The defining moment in my life came six years ago when I touched into the world of Olympiad in Informatics. I became fascinated with the art of algorithm immediately and worked hard at it. After a period of time, I won the first prize in Beijing High School Programming Contest. However, that was not enough for me cause there were so many magical algorithms waiting for me to explore and I wanted to grasp them all. So when I went to the university, I chose computer science as my major because I found this was the subject that I was really interested in. I continued to solve the problems of the Online Judge System to practice my skills. At that time, computing just become a part of my life. I mastered many interesting algorithms such as segment tree, network flow and so on. Of course, it was not a smoothness. For example, some difficult problems can puzzle me for several days. However, I didn’t give it up. I searched for the solution on the net or asked others for help. I tried my best to figure it out in the end and when it came, I felt very satisfied – maybe I was born to be a coder. During my college, I attended in ACM-ICPC Regional for six times and the last time – just a month ago – I won the gold medal in Nanjing with the team ranked 12th. When I heard the result, I was so pleased even with tears in my eyes. It's not only proving my ability but telling me one’s efforts will pay off. I hope to go further on this way.
My ambition and programming ability enabled me to get a position in Prof. Cao’s laboratory of Intelligent Information Processing, which belonged to Institute of Computing Technology Chinese Academy of Science. My research was mainly focused on intelligent medical. I finished two papers here named “A Preliminary Data Analysis of Stroke Prescriptions” and “Intelligent Online Clinic Alert System and its Application in TCM”. The former one’s main idea is using methods of data mining to investigate the relationship between compatibilities of prescriptions for treating stroke and their attributions such as dynasties and resources, which used to provide a decision support for clinical applications. The latter one proposes an Intelligent Online Clinic Alert System which is applied on Traditional Chinese Clinical Medicine. By collecting the data of herbs, prescriptions, symptoms and diagnoses, the system builds a strong dictionary and achieves intelligent online analysis by scales and rules. Here, I have to say I have never thought the process of research is so arduous. For instance, I had to do numerous of experiments to verify my surmises and I need to change my plan if I found something is wrong. During the period I became realized that research not only requires brilliant ideas but also the attitudes of patience and persistence. Moreover, these studies are meaningful cause they help to solve the practical problems. I feel happy when my works can contribute to the development of science and thus make the society better. Now I am working on Automatic Acquisition of Clinical Terms, another challenging issue involved natural language processing. It seems I will enjoy it for a period of time.
As for my graduate study, I would like to work in Artificial Intelligence, especially in knowledge representation, data mining or machine learning. There are two reasons. The first reason is that I believe Artificial Intelligence has a broad prospect. It will make a qualitative leap in the human work efficiency and bring a revolutionary storm in informatics. For example, my research will make doctors’ work easily and hence an improving of efficiency. It’s always meaningful. However, this direction is very difficult and there are so many issues waiting for the researchers. So I hope to contribute my own power to Artificial Intelligence research. The second reason is I find myself fit the study very well. First, I am interested in this area. Second, I have a strong basic knowledge of general algorithm and I have done one year internship in this direction. Moreover, I have read many monographs in this area, from Neural Networks to Knowledge Discovery. Third, I have the qualities to be successful in this field: creativeness, collaborativeness and persistence. Due to these reasons I’m sure I will do the job well.
The Master program of your department owns high-quality courses and excellent faculty that can satisfy my need of improving specialized skills and mastering the most advanced techniques world-wide. Specifically, the Artificial Intelligence direction matches me best. Some topics I’m really interested in, such as Learning Theory and Intelligent Information Access. And I am strongly looking forward to cooperate with Prof. XXXXX and Prof. XXXXX. It is my heartfelt desire that I may continue my study within your esteemed graduate program and become an excellent researcher in Artificial Intelligence upon graduation.