My academic curriculum vitae

I am a computer science PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. I am a member of UT Vision, Cognition, and Action Lab, instructed by Professor Dana Ballard and Professor Mary Hayhoe. I am also a member of UT Austin Villa Robot Soccer Team lead by Professor Peter Stone.

My research is in artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience. I believe it is important to understand human intelligence for developing biologically inspired AI algorithms, as well as making AIs compatible with humans. A typical research project of mine includes designing human experiments, collecting human data, modeling human behaviors, developing AI algorithms insipred by human models, and comparing AI's perfomance with humans. Therefore my research involves multiple disciplinaries and topics, such as vision science, behavioral psychology, machine learning (computer vision, imitation and reinforcement learning), control, and robotics.

Although it is difficult to tell when a fully autonomous agent with human-level intelligence will be available, to me, it is very exciting to work towards this goal. And I hope one day these AIs can help humans in risky tasks, such as search, rescue, and exploration, as well as in our daily tasks. One day, perhaps, there will be these AIs, along with humans, that "raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and our factories, teach our childern, keep our homes, and heal us when we are sick" (R. Reagan).

Another goal of my research is to develop neuroscience-inspired AI algorithms. This approach has lead to many successful stories, e.g., sparse coding, visual saliency models, neural networks, reinforcement learning, etc. My current research applies lessons learned in neuroscience to improve these models and algorithms.

Education
The University of Texas at Austin
August 2014 - Present, Austin, TX
 • TA: CS 342C Computational Brain, Spring 2019
 • TA: CS 391L Machine Learning, Spring 2015
 • TA: CS 311H Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science (Honor), Fall 2014

The University of Texas at Austin
August 2012 - August 2014, Austin, TX
 • Master of Science in Computer Science
 • TA: CS 311 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science, Summer 2013
 • TA: CS 313K Logic, Sets and Functions, Fall 2013
 • TA: CS 313K Logic, Sets and Functions, Spring 2013

Rhodes College
August 2008 - May 2012, Memphis, TN
 • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
   Advisor: Dr. Natalie Person
 • Minors: Computer Science, Economics
 • TA: PSY 485 Qualitative Methods, Spring 2012