How will you build bonds with alumni and industry?
Developing strong links with industry in Hong Kong, Mainland China and globally, and engaging alumni are critically important for the School’s development. The most important avenue for gaining such support is to excite alumni and industry about the research agenda of our faculty, our students and the development of next-generation leaders, and the positive differences we are making to society.
Why is there such an emphasis on diversity these days?
I strongly believe that diversity is one of the most important elements in innovation and a key ingredient for excellence. When people come from different fields, training, backgrounds, and have different first languages, their brains are wired in different ways. If you put them together and they start communicating, new ideas are formed. Moreover, faced with the large-scale resources that stand behind institutions in Japan, Korea, and Mainland China, and their large job markets to absorb graduates, Hong Kong’s truly international, English-speaking, and culturally diverse society is one of its outstanding competitive advantages in attracting global talent.
Where do you get your own passion for engineering?
My father was a civil engineer, my two sons are engineers, so it runs in our family. From childhood, I have loved maths and physics and since elementary school becoming an engineer was never in doubt. My father was the chief engineer for the landmark Penghu Great Bridge in Taiwan. We were all proud of this but it meant he was away from home for eight years. That’s why I decided to choose a different field. Initially, I focused on electronic and computer engineering, working on semiconductors. I worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories for five years, before moving to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I set up the System-on-Chip (SoC) Design and Test Lab. In the late 1990s, I established my second lab, the Learning-Based Multimedia Lab, focused on mobile computer vision, and served as the University’s Founding Director of the Computer Engineering Program. Right now, I am 50:50 involved with electronic and computer engineering and computer science and engineering.