Welcome to our group! Here are some useful tips to get started at our chair if you just joined us as a HiWi, Diploma, Master, or Bachelor thesis student. Most of this applies to you as a new PhD student as well, but, in addition to this page, please check out our welcome page for new PhD students.
Who to talk to
- The first person to talk to if you have any questions is always the PhD Student ("Assistant") that you work with.
- Clarissa can help you with contract issues and reimbursements for small orders. Please talk to her before you spend any money that you plan to get back from our chair.
- Should you ever encounter any problems or questions that you cannot resolve with your advising PhD student, Clarissa, and the Help Desk, contact Jan or our postdoc Simon Voelker directly. Email him the facts and problems, and talk to him in person to discuss the issue. Don't wait until you have lost months of your time because of something—we're here to help.
What to do to get started
Start by printing the Welcome-checklist.pdf. Then complete the tasks on the list one-by-one to get started!
- Review the Guides and the i10 Help Desk FAQ for basic information about printing, scanning, making phone calls, etc.
- In particular, if you are using Apple / iOS Mail, see Jan's email setup guide to get the RWTH Microsoft Exchange Server to like you.
- Check our lab hours to understand when others are around, and when you should be around.
- Read the hardware purchase guide if you need to buy things to get your work done.
- If you need to write code, read our i10 coding guidelines before you start.
- Activate your G Suite account.
Regular Events @ i10
- Mon–Fri 11:45–12:30: Lunch. We usually leave at 11:45 to get a light lunch from the bakery, mensa, cafeteria, or bring stuff from home, then meet in the kitchen to have lunch together. (Staff and Hiwi/thesis students)
- Monday 09:30–10:30: Research Breakfast (Jan and PhD students)
- Thursday 13:00–14:00: Club i10. A weekly group meeting where you can catch other thesis students' kickoff and final talks, trip reports (e.g., from CHI), and conference practice talks from our PhD students, where you can meet interesting guests visiting our chair, and where we discuss plans and projects in general. Everybody, whether PhD, Hiwi or thesis student, is expected to attend.
- See our i10 group calendar "i10 Events" for current times and more events
- Check out our custom i10 software utilities to quickly check today's Mensa menu, type umlauts on a U.S. keyboard, etc.
- Read Jan's file READ ME FIRST.rtf on the Public volume of our file server, oliver, and follow the guidelines there for naming conventions and folder structures when you put stuff on oliver
- Get a T-Shirt
- Please use the official logo and templates, located under oliver/Public/Public Relations, for all i10 presentations or posters
- Coffee and soft drinks are charged using the iPads on the drinks fridge and near the coffee machine in the kitchen.
- And when it's time to leave our chair, please check our Bye page for helpful information what to do.
Please remember these simple but possibly life-saving facts:
- Clarissa is a trained first-aid helper — if you find someone who, say, went into shock after waking a Mac from sleep to find Windows running on it, and you don't know what to do, get to her.
- First-aid boxes are located in the kitchen and in the Fab Lab
- For heart attacks, a new defibrillator is downstairs in the sports tract. The Hausmeister knows how to use it, but it's designed to be usable by anybody (it checks ECG heart activity automatically before applying shock).
Apart from that, have fun, and remember the Secret Motto:
And We Get Paid For This!