CityU Seminar on “What can an AI Chatbot Teach You?”

The Seminar named “What can an AI Chatbot Teach You?” was organized by Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks, CityU and Dept. of EIE, PolyU, as well as, co-sponsored by IEEE Hong Kong Section, Robotics and Automation/Control Systems Joint Chapter on 22nd Mar 2019.  John McCarthy who coined the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a 1956 Dartmouth workshop once said “He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense”. Dr. Tan would talk about a Chatbot for teaching large computer science classes of undergraduates, running a trial of personalized learning technology driven by research in computer science, mathematical logic and pedagogy. I took a photo with speaker Dr. Chee Wei Tan before the seminar.

I also met my old colleague Mr. Stephen Wong (EPA Centre, EE Dept., CityU) 

Dr. Chee Wei Tan (Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, CityU) was the speaker and he aimed to share some observations on core algorithmic challenges of AI and intelligence augmentation.

Firstly, he shared some AI gurus’ views.  

Then he proposed human-based computation for AI.  He quoted Leo Cherne statement “The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is unbelievably slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a force beyond calculation.” for explanation.

And then Dr. Tan described some reasons he used Chatbot for teaching and one of interested things was the power of Emojis.

Nemo Bot is Facebook Messenger chatbot software. Nemo Bot teaches computer science subjects and advanced mathematics. There’s no royal road to geometry but Nemo Bot’s there to help on the road to mastery!

CityU President's Lecture series - Big Data Analysis & AI: Opportunities & Challenges

The President's Lecture Series: Excellence in Academia offers a platform for CityU academics to discuss wide-ranging academic investigations with students, faculty and staff across the CityU community.  Big data and machine learning are currently two main techniques used in artificial intelligence (AI) applications.  A historical review of AI and explain the basic principles of data classification and machine learning methods would be discussed in this lecture.  Before the lecture, I took a photo with guest speaker Prof. Hong Yan for memory.

I also met CityU President Prof. Way Kuo and my old colleague Mr. Spencer Chan (Sr. Manager, Business Development, HKSTP).

Professor Hong Yan (Chair Professor of Computer Engineering, CityU) was our guest speaker and his topic named “Big Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges”.

In the beginning, he introduced where data come from such as multimedia, business observation, R&D, etc. Camera especially digital camera was sensor for data acquisition.  (Remark: The mirror image showed the full house of participants.)

Then Prof. Yan then introduced the history of AI from 1950s to present.  After 2011, big data and deep learning became the hot topics in AI.  

Prof. Yan mentioned the 4th industrial revolution in which 100 startups using AI to transform industries. He stated expert system advantage on using intuitive rules but noise sensitive.  


HKSQ Dinner for congratulating Angela wedding

During the 4th HKSQ Exco meeting on 21st Mar 2019, we knew that our vice-chairlady Ms. Angela Wong had married.  So HKSQ exco arranged a dinner for congratulating Angela wedding. 

(Left: Ricky Suen, Ben Tsang, Peter Fung, I, Minda Chiang, Jane Wong and Angela Wong)


Briefing on Applications to Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme (PASS)

The Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme (“PASS”) for organizing professional exchange, promotion and training projects was launched by the Government to directly fund industry-led projects for promotion and development of Hong Kong's professional services.  HKSQ was invited for this briefing session on 21st Mar 2019 in Central Government Offices.

Ms. Fion Chow and Ms. Rachel Chow were PASS representative to explain the scheme to us.  The briefed the background of PASS which was approved by Legco for $200 million in July 2016 and the first round to application in Nov 2016. 

Government supported profession service aimed as below:
1.      Improving market access
2.      Spearheading market promotion
3.      Enhancing standards and external competitiveness
Where PASS is part of such services and it has three objectives:
1.      Increasing exchanges and co-operation
2.      Promoting publicity activities
3.      Enhancing standards and external competitiveness

A wide range of professional sectors are eligible for PASS, including accounting, legal, building and construction, healthcare, information and communications technology, design and technical testing and analysis, amongst others.  

HKSQ is belong to others such as business consultancy, technical testing and analysis.

Maximum PASS grant for each approved project is HK$3 million or 90% of the total eligible project cost, whichever is lower.

And then the application process was mentioned.

Finally, they briefed the application and assessment cycle and the coming deadline was 31 May 2019 (10th round).  

During Q&A, we asked the procurement requirement that 2 quotations under HK$50k and 5 quotations over HK$50k.  For university, 5% contribution come from venue and teacher’s time but another 5% should be come from industry cash sponsor.  For NGO, 10% contribution could be in cash or in kind (man hour & venue).



Chu Hai College Public Talk on Uzbekistan: On the Reform Path

Chu Hai College of Higher Education organized a Public Talk named “Uzbekistan: On the Reform Path” on 19th Mar 2019.  Uzbekistan has been considered to be the coming geostrategic hub of the Central and of the Eurasian landmass as a whole.  This seminar introduced their economic revitalization that opens the window to Uzbekistan and to the Central Asia. Before the talk, I took a photo with Dr CHAN Man Hung, Thomas (Director, One Belt One Road Research Institute (OBORRI), Chu Hai College of Higher Education) for memory.

It is my first time visited Chu Hai College of Higher Education.  The new campus was established in 2016 and its building cost and land were supported by Jockey Club and Government respectively. 

The Chu Hai College of Higher Education founded in 1947.  The name of the College was explained in the following diagram.

Prof. Lap-Chee Tsui (President, ASHK) had serviced in the college in 1972.

I recognized a new friend Mr. Stephen Chan (Deputy President, The Association of Hong Kong Accountants (AHKA); Chief Consultant, Trinity-C Management Ltd.).

In the beginning, Prof. CF Lee (President, Chu Hai College of Higher Education) gave a welcome speech.

Then Dr Thomas Chan introduced the guest speaker Prof. Komiljon Karimov who has been Rector of Westminster International University in Tashkent from Mar 2015.  He had worked at UN agencies such as UNESCO and UNICEF where he dealt with the development challenges in the area of education and healthcare.  He has an extensive research interest and experience in the field of international education.  Prof. Karimov holds a PhD degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent.

Prof. Komiljon Karimov (Rector, Westminster International University in Tashkent) presented the topic “Uzbekistan: On the Reform Path”.


Visit to ActiveCareGroup Fo Tan Office

We were honor to be invited by Mr. Peter Suen (Pharmacist & Owner, ACP ActiveCareGroup (明心医疗集团)) to visit ActiveCareGroup office in Fo Tan on 12th Mar 2019.  Dr. TW Liu (SEEM, CityU) (IP expert) and Dr. Franklin Leung (SCOPE, CityU) (IT expert) and I visited and understand the whole process flow of ACP for AI related techniques implementation study.

(Left: Mr. Peter Suen, Ms. Wendy Mui, Dr. Franklin Leung, I and Dr. TW Liu)

Mr. Peter Suen introduced his business background and problems in his industry.

After that we had lunch and continued to discuss the future development on ACP.

20190202: Meeting for Pharmaceutical/Healthcare Industry in Hong Kong - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.com/2019/02/meeting-for-pharmaceuticalhealthcare.html
20180419: Peter Suen sponsor Student FYP and visit CityU SEEM Laboratories - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.com/2018/04/peter-suen-sponsor-student-fyp-and.html
20180301: Visit to ActiveCareGroup Intelligent Robotic Solution (Shenzhen) Limited (II) - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2018/03/visit-to-activecaregroup-intelligent.html
20180210: Visit to ActiveCareGroup Intelligent Robotic Solution (Shenzhen) Limited - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2018/02/visit-to-activecaregroup-intelligent.html
20171217: Visit to Song Shan Lake (松山湖) - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2017/12/visit-to-song-shan-lake.html
20150528: HKSQ Technical Visit to ActiveCarePharmacy Medication Management Centre - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2015/05/hksq-technical-visit-to.html
20150411: HKSQ Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Workshop - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.com/2015/04/hksq-pharmaceutical-good-manufacturing.html
20140319: HKSTP Seminar to gain trust from business partners by using management tools - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2014/03/hkstp-seminar-to-gain-trust-from.html


CityU Eminence Society –The 5th Exco Inauguration Ceremony & Annual Dinner 2019

The 5th Exco Inauguration Ceremony and Annual Dinner was held on 8 March 2019.  The CityU Eminence Society (CES) has established on 31 Dec 2010 and our mission is “To unite senior alumni to proactively contribute their resources, expertise and networks to help advance the University and serve the community”.  Dr. KS Chin and I arrived early to take a photo.

Then Dr. TW Liu and Mr. Dominic Lam arrived and we took a photo in front of the banner for memory.  I appreciated to Dr. Peter Ho & Dr. Raymond Leung who nominated Mr. Dominic Lam to join CityU Eminence Society (CES) and participate ceremony in their tables.

Before the ceremony, EngD cohorts and supervisors took a group photo for memory.

(Left: I, Dr. Gyver Lo, Dr. Raymond Leung, Dr. Sun, Dr. KS Chin, Dr. Peter Ho and Dr. TW Liu)

CES exco performed rehearsal for the inauguration ceremony.

Our new chairman Mr. Weeky Wong (CEO & Vice Chairman, Tai Sing Industrial Company Ltd.) gave a welcome speech and thanks for guests, professors and alumni. 

Council Chairman Mr. Lester G Huang gave congratulation speech especially that the UGC supports the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) to launch a UGC-funded six-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) programme with effect from the 2019/20 academic year.

Prof. Way Kuo (President, CityU) gave welcome speech and he told us Mr. Lester G Huang had written a letter to him for supporting Veterinary School ten years ago.  Now he became our council chairman.

Mr. Weeky Wong led inauguration of the 5th Executive Committee. Mr. Lester G Huang and Prof. Way Kuo were witness.

ESG Seminar - Adversity Leadership - How to use Growth Mindset to embrace Challenges

The Executive Study Group (ESG) seminar – Adversity Leadership “How to use Growth Mindset to embrace Challenges” was held by the ESG, Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy Limited (APIFS) and the Cyberport Hong Kong on 8 Mar 2019.  The seminar was held in Cyberport Smart-Space 8 @Tsuen Wan in this time.  I would like to summarize the seminar for sharing below.

Smart-Space 8 is designed specifically for young entrepreneurs who aspire to turn their innovative ideas into impactful products and solutions.

I also met my CMATCL friend Mr. Arthur SY Lam (GM, Business Development, CMATCL).

In the beginning, Dr. Mark Lee briefed some background of ESG and Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy (APIFS) as well as their monthly research report.  Firstly, He quoted Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft) statement as starting his talk that was “We will grow as a company if everyone, individually, grows in their roles and in their lives.”  Then he briefed today’s talk content included “Microsoft’s Difficult Time”, “Fixed Mindset”, “Growth Mindset” and “Implementation Strategies”.

Dr. Lee briefed the Microsoft’s difficult time after 2000.  If a hi-tech company stock price had steady (or no growth) for 14 years, talents were no longer stayed in that company.  At that time, Microsoft faced product aging, new market loss that they had failed to lead such as Android and iOS.  Two key challenges were “Mobile First” and “Cloud-base”.   Satya Nadella became CEO in this difficult time of Microsoft on 4th Feb 2014.

Then Ms. Jill Tracie Nichols (Chief of Staff) performed new focus group feedback from hundreds of employees that CEO could get a real-time pulse of the organization.  They discovered three symptom as “The Company was sick”, “Employees were tired” and “They were frustrated”.  From the following organization chart, it was drawn up with understanding and perception from outsiders.  It observed that Microsoft competing and killing each other internally!


HKQAA Workshop for establishing Corporate University (Unit 3)

Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) organized three-day workshop named “Establish  own Corporate Academy / University: from Training, Educational Institution Management, and International Standards for Knowledge Management” (建立自身企業培訓學院:從培訓,教育機構管理,知識管理的國際標準取經) on 15th , 22nd Feb and 6th Mar 2019. Unit 1 is Application of Training Management System (培訓管理體系的應用); Unit 2 is Management System Applicable to Educational Institutions (適用於教育機構的管理體系); and Unit 3 is Application of Knowledge Management System (知識管理體系的應用).  I attended the unit 3 today and shared the content below.

I took a photo with speaker Ms. Ivy Leung (Manager, Market & Technology, HKQAA) for memory.

Ms. Ivy Leung presentation topic was “ISO 30401 Knowledge Management System”.  The first edition issued in Nov 2018 and it set sound knowledge management principles and requirements as guidance for organizations that aims to be competent in optimizing the value of organization knowledge as a basis for auditing, certifying, evaluating and recognizing such competent organizations.

ISO 30401 has 8 guiding principles as follows:
i)                    Nature of knowledge: knowledge is intangible and complex; it is created by people.
ii)                  Value: knowledge is a key source of value for organizations to meet their objectives. The determinable value of knowledge is in its impact on organizational purpose, vision, objectives, policies, processes and performance. Knowledge management is a means of unlocking the potential value of knowledge.
iii)                Focus: knowledge management serves the organizational objectives, strategies and needs.
iv)                Adaptive: there is no one knowledge management solution that fits all organizations within all contexts. Organizations may develop their own approach to the scope of knowledge and knowledge management and how to implement these efforts, based on the needs and context.
v)                  Shared understanding: people create their own knowledge by their own understanding of the input they receive. For shared understanding, knowledge management should include interactions between people, using content, processes and technologies where appropriate.
vi)                Environment: knowledge is not managed directly; knowledge management focuses on managing the working environment, thus nurturing the knowledge lifecycle.
vii)              Culture: culture is critical to the effectiveness of knowledge management.
viii)            Iterative: knowledge management should be phased, incorporating learning and feedback cycles.

Some related terms and definitions are summarized below. 
Data (ISO 9000:2015 – cls. 3.8.1) – facts about an object
Information (ISO 9000:2015 – cls. 3.8.2) – meaningful data
Knowledge (ISO 30401:2018 – cls. 3.25) – human or organizational asset enabling effective decisions and action in context
Wisdom (Cambridge Dictionary) – the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgments
Knowledge management (ISO 30401:2018 – cls. 3.26) – management with regard to knowledge
management system (ISO 9000:2015 – cls. 3.5.3) – set of interrelated or interacting elements of an organization (3.2.1) to establish policies (3.5.8) and objectives (3.7.1), and processes (3.4.1) to achieve those objectives
Knowledge management system (ISO 30401:2018 – cls. 3.28) – part of a management system  with regard to knowledge (3.25)


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