Kai Ren

Electrical Engineering, graduated with a BEng in July 2020

Inside the Crystal Garden conference centre, Kai Ren kneels beside a small self-navigating robotic device.
Taken pre-pandemic at Discover Tectoria, where Kai Ren was a representative of Professor Dong’s lab, demonstrating the self-navigating robot.

Kai Ren is the winner of the 2020 IEEE Victoria Section Gold Medal in Electrical Engineering. He shares a few thoughts as he embarks on the next phase of his journey.

Favourite memory: The best memory I have from my time at UVic was the experience of working in Professor Xiaodai Dong's lab, developing an autonomous navigation robot system. This experience was really motivated by my previous co-op terms and course projects related to robots. Doing this work felt like bringing everything I had learned in the university together, developing something based on my interests and having the chance to interact more with graduate students, professors and industries.

Advice: My advice for new students is to get involved in clubs and events and interact with professors. There are so many fascinating things besides coursework and projects in our department – and they are waiting for you to explore.

Future: I want to get deeper into the theoretical understanding of robotics, machine learning, and so on, during graduate studies, so that in the future I can combine theoretical expertise with practical hands-on skills for research and developing innovation in real-world scenarios to benefit people.

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