No, I am not flashing a Japanese gangster sign. I'm just hiding my unshaved
Hi, I'm a M.S. student in the Computer
Science department at UCSD. I'm
a member of GURU (Gary's
Unbelievable Research Unit) led by Prof. Gary
Cottrell in the Artificial Intelligence
lab. My current research makes use of neural
networks as a cognitive modeling tool. I would like to think my research
has been more about the human cognition system rather than just computers.
Once I graduate, however, I want to work on real world applications of
data driven approaches including but not limited to neural networks.
My master's thesis was titled Visual Expertise Is a General Skill. The
goal of the research was to show through neural network simulations that
the representations developed for discriminating faces are useful for fine
discrimination of other classes of images as well. You can see my PowerPoint
slides I used for my presentation for the
UCSD AI Research Seminar.
Teaching Assistant, UCSD, Programming Languages: Principles and Paradigms
Cottrell Spring 2000),
Programming Languages for Artificial Intelligence
Bachelor of Engineering in "Mechano-Informatics",
of Tokyo, 1998. My Bachelor's thesis was titled An Experimental
Method for Measuring whether People Respond to Low Pitch as a Cue for Back-Channel
Feedback. It was a study on people's response to prosodic features
of speech advised by Nigel
In case you're wondering what Mechano-Informatics is supposed
to be, well, don't ask me, they
"had to create" a new term because "the term mechatronics, although
widely adopted to describe the technologies arising from the integration
of machines and electronics, did not fully express the importance of computation
in today's mechanical systems." Check out the web site of a
department at Nagoya University that includes the same term in their
name, they can't even spell it correctly themselves!
Come spot me!
If you can't find me "working" in the lab or sleeping in my apartment,
these are good places to start with:
The listening room located in the UCSD
Music Library - Yeah, it sucks that you can't check out CDs and you
have to listen to them on unsatisfactory sound systems in uncomfortable
seats using unfriendly equipment with absolutely uninformative displays.
Serious, you can't even identify which song you're listening to. But they
do have a respectable collection of experimental music from avant garde
composers to Sonic
Youth to DJ
Spooky. If you are a UCSD student (or staff/faculty...), take advantage
of this excellent opportunity to expand your musical horizon! Bear the
seats, nothing comes for free, right?
Theatres - Landmark La Jolla is within walking distance from the UCSD
campus. So why is it that I hardly see young audience there (unless they're
showing the Blair Witch)?
Cane's Bar and Grill - Yeah
I agree it sucks that you can't even hear from the pub the sound of the
band when they do all ages shows, and that they have signs reading "ABSOLUTELY
no moshing allowed" all over, but they do host cool bands, occasionally...
Mira Mesa Epicentre - One of
the few all ages venue in San Diego. Yeah, it sucks that they don't
advertise so you have to check their web page frequently, but their web
page is annoying because too many windows pop up Correction, now
they advertise so ignore the link... Curfew: 11:30.
Che Cafe - No point complaining here,
they're obviously not making any money...Curfew: ?
Belly Up Tavern - If only I had had
a car during my first year...Curfew: 2am?
Tower Records - For no apparent
reason, the La Jolla store always have at least one Tom Waits CD in their
Music Trader -Surprise!
I just found out that Music Trader is a part of a pretty big international
franchise, nothing local (check the link). The PB store has a nice big
collection but the Clairemont store is less exploited (and easier to find
parking during weekends). Used CDs.
Coffee and Tea - Located in the La Jolla Village shopping complex.
Probably the most useless link in this page...
Gourmet - Sandwich. The photo in this linked site is useless, you can't
see the restaurant.