My name is Kumseok Jung and I am a first year master’s student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. During my time in the industry I dealt with SCADA systems interfacing with robots and web systems interfacing with humans, and I felt that many existing systems are needlessly complicated due to certain practical constraints and there could be something more simple and elegant. As finding the time and resource to focus on deeper problems is often limited in an industry setting, I returned to university to study in a more formal and disciplined environment with people whose interests align with my own. I have an omnivorous appetite for thoughts and ideas across various subjects, but in my current research I primarily focus on software engineering for distributed systems. I am particularly fond of decentralized architectures due to their resilient nature and am interested in discovering programming primitives for such systems.