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My two sisters and me

Mo Chen

Ph.D. Student

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

University of California, Berkeley

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7th floor, Sutardja Dai Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720

mochen72at berkeley dot edu

 

 

Research

One of my current research areas is game theory, investigating the effect of cooperation and how to approximate the solution to high dimensional games using the solution to low dimensional games. Specifically, Iím working on multiplayer reach-avoid games, in which two teams of cooperative players with conflicting and asymmetric goals play against each other on some domain possibly with obstacles. The attacking team tries to arrive at some arbitrary target set in the domain, and the defending team seeks prevent that by capturing attackers. This is a difficult problem due to the asymmetric goals of the two teams, the cooperation within each team, and the high dimensionality of the joint state space.

I also do research in brain-machine interfaces (BMI), an area with immense potential to aid a large number of people with disabled limbs. Currently, a continuous decoder is used to predict arm movements from neural activity follow a standard Kalman filter frame work. This standard frame work identifies system matrices by simple least squares fitting and does not include an explicit control signal term. My current work in the BMI project is to find better ways to identify a model of how neural activity controls arm movements, and develop a better continuous decoder.

Iím part of Professor Claire Tomlinís Hybrid Systems Laboratory at UC Berkeley.

Publications

See my publications.

Awards

Natural Sciences and Engineering council of Canada (NSERC) Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral Level, 2013-2015

NSERC Graduate Scholarship, Masters Level, 2011

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2008-2010

University of British Columbia Chancellorís Entrance Scholarship, 2006-2010

Teaching

UC Berkeley Graduate Student Instructor

        EE120, Signals and Systems (Instructor: Professor Murat Arcak)

Background

In 2006, I graduated from Windermere Secondary School in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In 2011, I graduated from the University of British Columbia, with a major Engineering Physics and a minor in Honours Mathematics. I was supervised by Professor Meeko Oishi and Professor Ian Mitchell for my undergraduate research. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. Iím part of the Hybrid Systems Laboratory, and supervised by Professor Claire Tomlin.

In the past, Iíve aspired to become a pianist, but chose science and engineering in the end. I still practice and perform on a regular basis. My favorite composers are Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. Some of my (unpolished) playing can be found on my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/ultratorr. I am also a fan of eSports.