We are thrilled to announce our new 2023 ROAR Ambassadors, Harris Song, Zeyu (Benny) Liu, and Vivian Zhu. Furthermore, Aaron Xie’s ambassadorship has been extended for another year. They will work closely with our ROAR faculty and graduate students to bring the ROAR experience to their respective high schools with our technical and financial support. They will be bringing the ROAR experience to their respective high schools with our technical and financial support. Each ambassador will also receive mentorship from our faculty and UC Berkeley graduate student.
Aaron Xie has currently participated in four ROAR virtual racing competitions. Going into this second year as a ROAR ambassador, he plans to continue entering future competitions and learning more about artificial intelligence. In addition to autonomous driving, Aaron is interested in other computer science applications, such as game design, networking, and mixed reality.
Harris Song is a junior at Walnut High School in Walnut, California. He has participated in the 2022 Summer ROAR Academy and competed in the fall 2022 ROAR series. He enjoys hiking through the local Los Angeles mountains with friends and trying new drinks at local cafés.
Benny Liu is currently a junior at Valley Christian High School in California. Benny was first introduced to the ROAR program during the summer of 2022, attending the ROAR academy and taking part in the competition. He is now taking many stem-related classes, such as Multi-Variable Calculus and AP Physics C. He is immensely interested in programming, working on many Python and Java related projects during his free time. He also enjoys pondering and solving logical problems and wants to improve his coding abilities.
Vivian Zhu is currently a junior at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom, California. She is interested in technology and machine learning related activities like the UC Berkeley ROAR Academy summer camp and S1/S2 competitions. She has founded her high school’s first machine learning club “Computer Machine Learning Club” to share and promote machine learning knowledge in the neighboring schools and communities. In her spare time, Vivian likes to play cello solo and in orchestras like the Sacramento Youth Symphony premier orchestra and the California All-state Symphony Orchestra.