BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- A leading Chinese automation expert has been
named a "2007 Distinguished Scientist" by the Association for Computing
Machinery (ACM) for his breakthrough contributions to intelligent control and
management for "smart" consumer electronics.
Wang, a deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute
of Automation, is the head of a national lab of complex systems and intelligence
science. He was the first Chinese mainland scientist to be honored by the
U.S.-based academic group that annually selects the world's best computing
scientists with the Nobel Prize-equivalent Turing Award.
Wang, who is also a University of Arizona professor, led his Chinese
colleagues in a study of how to put home electrical appliances upgrades on the
"Upgrading high-end appliances and powerful computers are costly," Wang
said on Wednesday. "But the linked world via the Internet provides us with a
connected lifestyle that is much cheaper and with more energy-efficient
Wang tried to materialize his idea to connect inexpensive, re-configurable
home appliances to centrally-operated "smart control agents."
With his team, he devised the idea of using shared smart control agents for
all appliance families. Each appliance had just enough memory space and basic
processing power by which electrical appliance manufacturers could effectively
All the smart work could be done by computer-centered control agents. In
this way, each appliance needed much less computing power and could be quickly
upgraded with software. The only time a consumer needed to buy a new one was
when there was a major hardware upgrade in certain industries, Wang said.
Following his recruitment by CAS in 1998 as a principal investigator for
cutting edge intelligence research, Wang helped forge a research-industry
alliance between CAS, the University of Arizona and Kelon Electronics Group.
Kelong invested 10 million U.S. dollars, together with research funds from
academia worth 1.25 million U.S. dollars, in researching and developing
intelligent control systems.
Wang envisioned two central controllers, one in the house and another at
the appliance company headquarters. The headquarters would have a super
operation center that would know the specific needs and habits of every family
using its appliances.
"Appliances are now made with a one-size-fits-all control algorithms which
is quite inefficient," Wang said. "In fact, consumers use only some of the
functions designed for the average users. Some dormant functions might never be
used by consumers and that is a waste."
In widely using Wang's intelligent control system, appliance producers or
third-party companies could take data from households and design custom control
agents and re-train appliances for tailored functions via the Internet.
In 2004, to honor his work in intelligent control systems and applications
to complex systems, Wang was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE).