Photo of Me Chinawat Isradisaikul (Chin)
Thai Scholars 47
Department of Computer Science
Cornell University

Contact Information (2014-2015)
Chinawat Isradisaikul
Department of Computer Science
Cornell University
442 Gates Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-5169

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About Me
I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science. Andrew C. Myers is my advisor. I am part of Thai Scholars 47, the group of Thai students who won the Royal Thai Government's scholarships in 2004 to study abroad at the undergraduate level. The first place we spent our lives here in the States was Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Until 2010, I went back to Wolfeboro every summer to help run the Thai Scholar Orientation Program, the program I was a student in 2004, as a Thai TA. Every winter I go to Stony Point Center, a conference center in Rockland County just west of the Hudson, to help each class of new Thai Scholars finish their college applications.

About the Photo
Date taken: June 14, 2014
Place: Christ Church, Oxford, United Kingdom
Description: This was my first time in the UK. A train ride from Edinburgh, where PLDI 2014 conference took place, brought me to Oxford to visit a long-time friend since my undergraduate career. A perk of having friends studying at Oxford is that I can enter places such as Christ Church for free. This entire journey featured four cancelled flights and a missed train connection, but it was a happy ending.

My Erdös number is at most 4. (Chin Isradisaikul ← Andrew C. MyersDexter KozenAndreas BlassPaul Erdös)

- Computer Science: I have worked on programming language design and program verifications. The language design results in new language features, so I am working on design patterns that enable extensibility in a compiler framework implemented in popular languages such as Java. These design patterns will further encourage language developments.
- Mathematics (it goes together with Computer Science, you know): My focus should be on Discrete Mathematics and Number Theory, but we'll see...
- Trains: I have been in touch, in rides, and in love with trains since my childhood. I have been in the front cab of several trains, looking ahead to the track in front. Now I rarely have a chance to do that anymore because I have grown up. Nonetheless, I still love riding trains, whether it be the State Railway of Thailand or Amtrak. In fact, any rail transportations catch my attention: Boston T, DC Metro, SEPTA, BART, CalTrain, NJ Transit, NYC Subway, VTA Light Rail, SoundTransit Link light rail, EWR AirTrain, San Francisco Cable Car--Muni, SFO AirTrain, ORD Monorail. My interest is about signaling and scheduling.
- Planes: I need to admit that I was afraid of flying until I came to the States. My first flight was too short, and I felt nauseous! But it got better. Now, I still fly as necessary, but I became interested in listening to the communication between the FAA and captains on a United flight. Try it on Channel 9. You know your plane is gonna turn before it really does! You know where you are in the sky! You know how high you are from the sea level!
- Directions: I have a weird habit of remembering directions of where I go. I have a pretty good sense of directions (better between sunrise and sunset, best with a map).

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