Hi everyone, My names is Ashley Chacon Alam. I’m 29 years old and I’m an artificial intelligence engineer at Valeo! I’m going to tell you all about how I got here and especially why I love coming to work every day! I’m from Venezuela and I decided to move to Paris for good eight years ago. I came to Valeo right after university, where I studied computer vision and machine learning. During my interview, which was very challenging, I immediately realized that the technical expectations were very high: I had to know all about the latest methods and propose new ideas for automotive innovation. I’m really proud to have been selected. First goal: check! Working to make cars smarter is a fascinating, stimulating and challenging job. You have to constantly learn and find new ideas! My first project was 100% software development. I had to check and validate the algorithms from the team’s engineers to make sure we found the most effective solution. I learned so much from my first project and it helped me get to know how the company worked. After this first step, I began a really interesting project in the camera perception team. For the first time, I was part of research and development. I had to develop an ADAS, or Advanced Driver Assistance System to detect raindrops on the windshield using a camera. This would set off the windshield wipers when it started to rain, for example, and, in particular, make them faster or slower depending on how much it was raining. Cool, right? I then started working on autonomous driving, particularly on Valeo Cruise4U, which is a system allowing cars to switch to totally autonomous mode on highways and in ring-road traffic jams. I mainly focused on detecting other vehicles using cameras to make the car adapt to the traffic around it. Next, I became a technical leader in my area of expertise. Tune in to the next episode, where I’ll tell you all about my current projects with the team working on Valeo Drive4U – you know, the autonomous car that drove around the streets of Paris. See you soon!