Staff Achievements 2020
Prof K M Luk, Prof C H Chan and Dr Steve Wong have been awarded RMB1.25 million by the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province (廣東省財政廳科技創新戰略專項資金（粵港澳聯合實驗室等）項目) for establishing The Greater Bay Area Joint Laboratory of Big Data Imaging and Communications. This project is led by Shenzhen Academy of Information and Communication Technology and in collaboration with Shenzhen University and 5 companies in mainland China. The total funding amount is RMB 5 million and the CityU’s share is RMB 1.25 million. There is also RMB 16 million from the supporting industrial parties. The construction period of the Joint Laboratory is first set as 3 years. It will receive continuous funding support upon satisfactory completion of the first term of construction.
The mission of the Joint Laboratory is to sustain smart city development in the core technological areas in big data, imaging, and communications. They will output state-of-the-art technologies for 5G, 6G, big data, imaging, and communications through cross-disciplinary integration, and collaborative innovation of industry and academia. The outputs through this joint platform will provide scientific, industrial, and social impacts in the cities of Greater Bay Area and across the globe.
In 2019, the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province initiated the construction of the first batch of 10 joint laboratories, which achieved good results in providing key support for Guangdong's economic and social development. In 2020, the second batch of 10 joint laboratories are approved. All leading principals in the joint laboratory must be international and national leaders in the field. The approved “The Greater Bay Area Joint Laboratory of Big Data Imaging and Communications” is the first joint laboratory in the field of information and communication technology.
Prof Henry Chung has been conferred the CityU Outstanding Research Award 2020 in recognition of his exceptionally outstanding research achievements. The award will be formally presented to him at the University Congregation in November 2020.
Prof Chung is an active scholar in Power Electronics with over 200 journal publications. He has also been working closely with the industry on impactful applied research.
Prof Ron Chen (Chair Professor of EE) and Dr Yang Lou (Post Doc of EE) have received the Chinese Institute of Electronics Best Paper Award 2020 (中國電子學會 - 電子資訊領域優秀科技論文). The winning paper, co-authored with a scholar from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, is titled "Enhancing Controllability Robustness of 𝑞-Snapback Networks through Redirecting Edges". Dr Lou is also our PhD graduate (2017). During his studies with EE, Dr Lou was supervised by Dr Kelvin Yuen and specialized in researching techniques for improving online and offline history-assisted evolutionary algorithms.
The awards will be presented annually to the papers deemed the best among the submissions in terms of its impact, originality and novelty. There were around 100 submissions this year and the paper by Prof Chen and Dr Lou is one of the 8 papers selected for the 2020 award.
EE Outstanding Teacher Awards aim at recognizing excellence in teaching as well as promoting effective teaching and learning in the Department of Electrical Engineering. All students taking EE courses in the academic year 2019/20 were invited to vote for the best teachers in their eyes. The awardees of 2019/20 are:
- Dr CHAN Hau Ping, Andy
- Mr TING Chi Wang, Van
- Dr WANG Cheng
Prof Ron Chen has been put on World’s Top 1000 Scientist List according to the 2020 6th edition of Top Scientists Ranking for Computer Science & Electronics prepared by Guide2Research. Prof Chen is ranked 16th worldwide and ranked the 1st in Hong Kong and in Asia by H-Index of 149 with 100,895 citations. There are 144 Chinese scholars being put on the list and Prof Chen is one of the top 10 Chinese scholars, being ranked 4th among the 144 listed Chinese scholars. Prof Chen’s research on chaos theory and hence the discovery of “Chen System” has attracted extensive attention in the academic community and has earned him this international recognition.
The ranking represents H-index, database and logic programming (DBLP) computer science bibliography, and citations values gathered by 16 May 2020. The analysis is based on a detailed examination of more than 6000 profiles on Google Scholar and DBLP. To know more the successful story of Prof Chen, you may check Guide2Research, CityU News, or Hong Kong Commercial Daily.
Prof Evelyn Hu, Honorary Professor of EE and the Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, has been selected to receive the 2020 IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award. The citation for this award is “For pioneering contributions to microelectronics fabrication technologies for nanoscale and photonic devices”.
The IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award was established in 1999 and sponsored by the IEEE Electron Devices Society. It aims to recognize scholars with outstanding contributions to solid-state devices and technology. Prof Hu has been focusing on developing techniques with high spatial precision to sculpt nanostructures from solid-state materials with minimal damage. Her innovative micro- and nanofabrication technologies have enabled the continued shrinking of integrated circuits. Industrial and academic research groups use her methods to achieve nanometer-scale control over device geometries while maintaining excellent optical properties, impacting areas ranging from telecommunications to high-speed electronics. Her work has resulted in lasers with record low threshold values, single-photon sources, improved extraction of light from indium-gallium-nitride light emitting diodes (LEDs), and coupled light-matter states. The many benefits realized from her achievements include the reduction of electricity consumption by replacing traditional lighting with more efficient LED lighting as well as paving the way for quantum information processing.
Dr Sammy Chan has received the IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award 2020. The winning paper, co-authored with scholars from Hohai University, Nanjing Agricultural University and Shenyang Ligong University, is titled “An Uneven Cluster-Based Mobile Charging Algorithm for Wireless Rechargeable Sensor Networks”.
The Systems Journal Best Paper Award of the IEEE Systems Council will be presented annually to the papers deemed the best among those published in the IEEE Systems Journal (ISJ) during the preceding calendar year. Each year up to 1% of the eligible papers can be selected for the award. There were 793 papers published in 2019 and Dr Chan’s paper is one of the 7 papers selected for the 2020 award.
EE Department has done extremely well in the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) 2020/21 exercise given its highly competitive nature. There were 9 candidates selected by the university for nomination to the Research Grants Council (RGC) and 7 candidates were selected/wait listed for the award. The success rate is 77.8%. It is the best results for EE over the years and EE received the highest number of awards among all academic departments/schools at CityU.
The bright candidates will be supervised by our Prof K M Luk, Prof H C So, Prof Michael Tse, Dr Steve Wong and Dr Yixuan Yuan and are expected to study with EE in the academic year 2020/21.
Prof Evelyn Hu, Honorary Professor of EE Department and the Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, has been appointed as Senior Fellow of Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS), City University of Hong Kong (https://www.ias.cityu.edu.hk/en/people/senior-fellow).
HKIAS appoints Fellows from the ranks of scholars and researchers who are internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Prof Hu’s research focuses on high-resolution fabrication of compound semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices, candidate structures for the realization of quantum computation schemes, and on novel device structures formed through the heterogeneous integration of materials. She has also developed biological approaches to the formation of electronic and photonic materials. Prof Hu is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica of Taiwan, a recipient of an NSF Distinguished Teaching Fellow award, an AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award, and a Fellow of the IEEE. She also holds an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Glasgow and an honorary Doctorate of Science from Heriot Watt University.
By joining HKIAS, Prof Hu will work with and mentor research fellows, young scholars and students through distinguished lectures, seminars, workshops, and many other activities and events. We look forward to having Prof Hu to work closely with us in the advancement of science, engineering and technology.
Prof Moshe ZUKERMAN, our Chair Professor of Information Engineering, and Dr. Ray CHEUNG, our Associate Professor, have received the inaugural CENG Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2019-2020 for their dedication to teaching and creative efforts to make learning enjoyable. The Selection Panel was deeply impressed by their outstanding teaching which demonstrates innovative, effective and well-implemented instructional pedagogies and approaches, and the embodiment of the Discovery-Enriched Curriculum.