(Left: Ms. Pheony Tsang (Alumni Relations Manager), Dr. Rocky Lam (Chairman, EngD Society), Prof. K.L. Tsui, Prof. Way Kuo, Dr. Peter Ho (CityU Distinguished Alumni), Mr. Aiden Ho (Brand Director, SwitchMap), Ms. Jenny Chan (Chairman, CityU Eminence Society) and I (Secretary, EngD Society))
In the beginning, Dr. Rocky Lam (Chairman, EngD Society) gave welcome speech and he appreciated Prof. Way Kuo and Prof. K.L. Tsui joined us and gave us talks. Moreover, he also appreciated to Dr. Peter Ho for his enthusiastic contribution to the Society as well as all cohorts and guests participated this 10th anniversary dinner.
So many cohorts joined the dinner.
Prof. Way Kuo (President, CityU) gave an opening speech and told us some stories such as drive after drank. His stories told us the distance between “Imagination” and “Reality”, distance between “Degree” and “Knowledge”. Both gap we needed to fill it through education. Prof. Kuo added we got degree that aimed to use our knowledge to benefit the society.
Finally, Prof. Way Kuo reminded us that CityU’s Engineering was ranked No. 1 in Hong Kong in Best Global Universities 2016 and our Business School Research ranked No. 2 in the Asia-Pacific region from 2010 to 2014. It was only aware in the academic world but not aware outside. So he asked us to spread these status to others. (I took a photo about this information in the tunnel connected to CityU.)
After President’s speech, we took a group photo.
Prof. K.L. Tsui ((Head & Chair Professor, SEEM) was the first speaker and his topic entitled “Big Data Opportunities in Hong Kong”. He would like to share “What is New with Big Data Analytics?” “What is Simulation?” “Infectious Disease Spread Simulation” and “Simulation in MTR Stations and SimHK”.
Firstly, Prof. Tsui briefed five myths about Big Data that was “new”, “clear definition”, “revolutionary”, “better” and “the end of scientific theories. Then he reviewed the evolution of Big Data Analytics. He said the first wave was Data Mining in 90’s and the second wave was Big Data Analytics in 2010’s.
After that Prof. Tsui introduced simulation and his research. He said that we used simulation to describe, mimic, and analyze a complex system and ask “what if” questions about the system. The key reason to simulate was to quantify the potential impact and risk such as infection disease spread simulation modeling (e.g SARS in Hong Kong). Finally, Prof. Tsui introduced his recently research named SimHK for Public Safety and Disaster Management. Under this research, he got theme-based research scheme upto HK$40M from 2015 to 2020 for “Safety, Reliability, and Disruption Management of High Speed Rail and Metro Systems”.
I (Former Chairman, HKSQ) was the second speaker and my topic named “A Study on Transforming Quality Innovation in Hong Kong: Recommendation to the Innovation and Technology Industry. The report was prepared by me and the study was surveyed HKSQ members and oversea quality professionals on their view to give suggestion for Innovation and Technology industry in Hong Kong.
Firstly, I briefed the executive summary and there were 5 suggestions to the government below.
i) Leverage stakeholders of the local Innovation and Technology (I&T) sector and associated organizations, including universities, R&D Centres and Statutory Bodies; as well as establishing a platform that will facilitate collaboration amongst industry practitioners, business partners, scientists and researchers of State Key Laboratories (SKLs) in Hong Kong.
ii) Foster the strategy of “Quality Innovation in One Belt One Road” through the Asian Network for Quality (ANQ) and the leading quality management authorities in Hong Kong (including HKSQ).
iii) Establish the Cross-University Knowledge Transfer Platform (XUKTP) to enhance performances of R&D and commercialisation processes for the I&T sector in Hong Kong and a wider global context.
iv) Develop a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and metrics to monitor the I&T process and accomplishments in quality innovation in Hong Kong
v) Promote best practices with an Innovation and Technology Policy Implementation Model (ITPIM)
I explained how HKSQ could contribute in One Belt One Road through the connection in the Asian Network for Quality (ANQ).
Finally, I mentioned the report had positive feedback from CE office, Mr. Nicholas W Yang and Mrs. Fanny Law Fan. Mrs. Law Fan also asked us to spread the message that “Culture and Mindset” was put at the top of the obstacles for innovation and technology (I&T) development in Hong Kong. She said “Unless people see the importance of I&T for HK’s sustainable development, and are willing to devote their career to R&D, invest in technology, work together in concert, and put aside politics, we do not have a chance.” So that I hoped other professional bodies would also contribute to I&T industries in term of their professional perspective.
After my presentation, we had dinner and took table photos for memory.
The third speaker was Mr. Aiden Ho (Brand Director, SwitchMap) and his presentation title was “Wireless Smart Building Control Technology”. From his introduction, they focused on lighting control in office and home.
Then it could be extend to Smart Homes and Smart Building. After installation, user would change their setting and control anytime they wished. So that we used electricity when was needed. You could maintain and edit your own system which reduced heavy installation cost.
The last speaker was Mr. Ben Chan (VP of international sales, AlTai Technologies Co. Ltd.) and his topic named “Powerful Wifi Technology for Developing Countries of One Belt One Road”. Firstly, he briefed that his company was incubated by ASTRI in 2002 and then spun off in 2006 to become a privately held Hong Kong based company. Our cohort Dr. Raymond Leung was the investor!
Altai products were mainly on Wifi wireless technology and the following diagram showed their One Belt One Road strategy.
At the end of dinner, we had a lucky draw. The first winner was Dr. Tommy K.L. Choy (Asso. Professor, ISE Dept., PolyU) who was our guest tonight.
The second winner was Dr. Walter Fung (Teaching Fellow, Dept. of Computing, PolyU & Former Vice Chairman, CityU EngD Society). Our chairman Dr. Rocky Lam and former chairman of CityU Eminence Society (CES) Dr. Peter Ho presented a gift to him.
I took some photos with cohort for memory.
(Left: Dr. Szeto Wing Hong, Dr. Danny Tang and I)
(Left: Dr. Herbert Yeung and I)
(Left: Dr. TW Liu, I, Dr. Amie Lai and Dr. Rocky Lam)
(Left: Mr. Aiden Ho, Dr. Peter W. Tse (Director, Smart Engineering Asset Management (SEAM) Laboratory), Prof. K.L. Tsui and I)
(Left: I, Ms. Jenny Chan (Chairman, CityU Eminence Society), Ms. Pheony Tsang, Dr. Peter Ho and Mr. Aiden Ho)
CityU Engineering Doctorate Society - http://www.engd.org/
Engineering Doctorate (Engineering Management) - http://www.cityu.edu.hk/seem/prg-engd.htm
CityU Eminence Society - www.cityues.org
HKSQ Report to I&T Industry - http://www.hksq.org/HKSQ-Recommendations-to-ITB-20150901-Final.pdf