Reflections on Illiteracy

Written by Emily Quade 奎艾蜜 Monday, 30 March 2015 18:46
  “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” ―M. Angelou        One challenge that I didn't understand in its entirety when I accepted my grant to come to Taiwan was what it is like to be illiterate.  There are many things in life that we take for granted, and sometimes, it takes the absence of…

My Fulbright Experiences at University of Minnesota

Written by Yu-Hui Chang 張宇慧 Monday, 23 March 2015 11:45
       As a Fulbright Taiwan grantee, I always feel honored to introduce my country and discuss culturaldifferences whenever I meet people. When I attended a three-week Fulbright pre-academic program, which was sponsored by Fulbright IIE at Virginia Tech, I met Fulbright grantees from 26 countries. We not only shared our diverse cultures, but also learned about American culture and academic preparation together. It was a time to effacestereotypes and rethink questions of culture and mutual respect; most importantly,…

Hierarchical Image Segmentation based on Sequential Partitioning and Merging

Written by Sheng-Jyh Wang 王聖智 Monday, 23 March 2015 11:25
  1. Background      In computer vision, image segmentation is the process that decomposes an image into multiple segments. The goal of this process is to partition an image into something more meaningful and easier for subsequent analyses. For example, for the image shown in Figure 1, human eyes can easily recognize that there are two persons walking on a beach. Apparently, they have just finished snorkeling. To computers, however, this image is nothing but an array of pixel…

A Midyear Reflection on the State of my Research

Written by Lance Crisler 柯則已 Friday, 20 March 2015 19:10
           I do a lot of reading; it’s part of my job description as a graduate student. I read all types of works: newspaper articles, opinion pieces, scientific data, political diatribe, etc. I also read quite a bit of Chinese literature and modern scholarship on such works. Recently, it occurred to me that I have lost, to some degree at least, my love of reading for pleasure, especially reading works of fiction. I tend to get…

Notes from a Sufi Shrine in Sindh, Pakistan

Written by Pei-Ling Huang 黃佩玲 Friday, 13 March 2015 13:22
  The heat of the day had receded as we walked into the shrine after 'isha, the final evening prayers. The marble ground felt cool to our bare feet when we took off our sandals and went in. There was no guard at the gate, no shoe-keeping stand, and people sat on the ground in small groups, chatting, eating, and sleeping. Children and even dogs ran around in the informal and mildly festive atmosphere of the beautifully-lit shrine courtyard. This…

Conversations: Names, Mingling, and Speaking Up

Written by Yann-Ru Ho 何彥如 Friday, 13 March 2015 13:12
       When I first arrived here in the United States to pursue graduate studies, I not only noticed the language difference, but also the unfamiliar conversation conventions. I realized that many conversations here operate according to a different communication style than what I was used to back home. Here in LA, I have found that many people greet others warmly and openly, even strangers. Since my arrival here, I have been greeted by cashiers, sales clerks, and bus…

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