SCUT IEEE SMC Celebration Lecture Series 2010

Following the success of the 1st South China University of Technology (SCUT) IEEE SMC Celebration Lecture Series (CLS) being held in SCUT in July 2009, the 2nd SCUT IEEE SMC CLS was organized by the School of Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Software Engineering of SCUT and the IEEE SMC Guangzhou Chapter on 7th and 8th July 2010 in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center Campus of South China University of Technology. The main objective of the SCUT IEEE SMC CLS is to help young researchers in the southern China region by providing an opportunity of exchanging idea and discussing their own research works with experienced researchers.

Eight technical lectures were presented which covered a wide range of cutting-edge areas: e.g. life science, machine learning, pattern recognition, smart grid, robotics, network topology, information security and self learning control. They were delivered by Michael Berthold, William Gruver, Ljiljana Trajkovic, Philip Chen, Loi-Lei Lai, Fabio Roli, Xizhao Wang and Chih-Min Lin from China, USA, UK, Germany, Italy and Canada. A lecture on how to write a good technical journal paper was delivered by Xizhao Wang. The audience was blessed with useful techniques and guidelines on preparing a quality technical paper. Many of those young professors and research students who attended the IEEE SMC CLS this year have expressed their gratitude to the IEEE SMCS for providing them a very valuable and unique opportunity for learn from and discuss with experienced overseas researchers.

A talk about how the IEEE and the SMC Society in particular could help the career development of IT professionals was delivered by Michael Smith. An IEEE SMC Membership Booth was set up by the Guangzhou SCUT Student Branch Chapter. A number of young researchers showed great interest in joining the IEEE SMC Society as GOLD and graduate student members. We received 6 applications immediately after the first day of the event and more applications are expected to come.

Daniel Yeung initiated the idea of providing a 30-minutes of face-to-face discussion between the participating experts and authors of selected papers submitted to the organizing committee prior to the CLS. As an important GOLD activity, this face-to-face discussion provides a very good chance to authors to improve their research works before submitting to a journal. This event attracted more than 30 young researchers from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Hefei to submit their research works. We arranged an expert in the related research area to discuss with the author face-to-face aiming to enhance their research skill and technical writing skill. Advices from experienced experts are important to those young researchers, especially at the early stage of their research career. This type of activity undoubtedly would go a long way in promoting SMCS as a leading society in providing professional services of high impact to the academic community.

Xichun Zhang, Vice President of SCUT, expressed his warm welcome to experts and attendees of the Celebration Lecture Series

Guoqiang Han, Dean of the School of Computer Science and Engineering of SCUT, welcomed participants of the event

Daniel Yeung, Junior Past President of the IEEE SMC Society, introduced the experts to the audience and explained the vision of organizing the Celebration Lecture Series

Michael Berthold, President of the IEEE SMC Society, delivered a welcome address and a technical lecture on data analysis in life science researches

Attendees enjoyed the technical lectures and were interested in how IEEE and SMC can help their careers

An IEEE SMC Membership Booth was set up by the IEEE SMC Student Branch Chapter in SCUT to promote IEEE SMC memberships

Michael Berthold discussing with SMC graduate student members

About the Author

Wing NG received his B.Sc. degree and his Ph.D. degree from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2001 and 2006, respectively. In 2008, he joined the School of Computer Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, China, where he is currently an Associate Professor. In 2004, he established the first student branch chapter of the IEEE SMC Society in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and served as Chairman for two years. He has served as the Co-Chair of the Technical Committee on Computational Intelligence of the IEEE SMC Society since 2006 and the Co-Chair of the Technical Committee on Machine Learning of the IEEE SMC Society since 2009. Dr. Ng has served as the GOLD Representative of the IEEE SMC Society since 2008