Song-Quan Ong 王松灌
Entomologist, Chemist and Data Scientist
I was born in Johor, Skudai, where I also spent my childhood. I did my secondary schooling in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, and completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Penang. I started my career as an entomologist and chemist specialising in insect toxicology and semiochemical extraction. In recent years, I have focused more on the power of machine learning and data analysis to address the problem of public health and biodiversity conservation respectively. For example, one of the studies I have applied machine learning to is the classification of two closely related mosquito species - Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Both mosquito species are known to transmit dengue fever, but Ae. aegypti can also transmit yellow fever and Zika virus. Knowledge of the prevalence of these species in the population helps public health professionals plan strategies to control and, if possible, eradicate these mosquitoes in densely populated areas with human habitation.
A novel approach to estimate the abundance of house fly larvae