Who am I?

Well hey there folks, I’m Bobby Yan. Just another wanderer on this big ol’ spinning rock we call home, lookin’ for that sweet spot where I can hang my hat and call it a day. I’ve got this shiny degree in electrical engineering and computer science that I earned up north at at UC Berkeley. Spent a heap of time there getting lost in the intricate web of zeros and ones, unearthing the mysteries of algorithms, databases, operating systems, and neural networks—the gears and gizmos that make this digital world of ours tick. But when I finally held that degree in my hands, something was still stirring inside me. I still had an itch inside, a calling that there was more exploring to be done. So I tossed my cap in the air, packed up my bags, and hit the road down south to Stanford, ready for the next chapter.

Now, at Stanford, I’ve been knee-deep in the lab, wrestling with this new beast we call sparse machine learning. It’s about finding that sweet melody where humans and machines can dance in sync, where data becomes a symphony of knowledge. My research is all about efficient and usable machine learning systems—real cutting edge stuff. Many a night I’ve spent squinting at lines of code and whiteboards littered with mathematical hieroglyphics till my eyes glaze over. But let me tell you, there’s a certain romance in blazing your own trail on the frontier of knowledge, and boy, am I smitten.

When I finally claw my way out of the labyrinth that is the lab, nothing beats the feel of sunshine on my face and a fresh breeze in my hair. You see, when I’m not tangled up in the mysteries of science, you’ll find me embracing the boundless beauty of life. I’m just a free spirit, forever in search of the next wave to ride, the next mountain peak waiting to be conquered. An explorer at heart, on a never-ending quest for adventure. Whether I’m trading volleys on the badminton or tennis court, striking a warrior pose on my yoga mat, flexing my muscles in a calisthenics routine, or being humbled by the grandeur of Mother Nature on a hiking trail, I’m always game for a thrill.

And let me tell you, every moment of this wild ride we call life is better when it’s set to a good beat. Music, my friends, is more than just sound—it’s the rhythm of life, the melody of the soul. My playlist is like a big ol’ hearty melting pot, a smorgasbord overflowing with different flavors. I’ve got funky tunes that’ll make you wanna boogie, soulful blues that’ll stir something deep within, hip hop beats thumpin’ through your bones, and the electrifying pulse of EDMs—you name it, I’ve got it. I’m just over here mixing it up on Spotify, SoundCloud, and NetEase Music, wherever I can get my fixes of those sweet, sweet tunes. Music is the spice of life. All you need is an open heart and open ears to feel that universal harmony.

But the real magic? The real magic isn’t in the thrill of the adventure or the beat of the music. No, the real magic is in the people you share it all with. Ain’t nothing in this world quite like a good belly laugh shared with friends, battling it out in heated rounds of Catan or Bananagrams with family, or singing along terribly yet triumphantly during karaoke alongside loved ones. Those shared moments, those are the real treasures in life. The family we choose and the family we come from, they’re my rock, my guiding light. Those people come first, always, no matter where my wanderlust takes me. And I treasure every conversation, sunrise and sunset viewed, and experience shared like a photograph imprinted in my soul. When all’s said and done, it’s the people in our lives who make the journey worthwhile. They’re my north star, guiding me through this vast, exciting wilderness of life.

As the sun sets on each day filled to the brim with discovery and connection, I’m just a curious cat filled with gratitude. There’s always a new horizon to explore, a new perspective to soak up, a new mind to be blown, a new thought to ponder, a new wave of creativity to dive into. The human experience, it’s a beautiful puzzle. We’re all living our unique versions, and that’s the magic of it all. So here I am, just a wanderer, following the call of enthusiasm, soaking in the world with the wide-eyed wonder of a child. Life is one grand, unpredictable ride, and I’m here for every twist and turn of the journey.

So, my friends, if you’re up for a wild ride, come along. Pack your bags with an open mind, a big heart, and a thirst for life lived in full color. Throw in a dash of adventure, a sprinkle of laughter, and a good tune, and you’ve got yourself a cocktail that’s sure to make for one unforgettable journey. Here’s to the road less traveled, my friends. Here’s to the journey. Cheers!

Portrait of Bobby Yan