Jeffrey Kam

A Pure Mathematics and Computer Science Student


I am very interested in research on and interesting applications of pure mathematics, computer science, and philosophy.


I enjoy reading (philosphy in particular), walking on random trails, playing badminton, playing piano, and occasionally drawing and making board games.


BMath. Honours Computer Science and Pure Mathematics (Co-op)
University of Waterloo


Linear Algebra 1 (MATH 2101)
University of Hong Kong


UW Blueprint - Elevate Team
Project Developer

Elevate is a social enterprise that aims to help cognitively impaired childrens (especially those with Down Syndrome) through digital games.


Software Developer

Horizn is a SaaS technology company that helps companies increase digital adoption. In Horizn, I have worked on developing a suite of python scripts to help ease the product addtion process for our client. Also, I have helped develop some functionalities for the PHP-Laravel based web app that automates some parts of the product addition process, including dispatching/compressing files locally, parsing and manipulating data within the files, and sending them to remote servers such as EC2 and S3.

MAY 2018 - AUGUST 2018

UW Blueprint - Wikitongues Language Ontology Team
Project Developer

Our team has helped Wikitongues develop a cross-language search functionality by building on top of Glottolog 3 (a CLLD app built using Python Pyramid framework) and wrote API endpoints that allow Wikitongues' app Poly, to easily integrate with it. We also wrote some utility scripts for Wikitongues to use along with Glottolog 3.

DECEMBER 2017 - APRIL 2018

AIS Engineering Club
President of Club and CTO of ROV team

As president, I have helped to arrange sponsorship opportunities between our school and different companies (i.e. Maker Bay) and supervised different teams in the club. In ROV team, I am responsible for organizing tasks and teaching everyone the skills required for their assigned tasks. In addition, I have also designed and developed the core control system in C and Arduino and the GUI in Processing for the ROV.

SEPTEMBER 2014 - MAY 2017


bioSyntax: Syntax Highlighting For Computational Biology
Published at BMC Bioinformatics on August 22, 2018:
Link to publication
Authors: Artem Babaian, Anicet Ebou, Alyssa Fegen, Ho Yin Kam, German E Novakovsky, Jasper Wong, Dylan Aïssi, Li Yao
Computational biology requires the reading and comprehension of biological data files. Plain-text formats such as SAM, VCF, GTF, PDB and FASTA, often contain critical information that is obfuscated by the complexity of the data structures. bioSyntax ( is a freely available suite of syntax highlighting packages for vim, gedit, Sublime, and less, which aids computational scientists to parse and work with their data more efficiently.

A collection of notes for courses taken at UW. Available Here


Hackseq 2017 - 1st Place
Hackseq is a bioinformatics hackathon hosted at UBC annually. Our team created BioSyntax, whcih is a comprehensive syntax highlighting package with tailored themes for biologists. It currently supports various major text editors, such as Sublime Text 3, Gedit, Vim.
September 2017

Waterloo Game Jam (GI Jam) Fall 2017 - One of the Best Games
Alien Relocation
GI Jam is a thrice-annual event hosted by The Game Institute (GI) in the Universtiy of Waterloo, in which participants work towards creating a game in 48 hours. The game I created, Alien Relocation, is a hexagonal-tile based RPG with card game mechanics, where the player's (represented by a 3 aliens team) goal is to leave the hexagonal “plane”t and rebuild the once prosperous hexagonal world.
September 2017

Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV Competition 2017 - 3rd in Technical Report
Aquila II
MATE ROV competition is an engineering competition where underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV) compete against each other to finish a list of assigned missions. The repository of our ROV, Aquila II, is displayed below in the project section.
April 2017

Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) Hong Kong - Honorable Mention
The Hong Kong version of CCC, co-created by University of Hong Kong and University of Waterloo.
March 2017

Global Math Challenge - Bronze
A global online mathematics competition created by Sony Global Education.
November 2016

AppJamming Summit 2016 - 1 of 16 Finalists
Lazyhome System
AppJamming Summit is an annual event that last for few months where participants submit their project proposals, bring them to reality, and present the fiinal result to the public and judges. Our team created Lazyhome System as our project, a system that can be installed in almost every home to make home controlling automated. It is also open sourced, so interested individuals can contribute to our project.
April 2016

The 63rd Hong Kong Schools Music Festival (Graded Piano Solo) - 3rd Place
A piano solo competition hosted by the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association.
Feburary 2011


CICSA Ranking Platform - A Ranking System for the Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association

A custom online scoring/ranking platform for Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association (CICSA). It has a client side that displays real-time score and rotation of a regatta and an admin side that allows the organizer to manage events, teams, news, and more. Also, in the admin panel, event host can score each of the race inside an event and compile the score to generate the final ranking, along with a built-in tie breaker functionality.

UW Blueprint - Wikitongues' Language Ontology Cross-language Search Functionality

A cross-language search functionality by building on top of Glottolog 3 (a CLLD app) with REST API endpoints, along with some utilty scripts. This allows user to search a language using different language identifiers (i.e. ISO-639-3 or Glottocode) or terms in a different language that reference the language being searched.

Dream Catcher - A Software that Objectively Measures Engagement of Student in Lecture

Dream Catcher provides an objective measure for student to utilize on planning their course selection accordingly and also for professors to reflect on their lecture quality. This project is developed by Tanvir Shahriar, Steven Wong, Kevin Xiang, and myself at YHack 2017, in which Steven worked on the front-end development and connection to back-end, Kevin and Tanvir worked on training the model, and I worked on developing the back-end and integrating various APIs that we used.

PROJECTS - Software

Docsify PDF Embed Plugin

A simple plugin for Docsify user to embed PDF inside markdown generated HTML code. It is very simple to installed and users can directly download through npm.

BioSyntax - Syntax Highlighting for Biologist (Initiative of HackSeq 2017)

This project aims to provide easily readable biological file formats for biologists to edit directly on major text editors through the help of syntax highlighting. Currently, this supports Sublime 3, Gedit, Vim, and Less for some of the main formats like Fasta, Sam, Bed, Gtf, and more. This project is a collaborative work of the following 7 people: Artem Babaian, Eric Chu, Anicet Ebou, Alyssa Fegen, Jeffrey Kam, Gherman Novakovskiy, and Jasper Wong. Each of us contributes to different parts of the project to build the full suite of syntax highlighting package.

Automatic Class Scheduler - Class Scheduler using Genetic Algorithm

This is originally provided as a solution to generate optimal class schedules for my high school, which employs a block-based grade school schedule. The idea of this project mainly originates from a book named An Introduction to Genetic Algorithm in JAVA. This automatic class scheduler applied Genetic Algorithm to figure out the possibly most effective schedule with ideally least amount of clashes, as calculating all possible combinations is impossible. Users of GeneOptimum will be able to easily customize the weight of importance of students’ course choices or schedule validity to fit their own schedule need. This updated version also includes a schedule impossibility failure check to prevent program from crashing (i.e a student does not have all classes fitted on his/her schedule), and supports reading data from excel file and outputting each iteration's statistics/ final results to different sheets of the same excel file for ease of analysis.


Limiting Machine - An Affordable Earthquake Detector

An earthquake detector built using the most cost-effective materials with a goal to lower the cost to less than $15. This detector is built with Arduino Mega and some external modules, such as gyroscope/accelerometer, Bluetooth transmission module, SD card module, buzzer, and Real Time Clock module. The data collected from Arduino will be processed locally (to calculate the magnitude in 2 different scales) and compiled along with the time the specific data is collected. Then, it will be passed to a graphing software written in Processing JAVA through Serial port for visualization and analysis. This project is a collaborative effort of mine and one of my friend's, who has contributed to the mechanical design and technical writing of the detector.

Aquila II - An Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle

This project is a collaborative effort of a 10-man engineering team in AIS. In this project, I am the CTO and have helped develop the core control, data transmission, and robotic arm code, and also the circuits and mechanical design of the whole robot. On top of that, I mainly work on improving existing ideas of the ROV and experiment with the gyroscope/accelerometer for the auto-balancing system.


End of Site Note: Pure Mathematics is Really Intereting!