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Message from the Head

Technology nowadays is advancing in an unprecedented rate in human history and has brought dramatic new options in all aspects of everyday life – health care, education, job satisfaction, entertainment, communication, and commerce, etc.. It is difficult to think of any area of life that has not been affected. Almost all the goods and services people use depend on technology related to electrical engineering (EE). EE Department is an exciting hub of discovery and innovation led by a group of passionate and knowledgeable faculty working in the fields of Antenna Design; Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence; Bioinformatics; Biomedical Systems, Biosensors, and Bioelectronics; Computer Engineering; Control Systems and Optimization; Microelectronic Devices and Circuits; Nanotechnology and Nanodevices; Networking and Internet of Things; Photonics; Power Electronics and Systems; Signal and Image Processing; Terahertz and Millimeter Waves; and Wireless Communications; to make innovation happen embracing the importance of multidisciplinary approaches in technology.

It is fascinating to see the correlation between the desperately-fast advancement in innovation and technology in this information-based economy for the 21st century and genuine endeavors by scientists and engineers for making a better world. Our strong team of 55 academics and their PhDs are committed to delivering leadership in world-class research frontiers. Currently, we have 2 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), 1 Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, 1 Highly Cited Researcher (since 2009), 16 Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA (FIEEE), 3 IEEE Society Award Winners, and 3 Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellows. With the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology, PRC, the State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves, first of its kind in Hong Kong, was established in 2008. Our staff’s efforts paid off by winning major grants in support of their groundbreaking research initiatives – currently EE has two on-going Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) projects and one Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) project with grants support totaling HK$15 million and HK$28 million, respectively. Another CRF project has been completed successfully in 2018.

Our Department was ranked 15th worldwide and 1st in Hong Kong by subject in Electrical and Electronic Engineering according to U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings 2020; 21st worldwide and 1st in Hong Kong in Engineering Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities by National Taiwan University Ranking 2019; and got highest “expected output index” worldwide in Electrical and Electronic Engineering by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

Nurturing new stars of EE profession is one of our top goals to achieve. The Department offers BEng programmes in Computer and Data Engineering, Electronic and Communication Engineering, and Information Engineering, of depth that prepares students for their technology driven career path and beyond, yet broad enough to allow them to pursue other career paths. At the postgraduate level it offers taught Master’s programmes in Electronic Information Engineering and Multimedia Information Technology, and research degree programmes. We have a total of around 1,400 students, among them about two fifth are graduate students. Our programmes and experiential-learning education build students the cornerstone for taking positions of leadership in science and technology.

There is absolutely a competitive edge for a graduate with Electrical Engineering background to excel in a full range of careers in a technology-driven economy. Our graduates are change agents in the technology world as technology is tied to everyone’s business and a key element to improve the quality of life.

As for research, the Department aspires to achieve long term breakthroughs in antenna; electronic, photonic, sensor, biomedical, control devices and systems; power and energy; high-speed communications and networking; millimeter waves and THz; big data, IoT, AI and signal/image processing; targeting to create lasting solutions to society challenges. While we aspire to become a leading department of its kind in the world, being able to have strategic perspectives driven by our forward-thinking and highly focused mindsets are keys to success.

We will continue to focus on professional education and research excellence on rigorous science and technology, while extending groundbreaking findings to serve industry and our society. We endeavor to bring together students, faculty and other collaborators in a multidisciplinary work environment that support open-ended thinking in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship.

I am looking forward to working with you all – students, postdocs, colleagues at EE and around the world, alumni, industry partners, government, and entrepreneurs to explore and build a better future in this thriving and exciting field of electrical engineering.

Last updated : 6 Nov 2019