The 1st Recent Advances Workshop was held in December 15-18, 2007 in Guangzhou. This biyearly serial workshop is a supplement to CSI National Congress. CSI supports and finances Recent Advances Workshop, organizing lectures on variety of fields and topics given by invited speakers, publishing textbook and providing participants with free meals. Workshop interested more participants every time, from initially around 200 people to more than 400 people in the 4th Recent Advances Workshop, held in December 20-22, 2013 in Guilin.