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While I very much appreciate comments by readers on my blog articles, I still encounter often queries seeking help and advice on particular questions. They fall into two categories:
1.      Open –ended question such as “tell me how to pick a good topic for research?”. I have previously written that why it is impossible for me to answer such questions honestly and completely without taking on the questioner as a ph.d student for 4-5 years
2.      Question concerning issues I have already answered in one of the nearly 700+ articles I have written in the previous 10 years. Of course, I don’t expect every reader to have  read every one of my articles. Thus, to answer the question I need to find the URL of the article and point it out to the reader.

To avoid the task of responding to questions of type 1 and 2 each and every time, I have decided to categorize SOME of my articles into broad classes and list them here. In the future, readers can just browse this article and look up the information, or I merely have to point the reader to this article and from here they with little effort can go directly to the relevant piece for information without having to go although all 700 some articles.

American College Life

Advice on applying to graduate school. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=1565&do=blog&id=1008346

College Admission for Chinese American Students. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-986673.html

Gaining admission to US Collegesfor Chinese Students

The Visiting Committee inUS Academia

Myths about Applying to US Colleges

One Day University

The Joy and Reward of Teaching (II)

The US College Admission- a student's viewpoint

Volunteer Activities and Philanthropy on US College Campuses

Dormitory life on US Campuses – The Harvard House System

About Getting Admitted nto Ivy League Colleges

American Youth on College Life (10)

American Youth on CollegeLife (9)  

On the Beginning Stage ofLife

American Youth on College Life (8)

American Youth on US College life (7)

American Youth on college Life (6)

American Youth on USCollege Life (5) – response to questions

Blog Articles From My Grandson on College Life (3 & 4)

For Students studying abroad - Western Customs to Know (II)

For Students going abroadto study - Western Customs You Need to Know

American youth look atcollege life (2) - 美国少年对大学生活的看法 (2)

American youth look atcollege life - 美国少年对大学生活的看法

Creative puns for educatedminds – a test of your knowledge of theEnglish language and western culture.


Explanation of S &T

The EverEvolving Field of Electrical Engineering. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=1565&do=blog&id=1011679

Artificial Intelligence in 2030. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=1565&do=blog&id=1002602

Science in the Age of Selfies. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-1000237.html

Still More on Globalization, Technology, and Voter revolt. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-992772.html

More on Globalization, Technology Advance and voter revolt. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-987605.html

The Impact of Technology on the Labor market. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-983988.html

An Inspiring hour of Science and Wonder, http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-967340.html

Conspiracy, Scientific Hoax, and theTheory of Relativity. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-956882.html

[转载]Predicting Technological Progress. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-961144.html

The Unknown Brain. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=1565&do=blog&id=965878

Harvard Compufest 2016:Brain+Machine

Submarines, the Cold War, andadvances in Geophysics

Mathematical Game Theory -Recent developments

From PeriodicTable to the AtomicBomb

Decision Making,Backward Propagation, and Deep


Is Control Dead? (II)

[转载]Computer Science by 2022

Law and Computer Science

Differential Privacy  

A Tutorial on Filteringand Estimation            

Big Data and Data Science (4)        

BigData and Data Science (3)          

       Big Data and Data Science(II)

Big Data and Data Science

On Optimization

[转载]The Essence ofEngineering

Expanding System Engineering:Tech.and Human Resources ( II)

Expanding SystemEngineering: Technology AND Human Resources

About Fuzzy Logic

A History of System Control 1959-2013

The Science of Success symposium atHarvard

Two Types of Dynamic Systems

Probability andStochastic Process Tutorial (Five articles total)  

http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-671318.html;http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-669532.html;http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-666599.html;http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-665359.html; http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-664051.

Security and Game Theory

50+ years of controlresearch at Harvard in 5+ minutes

Why I wrote the article “一篇超级大牛的  . . .”


ATTENTION - readers of my article "D&C in Everyday Lives"

Financial Engineering 101

Decision and Control in EverydayLives

The Art and Skill of Public Speaking

On the election of academicians

A Comedy (or Tragedy) ofErrors

MIT 150th BirthdayCelebration Computer Symposium

A Short Course onNonlinear Filtering

"AI" vs"IA"

Illiteracy and Innumeracy– Why Quantitative Reasoning?

[转载]The Science ofNetworks:A Series of Documentary Films

What is Experimental System Engineering?  

Control Is Dead?  http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-344686.html

One Of TheMostIntelligent And Useful Executive Summary (10 Pages) Of A Book On WorldEnergyNeed And Policy I Have Read.

What is System Engineering?-什么是系统工程?(中英对照)http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-300484.html

In praise of imperfections

Why is "decentralized control and optimization" hard?

Basic vs. Applied Research

Why most things fail: Evolution, Extinction & Economics

老大哥在看着你呢” (模式识别在我们生活中无处不在) (中英对照)


Mathematical Game theory(#6)

Conditions for Innovation( 创新的条件)

Probability and UnusualEvents

On Optimal Control

Why is ScienceConservative (II) - 科学为何是保守的(二)(原文及译文)

Why Is ScienceConservative? - 科学为何是保守的(一)(原文及译文)

Some Dirty Secrets ofApplied Mathematics –应用数学的几个家醜

What is Mathematical GameTheory ?( #5) – Finale, summing up, and my own view

What is Mathematical GameTheory ?( #4) –Many person game theory

What is Mathematical GameTheory (#3)

What is Mathematical GameTheory (#2)


What isMathematical Game Theory? http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-17894.html

On OralExaminations  http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-13708.html


How to

How and Why Do People Go Wrong? http://blog.sciencenet.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=1565&do=blog&id=1011081

The Importance of Speaking Well. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-995443.html

Leadership and Success. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-981352.html

How to make decisions – A real-life example.http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-975205.html

We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-972454.html

Secret to a long and fulfillinglife


Starting Your Own Company – Or why I am not abillionaire

[转载]HowSuccessful People Use Their Spare Time

Education of a Control Engineer.

Personal financial management(3)–Quick and Dirty Rules

习什么技术----可以在退休后再做20 (2)
Review Paper or Just Report of a Learning Experience
Financial Engineering(II) Becoming Financially Independent
How to make hard choices


System Engineering forDummies

How To Get Tenure AtAn Academic Institution http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-690977.html

[转载]Howto write popularscience articles? – An Example

Managing Your FinancialLife

SideTrips To Be Taken On My Academic Road Map

A Road Map for Your Academic Career

[转载]How to quit yourjobgracefully

[转载]Seven InterviewQuestionsThat Kill Careers

Practical Decision Makingunder Uncertainty

The Wisdom of CEOs – FiveEssential Leadership Qualities

[转载]How to Overcome Life's Disappointments

Youthful confusion, and loss of faith and incentives.  

To Organizers of ChineseScientific Conferences

How to be a visiting scholar in the US

[转载]How to write a job applicationcovering letter

On Interviewing For A Job

On Finding A Professional Home

On Attending Conferences

科研自 (2)

How did I get my lifetimejob?-我是如何获得我的终身职业的(中英对照)

How to Supervise Yourself (怎么自导博士论文)

How to do consulting?

The IEEE Guideline on Plagiarism

My personal opinion about co-authorship

How to write a book review

On Education and Research(13) - replies to requests and questions (1)




How to get a paper published - 关于论文发表(原文及译文)


On Research #9 - threethings to rememberHow to make comments inmeetings 在会议上發言(原文及译文)

On Research and Education(#12) – Frustration and Epiphany

On Research and Education(#11) Changing Research Direction and Field ofEndeavor

On Research #10- some specific advice to Chinese Ph.D students  

On Research #8 - How to formulate a research problem

How to get a postdoc position abroad

On ideas,writing, and presentation   http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-5442.html


On Research and Education#6

On Research and Ph.DEducation #5 - Sabbatical and Supervision

On Research and Education #4 - MIT vs. Harvard

For young scholars - How to wrtie a technical paper

How to Do Research #3

More on "how to do research?"

How to do research

Life in the US

On being elected IFAC Fellow. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-990720.html

Graduation of my youngest grandchild.http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-983135.html

My takes on the US Presidential Election 2016. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-973442.html

Scams, frauds, and Come-on ads. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-972774.htmlA New Map for the United States. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-971309.htmlMy take on Donald Trump as President. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-970138.html

Lexington held a Presidential forum for local CAs. http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-969441.html

I am a lucky guy (5) (大难不死).http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-967885.html

無巧不成書 Miracles do happen!.http://blog.sciencenet.cn/blog-1565-964501.html

Chinese Amer. Asso. of Lexington (CAAL) Forum and NY party

[转载]The Messy Political History of theUS

The New Lexington Community Center

Family Reunion 2015 on Martha’s Vineyard, MA

On Turning 80

Money Talks

Academic Ethics and the EntrepreneurSpirit


An Asian American Experience (2)

Spying and Surveillance

An Asian American Experience

Lexington 300th Birthday Celebration

How well do you understand American pop culture?

Chinese American elected to town wide office in Lexington

The 21st Century University and How to Get into U.S.Colleges

Money talks – A short cut to the US green Card & citzenship

Chinese American College Admissions and the Glass Ceiling

Chinese American electedto town wideoffice in Lexington

How well do youunderstand Americanpop culture?

Will the 21st CenturyBelong to China?

Two Great American PopSingers andTheir Signature Songs

The 21st CenturyUniversity and How toGet into U.S.Colleges

In Praise and Admirationof ProfessorY.T.Li

Chinese American CollegeAdmissionsand the Glass Ceiling

Money talks – A short cutto the USgreen Card & citzenship

The Four Waves of ChineseImmigration to the United States

Is Going to an EliteCollege worth It?

[转载]Labor Day US 美国劳动节

On the End Stage of Life- 少年人的天堂, 中年人的战场, 老年人的坟墓

On Tenure and TenureTrack

1959-2009 Half Century ofResearch and Education and the 48th IEEEConference on Decision and Control,Shanghai, China (I am a lucky guy!)

For Students studying abroad - Western Customs to Know (II)

10.10.59 – 10.10.09

For Students going abroadto study - Western Customs You Need to Know

How did I get my lifetimejob?-我是如何获得我的终身职业的(中英对照)


Chinese Restaurants ofthe world (2)

Fragility of moderncivilization – some personal observations

The American BroadwayMusical, Nostalgia, and memories from 1949-1961

Chinese Americans in theUS (#3) – the 1.5th Generation

The Family AutomobileTrip and vacation in the US

Renewal in America –replacing the family stove

Life of an Academic in theUSA



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