Pu (Luke) Yi 易普

Pu (Luke) Yi


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I am a second-year Ph.D. student in computer science at Stanford University, advised by Prof. Sara Achour. I identify myself as working in the intersection of theory and practices. My current research interests are developing computing systems for novel/unconventional (neuromorphic) computing paradigms which bring benefits such as ultra low power, noise resiliency and hardware friendliness over conventional computing. My current focus is on brain-inspired Hyperdimensional Computation (HDC/VSA), where the basic compute units are high-dimensional random vectors, the information is fully distributed, and the operators are dimension-wise and embarrassingly parallel. I am generally interested in programming languages, formal methods, and software engineering.

I obtained my B.S. (summa cum laude) in computer science from Turing Class, Peking University, China. My undergraduate research focused on software testing, under the supervision of Prof. Darko Marinov and Prof. Tao Xie.



The two characters of my Chinese name mean literally simple (易) and normal (普) respectively.

I participated in programming contests (Olympiad in Informatics in China) in my high school and have been active in the community through my undergrad. I served as the president of the Peking University Student Algorithm Association (PKUSAA) for a year, where we organized the biggest programming contests in PKU. I also help train high school students for programming contests from time to time.

I am interested in learning various languages. I've learned German for a year (Duetschlernen macht mir viel Spaß), and I am currently learning Cantonese. Interestingly, although Cantonese is viewed as a regional dialect of Chinese by many people, native Mandarin speakers can generally neither understand nor speak oral Cantonese.

In my free time, I enjoy various sports and particularly like basketball. I sometimes watch basketball (a fan of Lebron James), baseball and football games. I've been a gamer since childhood. Red Dead Redemption 2 is by now my favorite game ever played. I also watch many movies and TV series. My favorite directors are Ang Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese.