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*     The 25th Academicians of Academia Sinica have been elected on July 8 at the 26th Academicians’ Meeting.


*     Director Lee’s address on being elected Academician (July 13, 2004)


I felt honored and fortunate to be elected as Member of the Academia Sinica in 2004! I am indebted to many people for this honor. First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Andy Chih-Chi Yao, Dr. C. L. Liu, Dr. Tai-Ping Liu, Dr. Jeff Wu and Dr. Wen-Hsiung Li for their nomination. I am also grateful to President Yuen-Tseh Lee, who gave me this opportunity to work at the Institute of Information Science (IIS), Academia Sinica and be able to meet so many great people, to Vice President Ovid Tzeng, who cares about me and IIS, and to members of the Advisory Committee, especially Dr. Ernest Kuh, Dr. H. T. Kung, Dr. Eugene Wong, Dr. William Wang, Dr. C. L. Liu and Dr. Jane Liu, for their constant guidance and support. This honor is dedicated to my late parents, who had nurtured me and provided me with an environment for self-independence and self-growth!


I have been working as Director of IIS for the last six years. I really appreciate the dedication and teamwork of my colleagues at IIS. Past Deputy Directors, including Dr. Ting-Yi Sung, Dr. Mark Liao, Dr. Meng-Chang Chen, Dr. Jan-Ming Ho, and Dr. Tsan-Sheng Hsu, and the current Deputy Directors, Dr. Lee-Feng Chien and Dr. Tyng-Ruey Chuang, have helped me tremendously with the day-to-day business of IIS. On the one hand, they have gained while serving for IIS, some administrative experience, but on the other, they have made great sacrifice for the sake of IIS. Without their support I would not have been able to survive the workload. Most importantly I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my wife and my “boss”. Without her constant care and sustained support, I could not have been able to devote fully to my work and to be what I am today. Without her encouragement to go abroad 30 years ago to further my study, which has changed my life, I would not have been able to do what I’m doing now in academia.


Today I have received so much blessing from many people for this honor. In the meantime I have also felt much greater responsibility endowed upon me. What President Lee said in his welcoming speech of the newly elected Academicians made me feel uneasy for fear of being unable to meet the high expectations of an Academician.


My research specialty in computer science is in design and analysis of algorithms, i.e., to use computers to solve problems in an efficient manner. In this area we investigate the complexity of a computational problem, analyze the effectiveness of different solutions, and design the best possible one. I have been applying this practice to tackle problems encountered in our daily life. When I joined IIS six years ago, I told our colleagues that my own attitude toward work has been to always seek excellence and treat everything with respect. I left them with a message to remember: “Every job is a self portrait of those who did it. Autograph your work with quality” in my acceptance speech as Director of IIS.


I enjoy work, especially in a free and congenial atmosphere. I have been like that imagesince I was young. My wife knows me more than anybody else. She found a comic with a script: “I love work. I can dream about it for hours” and posted on the door of my office.  To me, I consider my work not just a job, but a profession. My staff members adhere to quality, efficiency and outcome. They have high sense of responsibility and honor, and have a conviction that only when you respect and cooperate with people and do quality work will you win others’ respect and recognition. Every one must play his or her role in order to move an enterprise forward.


Work never stops. And we must learn to make best use of time and be efficient. Occasionally we do need to make sacrifices in order to catch up what has lagged behind. What I do is to sacrifice my time for sleep and for leisure. But I’m not sure if it is the best practice though.


This year we have four institute directors earning this honor. President Lee said at the press conference on July 8, 2004 that it is awfully difficult to keep up with research while holding an administrative position.


To me, research is what you do on your own. You must have devotion and concentration. The power or driving force of a researcher comes from motivation and curiosity for truth. Start with something you know, and explore the unexplored and the unknown. On the other hand, to handle administrative work you need to have a strong staff with high working morale, cooperative and sharing a common goal to achieve excellence. In the past six years I have been fortunate to have such a team to work with me.


With the young people I would like to share my personal experience. “Arrogance incurs harm and humility induces benefit” and “Only when you study will you know your deficiency” are my mottos. I subscribe to these general principles when working with people, dealing with business or even studying to improve myself. One should cultivate personal characteristics of being compassionate, humble and respectful to the elders, to the youth and to the wiser. Always finish with grace what you started. Be always kind and willing to offer help to others. We shall learn at anytime, and at any place in order to be able to keep abreast with the fast changing development pace in the era of high technology. In this human-centered society, we must learn to interact with people. The following 3R principle, Respect, Responsibility and Resilience, is what I adhere to. Always respect people and be serious about your job. Be responsible for what you do and represent. And always do your best. Be resilient like a rubber band; never give up when encountering obstacles, and do perpetuate and prevail with even greater force when making a rebound. Tackle the problems face to face and make the best use of the situation as the saying goes: “When life hands you lemons, why not make lemonade?”



Press conference held at the Academia Sinica on July 8, 2004.

Four Institute Directors were elected as Academician, 2004.

Courtesy (Liberty Times July 9, 2004)


image IIS faculty held a celebratory party in honor of the newly elected-Academician Lee on July 9th.