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Academic bridge between China and Australia: the 2018 CAPS Research Symposium

日期:2018年12月16日     CAPS Renyuan Ouyang

 

Over 400 professors, young scholars and Ph.D. students from over ten different specialized areas attended the “11th Research Symposium for Chinese Ph.D. Students and Scholars in Australia” at the Swinburne University of Technology on the 1st of December 2018.

 

Hosted by the Chinese Association of Professionals and Scholars (CAPS) Australia, the symposium was an annual academic conference aimed at fostering academic exchange and research innovation among Chinese scholars and professionals in Australia. It was co-organised by Australia Chinese Association for Biomedical Sciences, Association of Students & Scholars Sponsored by Chinese Scholarship Council and Federation of Chinese Scholars in Australia.

 

 

Dr. Wenjie Ye, president of CAPS, said that the association has always strived to be a bilateral bridge for China-Australia academic exchange and an interactive multidisciplinary platform to contribute to scientific research.

 

“This event is about science, it’s about innovation, it’s about the exchange of ideas and social communication,” he added.

 

Prof. Aleksandar Subic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) from Swinburne University of Technology, said the university has been actively building academic and industrial connection within the Asia-Pacific.

 

He said, “we’ve established a good partnership with many places in China and achieved remarkable results in promoting 3D printing.”

 

 

After Prof. Subic’s speech, Prof. Alan Kin-tak LAU, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance and Development), Swinburne University of Technology, provided a more detailed overview of the university and its international collaboration strategy.

 

The symposium invited the President of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Prof. Xinghuo Yu to deliver the first keynote speech. By talking about how a simple solution can help solve complex problems, Prof. Yu encouraged the audience to examine the society we are living in as a network-based system. Upon analyzing “Australia's sugar production process” and “SMART'grid energy Internet”, he emphasized how humans can learn from the natural mechanism to meet the challenge brought by Industry 4.0.

 

Prof. Jiti Gao from Monash Business School, elected fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, was the second keynote speaker. He shared his expertise on using statistics to analyse and interpret a series of vivid and closely related examples including climate change, economics, energy supply, child development, Chinese and Western educational differences, and financial and social networks. He said that economists should make full use of big data and practical models to analyse social issues to provide sufficient evidence to support decision-making.

 

An interesting discussion was initiated in the third keynote speech, delivered by Prof. Qinglong Han, on the topic of Control Theory and Control Engineering from the Swinburne University of Technology. Prof. Han used the example of driving to allow the audience to better understand what is a controller-based system. He highlighted that when people are driving, people and cars constitute an operating system, and even though people are the controllers of the system, they are considered as one.

 

 

Nine parallel sessions covering a wide range of research areas were also a key component of the symposium. The sessions included Mathematics and Physics, Computer Science and IT, Chemistry Chemical engineering and Material, Economics Business and Management, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities (Art, History, Law, Education, Politics and Philosophy), Biomedical and Health Sciences, Civil, Environmental and Agricultural Engineering.

 

The symposium also featured a Careers Fair, which attracted over 20 institutions and research centres from both China and Australia. A Career and Industry Connection session was held as part of the Careers Fair. It provided invaluable employment opportunities and job seeking advice to our PhD candidate attendees. ​

 

 

Another highlight of the day was the “Three-minute Oral Competition Presentation”. Eight participants battled for the best presentation award, explaining their research in just merely three minutes. This session allowed young scholars to summarize, communicate, and promote their scientific research in lay terms to a well educated general audience.

 

Consulate General of China in Melbourne, Mr. Jian Zhao, said in his opening remark that Victoria has always contributed and supported the development of research and education in Australia. It has also consistently and actively sought cooperation with China. Last November, Victoria signed the 'One Belt, One Road' cooperation agreement, which will create more opportunities for scientific research and exchange of education between China and Victoria.