The IEEE New Initiative Committee and the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative
The IEEE New Initiative Committee (NIC) has been established since 2001 and it reports to the IEEE Board of Directors (BOD). The context of the program is doing new things and encouraging IEEE innovation in the forms of program, service or product that will provide significant benefit and lasting impact to IEEE and its members, the public or the technical community. Funding of the programs are in two forms – single year seed grants under US$40K each, or multi-year new initiative programs which may be up to US$1M or above. The IEEE Digital Reality Initiative was recommended by NIC to the IEEE for support from 2020-2022 which serves to explore and enable the coming Digital Transformation through collaboration among technologists, engineers, regulators, and ethicists around the world.
Technologies involved in the initiative are augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), Digital Twins, sensors, actuators, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). In this talk, Professor Fung will share his experience on the operation of NIC for anyone who may be interested in the funding opportunity. He will also introduce Digital Reality Initiative with its relevant resources which could be useful to students and researchers in this discipline.
Emeritus Professor Chun Che Lance Fung (馮振枝) was trained and worked as a Marine Radio and Electronic Officer in Hong Kong during the 70’s. He graduated with a B.Sc. Degree with First Class Honours and a M.Eng. Degree from the University of Wales in early 80’s. His PhD Degree was awarded by the University of Western Australia, with a thesis on Artificial Intelligence and Power System Engineering, under the supervision of late Professor Kit Po Wong (黃杰波). Lance has taught at Singapore Polytechnic (1982-1988), Curtin University (1989-2003), and, Murdoch University from 2003 where he was appointed Emeritus Professor in 2015. His roles have included Associate Dean of Research, Postgraduate Research Director and Director of the Centre for Enterprise Collaborative in Innovative Systems. He has supervised to completion over 31 doctoral students and published over 334 academic articles. His contributions can be viewed at IEEE Xplore, ResearchGate, Google Scholar and Scopus. Lance has been a dedicated volunteer for the IEEE for over 25 years in various positions in Chapters, WA Section, Australia Council, Region 10 Executive Committee, the IEEE SMC Society Board of Governors plus many other IEEE committees. Lance continues his research and supervision of postgraduate students and his motto is “Learning has no Boundary”. His profile is located at: http://profiles.murdoch.edu.au/myprofile/lance-fung/ and his personal website, Lancefung.net.
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