I obtained my Ph.D. in C.S. from the National University of Singapore (NUS). I find joy in creating solutions to real-life problems with machine learning[1] and intelligent hacks[2]. Some of my recent creations include (among other things) AI-based ad copywriters[3], attribution models[4], and user intent identification (i.e. something like Apple's Siri).

I've also contributed a fair amount of boliao[5] stuff to society, such as this app that helps you order coffee/tea in Singapore like a boss (☕️), this other address-finding app (that only applies to SG), and this business analytics app that utilizes public data from FB.

Professionally, I lead data science efforts in portfolio management. I'm also an adjunct faculty memeber at the School of Computing, NUS — as well as an adviser to a startup that's backed by a serial entrepreneur. My general day-to-day activity involves the application of deep learning to add value and cut costs — mostly in the natural language domain, though occasionally, I'll venture into the domain of images and videos.

Creatively, I play the piano. Physically, I run. Philosophically, I consider experience and data much more primary than concepts. Metaphorically, I'm a cat.

I started this blog to document my deep learning journey. It also serves as a code repository and as a memory refresher for practitioners. Here's an example. Here's another. And another.

I can be contacted by the following methods:

Email jovian.lin@gmail.com
GitHub github.com/jovianlin
Google+ plus.google.com/+JovianLin
LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/jovianlin

Note that this is still in WIP stage, so please forgive the occasional disheveled organization and appearance.


  1. Machine learning gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. It is a subfield of computer science. ↩︎

  2. Hackers build things quickly. Hackers and "hacking it together" are mostly valuable when prototyping a product. ↩︎

  3. Ad copy is a term that refers to the main text of a clickable advertisement. Ad copywriters are people (or machines) that produce ad copies. ↩︎

  4. An attribution model is the rule (or set of rules) that determines how credit for sales and conversions is assigned to touchpoints in conversion paths. ↩︎

  5. "Boliao" — Hokkien or Teochew pronunciation of "無聊" (bô-liâu), which means "boredom." It is a slang expression to describe an act of doing something silly. ↩︎