2018 TBSI Workshop

January 30, 2018

The 2018 TBSI workshop was successfully held on Jan 23-24 at the Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley. Participants include faculties from UC Berkeley, Tsinghua University, China and local business leaders for discussions on research, entrepreneurship and future opportunities.

Group Photo

Discussion session

As the beginning of the workshop, Co-Directors of TBSI, Professors Connie Chang-Hasnain and Lin Zhang introduced Chancellor of UC Berkeley, Carol Christ and Vice President & Provost of Tsinghua University, Bin Yang for their welcome remarks as two schools have been collaborating on many projects in different areas and have achieved remarkable results.

Carol Christ (Left), Chancellor, UC Berkeley and Bin Yang (Right), Vice President & Provost, Tsinghua University

Connie Chang-Hasnain (Left) and Lin Zhang (Right), Co-Directors of TBSI

Plenary talk sessions were given by Professor Shankar Sastry, Dean of the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley; Professors Chenming Hu, Jay Keasling, John Ngai, Bin Yu and Dan Fletcher from UC Berkeley, and Professor Peter Lobie and Wenwu Zhu from TBSI. 

Shankar Sastry (Top left), Dean, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley; John Ngai (Top right), Professor of Neurobiology, UC Berkeley; Chenming Hu (Bottom left), Professor of EECS, UC Berkeley; Peter Lobie (Bottom right), Professor and PMH Center Co-Director, TBSI

Dan Fletcher (Left), Professor of Bioengineering, UC Berkeley; Wenwu Zhu (Top right), Professor of Computer Science, Tsinghua University; Bin Yu (Bottom right), Professor of Statistics, UC Berkeley

Posters were presented by TBSI students to show their research outcomes and panel discussions were arranged with panelists from different fields, including Caroline Winnett (Executive Director, SkyDeck, UC Berkeley), Xiaoyu Miao (Vice President of Technology, Playground Global), Dylan Ren (Partner of Diligence Capital), John Zysman (Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley), Lee Fleming (Professor of IEOR, UC Berkeley), Coleman Fung (CEO & Co-Founder, Blue Goji) and Bjoern Hartmann (Professor of EECS, UC Berkeley).  These panel discussions provided a platform for audience to directly communicate with the panelists for questions and views such as the future economic development along with technology advancement and international competition vs. cooperation.

Poster presenters and audience

From left to right: Caroline Winnett (Executive Director, SkyDeck, UC Berkeley), Xiaoyu Miao (Vice President of Technology, Playground Global), Dylan Ren (Partner of Diligence Capital)

From left to right: John Zysman (Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley), Lee Fleming (Professor of IEOR, UC Berkeley), Coleman Fung (CEO & Co-Founder, Blue Goji) and Bjoern Hartmann (Professor of EECS, UC Berkeley)

Another highlight of the event was the invited talk by Professor Ron Gronsky at the dinner. In addition to his significant success in Engineering, he has great interest in music and is able to perfectly apply engineering theory into sound producing, which has pushed further the understanding of music instruments.

Ron Gronsky, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

The workshop is ended with the closing remark by the Vice Chancellor for Research of UC Berkeley, Randy Katz.  He shared astonishing achievements by the researchers at UC Berkeley and great future prospects the campus is aiming for.

Randy Katz, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley