So, this happened. My alma mater chose me as the Alumnus of the Year! As a proud alumni of Aalto University, this is my immense honour to be selected as one. See the announcement in Suomi and English. Aalto University (in particular School of Science within) and Finland just keep on giving, and I feel like I continue to receive without giving anything back. I will have to think of some way for me to pay back all that I have received from them. Kiitos paljon! Of course, the whole event was virtual, and due to the time difference, I
i’ve just finished teaching <Deep Learning> this semester together with Yann and Alfredo. the course was in a “blended mode”, implying that lectures were given in person and live-streamed with a limited subset of students allowed to join each week and all the other students joining remotely via Zoom. this has resulted in more active online discussion among students, instructors and assistants over the course, and indeed there were quite a few interesting questions posted on the course page which was run on campuswire. i enjoyed answering those questions, because they made me think quite a bit about them myself.
Click here to jump to my foreword and skip the background. If you want to read the foreword in pdf, click here. If you’re interested in the tables of contents from the series, click here. Here’s my video message for their publication celebration: https://youtu.be/O78XdDYRZfc. Background: Right before COVID-19 struck NY heavily this past Spring, K-12 teachers from Busan, Korea stopped by at NYC on their trip to US for studying various AI education strategies in US, and asked me for a short meeting. Frankly i was quite skeptical about this meeting, and was assuming it was their vacation in disguise.
I have some news, both good and bad, to share with everyone around me, because I’ve always been a big fan of transparency and also because i’ve recently realized that it can easily become awkward when those who know of these news and who don’t are in the same place with me. Let me begin. The story, which contains all these news, starts sometime mid-2017, when I finally decided to apply for permanent residence (green card) after spending three years here in US. As I’m already in the US, the process consists of two stages. In the first stage, I,