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Panel discussion "Spark Up Your Life by Research" - QCIS & FEIT, UTS

Panel discussion with PhD students and ECRs from QCIS & FEIT.

Doing research is a lofty profession where you are the vanguard of science and technology with the opportunity to change the world through your innovative ideas. It is full of fun, excitement and ongoing challenge. Although they work in various areas, young researchers always have common issues.


A good way to find answers is to learn from world-renowned Professors. QCIS has organised this panel discussion for research students and Early Career Researchers consisting of three distinguished Professors, who will answer your research-related questions. The purpose of the panel is to promote students’ existing thinking patterns in research and, in turn, help them generate new ways of thinking in terms of their own research, as well as future directions.


The panel is:


-        Distinguished Professor Mingsheng Ying, Research Director, QCIS

-        Professor Mary-Anne Williams, Associate Dean, Research and Director, Innovation and Enterprise Reseach Laboratory, QCIS

-        Professor Dacheng Tao, Member, QCIS

-        Panel Chair: Prof Chengqi Zhang, DirectorQCIS andARC College Member


The panel will hold two sessions. In the first, each panel member will give a 10 minute presentation to answer a set of common questions regarding research.  

In the second session, panel members will answer open questions from the floor. Anyone in the audience will be able to ask any research-related question of any, or all three panel members. 

Supervisors and staff are welcome to attend and join in the discussion. Please ensure you RSVP to Barbara Munday (details below) to book your place at this event. To avoid disappointment we recommend you book as soon as possible because seats are limited and booking up fast – first in, first served.

Panel details are :

Panel Title:         Spark up your life by research

Panel Members:  Distinguished Professor Mingsheng Ying, Professor Mary-Anne Williams, Professor Dacheng Tao

Panel Chair:        Professor Chengqi Zhang

Date:                  Monday, 3 December 2012

Time:                  2:00pm to 4:00pm  

Venue:                Building 2, Level 4, Room10

RSVP:                 Email to Barbara Munday ( by 16 November 2012


Panel Members Bios:
Distinguished Professor Mingsheng Ying
graduated from Fuzhou Teachers College in Jiangxi province, China, in 1981. He is now a Distinguished Professor with the Centre for Quantum Computation & Intelligent Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and Cheung Kong Professor with the State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Systems, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (the top University in China).

His research interests are quantum computation and quantum information, formal methods and logics in computer science, and foundations of artificial intelligence. He has published more than 100 high-quality papers in various international journals, including the field review paper in the Artificial Intelligence Journal. His recent breakthrough research on “Floyd-hoare logic for quantum programs” builds a logical foundation of programming methodology for quantum computers. One of the referees described Prof Ying’s contribution as: "One of the landmarks in the development of the theory of quantum programming languages". The paper has been published by the first class journal, ACM Transactions on Programming Language and Systems in 2011.

Professor Mary-Anne Williams is the Associate Dean (Research and Development) in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. She holds a Research Chair at UTS, is Director of the Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory of QCIS, also known as the Magic Lab, and the founder of UTS Robot Soccer Team. She had been Head of Information Systems, Assistant Dean (Teaching and Learning) and Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle before joining UTS.

Mary-Anne Williams is a Fellow at the Stanford Law School’s Center for Legal Informatics and Guest Professor of Robotics at the University of Science and Technology China (One of the top 5 Universities in China and the only one directly led by the top research institution of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS). Mary-Anne is a leading authority in Robotics and ICT, and has over a hundred publications many in high impact research outlets including in the leading Artificial Intelligence Journal, and conferences such as the International Joint Conference in Artificial Intelligence. Mary-Anne works closely with industry partners including IBM, Play Communications, Google, Willow Garage and Visual Risk to ensure her research has relevance and impact. She organizes industry-oriented events, and has developed several new models for decision making in open, complex, uncertain and dynamic environments
in a wide range of important application areas from robotics to risk management. Mary-Anne is an Executive Director and Past President of KR Inc., an International Scientific Research Foundation. She served as a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts, and subsequently acted as a Consultant for the ARC.

Mary-Anne is currently Chair of Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative 2011-2013. She is Review Editor for the Artificial Intelligence Journal, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the American Artificial Intelligence Association/MIT Press, the Journal of Social Robotics, the Artificial General Intelligence Journal, and the Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems. She has coordinated degree programs and held a wide range of leadership and executive positions from Head of Information Systems to Associate Dean (Research and Development) where she demonstrated her strong commitment to excellence in governance, research, teaching and learning, and industry engagement. Mary-Anne has extensive experience leading multidisciplinary research groups and is Chief Investigator of 11 Australian Research Council Discovery and Linkage Projects; she led 8 as First CI and collaborated on 6 with International Partner Investigators. Mary-Anne gives keynote addresses at international conferences and public events including a recent high profile panel at Stanford University on Robots in Society. Mary-Anne’s outstanding research has also been recognized through a number of prestigious awards including the 1994 Australasian Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Computing Science Association, a 2007 IBM Faculty Award rarely bestowed on Australian based researchers, a Commonwealth Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Science, a Pauli Fellowship from the Austrian Government, and a British Council Fellowship. Mary-Anne is an active leader in a wide range of national and international professional societies, and currently Chair of the Knowledge and Innovation Interest Group in the Strategic Management Society.

Professor Dacheng Tao is a Professor in QCIS, and in FEIT. His research interests lie in the application of statistics and mathematics for data analysis problems in machine learning, data mining and engineering, computer vision, image processing, multimedia, video surveillance and neuroscience.
He received his BEng degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (one of the top five Universities in China). He gained his MPhil degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and his PhD from the University of London. Previously, he worked as a
Nanyang endorsed academic staff member in the Nanyang Technological University, and as an Assistant Professor in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

He has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific articles at top venues including IEEE T-PAMI, T-IP, T-SP, T-NNLS, T-KDE, CVPR, ECCV, AISTATS, ICDM; ACM Multimedia and KDD, with best paper awards, such as the best theory/algorithm paper runner up award in IEEE ICDM’07. He has published more than 50 A* papers to date.

He received a K C WONG Education Foundation Award from the Chinese Academic of Sciences (CAS) and was a runner up for the Outstanding Young Researcher in Image & Vision Computing award. He was/is a guest editor for 10 special issues, and is an editor of 10 journals, including
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Part B (T-SMCB), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (T-CSVT), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (T-KDE), Pattern Recognition (Elsevier), Signal Processing (Elsevier), and Computational Statistics & Data Analysis (Elsevier).

Panel Chairman:  Professor Chengqi Zhang has been a Professor of Information Technology at The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) since December 2001. He has been the Director of the UTS Priority Investment Research Centre for Quantum Computation & Intelligent Systems (QCIS) since April 2008. He has been Chairman of the Australian Computer Society’s National Committee for Artificial Intelligence since November 2005.

He obtained his Bachelor degree from Fudan University in 1982, his MSc from Jilin University in 1985, his PhD from Queensland University in 1991, and a Doctor of Science (DSc – Higher Doctorate) from Deakin University in 2002, all in Computer Science.

His research interests mainly focus on Data Mining. He has published more than 200 research papers and delivered 12 keynote/invited speeches at international conferences. He has attracted nine Australian Research Council grants. In 2011 he received the UTS Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Research Leadership Award and the NSW Science and Engineering Award in the Engineering and Information and Communications Technology category.



3 December 2012
14:00 - 16:00
City - Broadway CB02 Level 4, Room 10
All Welcome
Barbara Munday

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