Photo of Ahyeon Hwang, Undergraduate

Persistent, Optimistic, Punctual

​UC LEADS Scholar

My STEM interests include computational neuroscience, robotics, and nanotechnology. With a background in Biology and Chemistry, I have always been interested in the biological aspect of neuroscience until I learned about computational modeling and artificial intelligence in an introductory cognitive science course. I plan to continue research in computational approaches to neuroscience during the rest of my undergraduate career and eventually pursue a PhD in a related field. In the future I would like to apply my skill set to robotics, specifically in creating rovers for space travel. I dream to remain in academia and become a professor or researcher. Otherwise I would like to go into the space industry as I am very interested in astronomy as well.

My mentor is Bruno Olshausen, director of the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. In Summer 2016, I worked with a physics graduate student mentor on a research project that used deep neural networks to leverage data from multiple subjects in order to improve the performance of a single subject brain machine interface.


“NERDS has been crucial in helping me change tracks from premed to pre-graduate school. I now have a better understanding of what my genuine interests are and feel free to actively engage in pushing the boundaries of science. I want to continue doing research in areas related to neuroscience and computer science.”