Fenrong Liu, professor by special appointment in the Amsterdam-China Logic Chair at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), has been awarded the Changjiang Distinguished Professorship by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Liu, who is also co-director of the Joint Research Centre for Logic of the UvA and Tsinghua University, received this award in recognition of her academic achievements.
Founded in 1998, the National Changjiang Programme is considered China’s most prestigious scholarly honour. Liu is the first Chinese logician to receive this award. Besides the title of Changjiang Distinguished Professor, recipients also receive additional resources to enhance their university’s research profile and international visibility.
In 2013, UvA University Professor Johan van Benthem, co-director of the Tsinghua-UvA Joint Research Center for Logic, was also awarded a Changjiang Distinguished Professorship, which is rarely granted to foreign researchers. As a result, the Centre – launched in 2014 – is now headed by two recipients of China’s highest academic honor.
Fenrong Liu obtained her doctorate at the UvA’s Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) in 2008, and became a full professor at Tsinghua University in 2011. She conducts research in the area of logic for rational agency and has developed various models to demonstrate how new information can dynamically change individuals' and other agents' preferences. Her current work focuses on the logical analysis of information flows and decision-making in social settings, both by individual agents and in groups. In addition, she is exploring the history of ancient logic in China, with a special interest in patterns of argumentation.
The UvA-Tsinghua Joint Research Centre for Logic is the first of its kind between the Netherlands and China. Created in 2014, its aim is to create an active interface between the ILLC and the community at Tsinghua around a broad interdisciplinary conception of logic, and act as a bridge for contacts between China and the international community.