The founding ceremony of “Southeast University Shing-Tung Yau Center” was held on July 7th . It was also the first symposium of the center. Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, foreign academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harvard University Prof. Shing-Tung Yau, academician of National Electric Power Research Institute Xue Yusheng, member of the CPPCC, vice chairman of Jiangsu Provincial CPPCC, vice president of Nanjing University, Prof. Cheng Chongqing, former secretary of the party committee of Nanjing Normal University, Prof. Song Yongzhong, Chief Executive Officer of Shing-Tung Yau Center of National Chiao Tung University, dean of the Department of Applied Mathematics, Prof. Lin Wenwei, etc., attended the meeting. President of Southeast University, academician Zhang Guangjun issued the center directer appointment letter for academician Shing-Tung Yau, and they inaugurated “Southeast University Shing-Tung Yau Center” together. Vice president of Southeast University, Prof. Wu Gang hosted the ceremony and read the feasibilty document of the center.
President Zhang Guangjun gave a speech on behalf of the university. He expressed congratulations for the establishment of the center, and welcome and gratitude for the presence of honored guests. He pointed out that basic science is the theoretical foundation of other scientific disciplines and technologies. It has a deep influence on the scientific and technical change. In recent years, Southeast University centered on the construction of outstanding science department, promoted the construction of teaching staff team and nationalization, and facilitated the combination of science, engineering, and medical science. Prof. Shing-Tung Yau is one of the world’s most prestigious scientists and has an important influence both at home and abroad. This internationalized research center will improve the development of science department and the construction of Double First-rate University of SEU. President Zhang also expressed his special thanks to Prof. Yau and his support. Southeast University will cooperate with Prof. Yau on the development of the center and the construction of First-rate University. At last, he hopes that under the leading of Prof. Yau, the center will concentrate on research, industrial development, and talent training for artificial intelligence. He also hopes that the first-rate research team and platform will generate top research results and cultivate outstanding talents.
Prof. Shing-Tung Yau pointed out that Southeast University has unique advantages on the combination of science and engineering. Basing on SEU’s engineering application background and international horizon, the center will carry out frontier science research of artificial intelligence with the combination of science, engineering, and medical science. He hopes that the center will contribute to the development of SEU, Jiangsu province and the country, and lead to the advance of technology. During the founding ceremony, Prof. Shing-Tung Yau also gave a speech titled “the Prospect of Artificial Intelligence”.
Vice president of Nanjing University, Prof. Cheng Chongqing, former secretary of the party committee of Nanjing Normal University, Prof. Song Yongzhong, Chief Executive Officer of Shing-Tung Yau Center of National Chiao Tung University, Prof. Lin Wenwei, made speeches respectively as representatives of brother university, experts and the team. Experts including academician of National Electric Power Research Institute Xue Yusheng made academic reports for the first symposium.
During the conference, president Zhang Guangjun and vice president Wu Gang met with Prof. Shing-Tung Yau and listened to his advice on the future development of the center. President Zhang Guangjun voiced that the university will provide strong support to promote its development.
Prof. Shing-Tung Yau is the leading scholar of mathematics and physics around the world, and one of the most influential contemporary scientists. He is the winner of Fields Medal, Crafoord Prize, Wolf Prize in Mathematics, etc.. In recent years, he cooperated with Southeast University on scientific research and education, especially large-scale scientific computation, information, etc.. In July 2016, he was appointed as honorary professor of Southeast University. In the following year, Shing-Tung Yau Center was founded officially as a result of the efforts of both sides and policies such as “Nobel Prize Town”. The center will adopt a series of new policies on research and talents cultivation. The initial period of construction will concentrate on computation geometry and application, large-scale scientific computation and media imaging, data science and intelligent technology, medical imaging and simulated mathematical mechanical model of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, smart grid modeling and electric system high performance computing. It will carry out high-leveled scientific research based on the interdiscipline advantage.