The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) recently announced the winners of its 2020 Outstanding Research Award. Dr. Gary W. Chang, Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Chun-Ju (Jerome) Huang, Professor of the General Education Center, both from the National Chung Cheng University (CCU), are the two scholars among the winners honored by MOST for their outstanding academic performance. Professor Chang is an internationally renowned scientist in the field of power quality study. His research in recent years combines with machine learning to develop the measurement technology, which can be applied to reduce the risk of power outages caused by faults in electric installation, and for energy renewable energy electric power forecast. And Professor Huang has been observing how the media presents scientific and technological connotations for many years, as well as analyzing the characteristics of fake science news for the public. Some of his articles published in the past have even been chosen as high school teaching materials helping science and media literacy education take root in Taiwan.
Dr. Chang, the professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering is active in the field of electric power and energy study, had been once honored with the Outstanding Research Award by then the National Science Council (its name was later changed into the Ministry of Science and Technology after the reconstruction in 2014), ten years ago. This is the second time Chang recognized for his excellent achievement with the same award. In the past few years, Chang has delved intensively into the intelligent method for machine learning and applied the research outcomes to detect and classify the initial failures in power transmission systems. His research findings can also be used for renewable energy power generation forecast. The research papers on smart machine learning applied to the detection of initial faults in power installation that Chang has published, was the first time in the field aiming to detect not only the individual equipment but the system as a whole, before accidents actually happen. And Chang even goes further to categorize those signals of faults into useful information for prediction. These findings can not only prevent malfunctions in the power system effectively, but also help avoid the happening of power outages and its consequential huge economic loss.
The development of renewable energy is a global trend bringing many new challenges to the operation and the planning of power systems. Professor Chang has been dedicating to the research of global wind and solar photovoltaic power forecast technology for many years. He has practically used the improved artificial neural network and deep learning methods in Taiwan, to forecast the results of wind and solar photovoltaic power generation, and more, to enhance forecast accuracy, eventually improving the power supply reliability for power system operation. As a result of these phenomenal research outcomes, the research papers represented by Chang are most likely to attract people’s attention and highly cited in the circle.
Professor Chang lives a very busy life, while contributing himself to many areas, he also serves as CCU vice-president. In order to fulfil the duties from the roles associated with teaching, research, project execution and administrative services, the working style as a night owl that he used to have when he was young has resurfaced to him in recent years. In spite of such demanding life, his enthusiastic drive in research has not been affected at all, instead, his self-disciplined and rigorous attitude towards research has inspired and motivated many graduate students. Besides, currently, Chang also works as a senior executive editor of the well-known international journal IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, the deputy editor of IEEE Power Engineering Letters, a member of the Technical Committee of IEEE Power and Energy Society, the chairman of IEEE Power Supply and Distribution Committee; and the chief reviewer and coordinator for the \"System Integration Project\" of the Office of Green Energy Technology Research and Development, at MOST Department of Foresight and Innovation Policies.
Another winner, Dr. Chun-Ju (Jerome) Huang, Professor of CCU General Education Center, is a considerable scholar in the field of science communication, focusing on the research of how science is presented in news, pop music, films and other forms of performing arts. \"Technology development changes its face every day, that brings benefits into our lives with a lot of controversy. The public needs to build up a good sense of scientific literacy so that people could forward their sayings properly in the discussion. However, the cultivation process for the capability of having competent knowledge of scientific literacy is often heavily influenced by \"how the media portraits science\", says Professor Huang. Unfortunately, not all released pieces of scientific news are based on truth, logical thinking or considerations. Nowadays, \"fake news\" has become the most problematic issue in our society. Second to the fake political news, the science-related fake news on health particularly is also the most common information seen in the media.
After many years of research, Professor Huang categorized all the fake science news, that he has selected, into certain classic types, and published the results in top academic journals. Four books were launched afterward in succession. In addition to that, Huang has established an information platform online, the \"Science News Anatomy\", to help analyze fake science news or ill-informed scientific information that has circulated in the communities, hopefully for the public to have a better understanding of science news. Another thing about Professor Huang worth mentioning is that, the research findings from Huang were chosen by many high school teachers in their design of teaching materials for the syllabus in the 108th academic year; some findings were even included as part of the content in Chinses textbooks for high school first-year students. Huang revealed that \"Seeing my name lined up with Han Feizi, Tao Yuanming, Lu Xun, Xu Zhimo, etc., feels interesting and unrealistic; but in the meantime, it does make academic research truly reached out and connected to the general public, responding to the practical situations and needs of our society.”
The start of national recognition to Professor Huang for his work with best endeavors can go back as early as the year 2008, when Huang was honored with the \"First National Outstanding General Education Teacher Award\" by the Ministry of Education (MOE). For Huang, the national recognitions awarded, for his teaching performance first then for his research achievement after, meant a lot to him. Huang explained that though the idea of “Research excellence before Teaching” is a common practice in universities, he rather believes that the teaching process itself is the vital source of research inspiration and an important stimulus for deepening the research contents. At the moment, on top of his duty as a CCU professor, Huang also serves as an executive member of the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences in MOST; and has been invited by MOE to be the General Manager of the MOE Teaching Practice Research Program, facilitating university teachers to improve their teaching capability through the program, and smoothly balancing the facets of criteria in faculty promotion system for teachers.