#WeAreArity Wednesday: Yicheng Wen
When my friend asks me what it is that I do again, I say…
At Arity, I lead a team of data scientists and data engineers to develop predictive insights about drivers based on telematics data including driving risk score, collision detection, fuel efficiency, etc.
In your own words, what is Arity?
Arity is a data and analytics start-up company in telematics. It collects trip data from drivers and generates valuable insights to ensure fair insurance price, improve their driving behavior and ultimately make our road a safer place for everybody.
What is your work for home set up like?
There is barely a set up. A laptop and a headset are all I have. No big monitors or fancy speakers. Super portable. Very important when you have a young kid at home.
We all commuted into the office prior to COVID, how are you spending the extra time?
It is working out pretty nicely for me. I can spend more time taking care of kids and making sure they are ready for school in the morning. I also enjoy having some extra quite time before the start of the day so I can plan everything better throughout the day. At the end of the day, I have enough time to wrap up my day without the need to disturb my evenings.
Most people don’t know that …
I am a huge fan of soccer. I have followed every world cup closely since 1994. Under my influence, my boys also enjoy playing soccer too. This is one good way to stay in shape for the family during the Covid.
The theme song of my life is…
Heal the world, by Michael Jackson. It constantly inspires me to do something good for others.
Would you get in a self-driving car? Why or why not?
Not yet. I don’t think the technology has matured yet in terms of both safety and performance. It does not provide much personalization towards different users. If I would get a self-driving car now, most likely I would need to get used to the car instead of the car adapting to my driving requirement. In addition, there are many other practical things market needs to sort out, including liability, regulation. Therefore, for now I still prefer driving myself and wait a few more years to decide.
Favorite innovation pioneer?
Steve Jobs. The introduction of iPhone was without a doubt a revolutionary product. It made computing, Internet and other technologies easily accessible from our pocket. It fundamentally changed the way we live and interact with others. I could not imagine the world living through the pandemic without smart phones.