Sungyeon Hong

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Curiosity-driven. Naturalist. Do-er#

Sungyeon has joined the School of Cybernetics as a Postdoctoral Researcher.

Sungyeon’s background is centred around mathematics and physics with a huge interest in understanding pattern formation—whether it be structural or behavioural—via self-organisation in complex systems.

For her Master’s degree in mathematics at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, Sungyeon focused on analysing brain networks through the lens of topological data analysis (TDA), and she further honed the TDA skills in materials science through a research internship at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). During her PhD in physics at ANU, Sungyeon investigated the emergence of topological entities in two-dimension, accompanied by non-equilibrium dynamics, along a geometric quench process.

With her sporty spirit, Sungyeon loves starting a day with playing squash and she holds a black belt in Taekwondo with which she is always careful not to scare people. Otherwise, Sungyeon finds joys from drawing, cooking, baking, gardening, travelling, violin, and watching French comedies. Oh, and doggos.

For Sungyeon, cybernetics is:

“Learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else. It’s that ability to see patterns across nature that makes smart people into creative ones.” Leonardo Da Vinci

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