13 Research Highlights Associate Head ofDepartment, Prof. Cao, showcasing the department's research efforts to the RGC representatives at the Internet and Mobile Computing Lab. Published academic works by the department staff. Head ofDepartment, Prof. David Zhang, demonstrated the department’s latest research efforts to the RGC representatives at the Biometrics Lab. RGC visit to the DepartmentofComputing Representatives from the Research Grants Council (RGC) visited PolyU in June. Staff and research students from the DepartmentofComputing shared their views and experiences in discussion sessions with the RGC representatives, as well as in the brief introductory meetings that were held. Posters and products illustrating the research areas and results of the department were also displayed. The spate of research projects funded by RGC at the department.
14 Research Highlights Prof. David Zhang (right) received the IEEE Fellow Award from Prof. Paul Cheung (left), Chair of the IEEE Medal of Honor Committee and former Chair of the IEEE Awards Board. (from right to left) Prof. Alexander Wai, Associate Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, PolyU; Prof. David Zhang; Dr Henry Chan, Associate Professor, DepartmentofComputing, PolyU Congratulations to Prof. David Zhang – on receiving the IEEE Fellow Award One of the many pieces of good news we have to report this year! Our Head ofDepartment, Prof. David Zhang, received the IEEE Fellow Award at the IEEE’s 125th anniversary banquet on 21 August 2009. He was elected in recognition of his contributions to biometric identification and systems. IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE fellowship is a prestigious recognition for those members who have made outstanding achievements in the field of engineering. This year, the IEEE’s Board of Directors elected a total of 302 fellows worldwide; only eight fellows were elected in HongKong. Better Communications for the Connected Generation Professor Jiannong Cao, Associate Head of the DepartmentofComputing at the HongKongPolytechnic University and director of the Internet and Mobile Computing Lab, alongside with his working team has won the Bronze Award in the Brussels Innova 2009 for the project "HAWK: Heterogeneous Advanced Wireless Networks". The awarded project features a HAWK platform with practical technologies to support users’ seamless communication and mobility for ubiquitous Internet access over heterogeneous wireless networks. Brussels Innova is a yearly event founded by Belgium in 2007. More than 40 booths from 15 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia countries were featured alongside PolyU’s booth at Brussels Innova 2009, which was held from 19 - 21 November 2009 in Brussels. The event included exhibitions and contests, as well as consortiums and seminars on developing small and medium-sized enterprises. Ideas were shared about patent and brand issues, and practical tips for bridging innovations and business.