Undergraduate Student at UCLA

frank.chen [asperand]

About Me

I am pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In my undergraduate years, I have conducted robotics and machine learning research at The Jet Propulsion Laboratory with Dr. Thomas Lu, and at the Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning and Autonomy (VCLA) with PhD student Nishant Shukla and Professor Song-Chun Zhu. I have also been an organizer of LA Hacks (largest hackathon in the West Coast) for the past two years. Lastly, I have been a Resident Assistant (RA) for UCLA Residential Life during the 2016-17 school year.

In Spring 2017, I taught a class at UCLA called CS 88S: Safety in the Cloud - Introduction to Cybersecurity; this seminar has been very popular, with a full class enrolled and more than 1400 people subscribed to my weekly email list.

I will be a Technical Program Manager at Microsoft starting July 2017.


I write code

I use PGP. Here are my keys

I occasionally blog

I like to draw caricatures and other art

I played classical guitar. Here are some of my pieces

Recent News

June 2017

I had the honor to speak about what being an Engineer means to me in front of 10,000+ people in Pauley Pavilion, at the 2017 UCLA Engineering Commencement for PhDs, Masters, and Bachelors degree recipients. As the Commencement Student Speaker, I wanted to find a voice that resonates with all Engineers, and so I focused on the qualities that applies to all of us moving forward: Mentorship. Learning. Community.

Full Speech Video (starts at 1:59:20).
Speech Transcription.
Interview with UCLA Engineering

I wrote/performed "Graduate", a creative summary of my undergraduate experience at UCLA. The lyrics breakdown can be found on Rap Genius. A huge thank-you to my producer Katon, and my music video director Iris!

I wrote a DJ set review on The Chainsmokers' performance at Ultra Music Festival 2016 for UCLA's History of Electronic Dance Music class.

May 2017

I will be the UCLA Engineering Student Commencement Speaker at my graduation!

I have presented my research in visualizing human utility at the UCLA Undergraduate Poster Day. My poster can be found here.

My research paper, Intelligent multi-spectral IR image segmentation, is now published after the SPIE Optical Pattern Recognition XXVIII Conference in Anaheim, CA.

April 2017

I started teaching CS 88S: Safety in the Cloud - Introduction to Cybersecurity at UCLA!

I did a presentation for the RAs and other student leaders in Residential Life on how ResLife can be connected to industry. The slides can be found here.

January 2017

My cybersecurity course website is up! I'll be posting slides + materials after every class in Spring 2017.

September 2016

I am building a hub for common datasets used in various vision, nlp, ml research papers, in hopes to allow researchers to easily access training data to validate their work. I have also organized a list of the top researchers in AI, ML, and robotics.

August 2016

I built img2color, a side project/tool to extract prominent colors from input image.

The JPL paper on intelligent image segmentation for multi-spectral images has been submitted to the SPIE conference in San Diego.

June 2016

I started working at Workday as a Software Engineering Intern

I began a summer project with Ruthie called Fruthie Codes, where we write a comprehensive tutorial on a programming subject, ranging from Git to Python, for 10 weeks.

April 2016

My research paper, Cross Correlation and Image Alignment for multi-band IR sensors, is now published after the SPIE Optical Pattern Recognition XXVII Conference in Baltimore, MD.