Summary

Data scientist with 8+ years of experience in data analysis and designing experiments to find solutions to research questions. Achievements include developing data collection methods and dashboards to increase project completion speed by 50%. Effective communicator, with research published in academic journals. Highly self-motivated with completion of multiple personal projects, like an eye tracker using machine learning. Eager to apply my skills to challenging business problems.

Education

2015 – 2020

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Cognitive Science, minor in Quantitative Methods
University of British Columbia

2013 – 2015

Master of Arts (MA)
Cognitive Science
University of British Columbia

2009 – 2013

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA Hons)
Psychology
University of British Columbia

Skills

Technical

  • Machine learning / deep learning
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Data visualization
  • Data cleaning
  • Data modelling
  • Research methods / experimental design
  •  A/B testing
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Desktop / mobile eye tracking
  • Sensor analysis

Software

  • Python
  • Pandas
  • NumPy
  • Matplotlib
  • R
  • SPSS
  • PyTorch
  • SQL
  • Git
  • HTML, CSS, Javascript
  • Java (Android)
  • Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint

Statistical

  • Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
  • Factor analysis
  • Item response theory
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Multiple regression
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Psychometrics and measurement theory
  • Multivariate analysis

Projects

  • Webcam Eye Tracker
    • Created a webcam-based eye tracker to predict eye gaze location while playing video games.
    • End-to-end deep learning project. Developed a data collection tool to gather unstructured image data from a webcam. Combined different data sources into a single dataset for modelling. Used PyTorch to tune hyperparameters of convolutional neural networks in a parallel and distributed fashion. Achieved an eye tracking error of 1cm.
    • Tools used: Python, PyTorch, OpenCV, Machine learning
  • Smartphone Gait Assessment
    • Developed a novel smartphone-based method to study the relationship between cognitive function and gait.
    • Part of an international collaboration. Responsible for developing the methodology for collecting data during outdoor walking. Data was unstructured and collected across multiple devices, which was then combined into a single dataset for analysis. Multilevel modelling was used to assess the relationship between cognitive function and gait performance. The method is significantly cheaper than traditional techniques, saving over $7000 in equipment cost.
    • Tools used: Java (Android), SQL, Python, Matplotlib, R, Git
  • Overwatch Exploratory Data Analysis
    • Manually collected performance data from a multiplayer videogame (Overwatch) to identify areas where gameplay could be optimized and improved.
    • Conducted an exploratory data analysis to identify performance trends. These data patterns were visualized and used to inform future gameplay choices and strategies.
    • Tools used: Python, Pandas, Matplotlib
  • Digital Map Reading
    • Studied the relationship between cognitive load and map reading.
    • Conducted an experiment to understand how increased cognitive load can affect map reading, with the goal of improving the design of maps and make them easier to learn.
    • Tools used: Python
  • Dual Eye Tracking
    • Designed a real-time dyadic eye tracking experiment to study how eye gaze affects social interactions. Utilized a range of cross-correlational techniques for data analysis.
    • Tools used: Python, Eye tracking, SPSS

Experience

Work

2019 – 2020

Data Scientist / Visiting Researcher
Microsoft

  • Studied HoloLens 2 sensor data to identify potential metrics for mixed reality products.
  • Created data collection tools that combined unstructured data from different sources (HoloLens sensors, Android sensors)
  • Provided insight into the value of potential new metrics.
  • Tools used: Python, Pandas, Matplotlib, Java, C#, Git

2016 – 2019

Data Scientist / Analyst
UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

  • Collaborated with multiple course instructors to identify problem areas in current teaching methodology
  • Analyzed unstructured data from 6000 online students to test whether personalized assignments would improve student engagement with the material. Tools used: Python, Pandas, R, SPSS
  • Used surveys and experiments to determine whether the benefits of a novel visualization video outweighed the cost of production. Determined that the new method was ineffective, saving $2000+ (per video) in future production cost. Tools used: Python, Pandas, R, SPSS, Qualtrics
  • Analyzed survey data from 6 international universities to explore teaching practices and identify areas of improvement. Tools used: Python, Pandas, R, SPSS, Qualtrics
  • Used statistical tools to streamline a survey, reducing total length by 28% without affecting data quality. Tools used: R, SPSS

2013 – 2019

Graduate Student Advisor
UBC Undergraduate Journal of Psychology

  • Advisor for the Undergraduate Journal of Psychology. Provided guidance on the journal review process to editors and reviewers

2016

Analysis Team Member
Visual Cognition Lab, UBC Psychology

  • Collaborated with Computer Scientists and Psychologists to develop a data analysis pipeline to automate the aggregation and analysis of research data.
  • Tools used: Python, R, Git

2015

Data Analysis Consultant
Self-employed

  • Worked with a Vancouver-based company to conduct an in-depth analysis of a consumer survey with a quick 2-week turnaround. The analysis identified consumer spending behaviour, and the results were then used to guide future business operations and adjust product pricing.

2012 – 2013

Cognitive Science Section Editor
UBC Undergraduate Journal of Psychology

  • Reviewed and edited cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience submissions to the department’s journal of psychology.

2012

Research Methods and Inferential Statistics Tutor
Self-employed

  • Provided tutoring services to undergraduate psychology students studying experimental design and inferential statistics.

Research

2019 – 2020

Research Scientist / Mitacs Intern with Dr. Claudia Krebs
The HIVE (Hackspace for Innovation and Visualization in Education), UBC

  • Evaluated the efficacy of the Microsoft HoloLens as a neuroanatomy teaching tool.
  • Designed experiments, collected and analyzed data to understand how mixed reality-based learning affects the overall student experience.
  • Provided insight into how the design of mixed reality applications could be improved.
  • Tools used: Python, Pandas, Matplotlib, R, SPSS

2013 – 2020

Research Scientist (MA, PhD) with Dr. Todd Handy
Attentional Neuroscience Lab, UBC Psychology

  • Applied a hypothesis-driven approach to identifying key research questions, and developed data collection and analysis plans to find answers.
  • Managed a team of 14 research assistants across concurrent research projects; from conception, through analysis, to communicating the final result.
  • Integrated knowledge and techniques from multiple disciplines (psychology, computer science, and engineering) to identify the correct approach for a research problem.
  • Programmed a suite of computer-based tasks to collect data across 9 different experiments, resulting in 50% faster project completion. Tools used: Python, Git.
  • Created analysis tools, resulting in more efficient methods for visualizing and analyzing sensor data. Tools used: Python, Matplotlib, Git.
  • Utilized a range of statistical techniques in Python, R, and SPSS to model relationships in data, including multiple regression and analysis of variance
  • Developed dashboards and visualizations to aid cleaning of unstructured data. Reduced data cleaning time by 90% compared to previous methods. Tools used: Python, Pandas, Matplotlib, Bokeh
  • Presented and published work in academic journals and research conferences.

2013

Summer AURA Student with Dr. Alan Kingstone
Brain and Attention Research Lab, UBC Psychology

  • Designed and ran a real-time dyadic eye tracking experiment studying how eye gaze interacts during social interactions.

2012 – 2013

4th year Honours Student with Dr. Todd Handy
Attentional Neuroscience Lab, UBC Psychology

  • Ran EEG participants through an experiment studying ERPs within the context of self-relevant objects.
  • Used Optitrack (3D motion capture) to study reach trajectories for objects within an ownership paradigm.

2012 – 2013

Paid Research Assistant with Dr. Alan Kingstone
Brain and Attention Research Lab, UBC Psychology

  • Studied the effect of object ownership on subsequent visual distractibility.
  • Recruited participants and collected data for multiple experiments, helping the supervising graduate student achieve a faster turnaround on research projects.
  • Wrote MATLAB tutorials on experimental design and analysis for a lab website, with the goal of creating a shared resource for current and future graduate students.

2011 – 2013

Undergraduate Research Assistant with Dr. Jessica Tracy
Emotion and Self Lab, UBC Psychology

  • Designed and ran a study looking at the effect of vocal fundamental frequency on social influence.
  • Analysed data using a multiple regression model in R and SPSS
  • Trained research assistants in running the experiment.

2011 – 2012

3rd year Honours Student with Dr. Alan Kingstone
Brain and Attention Research Lab, UBC Psychology

  • Studied the effect of video game experience on oculomotor capture using eye tracking technology and a visual search paradigm.
  • Honours thesis written following an extensive review of current research.

Publications

Journal Articles

Burtan, D., Joyce, K., Burn, J. F., Handy, T. C., Ho, S., & Leonards, U. (2021). The nature effect in motion: visual exposure to environmental scenes impacts cognitive load and human gait kinematics. Royal Society Open Science. doi: 10.1098/rsos.201100

Gooderham, G. K., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (2020). Variability in Executive Control Performance is Predicted by Physical Activity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00463

Ho, S., Mohtadi, A., Daud, K., Leonards, U., & Handy, T. C. (2019). Using smartphone accelerometry to assess the relationship between cognitive load and gait dynamics during outdoor walking. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-39718-w

Ho, S., Gooderham, G. K., & Handy, T. C. (2018). Self-reported free-living physical activity and executive control in young adults. PLoS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209616

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (2016). Listen, follow me: Dynamic vocal signals of dominance predict emergent social rank in humans. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. doi: 10.1037/xge0000166

Ho, S., Foulsham, T., & Kingstone, A. (2015). Speaking and Listening with the Eyes: Gaze Signaling during Dyadic Interactions. PLoS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136905

Theses

Ho, S. (PhD dissertation, 2020). Cognition and motion: the relationship between cognitive function, physical activity, and gait dynamics in young adults. Link: UBC Circle

Ho, S. (MA thesis, 2015). Map reading under load : sex differences in learning digital maps. Link: UBC Circle

Ho, S. (Honours thesis, 2013). Here, There, and Everywhere: Spatial Location Moderates the Effect of Self-Relevance on Memory.

Ho, S. (Honours thesis, 2012). The Role of Task Instruction in Video Game Players’ Resistance to Distraction.

Blog Posts

Presentations

Oral Presentations

Carey, K., Grain, K., Dubois, P., Roberson, N., Moosvi, F., Moghtader, B., Semenec, P., Varao-Sousa, T., Ho, S., Kn, T. N., Roll, I., Briseño-Garzón, A. (October, 2018). Graduate Students as SoTL Specialists: Facilitating Faculty-Student Collaborations in a Large University. Talk presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference. Bergen, Norway.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (July, 2016). Listen, follow me: Dynamic vocal signals of dominance predict emergent social rank in humans. Talk presented in the session, “Mediators of sociality”, at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. Vancouver, Canada.

Ho, S., Enns, J. T., Handy, T. C. (May, 2015). Map reading under load: Gender differences in learning digital maps. Talk presented at Psychfest. Vancouver, Canada.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (June, 2013). Listen, follow me: Changes in vocal pitch predict leader emergence. Talk presented in the symposium, “Causes and consequences of individual differences in social status: New insights from research on nonverbal behavior, neuroendocrinology, health, and self-regulatory goals” (J. T. Cheng & J. L. Tracy, Chairs), at the biennial meeting of the Association for Research in Personality. Charlotte, NC.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (May, 2013). Listen, follow me: Changes in vocal pitch predict leader emergence. Paper presented in the symposium, “Psychophysical cues to fertility, leadership capacity, trustworthiness, and health” (J.T. Cheng, & J.L. Tracy, Chairs), at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Washington, DC.

Ho. S., Truong, G., Chapman, C. S., Enns, J. T., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2013). Here, There, & Everywhere: Spatial location moderates the effect of self-relevance on memory. Talk presented at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (January, 2013). Listen, follow me: Changes in vocal pitch predict leader emergence. Talk presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Pre-Conference on Nonverbal Behavior. New Orleans, LA.

Poster Presentations

Ho, S., Mohtadi, A., Daud, K., Leonards, U., & Handy, T. C. (May, 2018). Walking in outdoor environments: using smartphones to assess the relationship between cognitive load and gait dynamics during outdoor walking. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) conference. San Francisco, USA.

Ho, S., Mohtadi, A., Daud, K., Leonards, U., & Handy, T. C. (May, 2018). Walking in outdoor environments: using smartphones to assess the relationship between cognitive load and gait dynamics during outdoor walking. Poster presented at the Canadian Action and Perception Network conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ho, S., Daud, K., Leonards, U., & Handy, T. C. (November, 2017). Walk and Talk: The impact of attentional load on gait dynamics in young adults. Poster presented at the Society for Computers in Psychology conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Gooderham, G. K., Ho., S., & Handy, T. C. (November, 2017). Online Survey Tools in Longitudinal Cognitive Psychology Research: A Methodological Review. Poster presented at the Society for Computers in Psychology conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ho, S. & Handy, T. C. (May, 2017). Executive function and gait dynamics in young adult populations. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Burnaby, Canada.

Ghanbarzehie, A., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (May, 2016). Examining the Impact of Physical Activity and Sleep on Sustained Attention. Poster presented at Connecting Minds conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ho, S., Gooderham, K., & Handy, T. C. (May, 2016). Lifestyle and Cognition: The relationship between sleep, exercise, and exam performance. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ghanbarzehie, A., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2016). Examining the Impact of Physical Activity and Sleep on Sustained Attention. Poster presented at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Gooderham, K., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2016). Lifestyle and Cognition: The relationship between sleep, exercise, and exam performance. Poster presented at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ghanbarzehie, A., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2016). Examining the Impact of Physical Activity and Sleep on Sustained Attention. Poster presented at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Gooderham, K., Ho, S., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2016). Lifestyle and Cognition: The relationship between sleep, exercise, and exam performance. Poster presented at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Tse, S., Marozoff, S., Gooderham, K., Ho, S., Enns, J. T., Handy, T. C. (May, 2015). The Effect of Cognitive Load on Learning Digital Maps. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Bellingham, WA.

Gooderham, K., Tse, S., Ho, S., Enns, J. T., Handy, T. C. (March, 2015). The Effect of Cognitive Load on Learning Digital Maps. Poster presented at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Marozoff, S., Gooderham, K., Tse, S., Ho, S., Enns, J. T., Handy, T. C. (March, 2015). The Effect of Cognitive Load on Learning Digital Maps. Poster presented at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Ho. S., Foulsham, T., & Kingstone, A. (May, 2014). Look Who’s Talking: Effect of Knowledge and Talking on Social Gaze. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Victoria, Canada.

Ho. S., Truong, G., Chapman, C. S., Enns, J. T., & Handy, T. C. (May, 2013). Here, There, & Everywhere: Spatial location moderates the effect of self-relevance on memory. Poster presented at the Northwest Cognition and Memory Conference. Surrey, Canada.

Ho. S., Truong, G., Chapman, C. S., Enns, J. T., & Handy, T. C. (March, 2013). Here, There, & Everywhere: Spatial location moderates the effect of self-relevance on memory. Poster presented at the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Chisholm, J. D., Ho, S., & Kingstone, A. (March, 2013). Why are action video game players better? A test of the ”Learning to Learn” proposal. Poster presented at Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society. Los Angeles, California.

Cheng, J. T., Tracy, J. L., Ho, S., & Henrich, J. (January, 2013). Listen, follow me: Changes in vocal pitch predict leader emergence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ho, S., Chisholm, J. D., & Kingstone, A. (April, 2012). The Role of Task Instruction in Action Video Game Players’ Resistance to Distraction. Poster presented at Psychology Students’ Association Conference. Vancouver, Canada.

Teaching

Supervision

2013 – 2020

Trained and supervised multiple research assistants

2013 – 2020

Supervised multiple Honours, directed studies, and thesis students

Teaching Assistantships

2014 – 2015

Cognitive Neuroscience, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Todd Handy

2014

Cognitive Processes, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Todd Handy

2014

Social Psychology, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Alyssa Croft

2013

Personality Psychology, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Jessica Tracy

2013

Forensic Psychology, University of British Columbia
Instructor: Dr. Donald Dutton

Certificates

  • Neural Networks and Deep Learning by deeplearning.ai on Coursera. Certificate earned on Sunday, February 3, 2019
  • Improving Deep Neural Networks: Hyperparameter tuning, Regularization and Optimization by deeplearning.ai on Coursera. Certificate earned on Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Structuring Machine Learning Projects by deeplearning.ai on Coursera. Certificate earned on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Awards

2017 – 2019

Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC

2015 – 2019

Kitty Heller Foundation Fellowship, UBC

2014

Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC

2013

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Student Award for Academic Excellence, Best Undergraduate Honours Thesis

2013

Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Award, UBC

2013

Outstanding Research Talk, 15th Annual UBC Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference

2012

Trek Excellence Scholarship, UBC

2012

Faculty of Arts International Student Scholarship, UBC

2012

Rosemary Stewart Scholarship, UBC

2011

Member, PsiChi International Honour Society in Psychology

2010

Rosemary Stewart Scholarship, UBC