The Ministry of Education recently announced the recipients of the 60th Academic Award, amongst whom are four NTHU faculty members: Prof. Kingman Cheung of the Department of Physics, Prof. Jang-ping Sheu of the Department of Computer Science, Prof. Kuang Mei of the Department of Linguistics, and Prof. Sheng-tsaing Tseng of the Institute of Statistics.
Kingman Cheung: Outstanding Contributions in Collider Physics and Electroweak Symmetry Breaking
Prof. Kingman Cheung completed his Ph.D. in physics in 1992 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in August 2003 joined NTHU’s Physics Department. His research focuses on theoretical particle physics and particle physics phenomenology, especially their application in colliders.
Prof. Cheung’s research centers on the most fundamental questions in physics: the origin of mass, a unified theory of energy, the structure of space-time, and the properties of dark matter. To date, over 160 of his research papers have been published in leading academic journals, including eight published by Physical Review Letters.
In recognition of his many accomplishments in collider physics and electroweak symmetry breaking, he was awarded the Thomson-Reuter Research Front Award in 2011 and elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013. In 2016 he received the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Outstanding Research Award.
Upon receiving this award, Prof. Cheung thanked his colleagues at the Department of Physics for sharing his teaching and administrative duties so that he could give full attention to his research. In addition, he thanked his colleagues for their invaluable collaborations, especially Professors Tzu-Chiang Yuan of Academia Sinica, Wai-Yee Keung of University of Illinois at Chicago, Jae-Sik Lee of Korea, and Po-Yan Tseng, Chih-Ting Lu and Jung Chang. Without the hard works and contributions of these people, he would not have the present achievements.
He also thanked his wife and daughter for their encouragement, support, and understanding. Finally, he acknowledged the special grace of God in all his achievements, adding that he plans to dedicate his future research to the glory of God.
Jang-ping Sheu: Internationally Acclaimed Researcher on Wireless Networks
Prof. Sheu earned his doctorate in computer science at NTHU in 1987. He specializes in the Internet of things and wireless networks, and has garnered international acclaim for his work in the areas of wireless communications and mobile computing.
As a result of his many accomplishments in the field of computer science, he has won three Outstanding Research Awards from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Distinguished Engineering Professor Award of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, the K.T. Li Breakthrough Award of the Institute of Information & Computing Machinery (IICM), the Y.Z. Hsu Scientific Chair Professorship, and the Pan Wenyuan Outstanding Research Award; in 2009 he was elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
In addition to presenting his research at numerous conferences and in many well-known international journals, Sheu has made many outstanding contributions in the areas of technology transfer and software and hardware system implementation. Octopus, a wireless sensor hardware series designed by Sheu and transferred to a number of manufacturers, won the 2012 NTHU Outstanding Contribution Award for Industry-Academia Cooperation. In 2011 and 2013 his teaching materials on wireless sensor networks won the Excellent Award from the Ministry of Education’s Pilot Program to Promote Network Communication Talent.
Sheu said that receiving this most recent award is a major encouragement and affirmation of the research he and his research team have been conducting for the past three decades. He also expressed gratitude to NTHU for providing a supportive research environment, and to his family for their companionship and steadfast support.
Kuang Mei: Eminent Scholar of Sinology and Chinese Grammar
After earning his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Harvard University in 1972, Kuang Mei returned to teach in Taiwan. Since then, apart from taking a leave to teach at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 2 years and various short-term teaching appointments at foreign universities, he has devoted all his efforts to the promotion of sinology and linguistic studies in Taiwan. When NTHU set up the Department of Chinese Language and Literature in 1980, Mei was appointed as its first chair. Afterwards, he was actively involved in the establishment of a number of other liberal arts departments at NTHU, including the Department of Foreign Languages, the Institute of History, and the Institute of Linguistics.
Mei's academic research can be divided into linguistics and sinology. In the field of linguistics, together with Prof. Ting-chi Tang, Mei pioneered the application of syntactic theory to the field of Chinese grammar. During the 1980s Mei conducted a number of surveys which shed new light on the syntax of the aboriginal languages of Taiwan. In the 1990's, he conducted extensive fieldwork on the Tibeto-Burman languages in northwestern Yunnan.
With a background in Chinese literature, Mei has extensive knowledge of ancient books, especially the philological literatures of the pre-Qin period. Following his retirement, he spent three years writing his latest book, A Survey of Ancient Chinese Grammar, which summarizes the results of his decades of research on the syntactic structure of Chinese, Austronesian, and Tibeto-Burman.
In his acceptance speech Prof. Mei said that he is honored to receive this award. He also indicated that since linguistics has established a solid foundation in Taiwan, he hopes that more distinguished scholars could be recognized for their research efforts, so that the general public will have a greater understanding of the field of linguistics.
Sheng-tsaing Tseng: Statistical Methodologies and Applications in High-tech Industry
After obtaining his doctoral degree in Management Sciences from Tamkang University in 1982, Tseng taught at the National Taiwan Institute of Technology (now the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology). In 1995, he joined NTHU Institute of Statistics. Tseng won three Outstanding Research Awards by the National Science Council. In addition to his teaching and research, he currently serves as an Associate Editor of Technometrics, an important journal in the field of industrial statistics.
Tseng's main research areas include reliability analysis and run-to-run process control. As for the former, in his work on assessing the lifetime information of highly-reliable products, he has constructed the Exponential Dispersion (ED) degradation model to investigate the optimal design of an accelerated degradation test (ADT) for highly-reliable products (including the determinations of stress levels, sample sizes, and termination times). This ED model provides a systematic approach to testing the lifetime of highly-reliable products.
In addition, for the IC manufacturing processes involving a multi-input and multi-output dynamic model, Tseng has constructed the MEWMA feedback controller and the major contribution of this controller is that the global stability conditions can be easily satisfied even when the process dynamic and disturbance dynamic occurred simultaneously.
Prof. Tseng said that he is honored to receive this recognition for his research, and thanked the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education for their financial support. He also thanked his family for their ongoing support and care. Finally, Tseng said that he is most grateful to all the students he has directed, adding that "To work with this group of talented students to achieve excellent research results is the driving force of my research projects."
Professor Kingman Cheung of the Department of Physics.
Professor Jang-ping Sheu of the Department of Computer Science.
Professor Emeritus Kuang Mei of the Department of Linguistics.
Professor Sheng-tsaing Tseng of the Institute of Statistics.