Yu, Sheng - Unexpectedly at his home on Monday, January 23, 2012, Sheng Yu, Professor of Computer Science, UWO, age 61. Beloved husband of Lizhen Zhang, dear son of Runqing Liu and the late Youlong Yu, loving brother of He Yu, Zhe Yu, Rui Yu, Lei Yu and the late Li Yu. Dr. Yu, born in Tianjin, China, a distinguished teacher and internationally recognized eminent researcher, received his Computer Science graduate degrees at University of Waterloo; MSc in 1982 and PhD in 1986. He taught at Kent State University from 1987 to 1989 before coming to the University of Western Ontario. His research and teaching spanned an enormous theoretical area: Automata and Formal language theory, implementation of automata, object-oriented analysis and design, programming languages, especially object-oriented programming languages and parallel programming languages: a highly valued member of the editorial boards of four prominent international journals, of some 50 scientific conference program committees, a holder of numerous scientific grants, an author of more than 169 scientific papers in refereed journals, books and refereed conference proceedings, a graduate supervisor of 13 PhD/post-doctoral fellows and many MSc students, a hard-working member of 52 UWO committees and an inspiring teacher of 19 Computer Science graduate/undergraduate courses at UWO. He will be forever remembered and missed by his family, colleagues, numerous students and the international community of theoretical computer scientists. The funeral service will be conducted at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond St., on Friday, February 3 at 11:00 am, with visitation prior from 10-11 am. Private cremation.
January 27, 2012, 2:55 pm
Sheng's passing is a great loss! My full condolences to all members of his family
January 27, 2012, 3:26 pm
Long live Prof. Yu, in my heart, as your signature resides in my PhD thesis forever. Condolences to Prof. Yu's family.
January 27, 2012, 5:25 pm
Sheng was a dear colleague. I will never forget his gentle and kind face. I, and I am sure everyone in the department, will miss him greatly. This has been a sad and shocking news to us all.
January 27, 2012, 8:10 pm
I was truly shocked and saddened to hear about passing. My condolences to Lizhen Zhang and the family, and I can't express enough how sorry I am for your loss.
I had only visited Sheng in June 2011 and written to him just before the death, and he was in good spirits and looking forward to our next meeting in Beijing soon.
Sheng will be missed, both as an outstanding computer scientist and a good tennis player.
January 27, 2012, 8:41 pm
I was shocked and saddened by Sheng's passing. I remember from my time as a student that Sheng always had a smile and time for a brief chat. He was one of my favourite teachers and was an excellent mentor. I was honoured to have him as a member on my Doctoral advisory committee. I shall miss seeing him on my rare visits back to UWO. My deepest condolences and sympathies to his family.
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Saskatchewan
January 27, 2012, 10:09 pm
Prof. Sheng Yu's unexpected passing still shocks me. He is a very kind human being, extreme humble and intelligent scientist, and great tennis partner. His hard-working and vigorous spirit will be with me forever. My deepest condolence goes out to his family.
January 28, 2012, 6:39 am
The unexpected passing of Prof. Sheng Yu deeply saddened me.
Even though I wasn't Prof. Sheng Yu's student (my boyfriend was), he still made a great impact on me. He was very kind to me, very gentle and humble. The picture we took together at a great dinner last June is one of my favorite pictures from my undergraduate graduation at UWO.
My deepest condolences to Prof. Sheng Yu's family.
January 28, 2012, 9:07 am
Extremely sad and shocked to receive this news. Our condolences to Lizhen and Sheng's family.
I have known Sheng ever since I came to Western some 19 years ago and he has been so kind and helpful to his friends, colleagues and students.
He will be missed by all, but will remain in their hearts forever.
January 28, 2012, 10:07 am
I am very shocked after listening to the sad news. My full condolence to his family.
January 28, 2012, 2:20 pm
TO: Lizhen Zhang and family
We are very sorry for your loss. Sheng was one of my best friends
and a great colleague. I know he will be missed much.
With deep sympathy
Karel and Jana Culikj
January 28, 2012, 3:11 pm
We will think about our dear friend Sheng with the same frequency as in the last twenty two years since we met him. Elena and Cris Calude
Zhuozhi Wang & his family
January 28, 2012, 5:25 pm
Dr. Sheng Yu, you are in our thoughts forever.
January 29, 2012, 1:13 am
Our deepest condolences to Lizhen and Sheng's family. Our community has lost a very original and influential thinker who didn't hesitate to share his knowledge and advise many others. And we lost a dear colleague and a friend.
Natasha Jonoska and Mile Krajcevski
January 29, 2012, 10:30 am
您却是长年如此 ------ 对事业的执著无怨无悔.
我独坐椅上, 凝视窗外, 先生就在眼前.
“先生, 您的身体可好?” 没有回音.
“先生, 您还打网球吗?” 也没有回音.
“先生, 您今年暑假要参加学术会议吗?” 依然没有回音.
“先生, 您怎麽不说话?, 您怎麽了? 怎麽了? ……”
The light of your office at midnights gave you a peaky face.
I remember that once I submitted my homework through email at 1am,
You replied right away: “I got it.”
I stayed late occasionally;
But you did so every day ------ clinging to your career.
“Happy Chinese New Year,” I greeted you a few days ago.
You replied: “Happy New Year to you too!”
Sad news came: you went to Heaven.
I sat on my chair, staring out of my window; as if you were in front of me.
“How are you?” No reply.
“Are you still playing tennis?” No reply yet.
“Are you going to attend any conferences this summer?” No reply still.
“Why don’t you speak? What happened to you? What happened? ……”
Perhaps, you are too tired and need a rest.
My heart is broken with no tears in my eyes.
You are in my heart.
Your student: Zhenheng Li on January 29, 2012.
January 30, 2012, 2:08 pm
I am very sad to hear about the death of Prof. Sheng Yu. May God give him eternal rest and may his soul rest in peace.
January 30, 2012, 7:07 pm
Dr. Sheng is really a nice professor, always with this smiling face and always ready to help others. His passing is great loss to all of us.
Rest In Peace.
January 30, 2012, 10:39 pm
Sheng is gone from us too soon. Though we are left with memories of his bright mind and sparkling sense of humour, for now this is eclipsed by the grief of Sheng's premature departure. Lizhen and family, please accept our deepest condolences and sympathy.
January 30, 2012, 11:19 pm
Sheng Yu served on the an editorial board of an international journal which I also serve as a member. His sudden passing shocked me. My deepest condolence to Sheng's family.
January 30, 2012, 11:49 pm
Please accept our deepest
condolences. Prof. Sheng Yu will be remembered for his warmth, human spirit, and many contributions to computer science.
January 31, 2012, 12:05 am
My deepest condolences.
Oscar and Naida Ibarra
January 31, 2012, 12:59 am
The loss of our very dear friend Sheng is difficult to bear. We will alway cherish his friendship, and his memory will remain deep in our hearts.
Lizhen: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
--- Oscar & Naida Ibarra
January 31, 2012, 3:52 am
Dear family of Sheng Yu,
please accept my deepest sympathy. I met Sheng at several occasions over the past years, and we were linked by a direct edge in chairing DLT conferences in 2009 and 2010. He will be missed.
Paul and jennifer Wang
January 31, 2012, 9:32 am
It is shocking to receive this news. Sheng is a great friend and coworker.
Sincere condolences to Mrs. Yu and other family
January 31, 2012, 11:37 am
I am deeply saddened by my friend and office mate Sheng Yu at such a young age. I know Sheng for his witty remarks, shared a passion of ping-pong with him at unusual hours, and many many visits to all the known and unknown restaurants in Kent. After he left for Western Ontario, He kept in touch with me, and later when we both became professors, I met him in a Las Vegas and his wife conference, and we had dinner together.
He was the kindest and wittiest soul I know, and I have enjoyed every moment with him even we haggled for his first car - a Honda civic with the dealer.
May God be with him always.
January 31, 2012, 4:31 pm
Please accept my condolences on your loss. Prof. Yu was a highly accomplished and respected scholar, whose work had considerable impact on his field of research, and his death is also a loss to our research community. He left a rich legacy in the form of his papers, that will continue to influence the work of researchers in the future.
With deepest sympathy.
Department of Computer Science
University of California at Riverside
January 31, 2012, 5:00 pm
I am truly sorry for your unexpected loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
January 31, 2012, 11:28 pm
It was very sad to know that Dr. Yu passed away. When my wife and I heard this sad news,
we were so shocked and couldn't sleep at that night. It is a big lost to his family and
Dr. Yu was my supervisor when I was a Ph.D student in UWO from 1991 to 1995. He brought me
into theoretical computer science, in particular, regular languages and state complexities.
Later I switched to object-oriented programming lanaguages and type theory. He was
brilliant and quickly pointed me to the untyped issue of templates in C++. He was a great
researcher in not only theoretical computer science but also object-oriented programming
language. I miss him so much.
After my graduation, we remain close to each other. Each Holiday season we exchange greetings.
Now it is going to be hard for my family to not receive a greeting card from him.
February 1, 2012, 12:36 am
I would like to express my sincerest condolences to Dr. Yu's family and friends. I had the pleasure of taking two courses under Professor Yu -- one in theory of computation, and another in programming languages. His teaching instilled in me an interest in theoretical Computer Science that I never would have suspected I would have. I had hoped to sit in the next time he taught a graduate level course in State Complexity.
Beyond his teaching, he was a very kind man, always taking the time to help his students, and asking about my research. I enjoyed chatting with him from time to time, and I will miss seeing him in the department.
February 1, 2012, 10:55 am
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February 2, 2012, 3:25 pm
Extremely shocked by his passing. I can still remember days in his class. 多好的人啊! My deepest condolences to his family.
Maryann Mommersteeg/ USC / UCC
February 2, 2012, 3:49 pm
To Lizhen and family, so sorry for the sudden loss. My sympathies and prayers.
February 2, 2012, 10:27 pm
Professor Sheng Yu was a really nice person with a bright smile and a pleased heart. I will always remember the times he stopped by my office at night, when I was a student. My condolences to his family, Computer Science Department, and Western University.
February 2, 2012, 11:02 pm
My you rest in peace.
February 3, 2012, 12:10 am
Dear Litzen, dear relatives of Sheng,
We send our deepest condolences. Sheng was simply SO NICE friend - and excellent scientist and colleague. We shall
miss and remember him for year to come.
Jaija and Juhani
February 3, 2012, 8:28 am
We'll always remember Sheng, we'll miss him.
Our condolences to all members of his family,
Cezar and Stefania Campeanu
February 14, 2012, 10:09 am
I was Dr. Yu's first PhD-student at Kent State University and finished my work with him while he was at UWO.
Dr. Yu was the one who introduced me to theoretical computer science, in particular automata/formal languages and state complexities, an area of research that I never would have suspected I would have liked. But, I am still carrying on my research in the same area and enjoying it.
I visited Dr. Yu several times at UWO and kept in touch with him through the years.
Our last contact was only one day before he passed away and I am supposed to see him this coming summer.
He will be definitely missed but he will never be forgotten. My heartfelt condolences to Lizhen and the family.