Goranka Bjedov Interview

Q: While visiting Romania, what’s that one thing that you want to do before you return?
A: Like many tourists (and probably to the horror of all Romanians) I would really like to visit Transylvania. I have a cousin who will come and join me for the duration of the conference and we plan to do a little bit of exploration around Cluj, and then figure out if a trip to Transylvania is in the cards.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
A: I love horses and enjoy spending time with them. I grew up watching and enjoying Westerns, and wanting “an Indian” horse. I finally got my paint mare 12 years ago and we’ve been training each other ever since.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I am not sure I have an answer to this question. It really varies, and it is rarely the same thing twice.
Q: What is the next book you recommend me to read and why?
A: Depending on your taste, I would have a couple of books to consider:
Thomas Kida: “Don’t Believe Everything You Think”
Joseph T. Hallinan: “Why We Make Mistakes”
David Eagleman: “Incognito – The Secret Lives of the Brain”
All of these are popular book on the topic of neuroscience, covering recent discoveries in the field and explaining many of the things we find perplexing about human thinking.
I am not reading a lot of pure fiction these days, but an interesting book I’ve enjoyed recently is:
Chade-Meng Tan: “Search Inside Yourself” about general practice of meditation.
Q: What’s the best thing that happened to you during a testing conference?
A: Definitely, meeting other engineers and exchanging ideas. During one of the WOPR conferences, I was introduced to the game of SET, which I enjoy playing to this day.

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