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HYDROPONICS

My teenage dreams of becoming a farmer one day led me to summer 2014, in which I started growing vegetables via hydroponics. These posts document my adventures: many baby plants, encounters with wildlife, water automation, and more to come.

ASIATRIP

During my senior year, three friends and I dumped our summer savings into a 2+ week long Asiatrip in an effort to expand our horizons. We toured manufacturing plants, companies and hackerspaces, visited family, and tourist-ed around in our spare time. Here are the 21 blog posts documenting the journey.

My recent blog posts

Cyber-physical systems and smart cities 2015-04-14 Today, I am in Seattle attending a National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop for early career investigators on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) in Smart Cities (link). There are 2 main purposes of this workshop: to share, develop, propose new research directions for smart cities, and to get to know the other early career researchers working in related areas. Present ...

Data science interviews 2015-04-08 The aim of this guide is to provide the “delta” between a software engineering interview and a data science interview, for a mathematically-oriented researcher. This guide is suitable for researchers well-versed in some combination of statistics, probability, machine learning, optimization, and related areas. If you don’t already have software engineering interview skills, I recommend looking additionally ...

Insightful advice for academia from WICSE 2015-04-05 Today I attended the WISCE Berkeley-Stanford annual meetup and there was quite a bit I learned that I think applies to anyone in the field, so I wanted to share it here (along with more women-specific things). In particular, I found the academia panel to be very insightful and wise. Here were the key points. First ...

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The Moral Bucket List – NYTimes.com 2015-05-03 This is a philosophy for stumblers. The stumbler scuffs through life, a little off balance. But the stumbler faces her imperfect nature with unvarnished honesty, with the opposite of squeamishness. Recognizing her limitations, the stumbler at least has a serious foe to overcome and transcend. The stumbler has an outstretched arm, ready to receive and ...

The Data You’ll Get Your Hands On | HubHacks 2 | ChallengePost 2015-03-19 Every 911 call made to Police with time and address (except domestic abuse) Every 911 call made to Fire with time. Address included only for non-medical calls. Every 911 call made to EMS. Every parking ticket written. GPS location of every bus every minute Every user reported alert (jam, double parked car, pothole, accident) on Waze Other City data including Permitting ...

AT&T to hook up its automated home and connected car services | Reuters 2015-03-13 AT&T said it had about 20 million connected devices from cars to cargo ship container sensors in 2014, up 21 percent from the year earlier. It has not yet revealed its revenue from its "Internet of Things" business. via AT&T to hook up its automated home and connected car services | Reuters. Ready for all sorts of ...