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The University of Alicante will confer the honoris causa degree on two new PhDs during the Closing ceremony of the Academic Year

Alicante, June 8, 2011

The ceremony is broadcast live from the following address:

 For the first time, the event will host the Teaching Excellence Awards

On Friday, 10th June, the University of Alicante will celebrate the closing ceremony of the academic year 2010/2011, at 12 noon, at  the Auditorium, with the inauguration of two new honorary doctors, professors Deborah Duen Ling Chung and Alan Loddon Yuille, both on a proposal from the University Polytechnic College.

Luis García and Pedro Garcés Andión Terradillos, lecturers at the Department of Building Engineering, Public Works and Urban Organization, will act as sponsors of Deborah Duen Ling Chung and Professor Francisco Escolano Ruiz, of Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, for Alan Loddon Yuille.

The meeting will be chaired by the University President, Ignacio Jiménez Raneda, who will offer closing remarks with the attendance of María Amparo Camarero, Regional Education Department's Secretary for Universities & Science.

This year, the University of Alicante will also confer the doctor degree at the closing ceremony to 129 new doctors and, for the first time, will present the for Teaching Excellence, granted by the UA Social Council.

The jury for the awards decided to recognize the teaching activity of Walenka Arévalo Caballero, Augusto Beléndez Vázquez, Mª Dolores de Juan Vigaray, Antonio Giner Gomis, Vicente Hernandis Martínez and Beatriz Aracil Varón (corresponding to 2009) and Salvador Ivorra Chorro, Asunción Lledó Carreres, María Martínez Lirola and Juan Luis Nicolau Gonzálbez (corresponding to 2010).



Scientific interests: scientific and engineering interest in materials science, mechanical engineering (vibration damping, thermal energy management, smart materials and composites), electrical engineering (electronic packaging, sensors), civil engineering (concrete, sustainability) and chemical engineering (batteries , activated carbon, membrane filters). All associated with multidisciplinary research, practical applications and development of new materials.

Academic appointments: University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1986 to present.


Alan Yuille graduated in Mathematics at Cambridge University in 1976. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics under the direction of Prof. Stephen W. Hawking, Ph.D. ending in 1981. From 1982 to 1988 he was staff scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During the same period, he was a staff scientist in the Division of Applied Sciences, Harvard University. He also worked as a teaching assistant and later as a professor until 1996. Then he moved to Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco as a senior scientist, where he stayed until 2002. In that year, he began a new stage as a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in particular, at the Departments of Statistics and Psychology, and in 2007, at the Department of Computer Science. Recently, he is also a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and co-director of the following research university centres:  Image and Vision Sciences Centre, Staglin Centre for Cognitive Neurology and Centre for Computational Biology. His research has been focused on the development of computational models for the vision, development of mathematical models to explain cognition, artificial intelligence and neural networks in which he is now a world reference.



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