Meet Cheng Yu – an entrepreneurial Masters student whose time in Silicon Valley has inspired him to develop Artificial Intelligence for the benefit of people.
“I lived in San Francisco, the heart of the Silicon Valley, when Artificial Intelligence (AI) became a buzzword among the entrepreneurial community. I chose to study AI as I am excited by its potential to improve our lives; from national security to social networking and everything in between.”
Cheng Yu studied a Master of Computing specialising in Artificial Intelligence, graduating in 2016. He described the degree as, “studying how to teach computers to learn.”
He said he chose to come to ANU because of the university’s leading reputation in the field, staff and facilities.
“The research of artificial intelligence at ANU is cutting-edge and world-class, and the courses teach us to tackle complex multidisciplinary problems”.
He found that the small tutorial class sizes were a great opportunity to ask questions and discover other students’ perspectives, and his favourite class was Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence.
“It’s quite mind-blowing; many of the theories I’ve learnt in the class are two decades ahead of our time, and are taught by leading researchers in the field”.
Cheng’s passion for AI inspired him to register a company in 2015, which aims to advance the use of artificial intelligence to benefit people. He found his connections with ANU were very helpful for his business.
“ANU has introduced me to systems thinking and other powerful tools for tackling problems, as well as a large network of people and alumni that can continuously support my career”.
Cheng had some advice for students thinking about studying at ANU.
“My advice to prospective students considering the ANU is to talk to current students about their experiences. ANU is full of wonderful opportunities to advance your knowledge, explore your interests, meet interesting friends, and make contribution to the society.”
Cheng found that Canberra offered a great university lifestyle, with plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends.
“Canberra has six universities and attracts students from all around the country and the world, making it a great student town. It is a city full of friendly young people”.