During October I gave the AESS Distinguished Lecture and additional tutorial material at 6 locations in China. The trip was organized by Professor Wu Shunjun of Xidian University, a member of the AESS Board of Governors. In Beijing lectures were given at both the Academy of Surveying and Mapping and Tsinghua University. In Xian the lectures were given at Xidian University and at the Xian Navigation Research Institute. In Chengdu an open tutorial was presented at the 2011 IEEE CIE International Conference on Radar. The trip ended with a presentation at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. I am very appreciative of the effort by Professor Wu in hosting this trip and the individual hosts and their staffs at each location. The trip could not have been better organized.
At each location the room was usually full to capacity and the audience well-prepared with questions. For example, at one location translators had previously provided Chinese translations of the papers on which the presentation was based. The Chinese are building their own satellite navigation system, Compass, so there was a lot of interest in the material presented. At the Radar conference, the AESS was well-represented with several members giving tutorials and papers. There was an AESS display booth which usually had a line of interested attendees waiting to speak with the person staffing the booth.
Transportation between cities in China is very modern and the four airports I passed through were quite new and easy to navigate. Automobile traffic was very heavy in each city so extra time was needed to get between locations. Everywhere new construction was evident and more than once I was told that the national bird of China is now the building crane. It is clear that the economy has been expanding rapidly, but a few contacts mentioned that they would like the pace of growth to slow down to forestall any inflationary movement.
I did manage to get in some sightseeing, to name a few places: the Forbidden City, the Peking Opera, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Chengdu Panda Base. Some of these are pictured as well as some of the other activities. Again I want to thank everyone in China and the AESS for supporting this trip.
Please enjoy a gallery of pictures from the trip.
AESS Distinguished Lecturer