I am a 5th year PhD student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at JHU supervised by Dr. Christopher Honey. Before coming to JHU, I received my B.S. in Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University, and worked in National Taiwan University Hospital doing research in clinical neuroscience.

My PhD research focuses on understanding how the human brain processes real-world sequences such as videos and speech. As a researcher in computational neuroscience, I analyze neuroimaigng (e.g. fMRI) data to explore the neural phenomena of sequence processing, and build computational models including machine learning models to investigate the computational mechanisms underlying the neural phenomena of sequence processing. Besides the brain, I am also interested in understanding how the recurrent neural langauge models learn useful representations for processing natural language, and re-designing neural network models inspired by the similarities/differences between brains and machines.

Representative publication

  • Chien, H.-Y. S., and Honey, C. J. (2020). Constructing and Forgetting Temporal Context in the Human Cerebral Cortex. Neuron. [pdf]
  • Chien, H.-Y. S., Zhang, J. and Honey, C. J. (2021) Mapping the Timescale Organization of Neural Language Models. International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) accepted as poster presentation [arXiv]