I was born in Paiho, a village in Tainan County, that is famed for its beautiful lotus farms. My parents worked in an elementary school and recently retired from the teaching and the nursing faculties. I have an elder brother who is married and has a lovely daughter. My parents are kind people. They provided my brother and me with a democratic family life. I grew up in a very independent and creative environment and did have a great time during childhood.
I completed my elementary and junior high school studies in my hometown and subsequently went to Taipei to pursue high school education in Chien-Kuo Senior High School. I entered the National Chiao-Tung University and majored in Computer and Information Science in 1990. During my school days, my talent for tennis was discovered in my physical education classes. This led to my joining the school¡¦s tennis team, and I subsequently became one of the main players. The training program was tough; nevertheless, I maintained a high ranking in academic activities. In 1994, I obtained my bachelor¡¦s degree and was ranked 12th in a class of 100 students. My undergraduate study pertained to concentration in fuzzy systems. Based on the study results, I was awarded the ¡§NCTU Undergraduate Research and Development Award.¡¨ This award enabled me to join the graduate school without appearing for the entrance examination.
In 1996, I received the master¡¦s degree by the National Chiao-Tung University. My thesis was entitled ¡§A Neural Network Approach to Modeling Hysteresis Systems.¡¨ Hysteresis is a rate-independent memory effect, which deserves our attention owing to its potential applications. My adviser Prof. Chuen-Tsai Sun encouraged me to further pursue research on this topic; therefore, I decided to continue research on the topic for my Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Computer and Information Science. My original research interests were fuzzy systems, expert systems, neural networks, and genetic algorithms. However, certain cybernetic techniques were also required for the completion of my Ph.D. dissertation, which was titled ¡§System Modeling of Hysteresis Phenomena.¡¨ Therefore, I selected several curricula in the Department of Electrical and Control Engineering, which included stochastic processes, system identification, and adaptive control systems. As a student majoring in Computer Science, I used to read documents related to programming. This merit proved invaluable when I enrolled for these courses and the professors suggested that we should have a self-study time. During the Ph.D. program, I had defined the hysteresis effect in terms of discrete signal processing, applied for a project to model this effect, and proposed several applications in signal processing, such as voice signal recognition. In 2002, I was conferred the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science by the National Chiao-Tung University.
In addition to the academic activities, I was the office manager of our laboratory from 1997 to 2000. The management tasks comprised equipment purchase, system administration, and activity scheduling. During my graduate study time, I also instructed younger collaborators in their research work as well as in several other business projects, which are referred to in this resume. These valuable experiences have equipped me with the ability to analyze a system and lead a team. In consideration of my research achievement and project experience, the Institute of Information Science (IIS), Academia Sinica, appointed me as a postdoctoral fellow in January 2003. I joined the Web-based Collaboratory Lab (WebCollab, http://webcollab.iis.sinica.edu.tw) under the supervision of Director Der-Tsai Lee.
The WebCollab aimed to build a Web-based collaborative problem-solving environment to facilitate collaboration among researchers and practitioners over the Internet. After I joined as a project manager, we proposed an integrated project called ¡§ShareTone¡¨ (http://www.sharetone.org/) to realize this purpose. The ShareTone project comprises three main parts, i.e., (a) a knowledge management system, (b) a computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW) system, and (c) a teleconferencing system; I am directly involved in the first two subprojects. Users in the problem-solving environment can share pertinent information and ideas through a knowledge management mechanism and the teleconferencing system. They can also employ the CSCW warehouse to demonstrate their new findings and to solve a particular problem collaboratively.
When I decided to join the WebCollab, I considered that the research field pursued at the lab not only adhered to my interests but also supported my future research plans. In developing the ShareTone CSCW components, we built techniques for concurrent collaboration and utilities for 2D/3D visualization. Collaboration technologies can be extensively applied on an agent system with human-involved training, whereas visualization engagement has been proved to be successful in the enhancement of the quality of teaching, demonstration, and research activities. I plan to combine these research achievements with the subjects in my Ph.D. program, i.e., artificial intelligence, machine learning, and system modeling. This integration could lead to a simulation environment of multi-agent systems that can visualize collaborative behaviors among software agents and thus help researchers to observe mutual adaptive intelligence with the aid of human-based training. In the meantime, my current work concerning a knowledge map generator, a visual debugging system for geometric computing, and other e-learning techniques for learning by teaching is continuing. I also intend to launch projects in cooperation with the IIS, Academia Sinica, to upgrade these systems and to write related papers for possible publication in well-known journals.
My specialty focuses on artificial intelligence, visualization techniques and concurrent collaboration over the Internet. Relevant research based on these technologies is broad and promising. I am keen to cooperate with your group, and hope the cooperation leads to distinguished research subjects. I regard myself as a persistent person with intellectual curiosity, and I constantly work hard with enthusiasm and joy. Any consideration of collaboration is welcome and appreciated.