A Blog of Interdisciplinary Works

Miscellanous works and writings on a multitude of subjects running the gamut from emerging technology studies to analyzing the cinematography of classic films. There is a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.

Using Machine Learning to Predict Neighborhood Crime with Stores and Restaurants

May 15th, 2019

Here is a team project for a machine learning course where we use restaurant and business attributes from Yelp's dataset to predict crime in a neighborhood. We implemented an ensemble method that is comprised of a XGBoost model for categorical data, a Random Forest for text data, and a Convolutional Neural Network for image data. Therefore, our approach involves a three-pronged approach that uses natural language processing, computer vision, and bagging models to predict crime. Our writeup is below along which includes the link to the open-sourced Github repository.

Creating a Sustainable Solution with Natural Language Processing and Chatbot Technologies

April 5th, 2019

In the inaugural Sustainable Solutions challenge for the city of Philadelphia, me and three other friends created an SMS chatbot with Google Dialogflow and Twilio API that allows the homeless to request needs. The app targets the sustianble development goal of sustainable cities and communities, and the submission won the Grand Prize at the tournament.

Using Machine Learning to Journal and Meditate for Mental Health and Well-Being

February 4th, 2019

For my first hackathon, a small group of friends and I worked on a AI/ML project that uses machine learning to improve your lifestyle and well-being by allowing uses to journal into the app. The app then uses sentiment analysis and recommends different media based on your mood. We used the MERN stack for the development, and the app won the Top 5 Hack and the Best Entertainment Hack awards at PennApps XIX. The Devpost is linked here: https://devpost.com/software/dear-ai.

The Philosophy of Personal Identity and Criminal Justice

December 10th, 2018

Below is a philosophy paper I wrote in an epistemoloigy course highlighting how the Locke's psychological continuity theory fails to properly define personal identity due to several applications with adverse consequences.

A Blast to the Past: Revisiting Greek Classics and Morality

August 18th, 2018

Back in my first year at Penn, I wrote a literature review highlighting the value of Greek Classics within modern society and the need to revisit some of the lessons that the great stories in the past have taught us. The field of Classical Studies is shrinking within our modern society, but I personally believe that in a rapidly changing society where moral dilemmas are becoming more apparent and abundant, the need for the study of morality is more than ever important. Classics give us great insights into good versus bad morality, and the literature review below further explores this discourse by analyzing several sources on this topic

Here is also an unpublished draft of an Op-Ed piece I wrote on how Classics can improve education at the university setting.

Pitching SafeEats: An App for Dining without Danger

May 1st, 2018

Three other friends and I co-developed a full-stack web-app using HTML, CSS, JS, Node.JS, Express and SQL that queries restaurants based on location safety using Yelp’s dataset and Google Maps API: I was in charge of UX, JS functionality and SQL queries. Below is the pitch deck that we used to present the app to a group of professors and fellow students.

Below here is also a formal writeup on the design process for the app and the data collecting, cleaning, and optimization process when querying the datasets with SQL. We provide data descriptions on the tables and schemas for the datasets, functional dependencies, entity relations, and data normalization.

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5G Technology and the Emerging V2X Competitive Landscape

April 28th, 2018

A team of three other peers and I, all in the Management and Technology program at Penn, wrote a ~30 page research paper analyzing 5G as a technology and its application within the V2X (vehicle to environment applications) industry, overviewing the competitive landscape, and recommending certain strategies for main players in the space for success in managing this emerging technology. We go over the technology as a whole and its applications in Cellular V2X, industry trends, competitive success factors, and how each major player performs in these success factors.

Below is also a slide deck summzarizing the technology analysis and recommendations specifically to Huawei in how it should compete in the V2X industry, focusing on infrastructure, chipsets, and a successful software ecosystem to remain competitive.

Analyzing Why the AOL-Time Warner Deal Failed

April 24th, 2018

In a course on negotiation practices, I analyzed the AOL-Time Warner Merger negotiation and why it was regarded as a huge failure. Reasons I mention include:

  • The cultural and personal differences between Steve Case of AOL and Gerald Levin of Time-Warner that were overlooked due to the "lucrative" appearance of the merger
  • Power dynamics between the two heads of the two companies
  • Distracting motions and egos that clouded clear judgement
  • A lack of general empathy for the new employees in the merged company
  • A lack of general alignment of interests, messages to stakeholders, and goals between the two parties post-merger
Below is the full analysis. My research involved the combination of business and psychology, two subjects that I personally find very interesting.

The Business Trajectory of Augmented Reality

February 26th, 2018

Here is a research paper on the emerging technology of augmented reality (AR) and the business implications of AR from a managerial standpoint. I describe potential use-cases for the technology, the underlying mechanisms of how AR works for headworn displays, and factors for success/failures that will be vital to conquer for future businesses pioneering in this field.

Unicorn Startups and Success Factors

February 14th, 2018

For a digital marketing and e-commerce course, I with a team of three other peers wrote about Unicorns (generally known as startups with 1BN+ market cap), how to identify them from factors such as founder background and the drawbacks that certain discourses have when describing these factors of success such as survivorship bias. We also identified a potential Unicorn and Unicorpose (a failed Unicorn) and looked into why each succeeded or failed.

A Reflection of Transnational Cinema

December 15th, 2017

At the end of the transnational cinema course mentioned in the prior posts, I wrote a reflection of my experience in the course as well as my opinions on the nature of dichotomies and viewing cinema through a classification paradigm. I highlight the pitfalls of grouping cinema into the binary classification system of "Hollywood vs. Everything Else" as well as the classification of movies into the five cinematic centers. As our globalizing world is becoming more borderless, I explain how the same shift is occuring within film studies as well.

Snowpiercer (2013) and Overthrowing Hierarchies

October 19th, 2017

As part of a transnational cinema course, I wrote a research paper highlighting how Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer delineates the difference between successful and non-successful revolutions and societal changes. I draw comparisons of the lateral nature of hierarchies to the lateral setting of a train, and using the setting of the film I engaged in an academic discourse of comparing elements of the cinematography and narrative to real-world revolutions. It is a great film that highlights classes within society and why certain revolutions for justice are successful while others are not.

How Seven Samurai (1954) Mirrors Post-War Japan

June 30th, 2017

For the final research project of my summer film studies class, I wrote an analysis of Seven Samurai by Kurosawa titled Saviors and Sorrows: Riding through Japan with Ronin, where I elaborate on how the film is an essentialist representation of post-war Japan's sentiments as a nation. I also go over specific aspects of the cinematography and how they fit within the narrative. It is a good read for those interested in film studies and post-war history.

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