EECS welcomes Empower the Teachers Visiting Faculty Shi and Tang

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 (All day)

The MIT Department Of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is pleased to welcome Professor Yuan Tang from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and Professor Bertram E. Shi from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prof. Shi, hosted by EECS Prof. Charles Sodini and Prof. Tang, hosted by EECS Prof. Arvind, are inaugural visiting faculty in the Department's Empower the Teachers Program.

Yuan Tang received his Bachelor's degree from Peking University in 1999, and his PhD degree in parallel computing at the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China in 2004. For his dissertation, Tang developed a light-weight user level communication protocol for MPI applications under the supervision of Prof. Jiachang Sun. Since 2006 he is an assistant professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, where his research and teaching are focused in the area of advanced computer architecture.

Bertram E. Shi (S'93-M'95-SM'00-F'01) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1987 and 1988.He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1994. Shi then joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon, Hong Kong, where he is currently a professor. His research interests are in bio-inspired and neuromorphic engineering, cellular neural networks, machine vision, image processing, and hardware implementations of neural networks. Bert Shi will be a recitation instructor in 6.02 this Fall.

Empower the Teachers was formed under the leadership of the EECS International Group including EECS faculty members Hal Abelson, Duane Boning, Franz Kaertner, Daniela Rus, and Charles Sodini, the committee's chair. The overall mission of EECS International is to promote international engagement for EECS students and faculty--under several programs including the VI-A International M.Eng. Thesis Program, the EECS MISTI opportunities for students and faculty and other efforts in addition to the Empower the Teachers Program.

In recognition of the synergy between teaching and research and the value of long term collaborative efforts, the Empower the Teachers Program encourages EECS faculty to share their curriculum and teaching methods with selected partners from around the world in both teaching and research. A truly global education program, Empower the Teachers enables foreign faculty to work side by side with EECS faculty and EECS TAs teaching core level EECS undergraduate classes. Participants will also conduct research during their stay at the Institute aided by EECS UROP students and/or EECS graduate students.

Following their experience at the Institute, participants in the Empower the Teachers Program will host MIT students, professors, and researchers at their home university building on long term collaborations.

Read more about EECS International.