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Six Professors Elected IEEE Fellows — largest share in Asia in 2012
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently elected 2012 Fellows. Hong Kong welcomed 14 new IEEE Fellows and six of them were from HKUST. This brings the total number of IEEE Fellows at HKUST to 25, which is equivalent to 29% of the total number of IEEE Fellows in Hong Kong. This gives HKUST the highest number of newly elevated IEEE Fellows not only among universities and institutions in Hong Kong but among the whole of Asia. The University boasts more new IEEE Fellows than Korea, Singapore, Australia and countries in Europe.
The six newly elevated IEEE Fellows at HKUST are:
- Prof Oscar Au, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, was cited for his contributions to multimedia coding and security.
- Prof Roger Cheng, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, was elected for his contributions to multiuser communications in wireless systems.
- Prof Vincent Lau, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, was recognized for his contributions to wireless communication systems with channel feedback.
- Prof Johnny Sin, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, was cited for his contributions to the design and commercialization of power semiconductor devices.
- Prof Danny Tsang, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, was elected for his contributions to the optimization of communications networks.
- Prof Qian Zhang, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was honored for her contributions to the mobility and spectrum management of wireless networks and mobile communications.
As the world's leading professional association for advancing technology and the leading authority on a wide variety of areas, IEEE selects every year IEEE Fellows whose number cannot exceed one-tenth of one-percent of the total voting membership among its 395,000 members in more than 160 countries. IEEE Fellowship is thus the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a distinction reserved for selected IEEE members with extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.
Dean Won IEEE Harold Sobol Award
The School of Engineering continues to win accolades of awards as its Dean Prof Khaled Ben Letaief from the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering won the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings and Conferences.
This award is given to a society member of IEEE at the time of nomination who has demonstrated exemplary services to meetings and conferences over a sustained period of time. Evaluation of candidates is based on such factors as long term service, significant contributions, strategic planning and financial success.
Professor Honored by World's Leading Authority on Computational Linguistics
Prof Dekai Wu, a computational linguistics and musicology researcher in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Human Language Technology Center, was honored among the first 17 Founding Fellows of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). He was selected as one of the world's top researchers in the artificial intelligence and cognitive science fields of natural language processing, language engineering, and human language technology. ACL is the world's largest, oldest and most prestigious international professional organization for research on making machines smart enough to learn and understand human languages, which drives the technology of leading edge companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook or IBM.
Professor Elected President of IEEE CPMT Society
Prof Ricky Shi-wei Lee from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been elected President of IEEE CPMT Society for the term between Jan 2012 and Dec 2013. Prof Lee is the first one based in Asia who has been elected to this global leadership position.