"Though computing science is the focus of my work, my interests span a broad range of topics, from linguistics, through ancient history, to music theory and composing."

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Student Profile: Logan Born

Computing Science PhD student in the Faculty of Applied Science

December 21, 2020
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I’m a first year PhD student in the School of Computing Science. Though computing science is the focus of my work, my interests span a broad range of topics, from linguistics, through ancient history, to music theory and composing. I received my BSc in computer science from the University of Calgary, where I also minored in linguistics. I attended SFU for my MSc in computing science, and now I’m back for more!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

SFU has a reputation for encouraging interdisciplinary research, and my research interests span the boundaries between computer science and other disciplines. Seeing the kind of research coming out of SFU made me believe it would be a good fit.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

I use methods from machine learning to analyze, translate, and visualize ancient text corpora. I collaborate with experts from archaeology and the humanities, and bring new tools to bear on problems from those fields.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I’m enjoying the opportunity to research a truly unique set of problems. I’ve also really enjoyed working as a TA here: SFU has some wonderful students, and it’s been great to play a role in their learning.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

I have received an NSERC CGS-D, which will allow me to devote more time to my research, and strike a better balance between research and other commitments like teaching.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?

I am part of a small group of researchers who study the proto-Elamite script. This is the largest remaining corpus of undeciphered material from the ancient world, and in my opinion a fascinating topic of research. It's a privilege to be able to collaborate with other researchers from across Canada and overseas in our efforts to understand this script.

Contact Logan: loborn@sfu.ca

Website: mrlogarithm.github.io/about-me/about.html