Notice of The 3rd International Lecture Series of School of Software and Microelectronics
October 08,2018


Date Time Place Speaker Affiliation Topic
16th Oct, Tuesday 9:00-10:00 #401, Lecture Hall, Qixiang   Building, Chang’an Campus Prof Jay Guo University of   Technology, Sydney, Australia The Next Twenty   Years
10:00-11:00 Prof Winncy Du San Jose State   University, USA Sensor   Solutions for Medical Technologies
11:00-12:00 Prof Scott   Yelich County of San   Mateo, USA USA Aviation   System
19th Oct, Friday 9:00-10:00 Prof Ali   Hessami Vega Systems,   UK Ethical   Considerations in System Design
10:00-11:00 Prof David   Yushan Fong Chinese   Institute of Engineers, USA Difficult   Problems in AI
11:00-12:00 Prof Tony   Larsson Halmstad   University, Sweden Reflections on   role of AI for cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) and   automated driving (AD)


Lecture One:


Topic: The Next Twenty Years

Time: 9: 00-10: 00, Oct 16, 2018

Place: 401, Lecture Hall, Qixiang Building, Chang’an Campus

Abstract: The world is experiencing a major technology revolution at an unprecedented speed. This will have enormous impacts on the way in which we live and work, and the society functions. Our future is largely dependent on our technology standing in the world. In this talk, Professor Guo will present an overview of some of the hottest technologies being developed around the world, such as big data, 5G and IoT, machine learning, brain computing and exotic materials. In particular, he will discuss those promising ICT technologies that are poised to change the world in the next twenty years. These include artificial intelligence, future computing, wireless communications and sensing. He will shed light on some potential philosophical, moral and societal implications these technologies may have on humanity. Finally, he will present a number of major research projects undertaken by his group at UTS.

Speaker: Distinguished Professor Y. Jay Guo, FATSE FIEEE FIET

Speaker’s Biography: Prof Y. Jay Guo is a Distinguished Professor and the founding Director of Global Big Data Technologies Centre at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia. Prior to this appointment in 2014, he served as a Research Director in CSIRO for over nine years, directing a number of ICT research portfolios. Before joining CSIRO, Prof Guo held various senior technology leadership positions in Fujitsu, Siemens and NEC in the U.K.

Prof Guo is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IET, and a member of the College of Experts of Australian Research Council (ARC). He has won a number of most prestigious Australian national awards, and was named one of the most influential engineers in Australia in 2014 and 2015. His research interest includes computing, mm-wave and THz communications and sensing system. He is a world-leading researcher on reconfigurable and intelligent antenna systems. He has published three books, over 400 publications in academic journals and international conferences, and holds over 24 patents.

Lecture Two:


Topic: Sensor Solutions in Biomedical Technology

Time: 10: 00-11: 00, Oct 16, 2018

Place: 401, Lecture Hall, Qixiang Building, Chang’an Campus

Abstract: The latest directions in smart biosensor development including single molecule detection, nanowires, and intelligence and pattern recognition are discussed, followed by an overview of various techniques in biosensors design such as optical, electrochemical, piezoelectric, capacitive and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) methods.  The concepts of machine learning and nanobiosensors as well as “intelligent” materials are also presented. Finally, the examples of biosensors, their applications, and actual projects performed at San Jose State University are shared.

Speaker: Prof Winncy Du

Speaker’s Biography: Dr. Winncy Du is a professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Jose State University (SJSU) where she is also the director of the Robotics, Sensor, and Machine Intelligence Laboratory. She also worked as a journal editor, engineer, and researcher with the Science and Technology Research and Information Center, Ministry of Mechanical and Electronics Industry of China.

Her research and teaching areas are sensors, robotics, mechatronics, automation, and control, with an emphasis on health care and biomedical applications.

She has taught more than 10 different undergraduate and graduate courses. She is a sole author of book: “Resistive, Capacitive, Inductive, and Magnetic Sensor Technologies” (CRC press, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, 2015), contributed to the books Smart Sensors and Sensing Technology (Springer-Verlag, 2008) and Modern Sensors, Transducers, and Sensor Networks (International Frequency Sensor Association, 2012), and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He professional honors include the International ASME Diversity & Outreach Award (2004), ASME District D Student Section Advisor Award (2007, 2011, and 2013), Richard A. Fitz Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award (2005), and Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship at SJSU (2012), and Newman Brothers Award for Faculty Excellence, College of Engineering, SJSU (2014).


Lecture Three:


Topic: The History and Development of the United States Aviation System

Time: 11: 00-12: 00, Oct 16, 2018

Place: 401, Lecture Hall, Qixiang Building, Chang’an Campus

Abstract: An overview of the history and development of the United States aviation system with emphasis on the U.S. airline industry. From the early days of airmail service through the jet age and deregulation. The role of government and private enterprise. Key government regulatory acts and their effects. Milestones in aircraft and technology development. Military and civilian influences on aircraft and airport operations. Future trends and their associated challenges and opportunities.

Speaker: Prof Scott Yelich

Speaker’s Biography:

Scott Yelich received both MBA and BS (in Aeronautics) degrees from San Jose State University (SJSU) and holds several Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates and ratings, including Commercial Pilot with Instrument Rating, Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic, and Advanced Ground Instructor. He was a full-time faculty member at SJSU for 22 years and taught a wide range of courses in the Aviation Program. Mr. Yelich is currently an Airport Operations Specialist with the County of San Mateo. He has been in this position for 10 years and provides a variety of airport operations services at the Half Moon Bay and San Carlos Airports. For more than 30 years, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Aero Club of Northern California, a regional affiliate of the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The purpose of the Aero Club is to promote activities which advance aviation and aerospace within Northern California.


Lecture Four:


Topic: Ethical Considerations in System Design

Time: 9: 00-10: 00, Oct 16, 2018

Place: 401, Lecture Hall, Qixiang Building, Chang’an Campus

Abstract: This lecture will cover the current focus within the Engineering Institutions on the ethical consideration and a development of a process for ethical assurance in product, systems and service development specifically for AI and autonomous systems. The work of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and the IEEE SA P7000 standard under development will be presented as a basis for raising awareness and providing a systematic framework for the innovators, researchers and technologists as well as small and large enterprises involved in technology innovation and development.

Speaker: Prof Ali Hessami, FRSA

Speaker’s Biography: Ali is currently the Director of R&D and Innovation at Vega Systems, UK. He is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is an expert in the systems assurance and safety, security, sustainability and knowledge assessment/ management methodologies and has a background in design and development of advanced control systems for business and safety critical industrial applications. Ali project managed the safety analysis and assessment of European Rail Traffic Management System’s ETCS for the EU Commission under the ESROG project. He also project managed the development of an advanced and systematic Safety & Risk Management System for EU Commission under SAMRail project, in support of the European Railway Safety Directive.


Lecture Five:

Topic: Difficult Problems in AI

Time: 10: 00-11: 00, Oct 16, 2018

Place: 401, Lecture Hall, Qixiang Building, Chang’an Campus

Abstract: Recent advances in AI enabled a large number of applications in many areas including image recognition and natural language processing. These achievements are impressive, and they give people a sense that AI is poised to solve more real-world problems. However, there are many difficult problems in AI that are not solved yet. Especially problems related to Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). In this talk we discuss the issues of deep learning, interpretability, flexibility, and AGI. We will review the current research on these issues, and the problems of AI safety and ethics.

Speaker: Prof David Yushan Fong

Speaker’s Biography: Dr. Fong graduated from the EE Department, National Taiwan University and obtained his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He taught at Clarkson University, New York, after receiving his Ph.D. degree. Afterwards he went into the high-tech industry, working in Lockheed.

In the late 1990’s he assumed the position of Vice President of e-Commerce Technology, Inc. Early 2002, Dr. Fong started Forte Connections, providing customers with enterprise information website, e-commerce, software and customized total solutions. He co-founded CITS Group in 2006.

Dr. Fong was President of CIE/USA-SF in 2000, Chairman of the Board in 2001, and again assumed the President’s position in 2003 and Chairman in 2004. In 2005, he was elected the Chair of Modern Engineering and Technology Seminar (METS). In 2006 he led an initiative to co-sponsor the first Hong Kong Technology and Engineering Development (HKTED) Conference with the Hong Kong Government. In 2012, he was elected Chair of Sino-American Technology and Engineering Conference (SATEC). Dr. Fong is also interested in the performing arts. He conducts the Ching Ching Chorus from 1990 to 2010, and the Taiwan University Alumni Chorus since 2005.


Lecture Six:


Topic: Reflections on role of AI for cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) and automated driving (AD)

Time: 11: 00-12: 00, Oct 16, 2018

Place: 401, Lecture Hall, Qixiang Building, Chang’an Campus


AI can be seen as an experimental, exploratory and inventive branch of computer science. It covers many subject areas such as: search algorithms, data structures, statistical methods, symbolic matching and rewriting, logical reasoning, machine learning, natural language understanding, fuzzy logic, neural networks, software agents, etc. Many of these areas are also studied in more dedicated subject areas such as statistics, mathematics, signal processing, electronics, etc. In a way the area of cooperative intelligent transport systems C-ITS and also automated driving AD, also is very broad and needs innovative solutions and support from a wide spectrum techniques. This speech aims to give some examples of problems in C-ITS and AD that can be supported by and relate to what often is called AI.

Speaker: Prof Tony Larsson

Speaker’s Biography:  

Prof. Tony Larsson (24.08.1950) is interested in the design, modeling, and evaluation of cooperative embedded systems. He received a MEng 1974, a TechLic 1986 in computer systems and a PhD 1989 in computer science, all at Linköping University, Sweden. He worked for Ericsson AB, 1974-2002, in several different positions such as engineer, project leader, manager and expert (the latter in system design methods and architecture) and in areas such as testing; computer aided design; radio network control and distributed embedded computer system platforms for dependable telecommunication applications. He then worked for the Swedish defense material administration in the area of network based defense and is since 2003 Professor in Embedded Systems at Halmstad University. He has been working in several KKS founded projects related to cooperative traffic systems such as VAS and WiMemo and is now involved in NG-Test, an FFI/Vinnova project focused on virtual testing of active safety systems.