by Jorge Cham
Subject:   Dr. Robert Yung, Director & Chief Technologist, Intel China Research Center, "Intel Research in China: Smart Computing for the Future"
Sponsor:   US-Japan Technology Management Center
Date:   Thursday, November 11, 1999
Time:   4:15pm - 5:30pm
Location:   Skilling Engineering Auditorium [look for it in a campus map]
Event URL:   http://www.stanford.edu/~viji/
Sponsor URL:   http://fuji.stanford.edu
Part of Our Public Lecture Series: TRANSFORMATION OF R & D IN EAST ASIA & JAPAN Free Admission * Light Refreshments ABSTRACT: The Internet has generated a wave of creativity and growth that is sweeping the world and changing lives. For the vast majority of people in Asia, however, the Internet revolution has not yet arrived. The Internet will only become a significant part of life in the Asia Pacific when people can easily use the computer in their local language to access local language sites and services. And that may not be as distant as you might think. To make computers easier to use, we need to integrate audio, video and images, and add a new component to enhance the computer as a communications device-- the Human-Computer Interface (HCI). HCI will have built-in intelligence and include speech recognition, speech synthesis, and natural language processing so that the PC can carry out a conversation with the user. With natural language understanding, computers will be able to understand the meaning of audio speech input, retrieve information from databases and the Internet, simultaneously translate between languages and dialects, provide real-time miss-critical decision supports, and of course, perform all the functions it does today. Ultimately, the computer will go beyond understanding what we want to anticipate what we need. SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Robert Yung, 36, is Director of Intel's China Research Center located in Beijing, China. The Intel China Research Center does applied research to improve personal computers' ease-of-use, with particular focus on the Internet and input technologies such as speech recognition. Dr. Yung is also the Chief Technologist for China. Prior to joining Intel, Dr. Yung was Sun Microsystems' Chief Technology Officer for Asia, and was a researcher at Sun Microsystems Laboratories. At Sun, he started the 64-bit Ultra-SPARC microprocessor program and co-invented the Visual Instruction Set, a multimedia instruction set extension to SPARC microprocessors. Earlier, he worked for S3 and Nexgen Microsystems, and was a co-founder of Xenologic Inc. Since 1998, Dr. Yung was Sun's Education and Technology Ambassador to Asia, and helped develop infrastructure and business in China. Dr. Yung helps build close ties between the academia and high tech industries in the U.S.A. and China. In March of 1997, Dr. Yung organized the CyberClassroom event during U.S. Vice President Gore's visit to China. This event demonstrated the feasibility, practicality, and affordability of distance learning-knowledge transfer between teachers and students in Cyberspace. Dr. Yung also organized a telemedicine event in Xi'an, and helped organize the InternetCafe event in Shanghai during President Clinton's state visit to China in 1998. Dr. Yung holds BA, MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been a visiting professor at the University since 1995. He is the author of 12 issued and over 20 pending patents, and has published extensively in technical journals and at industry conferences. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and has served on the Strategic Computing Working Group of the Association of Computing Machinery as well as the National Science Foundation.
Event history: Submitted by barrkat on 06-Nov-1999;
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