Prof Chow Hei Man and Prof Pascale Fung attend the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum 2016.
November 13th-14th, 2016
The World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on the future. Prof Chow Hei Man from LIFS and Prof Pascale Fung from ECE attended the meeting as experts.
Congratulations to Professor Y. Jane Zhang on her paper about female competition,
to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
April 29th, 2016
Recent advances have highlighted the evolutionary significance of female competition, with the sexes pursuing different competitive strategies and women reserving their most intense competitive behaviors for the benefit of offspring.fluential economic experiments using cash incentives, however, have found evidence suggesting that women have a lower desire to compete than men. We hypothesize that the estimated gender differences critically depend on how we elicit them, especially on the incentives used. We test this hypothesis through an experiment with adults in China (n = 358). Data show that, once the incentives are switched from monetary to child-benefitting, gender differences disappear. This result suggests that female competition can be just as intense as male competition given the right goals, indicating important implications for policies designed to promote gender equality.
Potential Alzheimer’s breakthrough by Hong Kong scientists restores memory of lab-mice
April 21st, 2016
By injecting mice affected by dementia with a specific protein, the team from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology successfully restored the animals’ memories, potentially unlocking a treatment for humans in the future.
Named Professorships for Professor Kei May Lau of ECE and Professor Qian Zhang of CSE.
March 9th, 2016
Professor Qian ZHANG is appointed the Tencent Professor of Engineering and Prof. Kei May LAU of ECE is named Fang Professor of Engineering at the Third Inauguration Ceremony of Named Professorships for Outstanding Faculty Members.
HKUST Professor on Human-Machine Interactions Elected as ISCA Fellow
November 16th, 2015
What would happen to our lives if robots could read our emotions and act like a friend? It may sound like some plots in science fiction movies, but Prof Pascale Fung from the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has realized this dream. An expert in intelligent systems that understand and empathize with humans, Prof Fung’s latest project “Zara the Supergirl” is a prototype machine capable of chatting with humans in both English and Mandarin, it is expected to chat in more languages including French in the future.
Dean Of Science Prof Nancy Ip elected as Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences
May 6th, 2015
Prof Nancy Ip, Dean of Science, The Morningside Professor of Life Science and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), has been elected as a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The NAS is the oldest and most prestigious scientific organization in the United States that represents all disciplines of science. Membership is a mark of excellence as it is by election only, and based on distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. It is one of the highest honors bestowed by a US scientific organization.
Local inventors' innovative light bulb puts rivals in shade
October 29th, 2014
Academic and developer dream up LED bulb that is cheaper, more energy efficient and so durable they're offering a 10-year warranty. The airLED bulb is based on technology invented by Dr Lau Kei-may, chair professor at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Science and Technology, and telecommunications developer James Wang.
The 5th Annual Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit took place at Columbia University and at their partners' venues, convening over 400 emerging women leaders, innovators, students, and entrepreneurs across industries and disciplines, representing over 50 academic institutions and companies.
HKUST and Smith College Partner to Develop Women Leaders in Asia's Public Service Sector
December 19th, 2013
A memorandum of understanding, signed by former Smith President Prof Carol Christ and HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan, cements a collaboration between two schools that are committed to enhancing the global leadership abilities of women in public service.A memorandum of understanding, signed by former Smith President Prof Carol Christ and HKUST President Prof Tony F Chan, cements a collaboration between two schools that are committed to enhancing the global leadership abilities of women in public service.
HKUST confers Honorary Doctorate in Engineering to first-ever woman recipient
November 8th, 2013
Prof Evelyn L Hu is Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Harvard University. She has made pioneering contributions to highly sophisticated nanofabrication technology, including nano-scale optical devices and lasers, and gleaned fresh insights from the organic and biological worlds to form novel electronic and photonic materials. She has been elected to both the US National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences. Prof Hu has previously worked at Bell Labs and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has actively encouraged and demonstrated the importance of building links between academia and industry to enable discoveries to be applied. At Harvard, she has been instrumental in initiating a new working partnership with HKUST to boost undergraduate engineering connections. She is also a Visiting Professor at the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study.
The Task Force on Family-friendly Policies and Practices for Faculty and Task Force on Gender Diversity and Campus Culture were formed in 2012. The former was set up to review existing policies and practices relating to family accommodation, whilst the latter, examine diversity issues at HKUST with a focus on gender-specific facet.
Research Team Led by Prof Nancy Ip Awarded Major 973 Program Grant
February 8th, 2013
“Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease.” By Prof Nancy Ip, Dean of Science, Director of State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience and The Morningside Professor of Life Science
The research team aims to discover new signaling mechanisms underlying synapse development and plasticity, which are mediated by various families of proteins such as cell surface receptors, cell adhesion molecules, and synaptic scaffold proteins, and investigate whether abnormalities in these signaling pathways contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. The team will also elucidate the molecular basis of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease by identifying protein kinase substrates that are deregulated upon disease progression. Further, with the application of genomics and proteomics, the team also aims to identify new biomarkers and molecular targets using clinical samples from Alzheimer’s disease patients. The research undertaken in this collaborative effort will advance our knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and facilitate the development of better diagnostic tools while providing novel insights for developing effective therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.
Prof Qian Zhang Win China’s State Science and Technology Award
January 28th, 2013
Prof Qian Zhang, Professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering was recognized with the most prestigious award in science and technology in China – State Natural Science Award (Second Class) bestowed by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.
The Women’s Foundation launched an exciting new initiative on November 27, 2012 - the TWF Leading Women Speaker Series in partnership with Bloomberg. The series consists of eight networking and panel events on the opportunities and challenges for women in traditionally male-dominated industries. Under the mantra of Aspire, Grow and Lead, the panels will feature female leaders from each industry sector, examine the root causes for institutional and cultural barriers preventing women from advancing, and showcase corporate best practices for the retention and promotion of female talent. The inaugural event focused on Women in Technology.
Yelu Chen - Technology Analyst, Goldman Sachs
Marissa Dean – Researcher and Lecturer, HKU
Pascale Fung – Associate Professor, Deptartment of Electronic & Computer Engineering, HKUST
Alice Lin – Vice-President of Finance, Oracle Asia Pacific
Cat Rust - EVP & Founder, Exicon
Catherine Zhu - Principal, Egon Zehnder
David Ingles - Markets Reporter & Presenter, Bloomberg Television (Moderator)
The speakers discussed topics from the role of women as designers, consumers and leaders in the technology industry to managing the leaky pipeline to where are the job opportunities to what Hong Kong needs to do to attain its vision to become a leading regional hub for ICT. Over 100 people attended, coming from a wide selection of mainly blue-chip organisations as well as 25 female undergraduate students from the HK University of Science & Technology.