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Erskine Programme Visitor Profile: Professor Sungdeok Cha


Sungdeok and his wife Christine in Kaikōura

Where have you come from, and what do you teach?
I am a professor in Computer Science and Engineering at Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Prior to joining Korea University, I was a professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) from 1994 through 2008.

I usually teach courses on software engineering, and my research topics have been on software safety and computer security. At UC, I teach courses on computer security and computer network.

I am on 6-months sabbatical leave from Korea University.

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/why did you want to come to UC?
I had a chance to visit New Zealand for the first time in 2015 when I came to attend Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC) held in Hamilton. I had a chance to stop by Christchurch and met Prof. DongSeong Kim who informed me of the Erskine program. DongSeong is an outstanding and active researcher on computer security, and I am very interested in exploring collaborative research opportunities with him.

Opportunity to spend some time exploring New Zealand, as is probably the case with most Erskine fellows, is another attraction.

What have you been doing at UC?
Although I have been doing computer security-related research, this is the first time I actually offered a semester-long course on the subject. Course preparation has taken a lot of my time in Korea in preparation of my Erskine stay, and it continues to require preparation throughout the semester. The other class I teach during the fourth term is an introduction to computer network. Lecture preparation for both classes is keeping me really busy.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
Life in New Zealand is quite different from that of crowded and hectic one I live in Seoul. What a pleasant break even though it is only for a few months.

Occasionally, my wife and I take a short trip to nearby attractions to places like Castle Hill, Akaroa, and Lake Tekapo. Once the semester is over, we plan to take an extended trip in New Zealand. A trip to Milford Sound during the term break was so nice, and I got to take a lot of photos. New Zealand is a perfect place to enjoy two of my favourite hobbies, photography and golf. That is why New Zealand is a paradise to me, and I am thankful for an opportunity to serve UC as an Erskine fellow.

Erskine Programme Visitor Profile: Professor Horacio Brown

Where have you come from and what do you teach?
I worked at the Faculty of Forestry & Nature Conservation, Universidad de Chile since 1991. I did my B.Sc. Forestry at Universidad de Chile (1992), while my M.Sc. (1996) and Ph.D. (2007) at the University of Canterbury.  My teaching and research focuses on carbon, water and nutrient fluxes in forest ecosystems applied to sustainable forest management and ecological restoration.

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/Why did you want to come to UC?
This is my second time as an Erskine fellow (2014, 2018), and I think the Erskine Programme provides a great opportunity to interact with colleagues, and explore and discuss new research and teaching ideas. Also to interact with other Erskine fellows and to open to new disciplines. Personally having a sabbatical in New Zealand, also provides me with the opportunity to benchmark my work identifying weaknesses and strengths, while also opportunities, which might be difficult to see while being at my home institution for a long time.

What have you been doing at UC?
At the moment, I’m teaching a three-week module about plant ecophysiology for the FORE219 course “Introduction to Silviculture”, and also interacting with postgraduate students at the School of Forestry. I’m co-supervising a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. student, and I’m interested to contribute towards refining their research ideas and the methods to test them while at the same time keeping them within the time frame of their studies.

Professor Bown (centre) with doctoral students Serajis Salekin (left) and Cristian Higuera (right)

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
I’m enjoying University life enormously; just to name a few, the interaction with colleagues and students, the coffee breaks, the interesting conversations and challenges, having more time to read the forestry literature and also reading in my leisure time, the time to share with friends, and last but not least, the time talking with my teenage daughter while cooking together.

 

 

Recent Erskine Programme Visiting Fellows – Semester Two

The Erskine Programme would like to  welcome more of our Semester Two Visiting Fellows.

Arrived 13 July:

  • Professor Mark Olver from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada will be visiting the Department of Psychology
  • Professor Stefano De Marchi from the University of Padova, Italy will be visiting the School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr Gabor Erdelyi from the University of Siegen, Germany will be visiting the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Associate Professor Amy Neel from the University of New Mexico, USA will be visiting the Department of Communication Disorders.

Arrived 14 July:

  • Professor Jacob Rose from Oregon State University will be visiting the Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Dr Natasha Hodgson from Nottingham Trent University, UK will be visiting the Department of History
  • Professor Toby Greany from University College London Institute of Education, UK will be visiting the School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

Arrived 15 July:

  • Professor Timothy Weihs from John Hopkins University, USA will be visiting the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor Richard Watson from The University of Georgia – Athens, USA will be visiting the Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Professor Carl Posy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel will be visiting the Department of Philosophy.

Arrived 19 July:

  • Dr Eujin Pei from Brunel University, UK will be visiting the School of Product Design.

Arrived 20 July:

  • Professor George Noblit  from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be visiting the School of Teacher Education.

We hope all our Visiting Fellows and their families enjoy their time at UC.