Launching into uncharted waters
Q What was your motivation for joining the program, and what about the program appeals to you?
My motivation for applying was a strong belief that there are certain things which I can only access through HWIP. The greatest feature of the program is that it provides an invaluable space for discussion and development of joint research projects with researchers from fields which initially appear to have no connection whatsoever. Another major attraction is the vertical and horizontal connections among program participants. Most of the other participants have distinctive value outlooks that are different from mine, and interaction with them is therefore stimulating in a variety of ways. And of course there are the attractions of generous financial support and subsidies for self-motivated activities.
Q What is your expertise and who do you want to develop it with the program?
At undergraduate level I specialized, broadly speaking, in information science. Now in graduate school I am focusing on machine learning methods that incorporate biological mechanisms. There are many problems in the machine learning field known in recent years as “artificial intelligence.” I believe that insights into the living world, and particularly the brain, will be crucial in order to solve these problems. In HWIP, I hope to pursue research that is more appropriate from the perspectives of cognition and biology.
Q What are your future dreams and goals?
I would like to contribute to a future in which our society can be enriched by computers equipped with intelligence similar to that of humans.