International Workshop on Chaos-Fractals Theories and Applications 2014 in Qingdao

The seventh International Workshop on Chaos-Fractals Theories and Applications 2014 (IWCFTA 2014) was held successfully in Qingdao, China, on September 12-14, 2014. The workshop was co-organized by Northeastern University of China, Shandong University of Science and Technology and City University of Hong Kong, technically sponsored by the Technical Committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems of the IEEE CAS Society.

The workshop was co-chaired by Guanrong Chen (City University of Hong Kong), Zhiliang Zhu (Northeastern University, China) and Tingqi Ren (Shandong University of Science and Technology), and associate co-chaired by Michael Tse (Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Yuxia Li (Shandong University of Science and Technology, China) and Hai Yu (Northeastern University, China). Together with a team of organizers from Northeastern University and Shandong University of Science and Technology, they put together a high-quality of three-day technical program, which provided an excellent opportunity for participants to report research progress and create new collaborations.

The workshop attracted over 100 national and international participants to present their state-of-the-art advancements in the studies of chaos-fractal theories and relevant applications to complex systems, cryptography, information processing, multimedia, communications, biology, economics and finance, etc. The technical program consisted of six keynote lectures and over 60 oral presentations given by a number of active researchers. The keynotes lectures were delivered by Mustak E. Yalcin and Serdar Ozoguz from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, Mattia Frasca from University of Catania, Italy, Simin Yu from Guangdong University of Technology, China, Shukai Duan
from Southwest University, China, and Zhigang Zeng from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. A wide range of topics were presented in three parallel sessions, on (1) chaotic dynamics, dynamical systems and complex networks, (2) chaos synchronization, control, modeling and applications, and (3) chaotic circuits design, optical chaos and applications. Some excellent papers presented in the sessions will be further reviewed by the conference committee for publication in selected journals.

The eighth IWCFTA in the same conference series will be held in Harbin, China in 2015.

Hai Yu, Northeastern University, China (Email:

International Workshop on Complex Systems and Networks 2014 in Shanghai

The 2014 IEEE International Workshop on Complex Systems and Networks (IWCSN 2014) was held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Oct. 24-26, 2014. It was supported by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University, Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks of City University of Hong Kong, the Outreach Initiative of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, and IFAC Technical Committee on Large-Scale Complex Systems.

Thirteen talks were presented by well-known researchers in diverse disciplines. The invited speakers are: Xinghuo Yu (RMIT University, Australia), David Hill (Hong Kong University, HK), René Lozi (University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France), Michael Small (University of Western Australia, Australia), Ling Shi (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK), Chai Wah Wu (Thomas J. Watson Research Center, IBM, USA), Ljiljana Trajkovic (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Francesco Sorrentino (University of New Mexico, USA), Leon O. Chua (University of California, Berkeley, USA), Michael Tse (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK), Jinhu Lv (China Academy of Science, China), Michael Chen (Hong Kong University, HK), Wei Lin (Fudan University, China). Topics of this year’s workshop included different aspects of complex systems and networks. In particular, Prof. Leon O. Chua gave a two-hour plenary talk on “Memristors: New Device with Intelligence”. The detailed workshop
program, talks’ abstracts and presentation slides are available in: About 80 researchers and students attended the workshop.

During the meeting a social dinner was held at the revolving restaurant inside the second sphere (876 ft) of the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower of Shanghai.

The next workshop will be in Perth, Australia. For more information of the workshop, please see:

Xiaofan Wang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (Email:

IEEE PRIME Conference Delegates to Enjoy Scottish Hospitality in 2015!

The 11th International Conference on Ph.D. Research in Microelectronics and Electronics (PRIME) will be held in the beautiful campus of the University of Glasgow during 29 June – 2 July 2015. Financially co-sponsored by IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, this unique conference provides excellent opportunity for Early Career Researchers (PhDs and Post-Docs) in the area of Electronics and Microelectronics to present their research and network with companies to explore career opportunities. All authors presenting papers must be Ph.D. students. By Ph.D. student we mean a
student who is working toward his/her Ph.D. thesis or who has discussed his/her Ph.D. thesis within one year in advance of the paper submission deadline. A company fair will be organized to allow Ph.D. students network with industries and research institutions (and vice-versa) to better understand the needs of their near future working universe. The companies participating in this conference are typically from electronics field (e.g. Cadence, ST, TI etc.). The conference organization committee is working to make PRIME 2015 a place for networking and interacting with peers from worldwide and also an opportunity to enjoy Scotland. Visit the conference website ( for details..

Ravinder Dahiya, University of Glasgow, UK (Email: