Today I gave a poster presentation at the 2022 Interdisciplinary Navigation Symposium (iNAV) on my recent project “A recurrent neural network model of travel direction in humans”. It’s great to share my research at the iNAV community again after two years.
This morning, I successfully defended my Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences with a Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience! My dissertation is titled “Travel Direction as a Fundamental Component of Human Navigation: Integrating Psychophysics, Neuroimaging, and Computational Modeling Approaches”. The Spatial Neuroscience Lab had a celebration in the CNLM courtyard after my defense.
Today is Neuromatch Conference 4.0, I presented my flash talk on sex differences in human head direction signals at the conference. This is my first time sharing my work at a pure computational neuroscience conference and I’m so excited to chat about conference talks with my UCI colleagues at the local meetup! If you are interested in my work, please check out this video.
This evening, I shared my undergraduate experience, post-graduate experience, and how I became a PhD student at UCI at the Cognitive Science Association Graduate Student Spotlight event. This is my first in-person talk since the pandemic. I am so happy that I could talk about my unique graduate school journey to cognitive sciences undergraduates at UCI.
Today, I gave a poster presentation about my research “travel direction as a fundamental component of human navigation” at this year’s Harvard Women in Psychology’s Annual Trends in Psychology Summit (TiPS). I really enjoyed learning about research conducted by female scientists from different subfields of psychology. In the mentoring session, learning the career path of a computational cognitive neuroscientist is also deeply inspiring.
This morning, I presented my research on sex differences in human head direction signals at the Sfn annual conference. It’s nice to catch up with latest findings in human spatial neuroscience through the group discussion session with other speakers.
At this morning’s Psychonomics annual conference, I shared with other cognitive psychologists my latest research on how demographic information relates to self-reported navigation skills by conducting data mining on the Sea Hero Quest navigation game dataset from over 900,000 users. It is so fun to see that our environment influences our spatial cognition!
Today, I present my latest research at Spatial Cognition conference. My work compares head direction signals in the human brain during the stationary phase and the translational phase. I’m glad to learn about a mix of interesting studies on spatial cognition conducted by researchers from diverse background during the three days of the conference.
In the past two weeks, I attended Neurohackademy 2021 - a summer school for neuroscience and data science. The first week was a series of well-designed lectures and workshops on cloud computing, statistics, big data methods, open science, etc. In the second week (neurohack week), I worked as a member of the dicom-parser team (with team leader Zvi Baratz from Tel Aviv University and Michał Szczepanik from Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of the Polish Academy of Sciences) to help with documentation and data testing of the open source Python package - dicom_parser. This is the first time I contribute to an open source package, and I’m sure that it will just be the start of the journey.
Today, I presented my work on head direction signals in the human brain at this year’s annual meeting of the organization for human brain mapping (OHBM). The conference focuses on understanding the organization of the human brain using neuroimaging methods. At this conference, I learned about new fMRI data analyses methods and different perspectives on open science and publishing.
I’m glad to announce that I will be the instructor of record for Psychology Fundamentals (PSYCH 9B/ PSCI 11B) at UCI in Summer Session I. Today is the first day of my teaching. In the following 5 weeks, I will lecture on in-depth topics of general psychology including learning, memory, thought processes, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, and development.
This afternoon, I gave a poster presentation of my latest findings of head direction signals in the human brain at email@example.com - the annual spatial conference hosted by the Spatial Center at UC Santa Barbara with a topic on “Spatial Data Science for a Sustainable Future”. I’m glad to share my fresh research findings with my UCSB colleagues in both geography and psychology.
Today, I gave a short talk on “head direction signals during navigation” at this year’s Virtual Spring CNLM Conference with the topic “Memory: It’s About Time”. My talk took place in one of the data blitz sessions entitled “Memory Matters: Studies Examining Human Memory”. It was great to learn about the cutting-edge research from neuroscientists across the U.S. with a focus on learning and memory.
Today, I gave a short talk about my recent research on head direction signals in human navigation at the UCI Associated Graduate Students (AGS) Virtual Symposium. The questions I received gave me some clues on the knowledge gap between scientists who use fMRI and other biologists about my particular research. And I’d thus better polish my future talks to fill the gap. In addition, I’m glad to receive the Audience Choice Award, which is an acknowledgment for my research and presentation.
It was my honor to be selected as an attendee of the inaugural Communicating Science Conference for Graduate Students (ComSciCon) in the Los Angeles region. In the two-day conference, I gained many insights about science communication both in oral and writing formats, and connected with many STEM PhD students from nearby universities (UCLA, UCR, UCSB, and Caltech) who conduct really cool research.
I’m glad that our team, PawPaw Therapeutics, is the 1st place winner of the Business Pitch Competition 2021 organized by UCI Beall Applied Innovation and GPS-STEM! Our team is made up of me and other six biology PhD students and postdoc. We started with a medical research discovery, developed it into a business idea as a new type of cancer therapy, and pitched a business canvas to judges. This time, I gained industry insights as a STEM scientist and learned how research discoveries are turned into real-world applications. It’s my honor to work with such a pawsome team.
I am excited that this year’s first outreach event “Sleep to feel, to think, and to remember” from the CNLM Adult Outreach Committee was hosted successfully tonight with over 160 attendees from the Irvine community. This time, three UCI sleep experts Dr. Bryce Mander, Dr. Ivy Chen, and Frida Corona shared their life stories of how they got into sleep research and provided us with their precious advice on how to improve and better understand our sleep (A news article generated from this post was published on the CNLM website here ).
This evening, I led the session on Topic Modeling in the book club of Orange County R Users Group (OCRUG). The session covered contents of chapter 5 (converting to and from non-tidy formats) and chapter 6 (topic modeling) of the book Text Mining with R. All of my teaching slides and exercise materials can be found here.
I am glad that my co-authored book chapter “Central Coordination and Integration of Diverse Information to Form a Single Map” with Dr. Elizabeth R. Chrastil is finally accepted by the edited volume on Collective Spatial Cognition: A Research Agenda with Routledge (Taylor and Francis). The paper is currently under the final round of minor revision.
This evening, I led the session on Spark R modeling in the book club (advanced-track) of Orange County R Users Group (OCRUG). The session covered contents of chapter 4 (modeling) and chapter 5 (pipeline) of the book Mastering Spark with R. All of my teaching slides and exercise materials can be found here.
This morning, I presented my recent research on head direction signals in the human brain to prospective interdepartmental neuroscience program (INP) PhD students. It was a 5min short presentation with 3min Q&A. I received many interesting and diverse questions from prospective students and also learned about my colleagues’ cool research through their presentations. I hope many young and energetic ‘brains’ will join the UCI neuroscience community in the coming year!
I am glad to annouce the publication of my new coursera guided project “Visualizing Static Networks with R”. This project teaches learners how to visualize different types of static networks, which can be easily used in reports and presentations. The course can be considered as an intro course to network analyses and network visualization.
Today, I presented my latest research on head direction signals in the human brain at the Sfn Global Connectome. At the conference, I discussed with neuroscientists who study head direction signals in rodents, macaques, and drosophila. The clues I gained from the fascinating discoveries in other species really helped me consolidate my theories on how travel direction system works in the human brain.
I was fortunate to attend this year’s virtual Conference on Neural Information Processing System (NeurIPS 2020) thanks to the registration support from the NeurIPS 3rd Robot Learning Workshop. Although this is not a conference I’m regularly involved in, attending this conference is quite an experience filled with serendipity. (Note: part of this post is published as an article “What a cognitive psychologist learned from robotics” on the Medium Platform)
Today, I presented my latest research on the neural representation of head direction signals in the human brain at Psychonomics 2020. I am glad to receive all the good questions and kind suggestions from other cognitive psychologists.
Today, I talked about my research on studying travel direction using a motion adaptation paradigm at Neuromatch Conference 3.0 (nmc3). I am glad to share my research with the general neuroscience community and I appreciate the good suggestions from other neuroscientists on the next step of my research.
Over the past weekend, I participated in a Datathon “WaiDATATHON For Sustainable Future” hosted by WaiACCELERATE & Women in AI (WAI). As a member of the Foodwizer team, I worked on the challenge “Recommending dishes based on personal nutrient needs”. This time, I implemented association rule mining on a recipe ingredients dataset. Through this analysis, I discovered the probability of the co-occurrence of ingredients in a recipe. And our global team (with Betty from Netherland and Kirthy from India) won the 2nd place of the Datathon!
Today, I presented my talk “Travel Direction as a Fundamental Component of Human Navigation” at the data blitz session of the 2020 Interdisciplinary Navigation Symposium (iNAV). The study is to look at the role of travel direction in the internal representation system of human navigation using a traditional paradigm in vision neuroscience - motion adaptation. The data will be incorporated as part of the first chapter of my Ph.D. dissertation and a recording of the talk should be available on the iNAV website since next week.
I am glad to annouce the publication of my first coursera guided project “Finding bibliography metrics using the crossref API”. This project makes it convenient for learners to analyze different bibliography metrics from different perspectives, such as impact and number of collaborators.