IAS Distinguished Lecture

Professor Stephen P. Boyd, Samsung Professor of Engineering, Information Systems Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, will deliver a talk titled “Domain-Specific Languages for Convex Optimization” on 12 September. Professor Boyd’s current interests include convex programming applications in control, machine learning, signal processing, finance, and circuit design. For more information, please visit here.

France-Hong Kong Distinguished Lecture Series

This talk focuses on fundamental issues related to combustion such as turbulent combustion modeling and simulation, dynamics of swirling flames, experiments and simulations of ignition and light-round of annular systems, combustion dynamics, cryogenic transcritical flames and computational flame dynamics. The speaker is Professor Sébastien Candel, President of the French Academy of Sciences, and the title of the talk is “Combustion Modeling and Simulation: Recent Advances, Applications and Challenges”. The lecture, which takes place on 13 September, is part of the France-Hong Kong Distinguished Lecture Series. For more information, please visit here.

City University Distinguished Lecture Series

Marine robotics is an area of great interest at CityU. In his 15 September talk, Dr Alexander Scherbatyuk, Director of the Institute for Marine Technology Problems at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Head of the Scientific Education Centre “Underwater Robotics” at the Far Eastern Federal University, will address questions about navigation for an autonomous underwater vehicle and centralised mission planners for a group of marine robots. The title of the talk is “The Mobile Navigation and Group Operation of Autonomous Marine Vehicles”. For more information, please visit here.

Ohm's law, discovered in 1827, is one of the most important laws for quantitative descriptions of the physics of electricity. In this talk on 25 September, Professor Xue Qi-Kun in the Department of Physics, Tsinghua University and a Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, will talk about how to increase the transition temperature of superconductivity and quantum anomalous Hall effect. The talk is titled “Physics beyond Ohm’s Law”. Professor Xue received his BSc in Shandong University in 1984, and PhD degree in condensed matter physics from Institute of Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1994. For more information, please visit here

Food saving pledge

CityU has recently signed the “Green Mid-Autumn Festival Food Saving Pledge” organised by the Food Grace to promote sustainability by reducing mooncake wastage. The pledge holds that mooncakes should not be used as gifts; we should refrain from receiving mooncakes from partners; and we should encourage employees to celebrate a greener Mid-Autumn Festival by reducing food waste. In addition, the on-campus mooncake collection will redistribute our surplus mooncakes to the needy. For more information, please visit here or go to Sustainability@CityU Facebook for more details.


Zita Yip Yuk-ngang, a final-year student in the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE), and PhD student Zhu Ze, also in EE, won the Best Student Paper Award (3rd Place) at the 18th International Conference on Electronic Packaging Technology (ICEPT) 2017 in Harbin, China from 16 to 19 August. Their winning paper, supervised by Chair Professor Chan Yan-cheong of EE, is called “Reliability Analysis of Smartwatch”.

Solomon Mensah, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science (CS), together with his supervisor Dr Jacky Keung Wai, Assistant Professor in CS, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper "Investigating the Significance of Bellwether Effect to Improve Software Effort Estimation" at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability and Security (QRS 2017) in Prague, Czech Republic in July 2017.

A podcast created by alumnus Mr Muhammad Shahzain Riaz, who graduated as a Bachelor in Engineering (Hons) from CityU majoring in Mechatronic Engineering, earned a top ten finish at the Global Grand Challenge Summit 2017. The challenge, set by University College London and the Royal Academy of Engineering, was to develop a podcast titled “How to Change the world”. Judges came from media entities including Economist and Nature Magazine. Muhammad, who collaborated with two US students, created a podcast titled: “Innovating against diabetes and glaucoma”. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Muhammad is now working as a research affiliate at the University of California, Los Angeles in the electrical engineering department. To hear the podcast, visit here.