About Me

I was born and raised on Manhattan in New York City, where I lived for the first 21 years of my life. In 2012, my family moved to upstate New York, which was my home until I finished college. I graduated from SUNY Potsdam in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree, majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. In August 2013, I moved to Austin, Texas to work on a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

Computer Science Interests

Ever since I decided to take up computer science as a major, I found that I genuinely enjoy learning about every part of it. It is exciting to unmask the secrets of the machines that run our lives every day. My favorite undergraduate classes included computer networks, computer games and simulation, and programming languages.

I love programming, especially in teams with other people. My favorite types of projects are the ones that produce visible results and can be used and experienced by others. These include graphical applications, simulations, games, and robots that interact with the world. I find it very satisfying to be able to see the code at work in ways that can reach out to people.

In many ways, programming to me is a means of artistic expression. A programming language is like a painter's palette, and the computer is a canvas. I enjoy focusing on the details to make everything simultaneously functional and elegant in the best way that I know how.

On my spare time, I like to work on personal projects. Most of them can be viewed from Projects section of this website or on my GitHub page.

Research Interests

I am generally interested in artificial intelligence because of the great benefits it could bring to society by automating difficult, dangerous, or simply unpleasant tasks. More specifically, I am very intrigued by computer vision and machine learning. With so many images and videos on the Internet today, smart computer vision systems are becoming a necessity to organize and analyze all of the visual content. I also have interests in data mining, robotics, and biological computation.

Other Interests

I really like learning about all kinds of sciences, especially biology. In particular, I enjoy learning about genetics and microbiology, and discovering the mysteries of how life on Earth actually works. One of my favorite subjects in college was biological anthropology, learning about the story of human origins.

I also have an fascination with ancient Egypt. Ever since I learned about it in sixth grade, I was mystified by the rich and unique history. It is amazing that historical figures, from what we consider today as ancient times, would look upon the pyramids and witness thousands of years of history which to them was already ancient. My dream is to one day visit Egypt and see some of the greatest wonders of the ancient world for myself.

Image credits (in order from top to bottom): iakoubtchik @ Flickr , shanepope @ Flickr , qthomasbower @ Flickr , dungodung @ Flickr

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