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Professor Tang Tao

UIC President, Mathematician, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chair Professor

Professor Tang Tao obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Peking University in 1984, followed by a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Leeds in 1989. Widely known for his expertise in computational mathematics, high-order methods and adaptive grid methods, Professor Tang belongs to the winner’s circle in mathematics, many times over. 

Among his numerous honours are the Feng Kang Prize for Scientific Computing, First Prize in the Natural Science category of Tertiary Institutions Science and Technology Awards courtesy of China’s Ministry of Education, and Second Prize in the National Natural Science Award. 

Among his various influential leadership positions, he was proud of having served as President of the Hong Kong Mathematical Society, and as a seasoned editor of numerous peer-reviewed journals. 

Professor Tang’s honours are as international as they are multiple. They include election as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). In 2017 came his crowning glory when he was elected as Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. A year later, he was an invited speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM). Being asked to address the ICM is considered one of the highest honours for a mathematician. 

Long a faculty member at Simon Fraser University, Canada, between 1990 and 1998, he subsequently served at Hong Kong Baptist University from 1998 to 2015, in a variety of key roles, from Head of the Department of Mathematics, Dean of Science, Director of Graduate School, to Associate Vice-President. Before joining UIC, Professor Tang was the Vice-president and Provost at the Southern University of Science and Technology as well as its Chair Professor of Mathematics. 

Present at the creation of the College, as a founding member of the UIC Council, Professor Tang helped guide the fledgling institution to its maturity. It could be said that his history with the College has come full circle, beginning service on its Council at its infancy and culminating in its Presidency when it has reached full-fledged status.

Professor Chen Zhi

Provost, Chair Professor

Prof. Chen is an internationally acclaimed scholar and researcher in Chinese Studies. His diversified interests in Chinese Studies include classical studies and early Chinese culture and history, historical writings, traditional Chinese poetry, excavated documents and paleography: bronze inscriptions and bamboo and silk writings, and intellectual history of the Ming and Qing dynasty.  

In addition to his remarkable scholarship, Prof. Chen is also an experienced university administrator. Apart from being the Head of Department of Chinese in HKBU between 2010 and 2013, Prof. Chen was Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts between 2015 and 2017, held the Associate Directorship of Institute of Creativity between 2011 and 2017 as well as the Directorship of Mr. Simon Suen and Mrs. Mary Suen Sino-Human Institute between 2011 and 2014. Between 2012 and 2014, Prof. Chen was appointed Acting Director of Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology and became the Director from 2014 to present.

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Professor Jia Weijia

Vice President (Research and Development), Chair Professor, IEEE Fellow (2020), Deputy Director of State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City

Prof. Jia obtained his Doctorate of Science from the Polytechnic Faculty of Mons, Belgium in 1993. He joined the Department of Computer Science in City University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor in 1995 and finally became Professor in 2008. Between 2014 and 2017, he served as the Zhiyuan Chair Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. From 2018 to June 2020, he serves as Chair Professor of the University of Macau and the Deputy Director of State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City.

As a renowned active researcher and scholar, Prof. Jia has long been engaged in the research of computer science, enjoying a high reputation in areas such as AI and Big Data, Men-Machines-Things Knowledge Graph Completions, Smart City and IoT Designs, Next Generation Networking and Communications, and Fog Computing. With 11 books/chapters and over 500 top-tier journal/conference papers to his credit, he received over 9965 citations with an H-index of 52. As a successful fund-applicant, Prof. Jia had obtained substantial research funding as Principal Investigator (PI), such as 985 and 973 National Basic Research Fund, 863 National Research Fund, Hong Kong RGC Fund, The Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT), etc. He also took on a number of journal editorships, including IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, Computer Communications, Elsevier, International Journal of Computers and Applications, etc.

In acknowledgement of his scientific achievements, Prof. Jia was awarded the highest title of honour “State Specially Recruited Expert” in 2013, which is established by the State for high-level experts introduced from overseas. In addition, he was elected as a Member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) with the citation “for contributions to optimal network routing and deployment”. He is also a distinguished member of China Computer Federation (CCF).

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Professor Adrian J. Bailey

Associate Vice President (Internationalization), Chair Professor of Geography

Prof. Bailey is currently Chair Professor of Geography and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences in Hong Kong Baptist University. He is a distinguished geographer, acquiring his PhD in Geography from Indiana University, USA in 1989 and was elected as the Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2013. Over the last five years, the broad research agenda of Prof. Bailey has focused on migration, health and well-being, and life course theory.

Previously, Prof. Bailey was Associate Professor of Geography (with tenure) at Dartmouth College, USA between 1989 and 1999, and Professor of Migration Studies at the University of Leeds, UK between 1999 and 2010. He joined the Department of Geography in Hong Kong Baptist University in 2010.

In addition to his scholarship, Prof. Bailey also has a wealth of experience in university administration at a senior level. Apart from his current deanship, he has taken on diverse roles of importance, including Head of the Department of Geography, Head of the School of Geography, Director of Center for Advancement of Social Science Research, Acting Director of the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI), and Acting Provost.    

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Professor Liu Wenbin

Dean of Division of Business and Management, Chair Professor in Management Science and Computational Mathematics

Prof. Liu is currently the Chair Professor in Management Science and Computational Mathematics, Kent Business School, University of Kent. He earned his Ph.D. degree from University of Leeds, England, with main research areas in Management and Computational Mathematics, specifically in productivity and performance analysis, scientometrics and research evaluation, numerical partial differential equations, and computational optimal control. Beginning his academic career at Central South University, China, Prof. Liu has taught successively at Imperial College, England from 1991 to 1994, followed by the University of Kent, England since 1995. Over 200 of Prof Liu’s research papers have been published or accepted for publication, mostly in major international journals. He has also taken up the Editorships of several journals, including Omega - The International Journal of Management Science, Information Process Management, and Journal of Research Management, etc. With a wealth of experience in administration and management, Prof. Liu has been appointed as the Chief examiner of Management Sciences, Head of Management Science Sector of Kent Business School as well as the Director of Joint Research Centre for Anglo-Chinese Business and Management.

Professor Sun Weiwei

Chair Professor, DST

Prof. Sun Weiwei received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from University of Windsor in 1991. He held a professorship at City University of Hong Kong before joining UIC. His research interests are in the area of computational mathematics, specifically in numerical partial differential equations, mathematical modelling and matrix computation. He has published over 130 research papers in referred journals and received more than 20 research grants as PI.


Prof. Qingguo WANG

Distinguished Professor with Institute for Intelligent Systems, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof. Qingguo WANG was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National University of Singapore from 1992 to 2015, where he became a Full Professor from 2004. He is currently a Distinguished Professor with Institute for Intelligent Systems, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds A-rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa. He is a member of Academy of Science of South Africa.

His research interests lie in modeling, estimation, prediction, control, optimization and automation for a wide range of systems including, but not limited to, various industrial and environmental processes, new energy devices/facilities, defense systems, medical engineering, and financial markets. His works cover the cores of Industry 4.0. He has published 330 technical papers in international journals with additional 13 in China journals. He received nearly 17000 citations with h-index of 70 and i10-Index of 216. He was presented with the award of the most cited article of the Journal of Automatica in 2006-2010 and was in the Thomson Reuters list of the highly-cited researchers 2013 in Engineering (1 out of 250 worldwide). He has supervised about 30 postdoctoral research fellows, about 40 PhD students and about 30 Master students He got teaching awards almost every year. He is recognized as a passionate and effective teacher.