CE Seminar by Ying-Dar Lin / Sharing Experiences on International Academic Services and Research

Time: 10:30
Location: ENG 208






Speaker: Ying-Dar Lin

Professor of Computer Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Title: Sharing Experiences on International Academic Services and Research
 21 February 2019
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 
Place: ENG 208
Host: Öznur Özkasap


Just like doing campus academic services on top of teaching and research obligations, a researcher could volunteer to international academic services after years of research, which gains one visibility and opportunities to co-work in all dimensions with other researchers. These services and co-work experiences could in-turn inspire and elevate one’s future research. But they were seldom discussed publicly in the society. In this talk, based on my 22 years of research and 7 years of international academic services, I’d share my personal humble viewpoints on why, what, when, and how of international academic services and research. The 1st part of the talk reviews incentives and logistics behind serving journal editorial boards, special issues, conference program committees, society technical committees, and other positions. Whether waiting to be invited or to volunteer oneself is compared. The 2nd part first compares research (big R or small r) and development (big D or small d), in academic (with Rd) and industry (with rD), to inspect their motivation. Then I compare the “criteria of survival” and “impacts of lifetime”, where the former and the latter are like basketball games and football games, respectively. In the long run, research should be campaigned as a football game instead of a basketball game. Next I share some logistics on (1) evolving independent work model to co-work model, (2) managing research processes from proposals to publications, (3) how to graduate your students on time, and (4) how to campaign for IEEE Fellow. At the end, I list lessons and skills I’ve learned so far and those yet to be learned by me.

Part I: Experiences on international academic services
   Why: from visibility to partnership
   What: from editorial board, special issue, program committee, technical committee, to distinguished lecturer
   When: too junior vs. too senior
   How: invited vs. voluntary

Part II: Experiences on academic research
   Why: academia vs. industry
   What: criteria vs. impacts
   When: independent vs. co-work
   How: from proposal to publication
   How to graduate your students on time
   How to campaign for IEEE Fellow
Lessons learned
Skills learned and more to learn




Ying-Dar Lin is a Distinguished Professor of computer science at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1993. He was a visiting scholar at Cisco Systems, San Jose, during 2007–2008, CEO at Telecom Technology Center, Taiwan, during 2010-2011, and Vice President of National Applied Research Labs (NARLabs), Taiwan, during 2017-2018. Since 2002, he has been the founder and director of Network Benchmarking Lab (NBL,, which reviews network products with real traffic and has been an approved test lab of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) since July 2014. He also cofounded L7 Networks Inc. in 2002, later acquired by D-Link Corp, and O’Prueba Inc. in 2018. His research interests include network security, wireless communications, and network softwarization. His work on multi-hop cellular was the first along this line, and has been cited over 850 times and standardized into IEEE 802.11s, IEEE 802.15.5, IEEE 802.16j, and 3GPP LTE-Advanced. He is an IEEE Fellow (class of 2013), IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (2014–2017), ONF Research Associate, and received in 2017 Research Excellence Award and K. T. Li Breakthrough Award. He has served or is serving on the editorial boards of several IEEE journals and magazines, and is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (COMST). He published a textbook, Computer Networks: An Open Source Approach (, with Ren-Hung Hwang and Fred Baker (McGraw-Hill, 2011). Web page: