Other Interests

Education

Education is something I am really passionate about. It is not only the foundation of science but also the frontline to combat imbalance in the social economy level.

Education is my passion. Other than my 1-1 mentoring and tutoring experiences. I spent a whole year teaching English in rural area in Taiwan. I enjoyed seeing students grow from the interactive activities in my classroom.


Machine Learning

Image result for neural networkI started to learn about machine learning from the Coursera course offered by Standford professor Dr Andrew Ng. I am always following the trend in machine learning and see if I can use some knowledge for my fire ant research!

On the side note, despite the common hype on machine learning among the scientific community, I am frequently told to use discretion by my sister Irene Ko, who studies machine learning robustness at MIT as a graduate student.


Mechatronics Systems and Robotics

I enjoyed learning and incorporating knowledge from different fields when designing robots. I am very proud of the most sophisticated robot I’ve made so far: an autonomous hockey plaer robot that can find and shoot the puck towards the goal! A short list of the mechatronics projects I have worked on can be found here on YouTube.


Data and network science

My interest in data science traced back to my sophomore year in Shanghai when I was about to initiate a research project on social media modeling based on the complex network dynamic theory.


Music

Music is  one of my favorite hobbies. I started to write songs a while ago and I am still writing them! Some of the songs I wrote have been uploaded on my YouTube channel.


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I am a big fan of languages too. I think language is the most important key to understanding a culture.

Aside from Mandarin, my mother tongue, and English, the language I can really speak is Japanese. I also learned some German, Spanish, and Tibetan simply for the fun of it. I love to learn how words are arranged differently in different languages.


Community Service

I am always enthusiastic about making contributions to the communities and society around us. I look up the kind of person who is not only brilliant in his/her field but is also capable of bringing success to the people around him/her.

One of the most recent volunteering experiences is leading science projects as a mentor in Philadelphia local schools. The program was facilitated by iPraxis, which was founded because the minority groups are extremely underrepresented in scientific communities, especially in medicine-related fields.

In Atlanta, I have been volunteering for Georgia Aquarium since October 2018. I love to educate the visitors, young or old, on marine animals and the importance to protect the earth.