I’m currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Cognitive Engineering Lab at the University of Toronto, working with Greg Jamieson and Scott Sanner. Before coming to Canada, I was a SMART Postdoctoral Scholar at MIT’s SMART Center mentored by Emilio Frazzoli, where I worked on machine learning methods for networks of interacting intelligent agents, e.g., a group of autonomous vehicles.
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. When not in the lab, I enjoyed teaching big kids as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or little kids with the Next Generation Project. The Khazanah Global Scholarship allowed me to pursue my PhD full-time without needing to work so, my part-time jobs were mostly for pleasure.
Some history: I was born in Kuala Lumpur and spent most of my young 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 and evolutionary 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).