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MICCAI Daily:

How do you handle it?

Aïcha:

You keep pushing [

laughs

again

]

MICCAI Daily:

Where do you find the

drive to keep going?

Aïcha:

I had the chance to be

surrounded by very clever people,

both at Siemens and during my PhD.

That really helped me out to get a

sense of how research should be

done. You set back, try to

understand what’s wrong and

redefine the things.

MICCAI Daily:

Did you meet only

with short-term failures?

Aïcha:

No [laughs], I had long-term

failures too! I thought the idea

would work, but somehow it never

reached the point of success.

MICCAI Daily:

Did you ever feel like

giving up?

Aïcha:

During PhD, many times

[

laughs

]. So often you feel down

because whatever you come up

with, you are stuck. It’s not working

at all, but one day you get that idea,

that illumination of your day, and

you think why didn’t that come to

you before…

MICCAI Daily:

Giving up was only a

temptation or there was a real

possibility you would?

Aïcha:

No, because I am kind of

stubborn in that sense. I would feel

too much of a failure if I did, at a

personal level. Even if I think that it

is not a failure to realize that

something is not for you, in my case

the power that drives me is the fact

that I just can’t give up.

MICCAI

Daily:

What if you

discovered that this is not what you

want?

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