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.
I 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 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.
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.
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.