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On Research Taste

By Dah Ming Chiu

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On this wonderful occasion of celebrating Professor Yu-Chi Ho’s 75 years birthday, I want to write a few words to show our appreciation for Professor Ho’s teaching and contribution to society. Academic Legacy After I finished my PhD degree at Harvard (under the supervision of Professor Ho), I went to work in industry- first at Bell Labs, followed by a long career at DEC and Sun Labs. More than twenty years later, I went back to academia in 2002, to teach at The Chinese University of Hong Kong where I have remained since. As we all know, a big ingredient of university life is doing research, and the fun part of this job is that you have a great deal of autonomy in deciding what you do. Furthermore, you are in the position to influence others, your students and other colleagues in the research community, in defining what is valuable and interesting to work on. Your choices, here I loosely refer to as one’s research taste, does not only shape your research output, but also influence others, especially your students. This i

Year: 2009
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