Cat Zeng

Personal Stuff

Check out Github where stuff like hackernews-newsfeed and my-pet-rock live.

A boba machine I built with friends was admitted to Y Combinator for their Winter 2018 batch. I have also participated in 7+ hackathons, winning prizes such as Top 10 at HackMIT (3x), the Best Internet of Things Prize., and $4,000 from the Niantic AR prize.

Other personal projects:

  • Lambda Tea, boba machine: a self-serve boba machine built by hacking a mini-fridge. Lambda Tea was funded by Y Combinator for their Winter 2018 batch.

  • I built volumetric display devices with with Zachary Pitcher during the Spring and Summer of 2020.

  • HackMIT, MIT Sorting Hat: a Harry-Potter-inspired sorting hat that asks you personalized questions in order select a MIT dorm that culturally fits.

  • a college consulting service where we give you feedback about how you stand for college.


I’m interested in learning, language, and modeling stuff. Select research projects:

  • Constructing an Oscillatory Associative Memory Model (18.354 Nonlinear Dynamics Final Project)
  • Hierarchical Semantic Composition Using High Dimensional Vectors and Random Indexing (Presented at CULC13)
  • Python implementation of the maximum-likelihood estimation approach for word segmentation