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NCKU Hosted The World’s Premier IEEE International Symposium – ISCAS 2009

Taipei, TAIWAN, May 25, 2009 --- The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) is staging an International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS 2009), a prestigious annual conference sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS), in Taipei International Convention Center from May 24 to 27, 2009, with a grand opening ceremony on May 25.

The symposium, starting with welcome remarks by Dr. Michael M.C. Lai of NCKU President, Dr. Lou-Chuang Lee, Minister of National Science Council, and Dr. Jhing-Fa Wang, General Co-Chair of ISCAS 2009, attracted a full house, including many honorable scholars and experts from around the world to share their pioneering researches achievements related to circuits and systems.

In the welcome address, President Lai of NCKU said that NCKU is proud to be an active player in this robust environment, particularly in the field of Circuits and Systems. He deemed holding ISCAS 2009 in Taiwan is very appropriate because Taiwan is a hotbed of electronic manufacturing and research/development.

President Lai stated that the theme of this ISCAS symposium is science and humanity, which is what science and technology in the 21st century should do for mankind. President Lai claimed that, as a medical scientist, he likes to make an analogy between Circuit and Systems with brain function. "Nerve cells (neuron) are the most functional units of the brain, and yet only when they are connected with circuits and integrated into systems will the brain make sense. Circuits and Systems do the same things for the electronics components", said President Lai. "Scientists and engineers in this field should be proud to be able to provide the finishing touches for the various components and ideas into the final products or systems," added President Lai.

President Lai also humorously claimed that, as a medical scientist, he can now declare himself to be a collaborator of the electronic and electrical engineers. He mentioned that science and technology have become increasingly interdisciplinary, as "The 19 sections in this symposium covers and integrated the fields of IC design, multimedia systems and applications, digital information processing, biomedical engineering, visual signals, communication, nanodevices, etc. which are all beyond the traditional electronics and electrical engineering".

President Lai believed that only ca. 45% of paper acceptance rate for presentation, i.e. 783 out of 1631 submitted papers, showed the robust state of this field and he think that exciting new advances will be unveiled during this meeting. He also hoped that this meeting will bring together academic and research institutions as well as industries together for collaborations in R&D and joint business ventures.

According to Dr. Jhing-Fa Wang, the General Co-Chair of ISCAS 2009, stated in the opening remark that the three-day symposium is featured with three world renowned scientists. On Monday morning, Professor Josef A. Nossek of Munich University of Technology was invited to make a keynote speech with the topic of "Do Communication Engineers Need Circuit Theory" and discussed the relation between communication and circuit theory. Dr. Josef A. Nossek is currently a full professor for circuit theory and signal processing at the Munich University of Technology and leads research on signal processing algorithms for communications, especially multiantenna systems.

Professor Ken Sakamura of the University of Tokyo will deliver a keynote speech on Tuesday morning (May 26), entitled "Human Centric Designs in TRON Project – TRON House and beyond". Dr. Ken Sakamura has been the leader of the Real-Time Operating System Nucleus (TRON) project which started in 1984 and has been active for more than 20 years now. In this talk, he will talk about how to use ubiquitous computing technique to design human-centric products and describe more details about TRON project.

On Wednesday morning (May 27), Dr. Johnsee Lee, the President of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan, will give attendees another keynote speech, entitled "Technology Innovations after the Perfect Storm". Dr. Johnsee Lee is currently the President of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the largest industrial technology R&D organization in Taiwan. His areas of technical expertise cover chemical, biochemical, and molecular technologies, and he has successfully led a national research program on biochips and biomaterial technologies development. Dr, Lee is the founder of the Biomedical Engineering Center and the Creative Lab at ITRI.

Dr. Jhing-Fa Wang, the General Co-Chair of ISCAS 2009, also stated that this symposium focuses on circuits and systems for Human Centric Smart Living Technologies since combination of human lives and technologies has become a trend in the world. He also attributed the success of ISCAS 2009 to the efforts of many people, including organizing committee, technical program committee, international steering committee, reviewers, authors and other contributors. He also extended special thanks to CASS Board of Governors, Executive Committee, and ISCAS Steering Committees for their support and cooperation, as well as domestic funding and support from Ministry of Education, National Science Council, Ministry of Economic Affairs and industrial contributors, like Media Tek Inc. and Chunghwa Telecom.

Dr. Lou-Chuang Lee, Minister of National Science Council, praised that ISCAS provides the world’s most premier networking forum for leading researchers in the highly active field of theory, design and implementation of circuits and systems. He also congratulated Professor Jhing-Fa Wang, the General Co-Chair of ISCAS 2009, President David J. Allstot of IEEE Circuits and System Society, and NCKU for arranging such a prominent conference that has assembled academic researchers and industry experts from 38 countries.

Dr. Lee mentioned that the human centric technology has become one of the global trends in the world. Unlike the product-oriented technology in the past, the human centric technology is to design products from the aspect of users, leading to a better, comfortable and intelligent life. This main theme of ISCAS 2009 is closely related to the future development in Taiwan. "National Science Council (NSC) was established 50 years ago to promote the development of science and technology in Taiwan. NSC provides fundings and is also in charge of all Science Parks in Taiwan. NSC has been providing a strong support and funding for both academics and industries to develop human centric smart technologies, which cover smart homes, smart transportation, and smart medicare system," add Dr. Lee.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional society, especially in electrical and electronics engineering and computer science. The IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CAS) encompasses 19 important technical areas including VLSI, IC design, power electronics, multimedia systems and applications, electronic circuits, digital signal processing, biomedical engineering, computer vision, communications, multimedia systems and applications, etc.

Being one of the largest conferences held in Taiwan for the Year 2009, ISCAS 2009 attracts participation of over 1000 researchers, professionals, and experts from 38 different countries, including USA, Canada, UK, Spain, Japan, Singapore, etc., coming to Taiwan to share and exchange their most advanced and recent research achievements and experiences.

This year’s conference program includes keynote speeches, lectures, posters, and special sessions, together with the newly added live demonstration and exhibitions. A total of 1631 papers were submitted to 17 regular tracks, from which 734 papers were accepted after careful peer-reviewing process. Such a low acceptance rate near ca. 45%, namely the lowest in recent years, does reveal the relatively high quality of accepted papers. These papers were organized into 88 lectures and 43 poster sessions distributed over the three-day conference. In addition to the regular technical programs, fourteen special sessions in prospective research areas, including two sessions organized by the IEEE GoLD and Technology Management Council, are also planed. Furthermore, in order to vividly animate state-of the-art research works in the most exciting and emerging areas within broad areas of circuits and systems, the ISCAS 2009 technical program has also innovatively incorporated a new track for live demonstration. NCKU will definitely play a key role in the introduction of these pioneering technologies into Taiwan with the aim of providing creative and beneficial developmental bases for domestic high-tech industries.

This annual symposium attracted many former CASS Presidents, including Dr. Bing J. Sheu of Year 2000, Dr. Hiri C. Reddy of Year 2001, Dr. Josef A Nossek of Year 2002, Dr. M.N.S. Swamy of Year 2004, Ellen Yoffa of Year 2006, Dr. Ljiljana Trajkovic of Year 2007, and Dr. Maciej Ogorzalek of Year 2008, as well as the incumbent CASS President, Dr. David J. Allstot.

About Circuits and Systems Society (CAS) from official website
The purposes of the Society are scientific, literary and educational in character, directed toward the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, and allied branches of engineering or the related arts and science, in order to increase the professional standing of the Members and Affiliates.

About National Cheng Kung University:
With three quarters of a century of distinguished history, and with well over 120,000 powerful alumni now dotting the globe, National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan, has evolved from its engineering genesis to become a powerful comprehensive, research and international university in Asia Pacific.

NCKU boats some of the biggest and brightest stars in the arts, the business world, education, science, technology and healthcare.

With 20,000 academic selective students and 1,100 significant academic faculty members NCKU has both a healthy dose of international flavor, enormous regional support.

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