Pu (Luke) Yi


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My formal name is Pu Yi (Chinese: 易普), and I usually go by Luke. I am a second-year Ph.D. student in computer science at Stanford University, advised by Prof. Sara Achour. My current research interests are unconventional computing paradigms and their interplay with emergent hardware technologies, with a focus on Hyperdimensional Computation. 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.

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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 stayed in the community ever since. 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.
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 am interested in learning various languages. I've learned German for a year (Duetschlernen macht mir viel Spaß), and I am currently learning Cantonese. I am also a fan of movies and TV series. My favorite directors include Ang Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese.