What is funny about graduate school to you?

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I found a very fun and meaningful websit for Phd student.

http://www.phdcomics.com

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These two cartoons refelcts that sometimes, Phd just a work. we have to do that no matter we like it or not. And that is true when the Prof. said "You have nothing to lose". :D

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This one is more funny. After graduate, some guys get their faculty job, some guys goto industry, however, the rest of the Phd students become PostDocs .....

Finding a job is really a problem for every Phd student. It is better to prepare from the begining .....

How to flourish in graduate school?

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After I read the articles that discuss the life of graduate school, I realize many things. I think these articles are very helpful. They let me know how to succeed in graduate school.

Firstly, I think we need to find out why we are doing this. Why we came to Phd student? I think I have enough reasons to do this. Secondly, I need to and have already found that academia is a business. I should treat it like a job, otherwise I can not succeed. Next, the most important criteira to evaluate a graduate student is research achievement. And there are some personalities a graduate student should have to be successful in a graduate school, e.g. initiative, tenacity, and flexibility. Besides these, a graudate student should possess of certain skills, like interpersonal skills, organizational skills, communications skills and etc. In addition, choosing advisor and committee members is important as well. After we graduate, how to find a job is also a considerable issue.

Find a club/organization

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At present, I have not participated in any club or organization yet due to I am a complete new here. I dont know any club or organization.
Usually, I play basketball at Wednesday night, sometimes at Friday night as well. This basket game is general from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm, and most participators are Chinese graduate students. Because it is organized by The Penn State Chinese Friendship Association (CFA). In addtion, some of my friends play badminton, though I have not go there yet. But I think I will join them on one day.
Moreover, I heard there is a good club LateNight-PennState which give us a chance to relax at Thursday and Friday night. My friend Wen told me that the mission of LateNight-PennState is to make available to students quality late night entertainment during prime social times, namely 9:00pm through 2:00am (Friday and Saturday) and 9:00pm through midnight (Thursday). LateNight provides an alcohol-free environment with opportunities for students to gain experiences in programming, leadership development, and responsible social interaction. I believe I will try it, if I find anyone would like to go together.

Famous person in RFID -- Dr. Daniel W. Engels

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Dr. Daniel W. Engels is the committee chair of IEEE RFID conference 2009.  He is an associate Professor in the UT Arlington Department of Electrical Engineering and is the founding director of the Texas Radio Frequency Innovation and Technology Center. The Texas Center is a multi-disciplinary, multi-university research initiative dedicated to bringing intelligence and communication capabilities to all objects by exploring the fundamental technologies of and the applications of radio frequency identification, wireless communication, and sensor network technologies and systems. The vision of the Texas Center is a world of interactive, socially responsible, and intelligent everyday objects and devices. The Center's primary research focuses on healthcare and security applications and social and policy issues exposed by the adoption of wireless communication technologies and intelligent objects.

Dr. Engels is the former Research Director of the Auto-ID Labs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Engels spearheaded the Auto-ID Labs' transition from the Auto-ID Center to the Auto-ID Labs and EPCglobal, Inc., a non-profit organization. He is one of the principle architects of the EPC System, a system designed to connect physical objects to the Internet, and the principle product from the Auto-ID Center. The EPC System was licensed to EPCglobal Inc. in 2003. The EPC System is currently being adopted and deployed by the retail industry and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Engels was the first Chairman of the Hardware Action Group under EPCglobal, Inc. and was a member of EPCglobal's Technical Steering Committee (TSC) from its inception in 2003 until May 2005. The Hardware Action Group is the technical action group charged with developing the hardware standards, including radio frequency identification protocols, used within the EPC System. The TSC guides the work of all the technical action groups that develop EPCglobal's standards and recommends avenues of EPC System related research to the Auto-ID Labs.

Prior to his appointment as Research Director of the MIT Auto-ID Labs, Dr. Engels was the Director of Protocols for its predecessor, the Auto-ID Center. The Auto-ID Center, founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in October 1999, developed the EPC System and its related standards. As Director of Protocols, Dr. Engels led the development of two radio frequency identification (RFID) protocols, and he led the daily operational and research activities at the MIT Auto-ID Center. Dr. Engels is one of the original members of the team that formed in 1998 to develop what became known as the EPC System.

Dr. Engels has authored more than 30 articles published in peer reviewed conferences and journals.  His work includes seminal publications on the Reader Collision Problem, as well as articles on antenna design, the EPC System, VLSI computer aided design, theoretical complexity of scheduling problems, and programming languages.

Dr. Engels' broad research interests span the areas of radio frequency communications, sensor technologies, information systems, scheduling theory and applications, optimization algorithms, complexity theory, and the social and policy implications of technologies.  He is applying concepts from these areas to solve problems in embedded systems, mobile computing, electronic commerce, and applications of advanced and emerging technologies for security and in healthcare.

Dr. Engels received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his Master's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude, from the University at Buffalo.

As a new Phd student, I think I may borrow some information from the senior students in my RFID lab. My possible future publication places conferences/journal include: Information Systems Research, The European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, Operations Research, IEEE RFID and ACM.

Information Systems Research is a journal of INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Information Systems Research is a leading international journal of theory, research, and intellectual development, focused on information systems in organizations, institutions, the economy, and society. ISR has been constantly improving the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) impact factor score and is considered on e of the best journal in IS community.

The European Journal of Information Systems provides a distinctive European perspective on the theory and practice of information systems for a global audience. This journal encourages first rate research articles by academics, but also case studies and reflective articles by practitioners. It provides a critical view on technology, development, implementation, strategy, management and policy. The impact factor for EJIS is pretty high, although not as decent as ISR. Recently, EJIS has a special issue for RFID - Managing RFID Projects in Organizations. The theme of the special issue will be to discover the challenges faced by organizations in execution of RFID projects. It will address every aspect of RFID project management starting from requirements analysis, to implementation, and maintenance. This is quite relevant to the research in our RFID lab.

Information Systems Frontiers examines new research and development at the interface of information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) from analytical, behavioral, and technological perspectives. It provides a common forum for both frontline industrial developments as well as pioneering academic research. The journal's multidisciplinary approach draws from such fields as computer science, telecommunications, operations research, economics, and cognitive sciences. Among the emerging areas covered are enterprise modeling and integration, object/web technologies, information economics, IT integrated manufacturing, medical informatics, digital libraries, mobile computing, and electronic commerce. Both the Editorial Advisory Group and the Editorial Board feature outstanding individuals from academia and industry, ensuring that all the multiple frontiers in the IS/IT field are covered.

Operations Research (OR) is the flagship journal for operations research community. I try to publish papers on the two fields: i) methods and principles on data based operational systems; ii) observations and modeling of operating systems. The operational systems in my end include tracking systems, SCM (supply chain managment) systems.

As I mentioned in the previous blog, IEEE RFID 2009 addresses key topics and issues related to RFID technologies, their supporting distributed information systems and their applications. I got a paper accepted in IEEE RFID 2008. IEEE RFID 2009 is the third annual one. For the areas it features, I am interested in the followings: i) RFID Communication Protocols, including Coding, modulation and medium access schemes; ii) RFID Location Sensing, including novel system approaches, technologies and algorithms; iii) RFID security and privacy, including cryptographic protocols and privacy-enhancing techniques. The deadline of RFID 2009 is December 5, 2008, and the conference will be held in Orlando this year.

ACM SIGKDD: SIGKDD is the famous conference in knowledge discovery and data mining. I hope I can come out some papers on the two aspects on data mining: i) RFID data processing; ii) Optimizing supply chain using data mining technologies.

 

The Academic Communities of mine

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As we present last Thursday, I am interested in some academic communities, which include ICIS -- information construction information society, IEEE -- Institute Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and etc.

However, I think I will mainly focus on the RFID security and privacy issues. So I probably will attend academic communities in these areas. For example, CCS -- ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security,  IEEE RFID conference, ISR -- Information System Research.

ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security is the top security conference which is sponsored by ACM. It started since November, 1993, in Virginia, USA. The annual ACM Computer and Communications Security Conference is a leading international forum for information security researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. They invite submissions from academia, government, and industry presenting novel research on all theoretical and practical aspects of computer security, as well as case studies and implementation experiences.

IEEE RFID conference started since 2007, it is a very new conference. Next year, the conference addresses key topics and issues related to RF-based identification and communication systems, and will feature keynotes, presentations on technology advances and panel discussions on pressing topics. It brings together researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to share research results and knowledge in the areas of RFID technologies, their supporting large-scale distributed information systems and their applications.

As my friend Li Zang said, Information System Research is a journal of INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Information Systems Research is a leading international journal of theory, research, and intellectual development, focused on information systems in organizations, institutions, the economy, and society. ISR has been constantly improving the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) impact factor score and is considered on e of the best journal in IS community.

The senior student in my lab

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There is a senior student in my lab, Mithu Bhattacharya. She is a forth year student. Right now she is co-advised by Prof. Chao-Hsien Chu and Prof. Tracy Mullen, and she is doing her dissertation -- RFID implementation issue in consumer packaged  goods and pharmaceutical value chain.

During her Phd study, she has published some papers.

Mary Beth Rosson, Hansa Sinha, Mithu Bhattacharya, Dejin Zhao: Design Planning in End-User Web Development. VL/HCC 2007: 189-196.

Mithu Bhattacharya, Chao-Hsien Chu, Tracy Mullen. RFID Implementation in Retail Industry: Current Status, Issues, and Challenges, Decision Science Institute (DSI) Conference, Phoenix AZ, 2007.

Mithu Bhattacharya, Chao-Hsien Chu, Tracy Mullen. A Comparative Analysis of RFID Adoption in Retail and Manufacturing Sectors. 2008 IEEE International Conference on RFID, Volume 16, Issue 17, April 2008 Page(s):241 - 249.

Thus, she has already attended some conference, which are Decision Science Institute (DSI) Conference and IEEE International Conference on RFID.

Compare with her, the senior Phd student who has decided the research direction, I am a new graduate student who just join IST and RFID lab. So, I am still seeking my research direction. At present, I am interested in supply chain and RFID integration issues. But we still need to see  ..... Hopefully I will settle my research areas soon.

My advisor II

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As I talked last time. Before Prof. Chu came to the US, he was awarded an MBA from Tatung University (Taiwan), and a B.E. in Industrial Engineering from Chung Yuan University (Taiwan). In 1980, he came here for his Ph.d study. After 4 years , he received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (major in Operations Management and Information Systems) from The Pennsylvania State University.

He had a lot of working experience, both in academe and industry. He was on the business faculties at Iowa State University, Baruch College and the Tatung University, and was in 1991/1992 a Visiting Associate Professor of Management Sciences at the University of Tsukuba (Japan). He is Adjunct Professor of Management and Engineering at the Hebei University of Technology (China), where he is serving as the Chief Academic Advisor to the School of Management. His industrial experience includes serving as a project leader, section chief, and consultant at Tatung Company - a multinational company with headquarters in Taipei and also in providing consulting services to a number of companies in China, Taiwan, and North America.

According to the public record, my advisor attend many different journls and conferences. For example, International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation, Journal of New Mathematics and Natural Computation, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Security and Networks, International Journal of Production Research, Ad Hoc Networks Journal, Electronic Commerce Research Journal, Journal of Management and Information, etc. And for conferences, International Conference on Telecommunication Systems - Modeling and Analysis, Pacific Asian Conference of Information Systems, International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, and the most often conferences he attend should be IEEE related conferences.

In past few years, Prof. Chu taught some courses, which include SRA 111 - Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis, SRA 221 - Overview of Information Security, IST 220 - Networking and Telecommunications, IST 302 - IT Project Management, IST 321 - Information Technology and Systems Integration, IST 420 - Fundamentals of Systems and Enterprise Integration, IST 402 - Wireless Network Design and Security, IST 421 - Information Technology and Systems Integration II, IST 450 - Information Systems Security, IST 451 - Network Security, IST 454 - Computer and Cyber Forensics, IST 456 - Security and Risk Management, IST 497 - Mobile Information Services: Design and Implementation, and IST 501 - Integrative Theories and Methods of the Information Sciences and Technology.

 

 

My advisor

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My advisor is Prof. Chao-Hsien CHU. At present, he is the Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), an Affiliate Professor of Management Sciences at the Smeal College of Business, and the founding Executive Director of the Center of Information Assurance, at The Pennsylvania State University.

He was originally from Taiwan. Before he came to the US, he was awarded an MBA from Tatung University (Taiwan), and a B.E. in Industrial Engineering from Chung Yuan University (Taiwan). In 1980, he came here for his Ph.d study. After 4 years , he received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (major in Operations Management and Information Systems) from The Pennsylvania State University.

He had a lot of working experience, both in academe and industry. He was on the business faculties at Iowa State University, Baruch College and the Tatung University, and was in 1991/1992 a Visiting Associate Professor of Management Sciences at the University of Tsukuba (Japan). He is Adjunct Professor of Management and Engineering at the Hebei University of Technology (China), where he is serving as the Chief Academic Advisor to the School of Management. His industrial experience includes serving as a project leader, section chief, and consultant at Tatung Company - a multinational company with headquarters in Taipei and also in providing consulting services to a number of companies in China, Taiwan, and North America.

Now, he and his families are living in State College. He and his wife have 2 children, one is girl who is studying computer science at MIT, the other is a boy who is studying piano at Johns Hopkins.

Although my advisor said he does not have any hobbies, I think he enjoys walking and reading. Besides, he is interested in traveling.

Frankly, I am surprised by my professor's rich experience. He worked at many different places and researched in many different areas. I believe I will learn a lot from him.  

 

IST @ Penn State

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The College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn Stat University started on 1999. The main purpose of this college is to fulfill the rapidly growing needs of information science and technology.

I think the flavor of our college is collaberation and interdisciplinary. IST offers many different interdisciplines programs to both graduate students and undergrduate students. There are two unique bachelor's degree programs: Information Sciences and Technology, and Security and Risk Analysis. For graduate students, there are more opportunities, they can choose their own advisor and program based their research interests. The research areas in IST nearly includs every aspect of people's lives, from education, work, entertainment, health, safety, to national security.

Although there are no departments within IST, it is structured mainly by different research Labs and research centers. We have five big research centers in IST, they are Certer for Infomation Assurance, Center for the Information society, Enterprise informatics and integration center, Network-centric congnition and information fusion, Penn state center for human-computer interaction. Beside these, there is one a affiliated research center, Institute for information policy. Under these research centers, IST has more than ten different Labs. Although they independent research centers and Labs, most of them collaborate with one or more other centers or Labs, as well as collaborate with outside colleges, departments, research institutes or companies. I think this is the most attractive feature of IST.

Now I am working at RFID Lab which is under the Center for Infomation Assurance. It also associates with college of communication, college of engineering and smeal college of business. The missions of the center are: conduct a broad-based research on various aspects (theoretical and applied; technical and managerial; wired and wireless, etc.) of information and cyber security; educate and train information security professionals through degree and continuing education programs, and to insure that information security awareness is instilled in all Penn. State Students; provide assistance and technical supports to industry, non-profit organizations, government, and individuals in the information and cyber security area.

Our Labs' goal and my work is research the broad security issues relate to RFID, especially in the healthcare and supply chain management areas.