Four students from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) won the Innovation and Technology Scholarship 2021, receiving HK$150,000 each for activities including overseas exchange, local internship and mentorship programmes. The Scholarship will broaden their horizons, enhance their professional knowledge about science and technology, and help them succeed in the fields of innovation and technology.
Nominated by President Way Kuo of CityU, four CityU awardees outperformed many other candidates with their innovative ideas and enthusiasm. They successfully navigated rigorous interviews set by the selection committee and reached the final 25 winners.
The project team comprising Ms ZHANG Yifan, a CS PhD student, and Mr ZHANG Jinghuai, a BScCS 2020 graduate, was awarded the Hong Kong Computer Society Student Sponsorship 2020 in the amount of HKD20,000 for their research work titled “A Novel Learning Framework for Sampling-Based Motion Planning in Autonomous Driving,” which was published in the 34th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2020), under the supervision of Prof Jianping WANG.
Established by the Hong Kong Computer Society, the Sponsorship aims to encourage student participation in ICT projects and show recognition to outstanding student projects. A total of two projects are awarded annually from local universities’ nominations.
Two PhD students, Mr ZHU Qingling and Mr LIU Fei, under the supervision of Prof ZHANG Qingfu, won the gold prize with USD 5,000 in track one of the Logistics Algorithm Competition organized by Huawei Technologies Ltd. in the 11th International Conference on Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization (EMO 2021).
This 3-month competition attracted over 110 teams to develop and test their methods on the real-world dataset. One major search engine in the winning method is MOEA/D, a widely used multiobjective evolutionary algorithm developed by our winning team.
A joint team with members from City University of Hong Kong and the Northeastern University, China won the Silver Prize in both the 12th Challenge Cup – National Business Plan Competition for College Students and the 6th China International College Students' “Internet +” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for their project titled “CombCure,” under the supervision of Dr Shuaicheng LI. The team has developed a prototype for a cancer platform for doctors and patients with functions including Omics data analysis, data management, genetic data visualization, medicine and treatment recommendation, and cloud-based consultation.
Team members from CityU (in alphabetical order):
12th Challenge Cup – National Business Plan Competition for College Students
Dr CHEN Lingxi, 2020 PhD graduate
Mr LI Chaohui, BSc Computer Science student
Miss LI Shiying, PhD student
6th China International College Students' “Internet +” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
Dr CHEN Lingxi, 2020 PhD graduate
Miss LI Shiying, PhD student
Dr ZHAO Zicheng, 2018 PhD graduate
A team of BSc Computer Science students comprising Mr DAI Chenyue, Mr LI Jiaqian and Mr XU Rui won the Silver Medal in the 45th International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) - Asia Regional Contest (Jinan Site) 2020 held virtually in December 2020, under the supervision of Prof Minming LI and Dr Kenneth LEE. The same team of students also received the Silver Medal in the 6th China Collegiate Programming Contest (Changchun Site) held virtually in November 2020.
Dr GUO Yu, a 2019 PhD graduate, together with his co-supervisors Prof Xiaohua JIA and Dr Cong WANG, along with researchers from Alibaba Group, Zhejiang University and Hangzhou Mishu Technology, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled “HybrIDX: New Hybrid Index for Volume-hiding Range Queries in Data Outsourcing Services,” in the virtual 40th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS2020) held from 29 November to 1 December 2020 in Singapore.
The annual ICDCS conference is a prestigious international forum for researchers, developers and users to present, discuss and exchange the cutting-edge ideas and latest findings on topics related to any aspects of distributed computing systems.
Mr HANG Ching Nam, a BScCS 2019 graduate and a CS PhD student, received the Certificate of Merit of Hong Kong ICT Awards 2020: Student Innovation Award for his final year project titled “Large Graph Mining: Subgraph Isomorphism,” under the supervision of Dr Chee Wei TAN. The final year project previously also won the Silver Award of HKEIA Innovation & Technology Project Competition Award 2019.
The Student Innovation Award, one of the eight categories under the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2020, aims to encourage local students to use creativity, develop and apply innovative technologies to carry out innovation projects in information and communication technology.
Mr TIAN Xin, a PhD student, together with his supervisor Dr Rynson LAU, received the Best Student Paper Runner Up Award for their co-authored paper titled “Weakly-supervised Salient Instance Detection” in the 31st British Machine Vision Virtual Conference (BMVC2020) held in September 2020.
Hosted by the British Machine Vision Association (BMVA), BMVC is a prestigious annual conference on machine vision, image processing, and pattern recognition.
Mr Weijing CHEN, a 2019 graduate of MSc Computer Science, together with his supervisor Dr Linqi SONG and a professor from Tianjin University, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled “Enhancing Deep Multimedia Recommendations Using Graph Embeddings” in the IEEE 3rd International Conference on Multimedia Information Processing and Retrieval (IEEE MIPR) 2020 held virtually in August 2020. The paper was based on Mr Chen’s research work in his postgraduate studies.
The conference provides a forum for original research contributions and practical system design, implementation, and applications of multimedia information processing and retrieval.
Ms TO Pui Kiu Cheryl, a Year 2 BSc Computer Science student, received The Outstanding ICT Rising Star Award in the Awards Presentation Ceremony of The HKCS Outstanding ICT Women Awards 2020 (OICTWA 2020) on 5th August 2020.
Organized by the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS), the Outstanding ICT Rising Star Award is to acknowledge young female ICT practitioners aged 25 or below for their ICT-related achievements, active participation in ICT industry activities, and community contribution. Ms To is the recipient of the Galactic Impact Award in the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2019 held in Hong Kong for her innovative underwater robot design for ocean cleanup. She has also been actively participating in community service and made contributions to the community and non-profit organizations such as the Regeneration Society with her knowledge in ICT.
Mr Michael LIM, a Year 2 BSc Computer Science student currently on exchange at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the USA, was awarded the Emirates Grand Prize Winner in TartanHacks 2020, organized by ScottyLabs at CMU in February 2020. Mr Lim formed a multi-cultural team with three students from CMU and other overseas universities. The collaboration led to the development of the award winning system, which tracks customers’ locations and provides various personalized services to customers in an airport through a mobile application.
The team has won a two-night trip to Dubai, where they will present their outstanding hackathon project to executives at the Emirates Airline.
CS students made impressive achievements in the International Collegiate Programming Contests (ICPC) 2019 under the supervision of Dr Minming LI and Dr Kenneth LEE.
A team of BSc Computer Science students comprising Mr DONG Qihua, Mr ZHAI Xingyu and Mr ZHENG Leqian won the Bronze Medal in the 44th ICPC Asia Regional Contest (Nanchang) 2019 held in Nanchang, China in November 2019.
Mr ZHAI Xingyu and Mr ZHENG Leqian, together with a PhD student from the Department of Management Sciences, also won the Bronze Medal in the 2019 ICPC Asia Hong Kong Regional Contest held in Shenzhen, China on 30 November to 1 December 2019.
Mr Zhi ZENG, a PhD student, and his supervisor Dr Ted CHOW, together with Dr Jiadong ZHANG, a 2015 PhD graduate, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled "SSN: A Spatial Semantic Network for High-accuracy, Stable and Generalized Intent Detection" in the 5th IEEE International Conference on Big Data Intelligence and Computing (DataCom) 2019 held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in November 2019.
DataCom is an international forum for engineers and scientists to present their ideas and experiences in the field of Big Data intelligence and computing.
A joint team of undergraduate students from the City University of Hong Kong and Zhejiang University won the First Place Award in the “Track 3: Privacy-preserving Machine Learning as a Service on SGX” of the iDASH Privacy & Security Workshop 2019 - Secure Genome Analysis Competition, held in October 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana USA, under the joint supervision of Dr Cong WANG (CityU) and Prof Yajin ZHOU (Zhejiang U).
Team members (in alphabetical order):
Yuan CHEN (Zhejiang U)
Zixuan HUANG (CS, CityU)
Qiyuan LIANG (CS, CityU)
Jinyan XU (Zhejiang U)
Co-organized by the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California, San Diego, School of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, the Competition aims to evaluate the performance of state-of-the-art methods that ensure rigorous data confidentiality during data analyses in a cloud environment, with participation from prestigious IT companies and prominent universities worldwide. The joint team of CityU and Zhejiang U outperformed the teams from Baidu X-lab and Google, Ant Financial Service Group, China, and ByteDance, achieving the First Place in the highly competitive challenge.
Mr Ning LI, a PhD student, and his supervisor Dr Ted CHOW, together with Dr Jiadong ZHANG, a 2015 PhD graduate, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled "Seeded-BTM: Enabling Biterm Topic Model with Seeds for Product Aspect Mining" in the IEEE 5th International Conference on Data Science and Systems (DSS) 2019 held in Zhangjiajie, China in August 2019.
DSS provides a prime international forum for researchers, industry practitioners and domain experts to exchange the latest advances in Data Science and Data Systems as well as their synergy.
Mr Luning WANG, Mr Zhongzheng TANG and Miss Qian XU, PhD students, together with their supervisors Prof Jianping WANG (Wang) and Prof Xiaohua JIA (Tang), received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled “SNIFF: A Scalable Network Inference Framework for Measuring End-to-End Performance Based on Matrix Completion” in the 5th International Conference on Big Data Computing and Communications (BigCom) 2019 held in Qingdao, China in August 2019.
BigCom is a conference for researchers and practitioners interested in Big Data analytics, management, security and privacy, communication and high performance computing.
Mr Ching Nam HANG, a BScCS 2019 graduate and a PhD student, won the Silver Award of HKEIA Innovation & Technology Project Competition Award 2019 for his final year project titled “Large Graph Mining: Subgraph Isomorphism, ” under the supervision of Dr Chee Wei TAN. Mr Hang received a cash prize of HK$20,000 with a Certificate of Merit.
Organized by the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA), the Competition aims to recognize and reward students with outstanding projects which demonstrate excellence in technology and innovation.
Miss Qianhui Men, a PhD student, together with her supervisor Dr Howard Leung, received the Best VC Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled “Retrieval of Spatial-temporal Motion Topics from 3D Skeleton Data” in the 36th International Conference on Computer Graphics (CGI) 2019 held in June 2019 in Calgary, Canada.
CGI is a prestigious international conference for researchers to present their latest algorithms, models and technologies, and explore new trends and ideas on various computer graphics topics.
Mr CHUI Chi Ho, a final year BSc Computer Science student, won the First Runner-up in the Young Professionals Exhibition & Competition (YPEC) 2019 organized by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Third Prize in the 5th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2019 organized by Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association, under the supervision of Dr Raymond WONG.
The award winning project is Navigation System for Visually Impaired Pedestrians, which combines machine learning, computer vision and indoor positioning techniques to address the daily problems encountered by the visually impaired in the absence of barrier-free facilities.
Two BSc Computer Science students, Mr Archit CHOUDHURY and Mr TAI Lok Yin, together with two other CityU students, won the Most Innovative Award in the PwC’s Data-lympics 2019.
Organized by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong, the two-day competition provides an opportunity for participants to test their data science skills in discovering useful insights from large and complex datasets, with 41 teams of University students competing in these data analytics challenges.
Two BSc Computer Science students, Mr WANG Fangzhou and Mr ZHENG Leqian, won the Bronze Medal in the 2018 ACM-ICPC Asia Xuzhou Regional Contest, under the supervision of Dr Minming LI and Dr Kenneth LEE.
Hosted by China University of Mining and Technology, the Contest attracted over 275 teams from 169 universities in China to compete for the awards.
Three BSc Computer Science students, Mr KWOK Ping Chung, Mr LO Shu Fai and Mr NG Tsz Wing, together with two SEEM students, won the 1st Runner-up in the Media Category in Classified Post Hackathon 2018 for their project titled “ATM,” which implements new functions on recruitment websites to provide job seekers with coaching and advice on career planning. The winning team received a cash prize of HKD$5,000.
Classified Post Hackathon is a 24-hour challenge for students and fresh graduates to build effective digital solutions for large corporates, and provide a platform for participants to develop their prototype as well as meet with technology industry leaders.
Mr HANG Ching Nam, a BScCS student, and Mr YU Pei Duo, a CS PhD student, together with their supervisor Dr Chee Wei TAN and another author, received the Honorable Mention Award in the Graph Challenge 2018, for their co-authored paper titled “Parallel Counting of Triangles in Large Graphs: Pruning and Hierarchical Clustering Algorithms.” The paper was also published in the conference proceedings of the IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing (HPEC) 2018.
Organized by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Amazon Web Services, the Graph Challenge encourages community approaches to developing new solutions for analyzing graphs and sparse data derived from social media, sensor feeds, and scientific data to enable relationships between events to be discovered. The Challenge attracted submissions from supercomputing research groups in the United States and other countries.
Three BSc Computer Science students, Mr WONG Man Fai, Miss FAN Cheuk Hang and Miss CHAN Wing Sze, won the 2nd Runner-up in 2018 Microsoft Imagine Cup National Final – Hong Kong for their project titled “Ani-Think”, which provides a mobile solution in veterinary pathology for animal sentiment analysis and disease diagnosis. The winning team received a cash prize of HKD$1,000 and is entitled to a fast-track interview opportunity to Cyberport’s entrepreneurship programmes.
Organized by Microsoft Hong Kong, the Competition provides a platform for students to present their original and innovative applications under the themes of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Mixed Reality.
Two PhD graduates of 2018, Dr Kwabena Ebo BENNIN and Dr Solomon MENSAH, together with their supervisor Dr Jacky KEUNG and two other authors, received the Excellence Research Award from the Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSE) of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ) for their co-authored paper titled “MAHAKIL: Diversity based oversampling approach to alleviate the class imbalance issue in software defect prediction,” published in the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering in June 2018.
The Award is granted annually to a few papers published in top journals/ conferences in Software Engineering in the past one year with at least one of the authors being the member of the SIGSE.
Mr CHUI Tsz Him, a BSc Computer Science student, received the IET Prize 2018, and was granted a cash prize of HK$3,000 and a complimentary student membership of the IET for one year.
Hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the IET Prize is awarded to engineering students with outstanding academic results and active in extra-curricular activities and community service.
Two BSc Computer Science students, Mr WONG Man Fai and Miss FAN Cheuk Hang, together with a student from PolyU, won the Second Prize in the 2018 China Collegiate Computing Contest – Mobile Application Innovation Contest, under the supervision of Dr Antoni CHAN.
Hosted by Apple Incorporated and the Zhejiang University, the Contest aims to raise students’ awareness of innovation and encourage students to solve problems with technology. The Contest attracted around 600 teams from universities in China to compete for the awards.
A team of BSc Computer Science students comprising Mr WANG Fangzhou, Miss ZHENG Wanying and Mr ZHAI Xingyu under the supervision of Dr Minming LI and Dr Kenneth LEE, won the Silver Medal in the 2018 ACM-ICPC Chinese Collegiate Programming Contest held in Ningxia, China.
Hosted by Ningxia Institute of Science and Technology, the Contest attracted over 135 teams from more than 75 universities in China to compete for the awards.
Mr Umair Mujtaba QURESHI, a CS PhD student, received the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Students and Young Professional Paper Assistance (IES-SYPA) Award for his paper titled “Problem of Wireless Fingerprint Duplication in Fingerprinting based Indoor Localization” in the 27th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2018) held in Cairns, Australia on 13-15 June 2018. This paper was co-authored with Ms Zuneera UMAIR, another CS PhD student and his supervisor Dr Gerhard Petrus HANCKE.
ISIE is the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society’s flagship conference, this annual event is a premier international forum for researchers, developers and practitioners at the forefront of science and technology in industrial electronics. The goal of the IES-SYPA is to financially support the travel for the IEEE Students and Young Professional to attend an IES conference.
Three PhD students, Ms Qing MI, Mr Xiupei MEI and Ms Yan XIAO, together with their supervisors Dr Jacky KEUNG and Dr Wing Kwong CHAN, received the Excellent Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled "A Gamification Technique for Motivating Students to Learn Code Readability in Software Engineering" in the 4th International Symposium on Educational Technology (ISET 2018) held in Osaka, Japan on 31 July - 2 August 2018.
ISET is an annual international conference with the main focus on the educational technology. The purpose is to bring together researchers and developers from education and computer science to advance the research and application of information and communication technology in education.
CS students in the "2018 Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest - Embedded System Design Invitational Contest" held in Shanghai in July. Under the supervision of Dr Chee Wei TAN, six CS Year-3 students formed two teams and each team won the Second Prize in the Contest.
Mr HANG Ching Nam, Miss LAU Lee and Mr CHEUNG Ka Ho
(Intelligent Farming: Automatic Fruit Disease Detection System)
Miss CHAN Wing Sze, Mr WONG Man Fai and Miss FAN Cheuk Hang
(Animal Healthcare Monitoring System Based on Visible Disease Symptoms)
Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the biennial international contest provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to design a working system based on an assigned Intel embedded platform within a time frame of three months. This year, the Contest attracted 164 teams from 77 universities in the Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Singapore, India, Brazil, and the United States.
Two students of BSc Computer Science, LAI Wing Hang and CHIK Ho Ming, together with a student from EE, HUI Kam Leung and a student from IS (doing a minor in CS), SUNG Hiu Tung were Runners-Up in the 2nd PwC Hackaday competition. The competition tested the skills and knowledge of participating teams in four hacking categories: Network, Web, Binary and Internet-of-Things. Team members were awarded an opportunity of 3 month internship with PwC Hong Kong and Mainland China's Cybersecurity & Privacy team or direct entry to PwC Superday for final year students, plus part sponsorship toward the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.
HackaDay is a Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition organised by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for undergraduate students from universities in Hong Kong. It is aimed at increasing the general awareness of the importance of cybersecurity amongst Hong Kong’s youth and also serves as a platform to raise the competency level of new talents to better prepare them for a meaningful career in cybersecurity.
Three BScCS students, Mr THIAGARAJAN Kowshik Balaji, Mr CHENG Ho Wang Andreas and Mr LIANG Qiyuan, together with two students from AP and EE, won the Second Runner-up in the Tertiary Group of BOCHK FinTech Hackathon 2018 for their proposal titled “PocketIn”. The cross-disciplinary team aimed to solve the challenge of money management and maintaining personal portfolios by using an intelligent AI financial assistant. The winning team received a cash prize of HKD 30,000, and has been offered a fast-track interview opportunity to Cyberport Creative Micro Fund (CCMF) or Cyberport Incubation Programme.
Organized by the Bank of China (Hong Kong), BOCHK FinTech Hackathon 2018, with the theme on “Future Bank and AI”, encouraged participants to propose innovative ideas on future payment, optimizing investment opportunities and improving banking services with the use of AI technology.
Two BScCS students, Mr CHONG Wai Man and Mr WU Wing Hong, won the Third Place Award in the Digital China and HKUST-BDI Cup “Smart City in Hong Kong” Competition 2017 for their project titled “Project-City,” which aimed to develop a Fire Services Information System to facilitate the command and control work of fire and rescue services. The winning team received a cash prize of HKD 2,000.
Co-organized by the Digital China and the Big Data Institute of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Competition encouraged participants to create and evaluate new data analysis technology to fulfill and improve the city service in Hong Kong.
Mr WONG Nok Ching and Mr XU Yaohai, 2017 graduates of BSc Computer Science, won the Third Prize in the 15th Challenge Cup - National College Students' Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Contest for their project titled "FastLSH: A Similarity Search Engine on High-Dimensional Big Data", under the supervision of Dr Sarana NUTANONG.
Organized by the Communist Youth League of China, the China Association for Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the All-China Students' Federation and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, the 15th Challenge Cup is a bi-annual national competition for university students in China with an aim to provide a platform for innovation and nurture young talents in social sciences, science and technology. Over 750 projects from more than 300 universities in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau were shortlisted for the Challenge Cup Final held in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in November 2017.
Mr Jialong SHI, a CS PhD student, together with his supervisor Prof Qingfu ZHANG and three co-authors from France, received the Best Student Paper Award for their paper titled "Using Parallel Strategies to Speed up Pareto Local Search" in the 11th International Conference on Simulated Evolution and Learning (SEAL 2017) held in Shenzhen, China in November 2017.
Mr Solomon MENSAH, a CS PhD student, together with his supervisor Dr Jacky KEUNG, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled "Investigating the Significance of Bellwether Effect to Improve Software Effort Estimation" in the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security (QRS 2017) held in Prague, Czech Republic in July 2017.
Sponsored by the IEEE Reliability Society, QRS 2017 is one of the main international conferences for engineers and scientists to present their ongoing work, relate their research outcomes and experiences, and discuss the best and most efficient techniques for the development of reliable, secure, and trustworthy systems.
Mr WONG Nok Ching and Mr XU Yaohai, BSc Computer Science final year students, won the Third Prize in the "Challenge Cup" National Competition - Hong Kong Regional Final, Hong Kong University Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition 2017 for their project titled "FastLSH: A Similarity Search Engine on High-Dimensional Big Data", under the supervision of Dr Sarana NUTANONG. The awardees will receive a cash prize of HK$3,000.
Organized by the Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association, the Competition provides an opportunity for academic exchanges and also a platform for the search of innovation and entrepreneurship talents from the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.
Mr Rudra Gopinath, a BSc Computer Science student participating in the Joint Bachelor's Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University. Mr Gopinath, currently studying in Columbia University after having completed three years of study at CityU, has been selected to receive the Jonathan L. Gross Award for Academic Excellence, which is awarded annually to the most distinguished General Studies major in the Department of Computer Science of Columbia University.
Mr SZE Cheuk Fai Francis, a BSc Computer Science student, won the Champion in the Social Innovation (SI) CEO Competition for Tertiary Students 2017, along with three other CityU students from the Department of Information Systems and the Department of Marketing, for their business plan titled ElderTreks. The business idea is to offer local tours that hire elderly as guides and use a mobile app to let participants explore genuine community culture in different dimensions. The achievement has demonstrated synergy and fruitful results generated from cross-disciplinary collaboration among students.
The Champion team will receive a start-up fund of HK$150,000 to carry out their business plan, with CEO guidance and professional advisory services for idea implementation, in addition to a 9-day social innovation trip to the UK to visit social innovation projects and a two-month corporation internship offer.
Jointly organized by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development (SIE) Fund and Youth.gov.hk, the Competition aims to enhance understanding of "poverty relief" and "social innovation", inspire innovative ideas and actions to tackle social and poverty problems.
A team of BSc Computer Science students comprising Mr FUNG Chung Kit, Miss ZHENG Wanying and Mr LIU Pengze won the Bronze Medal in the Second China Collegiate Programming Contest Finals (CCPC 2016) held in Ningbo, China in November 2016, under the supervision of Dr Minming LI.
Hosted by Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, CCPC 2016 attracted over 120 teams from more than 90 universities in China to compete for the awards.
Mr LI Chen Richard, a CS PhD student, together with his supervisor Prof Horace IP and other authors, received the Best Short Paper Award in the 15th International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL2016) held in Rome, Italy on 26-29 October 2016. Among the authors there are academic staff from the Department of Chinese and History, and alumni from the School of Creative Media. The achievement demonstrates synergy and multidisciplinarity through fruitful inter-departmental collaboration.
The co-authored paper titled "Delivering Immersive Learning Experience for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)" featuring the theme of "Virtual Hong Kong: New World, Old Traditions" presents the design, production and delivery techniques for smart phone enabled Virtual Reality (VR) educational content that provides impactful immersive learning experience to MOOC learners.
Ms Wenjuan LI, a CS PhD student, together with her supervisor Dr L F KWOK, Prof Horace IP and Dr Weizhi MENG, a CS PhD graduate, received the Best Student Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled "PMFA: Toward Passive Message Fingerprint Attacks on Challenge-based Collaborative Intrusion Detection Networks" in the 10th International Conference on Network and System Security (NSS 2016) held in Taipei, Taiwan on 28-30 September 2016.
NSS provides a leading edge forum to foster interaction between researchers and developers with the network and system security communities, and to give attendees an opportunity to interact with experts in academia, industry, and governments.
Mr Chung-Man Tang, a CS PhD student, together with his supervisors Dr Y.T. Yu and Dr W.K. Chan as well as another CS faculty member Dr Jacky Keung, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled "DFL: Dual-service Fault Localization" in the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security (QRS 2016) held in Vienna, Austria on 1-3 August, 2016.
QRS 2016 is sponsored by the IEEE Reliability Society as one of the main international conferences for engineers and scientists to present their ongoing work, relate their research outcomes and experiences, and discuss the best and most efficient techniques for the development of reliable, secure, and trustworthy systems. The best papers of QRS 2016 are invited to be extended to IEEE Transactions on Reliability special section on QRS 2016.
Mr Wen QI and Miss Hermine HOVHANNISYAN, CS PhD students, together with their supervisor Dr Jianping WANG, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled 'A Generic Mitigation Framework against Cross-VM Covert Channels' in the 25th International Conference on Computer Communication and Networks (ICCCN) 2016, held in Hawaii, USA in August 2016.
ICCCN is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel ideas and fundamental advances in the fields of computer communications and networks.
Miss ZHANG Jialing and Mr DU Yuefeng, BSc Computer Science students, together with Miss XIE Mingying, an EE student, were awarded the Second Prize in the 2016 Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest-Embedded System Design Invitational Contest, held in Shanghai, China in July 2016, under the supervision of Dr TAN Chee Wei.
Co-organized by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Intel, the biennial national contest provides an opportunity for students to design a working system based on an assigned Intel embedded platform over a period of three months. This year, the Contest attracted 160 teams from 74 universities in the Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Singapore, India, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
Mr CHOW Tak Shing, a 2016 graduate of BSc (Hons) Computer Science, and Mr XU Yaohai, a Year 3 student of BSc Computer Science, received the Third Prize for their project titled "Large-Scale Stylometric Database" in the "Challenge Cup" National Competition Hong Kong Regional Final - Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2016 in the Category of Innovation (Information Technology). The team proposed a novel solution for plagiarism detection using stylometry, which is a technique often used to identify the author of a document with unknown or disputed authorship.
Organized by the Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association (HKNGCA), the Competition provides an opportunity for academic exchanges and a platform for the search of innovative and entrepreneurship talents from the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. The Competition attracted over 100 entries in 2016.
Mr LYU Mengxuan and Mr PANDA Sourav, BSc Computer Science students, together with Ms JIANG Zhuoran, an IS undergraduate student, were awarded the Second Runner-Up placing in the ISACA Student Group Annual Case Competition 2016, with cash prize of HK$ 6,000, for their project on wearable computing devices, under the supervision of Dr Gerhard Hancke.
Groups were asked to propose security controls and apply risk analysis to topics related to this year’s case study on "IoT Risks and Security". After two initial rounds of judging, the final teams were given the opportunity to publicly present their ideas to a panel of industry experts and audience as part of IT Fest 2016.
Organised by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) China HK Chapter, along with the ISACA Student Groups of HKUST and CityU, the contest encourages the development of young talent in the field of IT security. The contest was open to undergraduate students at any of Hong Kong's Universities and attracted 65 entries in 2016.
Mr LIU Jiacheng, a CS undergraduate student, won the Gold Award in the JOS Innovative IT Project Awards 2015-2016, along with four other CityU students from EE Department, ACE Department and SS Department, for their project titled "QNO - A Mobile Solution to Queuing Problems". The achievement is apparent evidence of fruitful collaboration among students from multi-disciplines embedded in the Discovery-enriched Curriculum (DEC). The Gold winning team received a prize award of HK$30,000 for using advanced IT technologies to provide a time saving solution for restaurant queuing problems.
Organized by the Jardine One Solution (JOS), the contest encourages students in tertiary institutions to apply technology and innovation to deliver improvements in the retail, construction, utility and transport sectors.
Mr Ji Houling, a CS PhD student, together with his supervisors Dr Victor C.S. Lee and Dr Chi-Yin Chow, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled "Coding-based Cooperative Caching in Data Broadcast Environments" in the 15th International Conference on Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing (ICA3PP 2015), held in Zhangjiajie, China on 18-20 November, 2015.
ICA3PP is recognized as one of the main events of the world that is covering many dimensions of parallel algorithms and architectures, encompassing fundamental theoretical approaches, practical experimental projects, and commercial components and systems.
Mr CHI Fung Cheung Rigsby, a 2015 graduate of BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, won the Second Runner-up in the 'Final Year Project Competition 2014-2015,' organized by the IEEE (Hong Kong) Computational Intelligence Chapter; the Third Prize in the 'Challenge Cup 2015 - Hong Kong University Students Extra-Curriculum Technology Contest' under the category of Information Technology; and the Merit Award in 'Crossover 2015 Pan-Pearl River Delta Region Universities IT Project Competition (Hong Kong SAR Region)', under the supervision of Dr Sarana NUTANONG.
The winning project titled 'ActiveCrowd: Integrating Active Learning with Amazon Mechanical Turk' is a machine learning software platform that was designed and implemented to allow anyone who has basic programming knowledge to build machine learning models and to curate a training dataset for general purposes. The platform adopted active learning technique and integrated scikit-learn, which is a machine learning library written in Python and published under BSD license, with Amazon Mechanical Turk as the label annotator. The framework is able to reduce the implementation effort required for building machine learning models and makes the sample selection process completely automated.
ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) is pleased to present this year's Rising Star Award in multimedia computing, communications and applications to Dr. Yu-Gang Jiang.
The ACM SIGMM Rising Star Award recognizes a young researcher who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of multimedia computing, communication and applications during the early part of his or her career.
Dr. Yu-Gang Jiang has made fundamental contributions in the area of video analysis and retrieval, especially with innovative approaches to large-scale video concept detection. He has been an active leader in exploring the bag-of-visual-words (BoW) representation for concept detection, providing influential insights on the critical representation design. He proposed the important idea of "soft-weighting" in his CIVR 2007paper, which significantly advanced the performance of visual concept detection...
ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) is pleased to present the 2015 SIGMM Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award to Dr. Ting Yao and Honorable Mention recognition to Dr. Britta Meixner.
The award committee considers Dr. Yao's dissertation entitled 'Multimedia Search by Self, External, and Crowdsourcing Knowledge' worthy of the recognition as the thesis proposes an innovative knowledge transfer framework for multimedia search which is expected to have significant impact, especially in boosting the search performance for big multimedia data.
Mr Zhou FANG, a 2015 graduate of BSc (Hons) Computer Science, received the Silver Award of ASM Technology Award 2015 for his project titled 'Code Visualization and Grading', under the supervison of Dr Shuaicheng LI. Mr Fang's project was highly commended for its innovation and showing expertise in many aspects. He will receive a scholarship of HK$30,000 in support of his future academic and career development.
In addition, Mr Fang won the Champion Prize, with a cash prize of HK$1,500, for his project titled 'Algorithm Visualization', in the undergraduate section of the Young Professionals Exhibition & Competition (YPEC) 2015, organized by the Younger Members Section of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Hong Kong with an aim to provide a platform for students and young engineers to present their engineering projects and ideas.
Mr Fuyang LI and Miss Mengying ZHAO, PhD students, together with their supervisor Dr Jason XUE, received the Best Student Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled 'Cooperative Code Positioning and Cache Locking for WCET Minimization' in the 21st IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications (RTCSA 2015).
Held in Hong Kong in August 2015, RTCSA 2015 brought together researchers and developers from academia and industry for advancing the technology of embedded and real-time systems, and their emerging applications.
Two teams of CityU students each received the Third Prize in the 13th Guangdong Collegiate Programming Contest held in May 2015, under the supervision of Dr Minming LI. One of the winning teams comprised of two BScCS Year-3 students, Mr CHAU Ka Tsun and Mr YUAN Hongning, and a BSCM Year-2 student Miss ZUO Yichen.
Led by Dr Li, a group of 21 students participated in the 5-day summer camp organized by Sun Yat-sen University (Zhuhai Campus) to have cultural exchange with local students and compete in the regional programming contest with teams from universities in Guangdong province.
Mr Peng WANG, a PhD student, and Dr Henry Xu received the “Best Paper Award” for their co-authored paper titled “Expeditus: Distributed Load Balancing with Global Congestion Information in Data Centre Networks” in the Student Workshop held in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies (ACM CoNext 2014).
Mr Wang will present the paper in the ACM CoNEXT 2014 Student Workshop to be held in Sydney, Australia on 2 December 2014. Organized by ACM SIGCOMM, the Student Workshop provides a platform for graduate students in the area of computer networks and communications to present their ongoing research efforts as well as receive constructive feedback.
Mr Ying CAO, a CS PhD student, has recently received the First Runner-up for his research paper titled “Look Over Here: Attention-Directing Composition of Manga Elements” in the Graduate Student Research Paper Competition 2013-2014 organized by the IEEE (HK) Computational Intelligence Chapter, under the co-supervision of Dr Rynson LAU and Dr Antoni CHAN.
Mr To TSUI, a 2014 graduate of BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, won the Merit Award for his project titled “ RegressionMaple: Regression Coverage of Concurrency Testing for Validation of Bug-Fixed Multithreaded Programs” in the 11th Final Year Project (FYP) Competition, organized by the IEEE (HK) Computational Intelligence Chapter. Supervised by Dr Ricky CHAN, Mr Tsui formulated a novel and practical framework to dynamically check whether a concurrency bug discovered in one version of a muddleheaded program may not be completed fixed in another version of the same program.
Dr Weizhi MENG, a 2013 PhD graduate, received the HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers 2014 for his paper titled “Enhancing the Performance of Signature-based Network Intrusion Detection Systems: An Engineering Approach,” under the supervision of Dr L F KWOK. The award paper will be published in the special issue of the HKIE Transactions in December 2014.
Organized by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Award aims to provide a platform for local and overseas young engineers and researchers aged 35 or below to share and exhibit their accomplishments and to promote the engineering advancement among the younger generation. This year, a total of three papers have been awarded.
CS students achieved good results in the “2014 Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest - Embedded System Design Invitational Contest” held in Shanghai in July. Under the supervision of Dr Chee Wei TAN, the two teams comprising three CS Year-2 students, Mr WONG Kai Hei, Miss NG Ming Wai and Mr TANG Xiaoting, together with three EE students, both received the Third Prize in the Contest.
Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the biennial international contest provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to design a working system based on an assigned Intel embedded platform within a time frame of three months. This year the Contest attracted participation of 170 teams from 83 universities in the mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil, Romania, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Russia and the United States.