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Professor Andrew Chi Chih Yao Speaks at Tsinghua Forum

July 11,2008


Tsinghua Professor and Turing Award Winner Andrew Chi-chih Yao  delivered a speech on July 7th to the Tsinghua Forum entitled “China’s Road toward the Turing Award”. Academician Qian Yi hosted the speech. Tsinghua University Council Chairman Chen Xi and Tsinghua Vice President Chen Xu were also in attendance.

During his talk, Professor Yao emphasized the importance of developing world-class disciplines in building a world-class university. “A world-class university should cultivate top graduates and do first-class research,” said Professor Yao. He analyzed the development of computer science in China, especially at Tsinghua University, noting the important role of making innovations in computer science research.

Professor Yao has been on the faculty at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Princeton University. In 2004 he left Princeton to become a Professor of Computer Science at Tsinghua University. He was the recipient of the prestigious A.M. Turing Award in 2000 for his “fundamental contributions to the theory of computation, including the complexity-based theory of pseudorandom number generation, cryptography, and communication complexity.”