I’m an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Computer Science, National University of Singapore (NUS). My main research interests are in human-machine intelligence (HMI); I seek to combine the capabilities of humans and machines to derive something more than the sum of its parts. To study and develop more effective HMI systems, my tools are comprise methods from human robot/computer interaction, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics.
I was a graduate student in at the Personal Robotics Lab at Imperial College London under the supervision of Yiannis Demiris where I worked on online learning and model building for assistive robotics. As part of my PhD, I designed and built two smart robotic wheelchairs that help young children explore their environment safely. I was then awarded a SMART Postdoctoral Scholar fellowship to pursue independent research at MIT‘s SMART Center, where I was mentored by Emilio Frazzoli. I did a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Cognitive Engineering Lab (CEL) and Data-Driven Decision Making (D3M) lab at the University of Toronto, with Greg Jamieson and Scott Sanner.
Some history: I was born in Kuala Lumpur and spent most of my younger years messing around with computers (like many children of my generation). After my A-levels, I enrolled at the University of California, Davis under a Regents Scholarship and after four fun-filled years, graduated with a double major (double-degree) in Computer Science and Economics. I then spent three months as an associate at one of the big 4 accountancy firms; a job I left to pursue to my Masters at the University of Melbourne in Australia. My Masters projects were in evolutionary computation with Michael Kirley and Grid (now Cloud) computing with Raj Buyya, both of whom I’m grateful to for getting me interested in research. I went on to work for three years at the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore. My research interests at the time were mainly in computational epidemiology, complex networks, computational intelligence, and meta-optimization methods.
I was also Engineering Chair for the UK Space Design Competition (join if you’re a high school student in the UK!) and a former Design London Fellow. I also play badminton and table-tennis and love to read (sci-fi steals many hours from my day).