Alan Chiu was born in Hong Kong, where he got his first taste of computer programming (QBASIC) at the age of 10. He continued to dabble on different (some obscured, some weird, and some powerful) languages such as Turtle LOGO, Turing, Motorola MC6800 Assembly, and C/C++ etc... No. Alan is not old enough to be doing COBOL to fix the Y2K bug!
During his Junior year in high school while working on a math project in a sunny afternoon at the library, Alan stumbled (not literally) upon two books (The Computational Brain by Churchland and Sejnowski and Chaos: Making of a New Science by Gleick) that would ultimately change the trajectory of his professional life. Even though he didn't understand most of what he was reading (considering that was only his third year living in North America), Alan was deeply inspired. That was the first time research became a viable career option for him.
In his Junior year at the University of Toronto, he met an eccentric but brilliant professor (Dr. Bardakjian) in the Bioelectricity course. Despite the fact that Dr. B was ALWAYS late for class, he sparked Alan's interest in doing research in neural engineering / brain research. Dr. B eventually became Alan's Ph.D. research advisor. In 2006, after two grueling rounds of hand-to-hand combat (also known as Dissertation Defense), Alan became the notorious Dr. Chiu who would
terrorize enlighten students with very well designed exam questions dealing biomedical system modeling, bioinstrumentation, and signal processing.
After a few years in academia, Dr. Chiu found much enjoyment interacting with young impressionable students, witnessing their personal growth, and rejoicing in their successes. In 2012, he decided to focus his attention to the education aspect of being a faculty member and joined the Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering program at Rose-Hulman. He was particularly impressed with Rose-Hulman for "putting the money where the mouth is" by providing Teaching Workshop for all new / returning faculty on Orientation Week. Dr. Chiu's research focus will be Brain-Computer Interface and Neuroprosthetic applications. In his wildest dream, he hopes to see a conscious machine like this...
Dr. Chiu currently lives in Terre Haute with his family: wife Sally, daughter Kaitlyn, son Tyler, and a West Highland Terrier called Pika (as in Pika-Chiu). In his spare time, he likes to play basketball (doesn't mean that he is any good), tinkering with
toys research tools, and reading.