Mr. Au Khai Xiang

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Khai Xiang is a 1st year PhD student in the NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences, under the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability. His research looks at Bayesian machine learning and deep learning approaches in solving inverse problems. Prior to that, he received his BEng (Hons) in Engineering Science from NUS in 2017.

Outside of research, Khai Xiang is interested in science communication and education. In particular, he seeks effective ways to market and present complex topics to a world of ever-shrinking attention span. Though, his day-to-day attempts to include scientific titbits in conversations and social media content has been met with limited success. Khai Xiang looks forward to the compulsory teaching hours in his time as a graduate student.

Besides staring at code and equations, Khai Xiang tinkers with ideas in the form of card magic, dance, chess and comedy writing. He derives joy from listening to others speak about their goals, interests, or any curious thoughts. Feel free to drop by his room for a chat or a listening ear.

Having been with Tembusu throughout his undergraduate life, Khai Xiang is immensely privileged to return as a Graduate Fellow to contribute to college life. With that, Khai Xiang hopes to make Tembusu a meaningful experience for all its members by providing them with avenues to develop their passion and discover their essence, in the Sartrean sense.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.