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The Rector of the United Nations University (UNU), Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, has appointed Zhou Chaochen to be the new Director of the University's Macau-based International Institute for Software Technology (UNU/IIST), effective on 1 August 1997. He will take over from Dines Bjørner who completed his term as Director in early July.

UNU/IIST was established in 1992 by the UNU Council to help developing countries become self-reliant in computer software research and development.

Professor Zhou became UNU/IIST's Principal Research Fellow in 1992. Since then he has been involved in many of the Institute's activities: for five years he was in charge of the project called "Design Techniques for Real-time Systems," he successfully established good relationships between UNU/IIST and numerous research and education organizations in China; and he has been trying hard to help Macau improve its university education in computer science as well as to apply various software techniques to its industries.

Professor Zhou is a Chinese citizen. He completed his undergraduate degree in mathematical logic at Beijing University and did his postgraduate studies in computing technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has worked for the Academy since 1967 and in 1993 he was elected as Academician of the Academy. Since 1989, he has had permission of leave of absence from the Academy to work abroad. Prior to joining UNU/IIST in 1992, he was a Research Officer at Oxford University's Computing Laboratory.

He has published extensively on many computer science-related topics, recently ones involving duration calculus and real-time systems.

Professor Zhou was born on 1 November 1937, and is married to Zhang Yuping. They have two children.

For further information on Professor Zhou's appointment, please contact:

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