Vitae

Hongjun Wu’s Curriculum Vitae

Last updated on: October 12, 2021.

Contact

E-Mail: hw434@cornell.edu Github: @errrneist

Website: hongjunwu.com Instagram: @errrneist_art

LinkedIn: @hongjunwu ArtStation: @hongjunwu


Fields of Interest

I combine the power of technology with the visuals of art to create products that are both technically impressive and aesthetically pleasing.

My primary fields of interest is artificial intelligence, computer animation, and information science. I am also fond of traditional art-making techniques, photography, history, and architecture.


Education

Cornell University - Cornell Tech, New York, United States Aug. 2021 - May 2023

Master of Science in Information Systems - Connective Media.
Master of Science in Applied Information Science.

University of Washington - Seattle, Washington, United States Aug. 2017 - Mar. 2021

Bachelor of Art in Interdisciplinary Visual Art.

Valley Christian High School, California, United States Aug. 2013 - Jun. 2017

High School Diploma with Honor, Varsity Athlete in Robotics.


Employment

Carter Burden Network 2021 - Present

TechPals Pilot Project Data Science Consultant


Assistantship

Cornell University

Circular Construction Lab - Cornell Architecture Art Planning Research Assistant

Fall 2021 Supervisor: Prof. Felix Korbinian Heisel

University of Washington

CSE/STAT 416: Introduction to Machine Learning Teaching Assistant

Summer 2020 Professor: Prof. Vinitra Swamy

Spring 2020 Professor: Dr. Valentina M. Staneva

Spring 2019 Professor: Dr. Sewoong Oh

Course Description Provides practical introduction to machines learning. Modules include regression, classification, clustering, retrieval, recommender systems, and deep learning, with a focus on an intuitive understanding grounded in real-world applications. Intelligent applications are designed and used to make predictions on large, complex datasets.
Responsibilities Wrote & revised coding assignments on regression, clustering, and deep learning using Scikit-Learn. Developed 50% of the section materials, taught 1-2 weekly sections, hosted weekly office hours, involved in writing, proctoring, and grading the final exam. Coordinated the transition for the course from in-person to online in March 2020.

Honor

Cornell Tech - Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute 2021 - 2023

Connective Media Fellowship

University of Washington - School of Art + Art History + Design 2018 - 2020

Dean's List


Publication

1. Taso G. Lagos¹, Yash Singh², Andrew Pace², Erik Stone², Hongjun Wu², Hongyi Yan², Shayla Forbes-Luong², "Decolonization Meets Marginalization: Roma of Greece, Autoethnography and Academic Journalism as 'Social Justice'" (Under Review), Global Perspectives, University of California Press.

Abstract The Roma as a minority group in Greece have always lived on the margins of mainstream society. While Greece has historically hosted many minority groups in various relational statuses with the majority, the Roma uniquely embody practical, psychological and metaphorical spaces that sets them apart from other excluded groups. This study regards the historical space that separates the Roma and contextualizes recent developments, such as the economic crisis of the 2010s and Covid-19, that further marginalizes them. We argue that the transactional space that defines relations between Roma and non-Roma encompass a ‘gaze’ (Greek, Roma or tourist gaze) also disenfranchises hope for greater acceptance and respect between majority and minority. The authors, using autoethnography, explore their own evolving perceptions of the Roma within the Greek social hierarchy, while suggesting that study abroad programming, as part of academic tourism, can play a positive role in altering perceptions towards minority groups.

Research

Cornell University - Circular Construction Lab 2021 - Present

RhinoCircular - Evaluating Architecture Re-usability Software Developer

Project Information
  • RhinoCircular is a plugin for an architecture modeling software (Rhino), that evaluates the degree to which design solutions minimize extraction and waste in favor of reusable, recyclable and renewable material resources.
  • Supervisor: Prof. Felix Korbinian Heisel
  • Responsibilities
  • Refactored legacy program from predecessor, improved readability and efficiency of code.
  • Developed RhinoCircular Documentation, a single source of truth for sustainability of project.
  • Developing HumanUI and C# based Grasshopper GUI for end user to program interaction.

  • Carter Burden Network 2021 - Present

    TechPals - How Technology Impacts Senior Citizens Data Science Consultant

    Project Information
  • TechPals is a research study conducted by Carter Burden Network and the Roosevelt Island Senior Center on educating seniors to use Amazon Alexa and observe how introducing state-of-the-art technology impact lives of senior citizens.
  • Supervisor: Rina Desai
  • Responsibilities
  • Create & maintain the database from paper surveys, clean and sort data, fill in missing values.
  • Analyze data using advanced methods including natural language processing and qualitative data analysis.
  • Generate an analysis based on insights obtained from data.

  • University of Washington - Reality Lab Incubator 2020 - Present

    SuperFly VR - Move Like a Superhero in a Virtual City Game Artist

    Project Information
  • SuperFly VR experiments with different forms of locomotion and movement within virtual reality to create new gameplay experiences in a procedurally generated city. Customizable comfort settings have been added (incuding dynamic field-of-view, controller-based snap turning, and a virtual nose) for players to modify their experience and reduce the impacts of simulator sickness.
  • Supervisor: John Akers
  • Responsibilities
  • Co-founded the project and transformed a research project about VR motion sickness into a profitable merchandised product. Involved in developing game related mechanics, procedural city generation and customization, and created 2D and 3D game art.
  • Released on Steam, Itch, and Vive Port as early access game Oct 2020.
  • “Very Positive” rating from 160+ reviews on Steam, sold 8,000+ units.
  • 70+ gameplay videos and reviews by popular Youtubers, with single video viewership as high as 4 million.

  • University of Washington - Animation Research Labs 2019 - 2021

    "Dazzle!" - The Juggling Clown Lead Animator, Lead Modeler

    Project Information
  • “Dazzle!” is an animated film made by seven students and their mentors, in six months.
  • The film illustrates a clown named "Dazzle" who is professional in juggling attended an audition for a circus, and was hired after a frenzy of events.
  • Supervisor: Prof. Jason Zayas
  • Responsibilities
  • Lead animator & lead hard surface modeler. Also contributed significantly in rendering, compositing, tool development, and other aspects of pipeline.
  • Developed "Xwift", a toolkit designed for remote film production in Maya and increase workflow efficiency. Tools functionality include a automatic version control tool with easy to access API, a custom render engine suitable for remote rendering and stable for legacy versions of software, 6 one-click issue fixing scripts, FFMPEG encoder integration, etc.

  • University of Washington - Jackson School of International Studies 2019 - 2021

    "RefuTree" - A Study on the Roma Community in Greece Ethnographer

    Project Information
  • Research on the Roma community in Greece, their struggles and situations in the present and the past, and work with the Hellenic Republic government to help resolve this issue, as well as raise public concerns on the minorities in Greek communities.
  • Conducted and analyzed mass interviews (600+) on Greek citizens in Athens with jointed effort from American College of Greece.
  • Supervisor: Dr. Taso G. Lagos
  • Responsibilities
  • Conducted field studies and interviewed 60+ local Athenians on their opinion on the "Roma" community in different parts of the city. Visited various Roma settlements and slums in Athens.
  • Cleaned & organized information from 500+ interviews conducted by past. Analyzed interviews to reach an academic finding.
  • Our findings, "Decolonization Meets Marginalization: Roma of Greece, Autoethnography and Academic Journalism as 'Social Justice'", is currently under review for publish.

  • University of Washington - Aircraft Icing and Aerodynamics Research Group 2017 - 2020

    Wind Tunnel Calibration and Data Acquisition Software Software Developer

    Project Information
  • Custom & open source software with front end & back end for calibrating & acquiring data from equiments at Kirsten Wind Tunnel.
  • Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Lum
  • Responsibilities
  • Independently developed open source [SOC control solutions](https://github.com/Errrneist/AIARG-UWKWT-Calibration-Software) in LabVIEW for hardware equipments that performs aerodynamics data acquisition and real-time analysis, with a user-friendly interface as well as a complex yet robust back end.
  • The program is capable of receiving, recording, and translating signal from analog to digital simultaneously from 6 axis force sensors.

  • University of Washington - Department of Physics & CERN 2019

    Deep CNN Long-live Particle & Dark Matter Detection Data Scientist

    Project Information
  • A jointed effort between University of Washington, Beijing University, and CERN in search for long-lived particles and traces of dark matter using modern scientific analysis methods.
  • Supervisor: Dr. Shih-Chieh Hsu
  • Responsibilities
  • Utilized modern machine learning techniques like CNN to help with analyzing big data generated at the ATLAS experiment to search for long-life particles and dark matter.

  • Social Involvement

    Roosevelt Island Seniors Association 2021

    Web Literacy Course Instructor

    Organization Information
  • Center for the elderly residents on Roosevelt Island.
  • Supervisor: Dr. Tapan Parikh
  • Responsibilities
  • Volunteer instructor for Web Literacy Course "Get to know iOS", Fall 2021.

  • University of Washington 2018-2021

    Printmaking Association Graphic Artist

    Organization Information
  • A registered student-run organization that aims to connect students with local artists, organize art sales to support young artists, host artist talks and art workshops.
  • Supervisor: Prof. Claire Cowie
  • Responsibilities
  • Founding member. Designed and produced editions of prints, using printmaking techniques including serigraphy, etching, dry point, and wood cut relief.
  • Participated in the UW Print Sale, held twice a year, every autumn and spring. Raised $4,000+ for Black Lives Matter movement and supported Transgender equity in Summer 2020.

  • University of Washington - School of Art + Art History + Design 2019-2020

    LINK Space Monitoring Specialist

    Organization Information
  • The UW School of Art LINK space, located at the second floor of UW ART building, is a space for art major students to develop their work and receive critiques from peers.
  • Supervisor: Prof. Kim Van Someren
  • Responsibilities
  • Voluntary work. Monitored a studio room where students can work on their independent projects. Assisted students in using professional equipments.

  • Valley Christian High School 2014-2017

    FIRST Robotics Team 4415 - EPIC RobotZ CEO

    Organization Information
  • FRC Team 4415 EPIC ROBOTZ is a team of high school students and mentors from industry that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Based in Cerritos, CA.
  • The team attended various regional events in Los Angeles, Orange Country, and Central Valley.
  • Supervisor: Dalbert Brandon
  • Responsibilities
  • Co-founded & led a team of 40 students and 20 mentors to compete in the FRC in 2014.
  • Participated in the following games: Aerial Assist, Recycle Rush, Stronghold, and Steamworks.
  • Head of the Computer Numerical Control department, CEO of the team in 2017.