The Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) provided students with a rare chance to experience world-class AI and robotics technologies first-hand on 13 May 2023.
An exhibition featuring the latest topics such as AI Art Showcase, Pedestrian Multi-Feature Recognition, Multi-modal Intelligent Surgical Operation Guidance and Instrument Segmentation, Multi-modal Smart Operating Theatre, Flexible Endoscopic Robotic System for Neurosurgery, Real-time Simulation Platform for Neurosurgery, and Flexible Minimally Invasive Surgery Robot was introduced.
Two science talks on “Playing Chess and Its Computational Game Theory” and “The Past and Present of Robotic Surgical Systems” were delivered by the Assistant Professors of CAIR, Dr ZHANG Youzhi and Dr HU Jian, respectively.
Students gained valuable exposure to technologies including flexible minimally invasive surgery robots that will shape the future.
Our students had the opportunity to visit ASMPT for an educational tour on 14 April 2023. The tour aims to foster students’ growth as future leaders as well as equip them with a deeper understanding of technology and industry practices.
Mr. Peter Ng, Vice President of Enabling Technology Group (ETG) of ASMPT, and Mr. Kenneth Fung, Director of Vision Group of ETG of ASMPT, as leaders in the high-tech manufacturing field generously took the time to share their knowledge and industry experience with our students.
The professionals who guided students through demonstrations of equipment were excellent at explaining the development, applications, and future possibilities of the technologies.
The visit proved to be a rewarding and memorable experience for our students, broadening their horizons and igniting their passion for science and innovation.
Sr. Paul Tsui, Chief Executive Officer of Esri China (Hong Kong), delivered an insightful talk on how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) powers location intelligence through spatial data analytics on 14 March 2023.
He discussed case studies showing how integrating spatial data of various types and applying spatial statistics and artificial intelligence on GIS helps discover spatial patterns and make predictions. Students found the talk highly enlightening and gained a new appreciation of the importance of spatial thinking and geospatial technology in an increasingly data-driven world.
Students were invited to visit the Geospatial Lab (GeoLab) of the Civil Engineering and Development Department on 7 March 2023. The visit aimed to introduce students to geospatial technology and its applications.
The visit started with an introduction to GeoLab and an overview of spatial data and Geographic Information System (GIS). Students then participated in a hands-on workshop using GIS to solve real-world problems.
The visit was an eye-opening experience for students which inspired them to pursue studies in geospatial science and technology.
As someone who somehow managed to score zero in a maths exam as a 12-year-old in middle school, Professor Leng Ming-ming has certainly come a long way.
Now Chair Professor of Computing and Decision Sciences at Lingnan University, he views that early setback as a definite turning point. It actually inspired a fascination for the subject, which ultimately led to a distinguished career in academia and notable research on game theory, operations and supply chain management, and the interface between operations and other disciplines.
“Taking my father’s advice, I began to read the textbook by myself before classes and, surprisingly, found that I could understand everything very easily,” he says. “I quickly developed a very strong interest and, since that time, have been addicted to mathematical problems and logical thinking. Even now, the best way for me to relax at weekends is by solving one or two problems from past Maths Olympiads.”
Clear proof of this new passion was evident when he took China’s National College Entrance Examination in the late 1980s. Completing the paper in less than half the allotted two hours, Leng also achieved full marks, setting him on the road to a subsequent PhD in management sciences at Canada’s McMaster University, where from 2001 he focused on dynamic programming, stochastic processes and, in particular, game theory and its applications.
“Game theory contributes to the analysis of situations involving conflict and cooperation, with two or more decision makers,” says Leng, who is also Dean of the Faculty of Business. “Since the early 1940s, it has been widely applied to many areas including business studies. And, in the 21st century, game-theoretic analysis of supply chain management became one of the hottest research issues, mainly because any supply chain consists of two or more firms at different echelons.”
The overall subject came to much wider attention thanks to the Oscar-recognised film A Beautiful Mind about Nobel prize-winning game theory scientist Professor John Nash. The book which inspired the film was on Leng’s PhD reading list and, in due course, caused him to look more closely at computational approaches for solution concepts in cooperative game theory.
“The rapid development of digital technology and social media has also brought about many changes in organisational and operational models,” he says. “Relationship management has become a key to supply chain success, so we need to understand how firms interact in an efficient manner to achieve win-win outcomes. Game theory has been a primary methodology in this analysis and has led to a significant number of managerial insights to help improve operations.”
Since becoming a full-time Lingnan faculty member in 2005, Leng has developed and taught business courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The themes encompass project management, simulation, e-business models and start-ups, drawing on his five-year experience of working in industry in Beijing before his PhD, as well his widely acknowledged areas of specialisation.
In parallel, his research has consistently sought answers to practical problems. More recently, it has centred on ways to entice firms to cooperate in a fair manner. One example, originally motivated by reference to what Wal-Mart does, was to see how to incentivise the use of blockchain technology in an entire food supply chain. Another was to explore how, using cooperative game theory, two or more firms could share the high cost of 5G infrastructure as fairly as possible.
Where feasible, Leng prefers to collaborate on projects and papers, believing that teamwork, which brings together diverse expertise and complementary skills, ensures higher-quality research.
“Honestly speaking, most of my projects are challenging; there is no ‘free lunch’ in the field of academia,” he says, noting too the importance of keeping a close eye on the international business news to spot evolving trends and potential case studies. “For each paper, there are a number of revisions and reviews, and the cycle time from initial submission to a journal to final acceptance averages 1.5 years.”
Indeed, he still remembers how the referee for one publication in IIE Transactions back in 2013 asked for complicated computations from limited data and the consideration of many decision variables and constraints.
“We tried to develop some helpful algorithms, which finally made our computations feasible. It was a very tough experience, but also of great help to my future research activities.”
Looking ahead, he wants any upcoming projects to contribute in some way to improving people’s daily life or industry operations.
“I may also consider some knowledge transfer (KT) projects that are not academic issues, but allow academic knowledge to be applied to real-world problems, usually with financial support from firms and practitioners.”
A workshop was organised to equip students with job-search skills in the field of data science. Mr. Allan Lee, a certified management consultant and psychoanalyst, was invited to conduct the workshop which explored tips and strategies for how to have a successful job interview.
During the workshop, students learnt how to tailor a self-introduction which made them shine by focusing on their strengths, skills, and competencies and how they relate to potential employers’ needs.
Students actively participated in mock interviews to learn how to present themselves confidently as well as to build impromptu speaking abilities and create a professional image. Students found the workshop boost their readiness with advanced interview techniques.
A professional talk about the Outlook of I &T in Customs was jointly hosted by the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department and the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences on 9 January 2023.
Prof WONG Man Leung, Head of the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences, presented a souvenir to the guest speaker, Mr LI Kin Kei, Head of Office of Information and Technology of the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department.
As the Head of Office of Information Technology in Customs, he takes charge of not only the maintenance and development of enterprise-scale IT infrastructure and systems, but also steering the application of disruptive technologies including AI, video analytics, RPA, blockchain, cloud computing and big data, etc.
Students actively participated in the Q&A session and explored opportunities for internships at the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department. Students found the talk very informative, which provided them with a better understanding of the potential opportunities and required skills for a career in this field.