Antoine is a French master student in Computer Science. He was raised in Paris, did his first 2 years of engineering school at Ensimag in Grenoble South-east of France and is currently here in Stockholm for a double degree program. He is in charge of the software part of the project.
Eric: Computer Science is big field and covers different areas of specialisation. Which one are you most favouring with?
Antoine: Right now I am most interested in Machine Learning which is more math oriented then what I have done so far. In my engineering school I covered most of the topics of Computer Science including hardware, networks and operating system.
Eric: Since Computer For Schools (C4S) aims to provide a network to students by connecting operating systems it seems like your education covers the technical side of the project perfectly?
Antoine: When I arrived in Stockholm in August (2016) I was searching for a project to get involved in, I came across Engineers without Borders and the current group coordinator forwarded me to C4S. So I did not choose the project but rather searched for a NGO to get involved in social work. That it ended up with fitting my academic interests was a lucky coincidence. Even though it is challenging to set up such a network, having the aspect of helping students with their educations provides enough motivation.
Eric : What do you expect from Cameroon as a French speaking country ?
Antoine: Since besides me there is just Tove who is fluent in French I expect to cover some of the translating task in both ways: English-French, French-English.
Eric : As a computer scientist how important to you see the role of computers in education ?
Antoine: Computers take a major role in education nowadays. It changes the way you are, it changes the way you think. By accessing the Internet you are able to reach the combined knowledge of the world rather then staying in your Filter bubble.
However the Internet can also be dangerous. It's why giving students insight of security measures and trust of sources is fundamental and can often just be done in a supervised way. The training is not just about using tools, the goal is to provide an introduction to the philosophy of computer science. I would like them to be involve in communities, contribute to Wikipedia or code a small program on their own. There many things to learn and to do with a computer !
Eric: Closing this interview with something stereotypically: As a French, how often do you eat snails ?
Antoine: I expected a question about cheese or wine. But a dish including snail is usually considered as something extraordinary which follows that we just eat them at important family dinner. So probably around 2 or 3 times per year.