IVI MONTHLY SEMINAR – WHAT IS A PHD? A Personal view by Prof. Dr. Wai Kiang (Albert) YeapIVI MONTHLY SEMINAR – WHAT IS A PHD? A Personal view by Prof. Dr. Wai Kiang (Albert) Yeap

Dear all Postgrads students of IVI and FTSM,
The Institute of Visual Informatics (IVI) is organsing a Seminar again and all postgrads students are invited.

Details are as follows:
Date : 22 May 2014 (Thursday)
Time : 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Vanue: Auditorium, Level 2, 2nd Library, UKM
Talk : What is a PhD? – A personal view
Speaker: Professor Dr. Wai Kiang (Albert) Yeap (Director for the Centre of Artificial Intelligence Research, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand).
Abstract: This is, rightly so, an important question since the degree is (almost) the highest award given by any University. Yet, the answers one often get are, at best, mind-boggling or at worst, ineffectual. For instance, one often heard that a PhD must be an original piece of research that has helped advance one’s field of study in a significant way. This statement leaves many PhD students (and supervisors) debate for years the notions of originality and significance. In this talk, I would like to share my view of what a PhD is about and why it is not just any piece of research, no matter how original or significant. Audience participation is highly encouraged in this talk; so come and share your view. A Supplementary Talk: Professor Yeap will also take the last 15 minutes to present an overview of his work on developing a theory of spatial cognition using robots Speaker: Professor Yeap is the Director for the Centre of Artificial Intelligence Research at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He is passionate about doing research in aI; his emphasis is on what Intelligence is rather than making machines that appear to be intelligent. Currently he is working on a theory of spatial cognition (using robots) and a theory of how children understand language. He publishes his work in the AI Journal, IJCAI and Cognitive Sciences.
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