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 studying a Master of Computing in Artificial Intelligence at ANU.
“Through my Masters, I’m essentially studying how to teach computers to learn. This involves learning about current perspectives in artificial intelligence research, while gaining perspectives on project management and interdisciplinary thinking through electives and social activities. The research in the field of artificial intelligence at ANU is cutting-edge and world-class, and the courses teach us to tackle complex multidisciplinary problems. The small tutorial class sizes are a great opportunity to ask questions and discover other students’ perspectives.”
Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence has been Cheng’s favourite class so far.
“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.
“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. After my Masters, I plan to continue working in the field of innovation through entrepreneurial collaboration, and managing my company sustainably based on ethical and effective practices.”
“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. If you are interested in innovation, stop by the CBR Innovation Network, and meet current and former ANU students making a positive impact.”
“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, so attend student association events, meetup.com events, and watch out for events on eventbrite.com.”