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Professor C. L. Liu, the former President and Professor of Computer Science at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and currently a Visiting Professor in CityU's Department of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, gave a lecture on "Chessboards, Hats and Chinese Poetry: Some Rigorous and Not-So-Rigorous Mathematical Results" on 14 October 2003. The first of the series on Famous Scholars/Writers Lecture was jointly organised by the Library and Department of Computer Engineering and Information Technology.
Mathematics has always been viewed as a boring subject and people would not associate the subject with poetry or literature. At the lecture, Professor Liu, with his expertise in informational technology and computer engineering, used simple examples to illustrate some basic concepts in Discrete Mathematics and to cite incidental examples from Chinese poetry in an interesting appeal.
The world-acclaimed scientist Professor Liu is a member of Academia Sinica, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. He also received the IEEE Millennium Medal, and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Media in 2000. He also received the IEEE Computer Society, Real Time Systems Technical Committee 1999 Technical Achievement Award (inaugural winner) for his contributions in the area of real time scheduling, and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 1998 Technical Achievement Award for his contributions in the area of computer aided design of VLSI circuits.
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