In April 2012, I visited University Lyon 1, France and other research institutes and universities nearby with partial support of BU’s internal funding scheme – the EU Networking Fund (EUNF). The main objective of the visit is to seek research collaboration in ICT, particularly on FP7 grants bidding.
During the visit, I have given seminars or talks to staff and research students in University Lyon 1 and Laboratory of Information, Imaging and System (LIRIS) about my research on terrain texturing, computer animation, and above mentioned objective of my visit. The seminars or talks have opened the door for subsequent networking and discussion on collaboration.
To seek and identify candidates for incoming Marie Curie Fellowship (FP7-People), I have talked a number of candidates during my visit, including those post-doctorates from LIRIS, French engineering university, INSA Lyon, and those PhD students who are going to finish their study very soon. Apart from above institutes, I also paid a visit to Ecole Central University, meeting Professor Liming Chen. We have explored the possibilities on FP7 bidding and are identifying candidates among his PhD students and Post-Doctorates on applying Marie-Currie Fellowship (MCF). Some candidates are now considering working with me to submit an application. They are either from EU or other countries such as Korea and China, both eligible for the Fellowship application.
Apart from MCF, I have also targeted a recent call from EC, “EAC / S03 / 2012 – Pilot Project for the Development of Knowledge Partnerships”. I have discussed with Associate Professor Sylvain Brandel from LIRIS and a senior researcher Milen Chechev from a company Ontotext in Bulgaria . There is a potential for us form a team to submit a bid for this call. I met Milen when I attended the conference WWW ’12 which was being held in Lyon in April. This is another outcome of my visit, i.e. networking with people during the conference for potential collaboration.
In addition to the bidding collaboration, my visit has also created a few research collaboration opportunities with other researchers in the area of terrain texturing and non-photorealistic rendering (NPR). In LIRIS, I discussed with Associate Professor Jean-Claude Iehl to apply lighting, shading and multi-scale into terrain texturing (such as stone, grass, etc.). With Professor Victor Ostromoukhov, we discussed collaboration on NPR and other opportunities. Also, I visited Grenoble University , meeting and discussing with Dr Federic on collaboration of his snow research and our terrain texturing project.
Overall, the visit has fulfilled the objective set initially and ‘planted’ a number of opportunities for further collaboration in near future. And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank RDU for supporting me this activity.