13th QS-APPLE Keynote Speakers

22nd November 2017

Splendor Hotel

Dr. K. S. Clifford Chao

Vice President

China Medical University

09:45 – 10:15
Welcome Keynote I
Title: Artificial Intelligence in Medical Education

KS Clifford Chao, a pre-eminent expert in the use of image-guided targeted radiotherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for the treatment of cancers, the author of two widely read textbooks, Management Decisions in Radiation Oncology and Practical Essentials of IMRT, has served as Principle Investigator of multiple NIH and DoD research grants and published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers. He received his medical degree from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan and proceeded his postgraduate training in Radiation Oncology residency and fellowship at both Chung Gang Memorial Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine as well as a surgical fellowship in the Cancer Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan.

Devoted in training and education of oncologists, Dr. Chao was a tenured associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a professor at University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and later became distinguished Professor and the Department Chair of Radiation Oncology of Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Chaos research focus includes combining positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) images to construct individualized treatment plans that address the molecular characteristics of each tumor. He co-founded a MD Anderson-based start-up company. His recent effort includes developing a high precision robotic image-guided therapy system that helps map the exact location of a tumor and direct radiation towards the malignant cells while avoiding healthy tissue. He has received numerous academic and society as well as Best Doctors in America awards.

22nd November 2017

AU International Conference Hall
Ground Level
Asia University

Professor Jeffrey J. P. Tsai


Asia University

17:05 – 17:35
Opening Keynote I
Title: Taiwan Higher Education in the Context of Globalization

Professor Jeffrey J. P. Tsai received his Ph. D. degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He is currently the President and a Chair Professor of Bioinformatics and Medical Engineering at Asia University, Taiwan.

Dr. Tsai was a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Distributed Real-Time Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He was also a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, a Senior Research Fellow of IC2 at the University of Texas at Austin, and an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University.

His research interests include artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, data science, knowledge-based software engineering, formal modeling and verification, and distributed real-time systems. His research has been supported by USA NSF, DARPA, USAF Rome Laboratory, Department of Defense, Army Research Laboratory, Motorola, and Fujitsu. He has published over 300 technical papers, and 13 technical books. The technology on knowledge-based software engineering developed by him and his research team resulted the world-first complete transformation of an embedded software product in 1993 and is now used to produce communication software systems world wide.

Dr. Tsai has served on the IEEE Distinguished Speaker program, USA DARPA ISAT working group, and on the review panel for USA NSF and NIH. He received an Engineering Foundation Research Award from the IEEE and the USA Engineering Foundation Society, a University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois Foundation, an IEEE Technical Achievement Award and an IEEE Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Computer Society. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the SDPS.

Mrs Patricia Liao

Deputy Director

Chimei Museum

17:50 – 18:20
Opening Keynote II
Title: The Art of Living and Learning in the AI Era


  • Master in Management, Yale University
  • Bachelor in Mathematics, University of California, Irvine


  • Deputy Director, Chimei Museum
  • Deputy Director, Chimei Museum Foundation

23rd November 2017

Splendor Hotel

Professor Angelina Yuen

Vice President (Student Global Affairs)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong

10:00 – 10:30
Morning Keynote Address II
Title: The 21st Century Silk Road – Forging Closer Ties in Higher Education for Economic and Social Progress

Professor Angelina Yuen is Vice President (Student and Global Affairs) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is member of University Grants Committee in Hong Kong and Quality Education Fund, and on the boards of numerous charitable Foundations and NGOs. She was appointed Justice of the Peace and awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government.

Professor Yuen has strived to advance professional education and research in the Chinese mainland since the late 1980s. She is Advisor to social work professional bodies and Co-Director of the China Social Work Research Centre at Peking University. She is also Co-Director of the Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction at Sichuan University, and Vice Chair of the University Alliance of the Silk Road based at Xian Jiaotong University.

She is the former President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, and continues actively promote social work capacity building programs in developing countries around the world.

Professor Bertil Andersson


Nanyang Technological University

11:30 – 12:10
Closing Keynote Address I
Title: Disruption and a State of Flux: An Opportunity for Young Universities?

A world-renowned Swedish plant biochemist, Professor Bertil Andersson is a pioneer of photosynthesis research who has authored more than 300 papers with over 14,000 citations.

He was previously NTU Provost, Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation, Rector of Linköping University, as well as Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry and a Trustee of the Nobel Foundation.

Since becoming President of NTU in 2011, he has led it to distinction as the world’s best young university that is also ranked 11th globally by QS and leads the top Asian universities in normalised research citation impact.

A Fellow of Imperial College London, he was instrumental in Imperial College London establishing a medical school with NTU in Singapore.

He holds more than 15 honorary doctorates and has received the Austrian Wilhelm Exner Medal and Singapore President’s Science and Technology Medal, both top honours for lifetime achievement in science and research that has advanced society. He serves on the boards of international foundations, societies and public agencies

Rose Room II, 13F
Splendor Hotel

24th November 2017

Splendor Hotel

Professor Ping-Cheng Yeh

(EE Dept.) Director

National Taiwan University

12:10 – 12:50
Closing Keynote Address II
Title: Gamification + Peer-to-Peer Teaching & Learning

Prof. Benson Yeh is one of the world’s leading innovators in modern education and e-learning. Prof. Yeh has pioneered many educational experiments and designs:

  • Prof. Yeh is the first in the world to design a MOOC-based multi-student social game, PaGamO, to enhance the learning experience of the MOOC students. Many students solved more than 200 problem sets for a single Coursera course just because of the gasification tool.

  • Prof. Yeh has improved PaGamO for the innovative pedagogical tool to be available for any general courses. It is now used by more than 350,000 students and teachers in the world, covering form K-12 courses to top university courses in Ivy league (the dental school of U Penn.) and cooperate training.

  • Prof. Yeh also designed a serious game system, BJT-Online, which enables any on-campus course to let students design problem sets by themselves and compete with each other in groups. It significantly enhances students’ motivation and learning performance.

  • Due to his effort in the innovations of advance pedagogy, Prof. Yeh was awarded the Overall Award and E-Learning Award in Wharton-QS 2014 Stars Awards: Reimagine Education, the “Oscars” of innovations in higher education. There were in total of 427 teams from 43 countries competing for the award.

  • To honor his great achievements in educational innovations, Prof. Yeh was awarded the highest award of innovations in Taiwan, the Presidential Innovation Award of Taiwan. This is the first time in the history for an individual to win the award with education background.

  • Prof. Yeh is one of the pioneers and the most important advocator of flipped classroom in Asia. He has developed “BTS flipping” scheme that helps tens of thousands of teachers in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, etc. to ensure the success of flipped teaching.

  • Prof. Yeh has set a record of more than 2,200 teachers attending in one single speech on flipped teaching and MOOC. In total, he has given more than 300 talks in Asia in the past 3 years to promote flipped teaching and MOOC. More than 50,000 audiences attended the talks. Many people in Taiwan and China are greatly influenced by his talks to conduct flipped teaching and teach/learn via MOOC.

  • Prof. Yeh’s book “Teach for the Future” which summarizes his innovations in pedagogy and his teaching philosophy, was awarded the “Ten Most Influential Books of Taiwan” in 2015. It has motivated tens of thousands of teachers, parents, students to accept educational innovations and try out MOOC.

Since 2010, Prof. Yeh has been the strong advocator of his teaching philosophy: “For the students, By the students, Of the students”. It states that students can be motivated to learn if the teachers can share more responsibility with the students, for instance, let students design their own homework problems. Prof. Yeh’s speeches have motivated tens of thousands of teachers in Asia to start thinking differently in teaching.