More About Me

I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. My parents are immigrants from Vietnam, but are ethnically Chinese as well as Vietnamese. I have lived in Canada my entire life, which has contributed both to my love of the diverse cultural mosaics of Canada and of the world, and to a sense of disjoint identities and cultural dislocation.

I try to do volunteer work to give back to my community for the opportunities I have been afforded, and to do my part to correct some of the numerous injustices in the world. I volunteered at The Landing as a peer support worker, facilitating drop-in hours for people to come in to discuss and be supported for issues of sexual and gender diversity. I have also volunteered for the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, where I was given crisis intervention training and educated classes on sexual violence.

I was a competitive debater for 7 years, from the beginning of high school to the end of my bachelor’s degree. During my undergraduate, I was an active member of the University of Alberta Debate Society (UADS). I had the privilege of attending many debate tournaments throughout my career, including the World Universities Debating Championships in 2017 (The Hague, Netherlands) and 2018 (Mexico City, Mexico).

My other hobbies are reading, learning violin, and trying/cooking new foods! I read both fiction and non-fiction. I also love tea.

I have recently begun to cultivate the habit of talking to a new person every day. One of my goals with this project is to learn more about the diversity of lived experiences in the world. I really appreciate the ability of people to connect with each other despite wide gulfs in their upbringings.

Alan Chan
Alan Chan
PhD Student

I’m a PhD student at Mila, where I think about the development of AI from the perspectives of RL, fundamental science, fairness, and interpretability. Please feel free to reach out!