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The Infinite Academic Game

Gustavo Pinto
October 05, 2022
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The Infinite Academic Game

Talk in the 2o LATAM School in SE

Gustavo Pinto

October 05, 2022
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  1. Gustavo Pinto
    The Infinite Academic
    Game
    1
    Professor, UFPA
    Pesquisador, Zup Innovation
    @gustavopinto

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  2. @zupinnovation zup.com.br
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    Finite vs Infinite games
    ● There are two kinds of games
    ○ finite: for the purpose of winning
    ○ infinite: for the purpose of
    continuing to play
    How can we stay in the game?

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  3. How can we stay in the
    academic game?

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    ● Fighting for the truth
    ● Discovering the unknown
    ● Helping people to make decisions
    ● Impacting people through education
    @zupinnovation
    The academic game

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    ● Low pay
    ● Long hours of work
    ● Fierce competition (~20% of papers accepted)
    ● Everyone else is doing better than you
    @zupinnovation
    The academic game, but also

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    Academic metrics are extrinsic motivators;
    ● Awards
    ● # of papers
    ● # of citations
    ● # of pipipipopo
    The finite academic game is about:
    But extrinsic motivation don’t last.

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    @zupinnovation
    https://dvassallo.medium.com/only-intrinsic-m
    otivation-lasts-92c0497cf97c

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  8. How can we continue
    playing the infinite
    academic game?

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    1. Collaborate
    2. Stay healthy
    3. Take breaks
    4. Have fun
    How to play the infinite game?

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    ● Indirectly look for new collaborators
    ● Proactively look for new collaborators
    ● Create a trustable network
    ● Be Googlable
    @zupinnovation
    Collaborate

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    ● Did you like a paper? Congratulate the authors
    ● Gonna travel? Visit a research group
    ● Go to meetings, ask questions, give talks
    @zupinnovation
    Collaborate: indirectly

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    ● Did you like a paper? Congratulate the authors
    ● Gonna travel? Visit a research group
    ● Go to meetings, ask questions, give talks
    @zupinnovation
    Collaborate: indirectly
    When attending a
    conference, it is your
    job to ask questions
    Leopoldo Teixeira
    (UFPE)

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    ● Offer help
    ● Ask for help
    ● Go to conferences
    @zupinnovation
    Collaborate: proactively
    https://gustavopinto.medium.com/how-to-sen
    d-a-student-to-attend-icse-with-zero-budget-3
    8f8796cebd2

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    ● When was your last vacation?
    ● Spent some time elsewhere
    ● Say hi to industry (we are hiring)
    @zupinnovation
    Take breaks

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    @zupinnovation
    Take breaks: spent some time elsewhere

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    @zupinnovation
    Take breaks: say hi to industry
    ● Writing skills
    ● Analytical skills
    ● Tech skills
    ○ Coding
    ○ Static analysis
    ○ Testing
    ○ ML (Ops)
    https://gustavopinto.medium.com/rigour-vs-value-i
    n-industrial-research-8eb526a00537

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    ● Mentally
    ● Physically
    @zupinnovation
    Stay Healthy
    This is a really big deal!

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    Stay Healthy: Mentally
    ● Learn how to deal with rejections
    ● Observe when things are not OK
    ● Find support
    https://gustavopinto.medium.com/how-to-deal
    -with-rejections-8e0cd3d3a859

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    ● Learn how to deal with rejections
    ● Observe when things are not OK
    ● Find support
    Stay Healthy: Mentally
    Burnout can make things we once loved about our work and
    life seem insignificant and dull. [...] Symptoms of burnout
    include feeling exhausted, cynical, or ineffective, little or no
    sense of accomplishment in your work.

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    ● Learn how to deal with rejections
    ● Observe when things are not OK
    ● Find support
    Stay Healthy: Mentally
    ICPC 2021
    You know, I
    think I’m not
    enjoying this
    work anymore

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    ● Eat well
    ● Sleep well
    ● Practice sports
    Stay Healthy: Physically

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    ● Make friends
    ● Find your balance
    ● Enjoy the [long] road!
    Have fun

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  23. @zupinnovation zup.com.br
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    ● Make friends
    ● Find your balance
    ● Enjoy the [long] road!
    Have fun

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