CS Department at
I really love all the hardware, software
projects and distinguished professors at
the department. We even have
here teaching us. The department itself
is expanding fast with millions of
research grants and under the guidance
of our chairperson,
Dr. Dennis Gannon
(an amazing man with really high
intelligence, excellent teaching and
research skills, and, most importantly,
with 2 Ph.D.'s - one in Physics and the
other Computer Science).
I was proud of my department. Here,
professors are graduates from Ivy
Leagues or equivalent institutions. If I
have to compare this department to that
of NIU, I will say that this
department is like a B-2 bomber while
NIU's computer science department is
like a WW-2 B-29.
NIU computer science department is still
stuck with COBOL and IBM mainframes
while our department here is at breast
with or even ahead of current
technology. We have ,
computing research lab,
the CAVE (3-D
Virtual Graphic lab)
which takes you into a virtual world
with fishes and other sea creatures
floating around you,
Open Systems Lab
which is developing a really fast TCP/IP
Make it sure you visit one of those labs
if you come to Bloomington, Indiana.
Phone: (703) 975-7512
: Please always
leave a message on voice mail if you call to my cell
phone. I won't answer unrecognized numbers.
my Resume for
my software projects.
Eventually, I will add an section on my computer science
stuffs. I am most interested in Network Security issues
and business applications development. Every semester at
IU's computer science department, I am an AI for the
most dreaded language of all, Assembly language AKA
Machine language for Dr. Mills and Dr. Purdom's
"Computer Architecture class." In the future, I will
also go into Graphics and Artificial Intelligence.
Well, at IU, Scheme is a pet-language. I also learned
Java, C++, C, MatLab and the like. Now, I am switching
to C# and .NET because you never know which language is
going to dominate in the future. Look at what happened
to Netscape? .Net platform is quite ambitious and making
impressive headways. Of course, my love affair with
Linux will be forever though I was incensed by Red Hat's
announcement that the company is not supporting personal
version of RH Linux anymore. So, I am switching to SUSE.
Even though I was extremely impressed by Solaris, it is
a proprietary platform, both hardware and software,
which makes me unaffordable to own a Solaris machine.
Also, I am enthusiastically waiting for the release of "LongHorn."
In the future, I believe computer languages, OS
platforms and hardware would become seamless while
network security is going to become an increasingly
important issue. It is because access to wide bandwidth
becomes increasingly affordable nowadays.
Folks, as father of our national independence,
Generalissimo Aung San, said "Politics is the
responsibility of everyone." This is even more true
under the current political circumstances in Burma. I am
still studying political science not because it is my
passion but because it is a patriotic duty. Pretty soon,
I will be finishing up my dissertation and will become a
newly-minted Ph.D. guy in political science also. It's
that paradoxical that I am both a computer scientist and
political scientist - the two fields are on the opposite
extremes of a continuum. Political Science is an
extremely soft science. It is so soft to the point that
I don't even believe it is a science while computer
science is undeniably a real science.
Political Science Research
Here are some selected papers that I researched and
wrote while doing my graduate studies in political
science. They are in *.pdf format and, if you wish, you
can download and read them. However, please do not
plagiarize my papers.
(1) "A Comparative
Study of Causes of Military Interventions in Latin
America during 1960-70's" . This
paper won me a $300's prize at ISU. Wasn't that
wonderful for a poor student at the time?
(2) Here is my analysis of Thailand's financial crisis
of 1997. It brought me an A+. Please notice that at the
time of writing this paper, the financial crisis was
still winding down and there was no analysis published
on this issue yet.
"Thailand's Recent Financial Crisis".
(3) Here is my somewhat polemical analysis on ASEAN's
decision to incorporate SLORC as its member. To me,
ASEAN is an regional grouping based on self-interest,
elite-domination, and dog-eat-dog practices. Read my
analysis: " ASEAN-Burma
Relations: Rationales and Incentives" .
(4) Want to read institutional-design analysis?
Bicameral, multi-party systems, different electoral
systems, different method of vote-counting and making a
decision who wins ? Read this electoral analysis on
Italian electoral and party system. Yes, you saw it
right. It was an analysis on Italian system which is the
most unstable of all western democracies. I chose this
topic because other grad students picked easy ones like
British party/electoral system and, as I always welcome
challenges, I picked the Italian system. Dr. Schmidt
warned me that it would be hard to deal with this
system. But, in the end, I made it. It was a nice
analysis and earned me an A+ and verbal recognition from
Dr. Dwight King, another comparativist at the
department. Here it is:
"Electoral Profile: Italy"
(5) Well, current Thai policy toward Burma by PM Taksin
deserves in-depth analysis. But, this policy is nothing
new. It's a continuation of Thailand's foreign policy
toward Burma which was formulated in the early 1990's.
Read my paper on Thailand-SLORC Relations which I wrote
several years ago: "Thailand's Relation with Burma:
Constructive Engagement or Attempt at Economic
(6) Here is the analysis on the evolution of the U.S.
economic sanctions against that thuggish regime in Burma
called "Tatmadaw/SLORC/SPDC". I looked at role of the
Congress and White House in reaching foreign policy
decisions. Here it is:
"Economic Sanctions Against Burma: Human Rights Issue
and Congressional Initiative"
I wrote my master's thesis on Taiwan's Democratic
Transition applying Modernization Theory. This week
(November 29, 2003), I saw an exciting news on CNN that
Taiwanese people are gearing up for an independent
state. What a courageous people!! My sincere
congratulations to Taiwanese people.
As suggested by my officemate, Mr. Wu Le-Shin, here is the *.pdf
version of my master's thesis that I wrote back in 1993:
Democratic Transition". When I wrote this
thesis, we were still using DOS 5.0 and I typed all
these on WordPerfect DOS 5.0.
Back in 1999, I passed all three comprehensives of my
doctoral program in Political Science. Particularly, I
passed "Comparative Politics" (a nightmare for all
doctoral students) with honors. Dr. Greg Schmidt was my
mentor for this subject.
In 2000, I started my dissertation research on
comparison between the falls of Indonesia's
Parliamentary Democracy back in 1950-60's and Burma's
Parliamentary Democracy back in 1960's: here is my
dissertation proposal. Everything went
fine and I have finished
Chapter 1 and half of chapter 2
under the guidance of Dr. Ladd Thomas, a well-known SEA
However, in the long run, prospect for obtaining a
tenure tracking position with a Ph.D. from NIU is quite
bleak. So, in 2001, I decided to enroll in the Master's
program in Computer Science at Indiana University. Prior
to this, I had already been a computer nerd since 1995
when I did desktop publishing for CRDB (International)
and then Los Angeles Jewish Times newspaper in Los
Angeles. Folks, in those days, some of us were still
using DOS 6.0 and Windows 3.11 was brand new until
Windows 95 came in in 1995. There were not more than
4000-6000 web pages in the whole world in those days !!
Believe it or not. Even back then, I was doing scripting
languages and good, old C programming language.
So, my doctoral dissertation is now in the air. And, if
I have enough in the future, I will resume my pursuit of
a doctoral degree, most likely at a university in
Europe. For now, I am really happy with this high-paying
job at United States Patent and Trademark Office as a
Software Patent Examiner.