Chengshi Ai is a MPhil student at MSI. We asked her some questions about her experience as a research student here at MSI.
What is your thesis topic?
My project is related to the computational finance and stochastic process. It is amazing how mathematics can be used to describe something evolving randomly.
Where are you from?
I got my bachelor degree in computer science in China and was orignially a software engineer and electronics engineer. I migrated to Australia in 2009 and lived in Melbourne until I decided to do a MPhil here at ANU.
What experience have you gained as a student at MSI?
Being at MSI has opened a door before me and showed me the magical world of mathematics. I have taken courses which were helpful to my research and projects, and also attended the weekley MSI seminar seriesfor inspiration.
What has been the highlight?
I am inspired by the thoughts and ideas of so many great mathematicians. Here I can learn about many applications of mathematics in industry, and I am encouraged to take a novel approach if it comes across my mind. The most important point for me is that this program provides me an opportunity to do something in a totally different way than before.
What have you learnt about yourself during your time here?
I am headed in the right direction, even though I know there will be challenges and difficulties along the way. I am making greater progress than I expected with help from my supervisors.
What do you see yourself doing when you complete the program?
I might go back into industry and work, or I may continue in academic research and become a mentor - the research experience is so delightful that I would love to offer others the same support as I am given by my supervisor.
Would you recommend undertaking a MPhil at MSI?
Research is different from other careers because it offers you time to ponder and you will be surely be rewarded with creative thoughts if you work hard. Especially at ANU where there are opportunities to communicate with outstanding world-class mathematicians.