题目：Research Productivity and Methodology – A 4 Dimensional Approach for Innovation
Research can be a hard work, but it can also be fun. You enjoy it when it is fruitful, or you hate it. Some researchers or research groups are more productive and successful while others struggle. The same researcher is more productive in certain areas while less rewarding in others. The distance from a starting point of a research to its target is usually short in normal research works, however, the effort required to reach the target depends on the way you go. Typical ways of building up research profile are discussed in this seminar, including expanding research portfolio horizontally and vertically. Typical ways of doing research are also explored, including longitudinal thinking and lateral thinking. A four-dimensional research approach, with examples of application, is conceived for early career researchers to facilitate creative thinking, increase productivity, make impact, and have fun in research.
Yu-Fei Wu is currently a Professor in Infrastructure Engineering in the School of Engineering at RMIT University in Australia. He obtained his BSc in 1983 and MSc in 1986 from Zhejiang University, China. He received MEng from National University of Singapore in 1994 and completed his PhD in 2002 at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He has more than ten years of industry working experience in structural engineering as a professional engineer in consulting firms in China, Singapore and Australia and is a chartered professional engineer of New Zealand and Australia (FIEAust, CPEng, NER, MIPENZ). He worked in Shanghai Jiao Tong University from 1989 to 1992 as a lecturer. Prior to joining RMIT University, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at City University of Hong Kong (2004-2015). His research interests lie in the broad field of structural engineering, including concrete structures, structural design, composite structures, FRP structures and structural rehabilitation.
Professor Wu has published more than 200 technical works, including 130 SCI indexed journal papers with an H index of 35 (Google Scholar) and 28 (ISI Web of Science). Professor Wu has received numerous research awards including the Moisseiff Award from American Society of Civil Engineers.
He is the inventor of six US patents and numerous new structural theories and technologies, including (1) the theorems for flexural design of reinforced concrete, (2) the experimental method that can directly measure shear strength components in RC member tests, (3) the compression yielding structural design concept to increase the ductiliy of RC members, and (4) the experimental facility for concrete test under passive 3-dimentional confinement stresses.