic of the PhD was agreed together with the R&D heads of the u‑blox cellular positioning group. At that time, u‑blox was interested in developing precise positioning solutions that exploited the signals of the terrestrial cellular networks. They asked me to join their research on the signal processing techniques needed to exploit all the properties of the LTE OFDM signals that could be exploited for time measurements in a localization system. This was a quite un‑explored topic, both in the industry and in academia, and I loved to work on such a leading edge aspect of positioning, with several challenges to face.

Research in a company
Industry and academia are often seen as two opposite poles, but in these three years with u‑blox I understood how powerful can be their interaction. Thanks to u‑blox, I met a large network of people spread in different countries and working on different aspects of the same problem I was facing for my PhD project. This network included u‑blox employees, and external collaborators, such as the ICOM team of the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. Thanks to this, I had the chance to travel a lot and to visit some different offices of u‑blox in UK and Switzerland. Being in contact and working with all these people made me learn a lot, from both the technical and human point of view. Finally, the thing I liked most is the chance I had to see the results of my research becoming something tangible and concrete, which is something that does not happen often if you work exclusively in academia.

The results
The research project on which I worked together with u‑blox gave exciting results. Together with all the people involved, we published several papers on what we achieved, and we also filed a patent application. This permitted to me to pursue successfully the PhD title. Nowadays, I am a u‑blox employee in Sgonico, Italy, where I am continuing to work as an engineer on cellular positioning topics. Here I have the chance to continue contributing to the growth of the project I’ve been part of and to face every day new fascinating challenges.
Raphaela Eberli

Raphaela Eberli

BSc Electrical Engineering,
ETH Zurich (CH)
Length of Internship: 6 months
Short Introduction about your internship at u‑blox:

After my Bachelor’s at ETH I was eager to get some practical experience to see how I could use the theoretical knowledge I had gotten. Doing an internship at u‑blox before starting with my Master’s was a great choice. I worked on the interface tests project for GNSS modules that previous interns had been working on. The fact that I was working with GNSS products that help improve people’s daily lifes, was always a great motivation for me.

Challenges:
The goal of my internship was to implement new tests for GNSS receivers. The results of these tests are going to be used to acquire information which is important for the data sheets of the receivers. The most challenging about my internship was, that I was working on a standalone project that only other interns had been working on before me. So my colleagues were not familiar with the details of this project. Although I was working on my own, I never felt unsupported. Due to the openness of the u‑blox employees, there was always someone willing and able to help if I had questions. We could discuss problems and find solutions together. On the one hand I worked very autonomously and on the other I was well integrated to a team of international engineers. During the internship I gained knowledge in areas that were unknown to me. I learned a lot about communication on different interfaces and GNSS receivers. Also I was able to improve my programming skills and learn new programming languages. Mainly I was working with C++ and Perl.

Conclusion:
Looking back I can say that I would not hesitate to do this internship again. I warmly recommend doing an internship at u‑blox for anyone interested in embedded systems, communication and GNSS. I am very thankful for all the new things I’ve learned and happy to have met so many lovely people. The opportunity to work in such a kind/friendly team of international engineers who always supported me, was a great experience. At the end of my internship I was able to do a presentation of the project for everybody interested which was also a great highlight for me. In summary I can say that this internship was an amazing experience for me.
Samantha Gruden

Samantha Gruden

BSc information engineering
at the University of Trieste
Internship of 3 months
Towards the end of my BSc studies of Information engineering at the University of Trieste, I decided to spend some time working on a project at u‑blox Italia S.p.a. The issues I addressed during these 3 months of internship also gave me the arguments on which I could develop my bachelor’s thesis.

I have been working with the protocol stack team as well as following some tests and trace analysis performed by the tests and measurement sector. I learned a lot in this period, as I upgraded the basic knowledge of CS and PS solutions I gained at the University with practical examples of it.

Team
Despite the autonomy that was given to me, the u‑blox team has always been available for clearing doubts up, for cooperation, for solving some problems together. The arguments that I was dealing with were very recent, some u‑blox products implementing these features in the process of development, so I was given the opportunity to see the progress in the work really day by day. Being part of a team where everybody has different qualities and finding a way to cooperate in such a way to resolve big projects is really motivating.

Conclusion
The most gratifying feeling during this work was the awareness that even if a problem instance was completely new to me, previous work and studies of different arguments turned out to suggest which approach to choose and how to solve it.This is why I am most thankful to the u‑blox team, for showing me the way in which this company works, for giving me a lot of new knowledge, for helping me to develop a critical and useful attitude in solving real problems.Therefore I would suggest it to all the students that have the willing and the possibility to spend some time on any similar project.I am sure this experience will make my further work more rewarding and will help me to see the topics I will face during further studiesfrom a different and more focused point of view.
Filip Gummersson & Kristoffer Hilmersson

Filip Gummersson & Kristoffer Hilmersson

MSc Thesis
We have done our MSc thesis at u‑blox in Malmö. For the first part of our thesis, we studied a set of time synchronization methods for short range networks connected with Bluetooth Low Energy. The second part of the thesis was to conduct a case study; implement such a synchronization algorithm using u‑blox products.

Independent work
u‑blox gave us a description of what they wanted the thesis to be about, but still, they left a lot of decisions for us.
In the beginning of our study, we had to allocate time to catch up with the latest research on the subject. We built a solid foundation which we were able to base our case study upon. To implement applications for both energy and memory constrained devices, it requires you to make thought‑out design decisions. If we ever felt that we couldn't make the decision by ourselves, our colleagues, who have a wide experience in this area, was always willing to help.
During our study, we have learned that it is hard to compare performance between different time synchronization methods, because, when it comes to precision, the hardware really matter.

See more about our Master Thesis Short Range 2016 (Malmo, Sweden).

Conclusion
We have had a wonderful time at u‑blox. Everyone has been very helpful and has shown much interest in our work.
Jakob Krantz

Jakob Krantz

Computer Science
Internship
As part of our studies in computer science, we performed our MSc thesis at the u‑blox office in Malmö. For our thesis, we investigated how a Bluetooth Automation IO service could be used in u‑blox products. This work included an investigation of what use cases there could be for such a profile, how to best integrate it in the existing firmware, as well as how it would interact with the remaining functionality of the module. Our work was concluded with a fully functional prototype solution.

Challenges
Working with a previously unknown technology, on a vast existing code‑base could be a daunting task. Our first challenge was to get to know the existing system, and fortunately for us we had plenty of great colleagues, always happy to help when they could. This allowed us to quickly get up to speed with the current firmware and how Bluetooth LE worked, and begin work with our prototype solution.

During our time at u‑blox we were given a lot of responsibilities and were allowed to plan and work independently with our project. With that said we were always welcome to come to our colleagues for help or to simply discuss our project. For instance, when trying to figure out how to evaluate our prototype, we were able to get input from the application engineers, software developers, and our mentor.

Conclusion
Our work at u‑blox was a great experience, and both of us are very happy we chose to work with u‑blox for our master’s thesis. Our work resulted in a prototype that could soon be part of the standard connectivity software of u‑blox’ Bluetooth LE modules, which we find very exciting.

We would both highly recommend any student interested in embedded systems that is planning to perform their master's thesis to get in touch with u‑blox Malmö!
Jakob Manz

Jakob Manz

BSc Electrical Engineering,
ETH Zurich
Internship of 5 months
I was for five month part of the sensor fusion team in Thalwil. This team works on navigation algorithms that combine satellite information with additional sensor data. I worked on different tasks related to that topic. First, I enhanced and verified a device used to log data from road journeys with a test car. Afterwards, I designed and developed the software of a tool that allows to automatically identity sensor fusion issues in logged data.

Challenges
Throughout the entire internship I had to familiarize myself with new topics that required a profound understanding and creativity to be solved. I mostly worked and planned the next steps to be taken independently, but I always had great support from my colleagues in Thalwil and when needed also from other offices. For example, when I encountered latency issues on the logging device and got stuck, I got together with embedded systems experts in Thalwil and had support from other colleagues in UK to solve them. This open‑door policy (that I was able to call anybody to ask for help) was much appreciated.

The road tests with the logging device were tricky, too. Many processes that work without any problems on the office desk are potential issues on the road that might totally screw up whole measurement sequences. Sometimes things did not work out well during the first or second run, but I was advised by experienced testing engineers and my colleagues that were waiting for road journey data showed understanding and supported my learning process.

Conclusion
These five months at u‑blox have been a great time as I got deep insights into various aspects of the R&D work that is done in Thalwil. All my expectations as deepening my knowledge in embedded systems and in software development were fulfilled and I gained a lot of hands‑on experience in real testing environments. The work was very interesting and enjoyable thanks to my colleagues that rapidly integrated me into their team. I can recommend an internship at u‑blox to anybody with similar background and interest.
Luca Marchetti

Luca Marchetti

Student Electronics,
IT IS A. Volta Trieste (IT)
Internship of 3 weeks
Introduction:

During my last year of high school (Alessandro Volta of Trieste), I decided to work for three weeks at u‑blox to complete my "School‑work alternation" project.
In the Test and Measurement team I increased my knowledge of different programming languages, computer and problem solving skills.
I've been working with 3 different types of modules during this period and my goal was to find, trace and to monitor some of these module's issues so I could later report the problem.

Challenges:
The main challenge was to learn all new information that has been given to me for the use of the main programs, like some of the AT commands and the module flashing procedure.
Other challenges were given by the fact that I have not much competence of computer science and electronics, but nevertheless I managed to learn a lot and do the basic tasks that were given to me.

Team:
Despite the fact that I was new and even a bit out of place in the sector, u‑blox team was always available to help me, assist me and solve my doubts.
Thanks to them I archived the base knowledge to work here and I was able to resolve some issues I had been working on.

Conclusion:
In the end the work experience I have been doing not only gave me the opportunity to see and understand the meaning of working as an engineer, but it also gave me experience and knowledge in the cellular environment.
The work space is very nice and hospitable, working here at u‑Blox is surely something I would recommend to anyone that have the passion for electronics and computer science and the passion to learn new things every day.

Enric Moncasi

Navigationssysteme und Datenfusion, Universität Aalborg, Dänemark
Länge des Praktikums: 8 Monate Praktikum und 4 Monate Masterarbeit
Kurze Einführung über Praktika bei u‑blox:
Im Rahmen meines Masterabschlusses an der Universität Aalborg, Dänemark konnte ich ein optionales Praktikum absolvieren. Im Juni 2017 begann ich bei u‑blox. Es war ein Zeitraum von sechs Monaten vorgesehen. Ein Jahr danach bin ich zu meiner grossen Freude immer noch beim Unternehmen, und zwar als Ingenieur im Sensor‑Fusion‑Team. Nach meinem Praktikum gab mir u‑blox die Möglichkeit, meine Masterarbeit im Unternehmen zu schreiben. Darin konnte ich meine eigene Untersuchung weiterführen mit dem Ziel, die GNSS‑Positionierung in Strassenschluchten zu verbessern.

Herausforderungen:
Mir etwas einfallen zu lassen, diese Idee mit Vorgesetzten und Kollegen zu diskutieren, sie zu verbessern und in die Praxis umzusetzen, war die grösste Herausforderung für mich. Ich hatte die Freiheit, innerhalb eines vorgegebenen Frameworks das zu entwickeln, was ich wollte und wie ich es wollte. u‑blox stellte nicht nur die Daten und Ressourcen zur Verfügung, die ich benötigte, sondern auch die Schlüsselkenntnisse dafür. Durch die Tipps von Kollegen, die bereits jahrelang in der GNSS‑Branche tätig waren, konnte ich über mich selbst hinauswachsen, sodass meine Masterarbeit ein voller Erfolg wurde.

Zusammenfassung:
Ein Jahr bei u‑blox als Praktikant und Studierender mit Masterarbeit gab mir den bestmöglichen Einblick in die GNSS‑Branche. Ich habe nicht nur mehr gelernt als jahrelang an der Universität, sondern konnte auch bei verschiedenen Projekten meinen Beitrag leisten. Die Themen, die ich bearbeitete, legten den Inhalt meiner Masterstudien endgültig fest. Damit wurde diese Zusammenarbeit bei u‑blox zum perfekten Startpunkt meiner Karriere.
Robert Noack

Robert Noack

Computer Science
Internship of 5 months
As part of my studies in computer science, I successfully completed an internship at the u‑blox office in Berlin. I decided to increase the duration by choice from a minimum of eight weeks to a total of five month. The reason was simple – a period of only two month would not have been enough to finish a serious task of any kind. Additionally, I wanted to learn and experience as much as possible. In retrospect, I am very glad for this decision.

Challenges
I received the chance to work on three very different projects and had to face technologies and tools I did not know before. My main task was the creation of a testbed for host based wireless modules, then I was requested by the hardware team to assist in automating measurements and last but not least I implemented a firmware update procedure for one of the host platforms. The main challenge for me was to adapt quickly to new requirements. Fortunately, I was able to use a lot of the methods and knowledge I gained at my time at the university but still I had to get used to reading technical specifications, the general workflow in the team and the regular status meetings.

Conclusion
I experienced a warm welcome in Berlin and soon felt like a part of the team, not least because all colleagues were very collaborative and professional. Because many different disciplines come together in Berlin, I gained valuable insights regarding the Linux kernel and radio drivers as well as hardware design and measurement equipment. Overall, the time at u‑blox was more valuable and rewarding than I could have wished for.
Gianna Paulin

Gianna Paulin

BSc Electrical Engineer at ETH Zurich
Internship of 6 months
In my Internship at u‑blox in Thalwil I got different tasks in multiple directions of IC design. In the first part I checked some existing reused digital IPs for possible issues. Afterwards I worked on different aspects of the characterization and power estimation in the latest 28 nm project. In the end I was able to get a small insight into the backend.

Challenges
Changing the task multiple times means I had to familiarize myself over and over again with new topics and new tools. For example, for the checks of the IPs I needed to understand the behavior of the IPs and the theory behind the checked rules to be able to decide how to fix appearing problems. In another task I had to understand parts of the firmware to be able to debug a faulty HDL test simulation. Besides the reading and trying out part, my colleagues always tried to help with any questions or problems I had. Even though my questions were sometimes more based on my curiosity than on my actual task they were always very open to give me answers or even show me real‑life applications.

Conclusion
For me the internship at u‑blox fulfilled all my goals and wishes I had for my internship. I could get an insight in multiple parts of the IC design and gained a lot of experience. Additionally, all the colleagues were very helpful, friendly and open. So all in all I just had a great time at u‑blox.
Tommaso Perco

Tommaso Perco

Student Electronics,
IT IS A. Volta Trieste (IT)
Internship of 2 weeks
Challenges
Understanding the whole structure of the program I was assigned to work on new coding techniques I was not familiar with. It turned out to be quite challenging but thanks to the mentors assisting me were patient and always available to assist me in case I needed some help. Thanks to their explanations and hints, I was able to implement and test the features I was assigned: to add to the m‑Center application.
I was also given the chance to be creative, to experiment and to come up with new ideas. I was amazed by the fact that I could openly discuss with my mentors.

Conclusion
My stage at u‑blox was a very nice experience and I am really happy that my teachers chose u‑blox as a company for my stage. The fact I developed a small set of tools that turned out to be useful to all the people involved in the development of the m‑Center application pleased me and excites me a lot.

I would highly recommend any student who’s studying IT, programming or software engineering to ask his/her teacher to contact u‑blox and take advantage of a possible highly formative and nice experience like the one I had.
Giacomo Prato

Giacomo Prato

Student Electronis,
IT IS A. Volta Trieste (IT)
Internship of 3 weeks
I have done a three weeks stage in u‑blox, the topic of my project was to create a small CO sensor using one of their application board, simulating what a client would do to find out any problems or imperfections.

Challenges

During the stage I had to apply all my theoretical and practical knowledge, I used a lot of professional tools hardware and software with the help of an expert tutor. The first challenge was to communicate with the board and understand how it works studying the differences between the other boards I knew. I read a lot of data sheet and documentation, then I started my sensor’s planning using CAD and simulators.
I upgraded my skills especially for the problem solving and at the end I realized the Monoxide sensor prototype and it works very well!

Conclusions

It has been a rewarding experience, very helpful from the educational point of view because I have worked with very qualified people and advanced instrumentation out of the school’s financial possibilities. Live this experience inside a company like u‑blox drove me to look forward, to the engineering world, to the future world!
Adam Radomski

Adam Radomski

Robotics Systems and Control,
ETH Zurich
Internship of 6 months
An internship in industry is a compulsory part of my Master’s degree. My experience with u‑blox took place during winter semester 2016. I was part of the tools drivers and sample code group. The topic of my project was to create a video recording system for a satellite navigation test vehicle. After 6 months of working in an exciting environment I successfully completed the task. Together with the recording software I delivered a video replay and visualization feature for an existing evaluation software.

Challenges
The challenges and difficult tasks I faced during this internship offered me a great opportunity to improve my engineering skills. The recording application had to establish communication with a GNSS receiver and to save metadata information for each frame of the recorded video. I could learn how to write reliable software communicating with several devices and saving the data in real time. I had to test the system’s behavior with different types of cameras, conduct performance measurements, and verify correctness of the system during road tests. The last task of my internship was to assemble several video recording devices, which are now used at multiple u‑blox sites around the globe.

With the help of my mentor and teammates I was able solve all the given tasks, some of them in unexpected ways. For example for the extrinsic calibration of the cameras I used a UAV with a GNSS receiver attached to it. This method was not only accurate but also fun! The video replaying program has several interesting features implemented, such as the possibility to overlay satellites on video frames. Using this feature it’s possible to see which satellites are occluded by buildings and which have clear line of sight.

Conclusion
Working with u‑blox was an amazing experience and hopefully a great opening of future career opportunities in R&D. My project resulted in a very convenient and useful product which helps the developers understanding signal propagation effects.
Andreas Steger

Andreas Steger

Student Electrical Engineering
ETH Zurich (CH)
Internship of 5 months
During my internship at u‑blox AG in Thalwil I implemented a new test system for interfaces of the GNSS modules. To do so I was able to gain valuable skills about FPGAs, the Linux Kernel, Linux Drivers, C++ and how to integrate a test into a big framework.

Team
What I liked most about the internship was that I was free to decide on how to implement the system. On the other hand, when I needed to discuss the approach on how to implement a certain subsystem, I was always allowed to simply approach a colleague who had specialized in it. During those discussions we always tried to find the pros and cons of the different ways of how to implement the solution, but in the end I was still able to decide on my own which way was best for the project. I appreciated the freedom and responibility that were given to me.

Focus on Learning
The focus was not only on how to get the test system to work as fast as possible, but also to look deeper into different fields and get familiar with them. I was able to spend a lot of time reading documentation and books in order to find the best solutions. There was little repetitive work to do, the focus was much more on gaining knowledge and skills.

Conclusion
It was a great and valuable experience for me to work at u‑blox AG not only because of the interesting technical challenges I had to tackle, but also because of my colleagues who integrated me very well into the team.
Andreas Suriano

Andrea Suriano

Student Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
University of Trieste (IT)
Internship of 6 months
During the internship at u‑blox Italia for my MSc degree, I worked on the characterization and optimization of an M2M application with the point of view of current consumption. The study involved gaining knowledge on how UMTS and LTE cellular technologies work, especially the protocol stack, and how to use instruments such as system simulators, power supplies and multimeters.

Challenges
The topics I was going to investigate were completely new to me. The first challenge had been to gain knowledge of UMTS and LTE cellular technologies, in order to understand which network parameters can affect the cellular module’s current consumption. In order to do so, I was in contact with people from the protocol stack team; moreover, I spent a lot of time reading books and articles on previous works. Then, with the help of the hardware team I was able to set up the measurement test system, which was used to characterize the current consumption of a u‑blox cellular module in UMTS and LTE. In the final part of my work, I had to suggest techniques to minimize the current consumption of an M2M application running on a u‑blox cellular module. I think that this part was the most challenging, but discussing it with colleagues helped me to go through it and achieve the goals.

Conclusion
All in all, I enjoyed working on my thesis at u‑blox Italia because my colleagues were always very collaborative and I was in a position that has let me use my theoretical knowledge in real‑world scenarios.
Nebosja Tesic

Nebosja Tesic

Student Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering,
University of Trieste (IT)
Internship of 8 months
I did both the BSc and the MSc internships and thesis at u‑blox. During my MSc thesis I studied models for controlled power reduction by data puncturing during a CS voice call and its impact on voice quality in UMTS. The most promising model was integrated in the Protocol Stack in one of our UMTS M2M radio products and empirically tested.

Continuous challenge
Putting the theoretical knowledge into a real‑world practice requires a lot of learning and experimenting. The knowledge of the colleagues I’m privileged to work with, and the possibility to simply approach them to discuss pros and cons in order to find the most optimal real‑world solution is priceless. Most of the time I had the freedom and the responsibility to make my own decisions on how to do things and then to discuss them with my colleagues that are very specialized in it. Apart from continuous learning and improving, the most important experience I gained was how to work in a very dynamic environment inside a team where everyone has a chance and the responsibility to give their best and to contribute to an immense project.

Conclusion
The valuable experience gained during internship and thesis was crucial when I joined u‑blox. Being a member of the company that designs and implements its own cutting edge technology in positioning and wireless communication is very challenging, but professionally also a very rewarding task.