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With the help of a Labs researcher Taiwan partners with IEEE for online education


Dejan-wb.gifDinner with the IEEE Taipei and IEEE Tainan Section leadership in the Marco Polo Restaurant, on the 38th floor of the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza HotelBy Curt Hopkins, Managing Editor, Hewlett Packard LabsIn September, Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry (III) signed an agreement with the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to provide online training to the nation’s computer scientists. Dejan Milojicic, research manager at Hewlett Packard Labs, was integral to this process.

Milojicic’s long history of involvement with IEEE has culminated in his current position as Director Elect of the IEEE board and chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Industry Engagement.

While on one of the board outreaches to Taiwan in September, he and the other members of the delegation were approached by Mike Chen of IEEE Computer Society, responsible for professional IT education. Chen wanted to enlist IEEE Computer Society in providing a series of online Information and Communications Technology qualifying courses to the country’s professionals.

IEEE Computer Society will work in conjunction with Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry to provide access to a series of software engineering courses based on “software engineering body of knowledge” (SWEBOK), parity of understanding and vocabulary with global peers.

The agreement was important enough to find a prominent place on, the website of Taiwan’s state news agency.

The outreach trip was part of an IEEE strategy to extend the benefits of membership to professionals and industry groups around the world. Other recent outreach trips have included Singapore, India, China, Japan, and Korea and Israel.

While in Taiwan, Milojicic and his group visited local IEEE management, chip producers TSMC, non-volatile memory company Macronix, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering (III), Wistron, and Automotive Research and Testing Center (ATRC), among others.

The trip, he said, was noteworthy for its intensity, scope, and achievements. Oh, and food, of course. None of their Taiwanese hosts stinted on their country’s culinary offerings.

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