This is not intended to be a deeply philosophical question, but it may turn out to be like that anyway…
A quick summary:
- Made in Vietnam;
- Developed in Taiwan;
- Matured in Australia (travel resources: AusMade, Australian Travel Information with an interactive map and distance calculator, Melb on the Web);
- Exported to Singapore;
- Next: ??
For the record, after spending secondary school years at Christian Brothers’ College St Kilda in Melbourne and tertiary education at Monash University, I have also completed my Ph.D. not too long ago (1996-1999). This was at the Dept of Systems Engineering (renamed Information Engineering after merging with another department some time in 2004-5), the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering, the Australian National University (ANU). My PhD supervisor was Prof. Brian D. O. Anderson. The date of commencement was 26 February 1996, and I submitted my Ph.D. thesis “On Performance Analysis of State Estimators for Hidden Markov Models” on 19 April 1999.
Before going to Canberra, I was living in Melbourne – a great city by the way! Melbourne is where I spent most part of my childhood and where I completed my undergraduate degrees – Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (BSc/BE) at Monash University. My BSc Honours degree was in Physics, completed in 1993, majoring in theoretical physics; I also completed a BE in Electrical Engineering in 1995, majoring in control and electrical power systems.
While doing my postgraduate studies in Canberra, I was also the Network Administrator (1998-1999) at Ursula College, ANU. This meant managing a local computer network consisting of Macs, Windows 95 PCs and a Linux (Slackware) server.
Between Nov 1999 to Mar 2002, I was a Research Fellow in Singapore (things to do here) at the Centre for Signal Processing, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). However, with the merger of Centre for Signal Processing with the Kent Ridge Digital Labs in early 2002, I am currently employed by the Institute for Infocomm Research (formerly known as the Laboratories for Information Technology, which was in existence for, oh, about 10 months…), located at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
On the more social side of things, I am currently devoting loads of time to Argentine Tango inline skating. From time to time, I will share some of my thoughts on Tango here, where you can also see some photos.