Two new Chair Professors joined CityU on 1 August: Professor Frances F. Yao of Department of Computer Science and Professor Wu Hung-I of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics.
Professor Frances Yao, Professor (Chair) and concurrent Head of Department of Computer Science, received her PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following faculty appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign", Brown University and Stanford University, Professor Yao led a distinguished career at Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre, where she assumed the position of Principal Scientist in 1998. A prominent researcher in theoretical computer science, Professor Yao's work is highly influential in the areas of computational geometry and algorithms. Professor Yao is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Professor Wu Hung-I, Professor (Chair) of Chinese, obtained his BA, MA and PhD from National Taiwan University (NTU). Before joining the University, he was Full Professor in the Department of Chinese at NTU (1971-1994) and Professor (Chair) of Chinese Language and Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1994-2003). A brilliant researcher, Professor Wu's publications have covered an astounding range in terms of time periods and genres in the history of Chinese literature. He has published works on ancient poetry and philosophy such as the Confucian Analects and the Book of Songs. His 1998 anthology Qingdai Wenxue Piping Lunji gives persuasive arguments on the literary reconstruction of the Ming-Qing literati culture. Professor Wu has also contributed a great deal to Chinese language education in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and serves as a member to several educational committees and editorial boards.