How in the World is Alec Kriebel - February 2015

10649057_642885575834618_4884654950395119410_o Alec Kriebel and Kristie at UCI's Middle Earth Valentine's Day Carnival Good, but busy. Hello, as you've already probably guessed, it's me, Alec, writing this from Irvine, CA. I've decided to go ahead and centralize what has been happening in my life to a [blog] post that will be released on the first of every month that details some key events of the previous month. I am starting this because I am now in college at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
February 2015 -  UAV Forge - For those who don't know, UAV stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and UAV Forge is a project course (for credit) here at UCI. We're currently designing a specialized UAV. I mentioned this last month, however, I've made some progress that I'm excited to share: LiDAR_OcTreeThe above picture is a 2D representation of a hallway that I was able to live scan in by walking down using special 360º sensor connected to my laptop. You can see from the plotted data points, the two walls of the hallway, pieces of me walking in the center of the hallway, and the end of the hallway. This is very exciting because computers (and robots) can understand this data, and thus get a grasp of what the world around them looks like (very important for not running into obstacles!). This is a very neat application, and I'm excited to build on top of it. Sophomore - At the conclusion of this second quarter, I will be a Sophomore one quarter early due to credits I had from AP classes in high school. I currently am planning to cut my summer vacation early so that I can attend Summer Session here at UCI and take more classes. In addition I am planning to take 5 classes per quarter from here on out rather than the typical 3 or 4. If all goes according to plan, I should be able to get my degree by fall of 2016 or winter of 2017, meaning I would only be spending 2.5 years in college. Valentines Day - The 14th of this month was fun. I spent the day with Kristie (pictured above). Luckily we were able to find our way to the Irvine Spectrum Center (an outdoor shopping mall), and spend the day there including dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. This Month's Playlist - February
  Until Next Month, - Alec Kriebel