Vita

I was born in 1966 in Daoliu, an agricultural town in central Taiwan. My grandparents were all farmers, earning their living and raising their children through perseverance and perspiration. Later my farther moved to Kaohsiung (the second largest city in Taiwan) and worked as a mechanic engineer to support our family. Advanced education was a luxury for the generations of my parents and my grandparents. However, it is based on the foundations they established that I was able to enjoy advanced education that was unaffordable to them.

My interests in science and philosophy started during my days in high school. At that time, I was very interested in studying physics for modeling natural phenomena using mathematics, and had been think a lot about the meanings of life. I received my bachelor degree and my master degree from the computer science department in National Taiwan University in 1987 and 1989 respectively, and went on to Brown University in 1991 after serving two years in the Army in Taiwan.

My journey at Brown was well under the providence of the Lord. With the grace of the Lord, I was led to Him, who is the creator of the universe and life. Through many things in this journey, I began to be aware of the righteousness, forgiveness, kindness, and faithfulness of the Lord. In addition to my training in computer science, I then decided to study theology. I attended Logos Evangelical Seminary in Los Angles after receiving my PhD degree at Brown University in 1997. My research focus is artificial intelligence as a discipline of designing intelligent systems for automatic reasoning, learning, decision making, planning, and control. I am especially interested in exploring representational framework for problem formulation, mathematical foundations for proving system properties, and algorithmic design for efficient computation required in developing modern intelligent systems.

Faith and Christian Commitment

Although I regularly attended Sunday service as early as 1986 in Taiwan, I was actually led to the Lord in 1992 in the States. Being trapped in spiritual darkness for a long time, I gradually realized that by myself there was no way to escape the inner darkness and I had found no peace within. The promise in John 1:12 then became my personal experience as the Holy Spirit guided me to know Jesus Christ, the begotten son of God. When the light of life shined in me, I received Jesus Christ as my savior, and was born again as a child of God. Since then my faith has been in Jesus Christ, following Him as my shepherd. It is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses me and sets me free from the bondage of sin. Step by step, the Holy Spirit guides me to grow into spiritual maturity through the journey of life, to testify for the Lord in word and in deed, and to live in the hope of the coming of Christ and the glorious kingdom of God.

Throughout my days at Brown, I was closely involved in a local church and committed myself to campus evangelical mission among the graduate students from Taiwan and China. From 1993 to 1997, I was a coworker in a Christian fellowship (Joy Fellowship) that served Chinese graduate students, scholars, and professionals in the area. Bible study was a focus in this fellowship. In the church, I served as a Sunday school teacher and an interpreter for sermons during the Sunday service. Serving in the fellowship and in the church had been very important to my growth in Christ, and it was one of the decisive factors that urged me to attend a seminary. I went on to attend Logos Evangelical Seminary in Los Angeles in 1997 after graduating from Brown University. The seminary is known for its focus in equipping Chinese Christians to serve in the kingdom of God. The environment provided by the seminary had been beneficent to me in knowledge and in spiritual formation through courses, internship programs, and many opportunities to interact with Christians from different regions over the world.

I received my M. Div. degree in Logos Evangelical Seminary in June 2000. I am now working as a full time faculty member at Biola University, utilizing my training in both computer science and theology to serve on a Christian campus and in the local church. In the future, I also hope to have opportunities to have advanced study in theology. The ultimate purpose is to effectively utilize my educational background in computer science and in theological study to serve evangelical needs and to build up the people of God through teaching and caring.

Perspective of Computer Science

As a Christian and a computer science person, it is interesting to see the tremendous progress in computer technology in the last fifty years and its pervasive influences over the world. Although computers are powerful tools for computing, modern computers are basically passive agents rigidly following the software programs (complied into machine instructions) loaded into their memories. Computer software lack active creativity and have little capability in learning. Computers are astoundingly precise and fast in computing, but their capability and functionality are entirely constrained by computer software, and can not go beyond the design and conceptual frameworks of human software engineers.

It is a miracle that people can learn to see and recognize things, to speak and understand and one another using natural languages, to actively explore the nature and human society surrounding us, to form and relate abstract concepts through experiences, and reason about meanings of life. We know very little about the mechanism underlying human creativity and learning capability. We are not the designers of what we are born to possess. Our capability of learning and creativity is a wonderful gift from God, and it points to the amazing work of God's creation. As Paul put it in Romans 1:20 , "For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
Research in artificial intelligence as an important and interesting field in computer science has been in developing and incorporating mathematical models into software architecture so that computers can artificially mimic certain human "intelligence" such as playing games, speech recognition, natural language understanding, and vision. The progress is extraordinarily remarkable in some areas such as speech recognition and playing checker, but artificial intelligence in general is still far away from "real" intelligence in many areas such as natural language understanding. I believe human achievements in artificial intelligence or in computer technology should lead us to appreciate the "built-in" intelligence that God has given to us in His creation, and to acknowledge our limitations in understanding the wisdom of God.

Perspective of Christian Liberal Arts Colleges

From my point of view, a Christian liberal arts college is a faith community o provide a nurturing environment for the continuing spiritual growth of the faculty, staff, and students, to equip the students with solid professional training, and to lay a spiritual foundation in preparing the students to become honorable live testimonies for Christ in their professional societies.