Message from the Department Head
Recognition - Staff
Recognition - Student
Message from the Department Head
Few will dispute the omnipresence of IT in the every-day life of the 21 Century, which is
dubbed the ‘connected generation’. Market research institute IDC predicted that in four
years’ time, the world-wide job market would see an increase of 5.8 million new jobs,
21,000 of which would emerge in the IT field of Hong Kong. It was further pointed out that
job opportunities in IT field of Hong Kong witnessed a year-on-year growth of 3 per cent,
16 times of the average growth rate of the overall local job market.
It is the mission of COMP to equip students the necessary IT knowledge and skills to
prepare their career development, as well as promoting IT to school students, and bridging
the digital divide in the community through the community programmes initiated by the
department. We believe that technology is not a privilege to the ‘have’ people in the
society, but rather a force that should be employed to open more opportunities for all.
Enjoy reading this issue of e-News!
Prof. David Zhang
Head of the Department of Computing
Special Features 02
Students met with Prof. Alison Richard,
the Vice-Chancellor of University of
Students(from left): Wong Cho Tak, Lam
Pak Chuen Burton, Choi Hin Kwong,
Cheung Tsz Hung, Chu Hau Shing and
Yang Fan (back row)
Liu Yudi and Zhao Chu (front row).
1 2 3
1 Formal Hall Dinner with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Prof. Ian White) at Jesus College.
2 Formal Hall Dinner with Prof. Susan Smith -Head Mistress at Girton College.
3 Students met with Prof. Jon Crowcroft at Cambridge.
4 Students visited Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge.
5 Students met with Hong Kong students studying at Cambridge.
6 Punting at the River Cam.
Cambridge and UCL Visits:
A Valuable Learning Experience
Led by Dr Henry Chan and Dr Vincent Ng, eight COMP students visited the University of Cambridge
and University College London (UCL) as they participated in The Intelligent Airport (TINA) Project
Exchange Programme in 16-20 February*. Led by the University of Cambridge, TINA is a large applied
research project with strong industrial support.
The five-day visit included meetings, presentations, and other exchange activities. Our students were
most honoured to meet with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Alison Richard, at her office. They were also
honoured to have dinner with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Affairs), Prof. Ian White, at Jesus
College and with the Headmistress, Prof. Susan Smith, at Girton College. Jesus College and Girton
College are two of the most beautiful colleges at Cambridge University.
Our students also met with Prof. Jon Crowcroft, the Marconi Professor of Communications Systems in
the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge, and learned from this world-renowned professor about his
innovative research work. They also gave presentations about their work to Cambridge
students/researchers and collaborated with the TINA project team to integrate some applications with
the TINA system.
To get a glimpse of cutting-edge technology and advanced facilities, visits were made to departments
and labs, such as Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing, as well as a research lab at the
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of UCL, where researchers explained technical
know-how to eager COMP students.
* In part sponsored by The Sponsorship Scheme for I.T. Exchange Programmes In 2008/09 Academic Year by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer
(OGCIO) and the Department of Computing, PolyU.
10 10 11
7 Students visited British Museum in London.
9 Students shared their experience with other students.
9 10 Students shared their Cambridge exchange
experiences with Prof. Timothy Tong.
11 Students visited University College London.
Cambridge and UCL Visits:
A Valuable Learning Experience (con’t)
The tour was wrapped up with other social and cultural activities, including dinner with Hong Kong
undergraduates at Cambridge, as well as visits to some of the historical sites of Cambridge and the City
of London, such as the River Cam, Trinity College, the British Museum, the Big Ben, and others.
This exchange programme, the aim of which was to enhance the students’ IT knowledge, presentation
skills, and English language skills through meetings, project collaborations; and exchange activities,
was in part sponsored by the 2008/09 Sponsorship Scheme for I.T. Exchange Programmes under the
auspices of the Hong Kong government and the COMP department.
Upon returning from England, participating students shared their rich learning experiences from this
exchange programme with PolyU’s President, Prof. Timothy Tong, as well as with other students.
Towards a Better,
For fans of digital image gadgets, the Digital Video Signals Optimization
System of Dr Zhang Lei and his research team could be the answer to
This superior system can improve video images and static digital
images shot with or appearing on common home gadgets like digital
cameras, HDTVs, video cameras, mobile phones, and even traditional film movies.
It also has proven advantages over similar technologies that are currently available, both
in terms of the subjective aspect of visual sense and the objective measure of PSNR
(Peak Signal to Noise Ratio). Compared with the commonly used CCD systems in digital
gadgets, Dr Zhang said the system performed significantly better at removing noises
from full-color videos, as well as noises from raw colour filter array (CFA) videos shot
with single CCD cameras, restoring full colour videos from raw CFA videos, and offering
This innovative technology will reduce noises and blurs, reconstruct blurred images,
sharpen their fineness, and improve overall video quality. The system’s super resolution
technology can optimize video resolution from a standard level to a high level of quality.
The reconstructed videos will not suffer from the blurs and lattice effect, while the outline
of edges will remain sharp and fine.
Left: the enlarged image by existing commercial software;
Right: the enlarged image by the developed system.
Besides video applications, this optimization system can also be applied to the repair of static digital images. Its super
resolution technology is capable of reconstructing blurred videos, sharpening the fineness of image profiles, and improving the
overall quality of static images to the point of meeting the standard fineness requirement for an enlarged poster print-out.
In light of the potential of the new system for enhancing the quality of digital image products, several manufacturers have
already expressed interest in developing the system into electronic chips to further boost the quality of digital cameras and
video cameras, according to Dr Zhang. Once a deal is confirmed, the proposed electronic chips will be produced in three to
The project was kicked off in 2009 with a $1 million grant from the Hong Kong government's Innovation and Technology Fund.
An application for a patent had been submitted. A research paper on the system was published in the Video Technology
periodical of the IEEE Circuit and Systems Society, which also hosted an international seminar that showcased the system.
Special Features 04
We Give Back and Shine
“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve”
By Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every single contribution to the community adds up to an
extraordinary effort, which is capable of making a real impact
on lives. By participating as part of the whole community to
give back, we have had a rewarding experience, which could
be a source of inspiration for others.
Under the guidance of our computing teachers and students,
more than 200 primary and secondary school students and
their teachers participated in 11 community service and
entrepreneurial projects in the “Pilot Community Programme”
in the past few months. Sponsored by the Quality Education
Fund, the programme is part of the "Innovation Odyssey -
Entrepreneurial Challenge" project in collaboration with nine
On 27 March, the Pilot Community Programme Award
Ceremony was held in honour of those exemplary community
service projects, in recognition of the secondary school
students’ passion, contributions, and outstanding services.
The day fired up the motivation of all involved to keep up the
good work, by sending the empowering message that they
can make a difference.
Our journey did not end there. We went further to advance
technology education for the students in need. At the Hong
Chi Pinehill School, our students and teachers volunteered in
providing IT training and extracurricular activities for special
needs children. Moreover, our students worked with Christian
Action to provide care and support for refugee children
stranded in Hong Kong from South Africa and India. These
two undertakings won us the Merit and Bronze Awards in the
Community Service Learning Programme Competition
(CSLP), held by the Student Affairs Office at PolyU.
Extending our commitment beyond Hong Kong, we went a
long way to an impoverished village in Gansu Province,
bringing much-needed technology resources to orphans at
the Jubilee Cares Primary School, as part of our Community
Outreach Merit Programme. We taught computer skills, built
computer labs, upgraded network infrastructures, set up a
computer system to automate the school library, and even
gave remote e-classes from Hong Kong. This project also
won a Gold Award in the CSLP Competition. This summer,
we are going on a similar expedition as far as Cambodia, to
help with IT education in local schools.
These rewarding hands-on activities network our students
with real people, getting them to understand about the real
world”, to appreciate teamwork, and to improve their people
skills outside of a classroom full of hard-core technologists. In
addition, by spending the days working for a good cause, we
make each day count.
The Pilot Community Programme Award Ceremony at PolyU.
Secondary school students present their hard work to
Our teaching staff and students receiving
awards in the Community Service Learning
Faculty staff, students and IT professionals
gathering at the annual dinner of the Society of
Computing Studies at the Royal Pacific Hotel.
Society of Computing Studies –
Annual Dinner 2010
The annual dinner of the Society of Computing Studies was held at the Royal Pacific
Hotel on 25 February. More than 140 students, professors, departmental staff, and
alumni attended. A fabulous meal was served, and the evening was filled with stories,
shared experiences, and chitchat. “Silicon,” a live band, formed by five computing
students with an enthusiasm for music performed three songs, Robbie Williams’s
“Better Man”, Michael Learns to Rock’s” That’s Why you go Away,” and Greenday’s
“21 Guns.” The occasion was an excellent opportunity for students to gather together
and do some networking.
Our computing students sit down with Prof. Tong
for a lively conversation.
A Day with Our President
in the Department
PolyU President Prof. Timothy Tong, together with Deputy President
and Provost Prof. Philip Chan and Vice President Prof. Walter Yuen,
visited the Department on 7 May, where they caught up with
members of the department on the newest developments in
teaching programmes and research. Giving us a boost, Prof Tong
praised the academic staff for their outstanding performances, as
he was delighted with our accomplishments during the past year.
In that sunny afternoon, a handful of our students had a chance to
sit down with him for a lively conversation on matters of interest to
both, their studies, and life on campus, allowing Prof. Tong to feel
the energy of the place and the dynamics in work and study.
Prof. Tong visits different
research and teaching
laboratories to catch up on the
latest developments with us.
Event Spotlights 06
Prof. Cao delivers a talk on the powerful functions of HAWK and iSensNet.
Unveiling New Network
Technology at the
International ICT Expo
Heterogeneous Advanced Wireless Networks (HAWK) and Intelligent
Wireless Sensor Networks for Engineering Applications (iSensNet), two
important research achievements by the Department that will enhance
internet connection and mobility as well as sensor networks, hit the
International ICT Expo, a highlight of the Electronics Fair, organized by
the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in April.
The award-winning project HAWK is a high-tech platform that makes for
a superb mobile web experience, as it is faster, smoother, and has a
bigger bandwidth than current platforms. iSensNet is a futuristic
surveillance technology, offering wireless, real-time, and highly
synchronized monitoring in public spaces. Attracting enormous interest
from professionals and visitors around the world, the exhibition
concluded on a high note with a talk by Prof. Jiannong Cao, a
mastermind of research on both subjects, highlighting their unique
features and powerful functions.
The exhibition is filled with professionals and visitors
attracted by our advanced network technologies.
The first day of the Conference started
with the opening lectures given by
Mr Roderick Woo, Privacy Commissioner
for Personal Data, Hong Kong, on the
“Challenges posed by Biometric
Technology on Data Privacy Protection
in Hong Kong and the Way Forward”;
and Dr Nalini Ratha, IBM Watson
Research Centre, New York, US, on
“Privacy Protection in High Security
The Third International
Conference on the Ethics
and Policy of Biometrics and
International Data Sharing
The International Conference on the Ethics and Policy of
Biometrics and International Data Sharing took place from 4-5
January 2010, at PolyU. Organised by the Department in
cooperation with the RISE consortium (Rising pan-European
and International Awareness of Biometrics and Security
Ethics), the conference was a huge success, attracting more
than 100 participants from over 10 countries, including
industry players, policy makers, and experts in privacy
protection and biometrics security. The aim of the conference
was to bring attention to the challenges posed by biometric
technology on data privacy in Asia and by future technological
advancements on privacy protection.
From left to right: Dr Nalini Ratha, Prof. Alex Wai, Mr Roderick Woo,
Prof. David Zhang, Ir Dr Hon Samson Tam Wai Ho, JP, Prof. Emilio Mordini.
The two-day Conference was kicked off by Ir Dr Hon Samson Tam Wai Ho, JP,
Legislative Councillor (Information Technology); Prof. Alex Wai, PolyU
Associate Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering; Prof. David
Zhang, Head of the Department of Computing and Director of the Biometrics
Research Centre of PolyU; and Prof. Emilio Mordini, RISE Project Coordinator,
Centre for Science, Society, and Citizenship, Rome, Italy, at an opening
held on 4 January.
Recognition - Staff 08
ACM CHI (Computer Human
Interaction 2010 Conference)
presented an Honorable Mention
Award to the research paper and
toolkit i*CATch compiled by COMP
staff and students.
Honorable Mention Award
to Computing Team at
Dr Grace Ngai, Dr Stephen Chan, Dr Vincent Ng, Ms Joey Cheung,
Mr Sam Choy, Ms Winnie Lau and Mr Jason Tse from the Department
won an Honorable Mention Award at the ACM CHI (Computer Human
Interaction) 2010 Conference for their research paper “i*CATch: A
Scalable, Plug-n-Play Wearable Computing Framework for Novices
and Children.” CHI, as the flagship conference for ACM SIGCHI
(Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction) is the
premier international conference for the field of human-computer
interaction and the Honorable Mention Award is dedicated to the top
5% of submitted papers. This paper is also the first paper from Hong
Kong to be honored with this award.
The paper presents the i*CATch toolkit, which was developed wholly
in-house at the eToy Lab in the Department of Computing, The i*CATch
toolkit was designed to be modular, a construction platform and a
hybrid text / graphical integrated development environment. It has been
used to teach programming to our own undergraduates as well as in
Summer Camp and other outreach activities to primary and secondary
Prof. Jiannong Cao and his team won
government grants for their wireless
sensor network project.
A Sound Foundation
"A Versatile Wireless Sensor Network Platform
for Structural Health Monitoring", a project by
Prof. Jiannong Cao and his team to enhance
the structural safety of engineering structures,
has received a grant of HK$991,300 from
the Innovation and Technology Support
Programme (ITSP). With more than 20 years
of teaching experience in the Asia-Pacific
region, Prof. Cao is the Associate Head of
COMP and the Director of its Internet and
Mobile Computing Lab.
Recognition - Staff
Dr Rocky Chang and his working team have succeeded in obtaining
grants on two projects to promote network measurement and its
applications: HK$967,150 from the Innovation and Technology
Support Programme (ITSP) to the project "Reliable and Accurate
Bandwidth Measurement of Asymmetric Network Paths", and
HK$200,000 from the Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC) to
the project "Performance Monitoring and Measurement of HARNET".
Dr Rocky Chang
Silver Medal for
an RFID Project
Dr Henry Chan and his research & development team recently won a silver medal in the 38th International Exhibition of
Inventions in Geneva with a software tool called Flexible RFID Encoder and Decoder (FRED). FRED was developed in relation
to the project entitled "Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Hong Kong Air Freight Forwarding Industry Using RFID and
Software Agent Technologies" funded by the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF)
(over $4 million). The major developer of FRED is Chiu Chi Hang, last year's graduate
Working in collaboration with the industry, the aforementioned ITF project aims to
investigate the use of RFID and software agents to enhance the competitiveness of
the Hong Kong air freight forwarding industry. In January 2010, the project team
organized an industrial seminar for the air freight forwarding industry (see the photo).
The opening speeches were given by distinguished speakers, including:
• Ir Dr Hon Samson TAM Wai Ho, JP, Legislative Councilor (Information Technology
• Dr Frank TONG, Director, Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain
Management Enabling Technologies
• Mr Peter WONG, Chairman, Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding And
• Mr Kelvin LEUNG, CEO, North Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding
• Mr Philip LEE, CEO, Sun Hing Group of Companies
A Long Engagement
Devotion, hard work, and the persistent pursuit of excellence have marked the history of
COMP. The following staff members of the department have been honoured with the 2009
Long Service Award by PolyU: Prof. Keith Chan; Dr Korris Chung, Dr Hong Va Leong,
Dr Hareton Leung, Dr James Liu, and Dr Vincent Ng.
Prof. Keith Chan Dr Korris Chung Dr Hong Va Leong
Dr Hareton Leung Dr James Liu Dr Vincent Ng
Recognition - Student 10
Mr Lozen Liu (right) and other awardees.
Computing Student Receives
Outstanding Student Awards 2009
Mr Lozen Liu Zhi Yue, a final year student of BSc (Hons) in Computing, was awarded the
Outstanding Student Award 2009. Receiving the distinguished award from the President,
Prof. Timothy Tong, along with five other awardees, he was recognized as a "preferred graduate"
for his exceptional academic performance and his commitment to internship training. Mr Liu was
also the winner of four scholarships from 2006 to 2010.
Prof. Tong presents the Outstanding Student Award to Mr Lozen Liu.
Success Takes Flight
COMP graduate Lau Hiu Fung has captured the Gold Award in the Hong Kong ICT
Awards 2009, for the category of “Best Innovation & Research [College &
Undergraduates]”, with his RFID/SMS-based Flight Information and Advertisements
System project. The proposed system, which also features an intelligent computing
algorithm, allows flight passengers to see customized flight information as well as
advertisements that they might be interested in, based on information from their RFID
tags. The system could also be applied in shopping malls, hospitals, railway stations,
and other places.
Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009: Hiu Fung
with Mrs. Rita Lau, JP, Secretary for
Commerce and Economic Development,
HKSAR Government, Mr Duncan
Pescod, JP, Permanent Secretary for
Commerce and Economic Development,
HKSAR Government, Mr Jeremy
Godfrey, Government Chief Information
Officer, HKSAR Government, Dr Winnie
Tang, JP, President, Internet Professional
Association, and Prof. Timothy Tong,
President of PolyU.
Recognition - Student
PolyU computing alumnus Mr Lau Hiu Fung, who works on a wheelchair and strikes the computer keyboard with a pair of chopsticks,
has developed a package of SMS-based services against all odds. These services could enable travellers to have convenient access
to information on updated flight status as well as shopping outlets or restaurants around Hong Kong.
Brilliance of the Mind:
SMS-based services developed by Lau Hiu Fung
COMP graduate Lau Hiu Fung once again surprised the
computing science community with his latest work – a
package of SMS-based services for airport users and
These services could enable airport travellers and tourists to
obtain convenient access to information on updated flight
schedules as well as on restaurants or shopping outlets
around Hong Kong.
It was presented by Lau as a special gift to his mother, who
has helped him commute to campus because he is in a
wheel-chair, on the eve of Mother's Day at a seminar jointly
organized by PolyU and the Internet Professional Association
This young computing talent, who suffers from Duchenne
Muscular Dystrophy, works by striking the computer
keyboard with a pair of chopsticks, while seated in a
wheelchair. He works under the supervision of Associate
Professor Dr Henry Chan of COMP.
Addressing the seminar, Dr Winnie Tang, President of iProA,
praised Lau for his efforts on this project. She also noted that
SMS should be one of the most commonly used
The seminar was also supported by the Communications
Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Computer Society,
the Lions Club of Hong Kong (Pacific), and The Hong Kong
Association for Computer Education.
The package of three SMS-based services developed by Lau
and other project team members consists of different
dimensions. The first tier of service provides arrival/departure
and transit flight information for airport users. The second tier
of service recommends shops/restaurants through SMS
using intelligent computing techniques. Finally, the third tier of
service provides value-added services through interaction
with external devices.
This SMS project is funded by a $400,000 grant from the
Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA). It is
supported by the Airport Authority of Hong Kong, Decisive
Consulting, DHL Global Forwarding, Hong Kong Cyberport,
Hong Kong RFID, Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong
Kong), iProA, Macroview Telecom, Xgate, and 2DiC.
Lau, a former student of the John F. Kennedy Centre of the
Hong Kong Red Cross, graduated from COMP with first-class
honours in 2009. A high-flying student, he already had
various awards under his belt, including the Gold Award in the
2009 Amway Pan-Pearl River Delta Region Universities IT
Project Competition, and the Gold Award in the Hong Kong
ICT Awards 2009 in the Best Innovation and Research
(College & Undergraduates) Category.
A Moment for Reward
Six graduating COMP students were selected as the champions of the Charles
Babbage Final Year Project Awards 2009-10. Held on 22 May, the event allowed
winning students to present their projects to a panel consisting of faculty teaching
staff, and industry professionals. The Outstanding Final Year Project Award was
snatched by student Wang Xin Chao, who theorized a unifying subspace selection
framework for classification.
The Technological Achievement Award went to Lo Wai Kwan’s Framework for
Multi-modal Human Computer Interaction project, and Li Ho Leung’s D-miner:
Discovering Potential Young Drug Abusers project. Feng Xue Chen, on the other
hand, won the Innovation Award with his Dual Wiimote Three-Dimensional Point
Tracking System with Applications. Student Lam Lap Kei and Ho Sai Hei won the
Merit Award for their respective projects. Throughout Enhanced Cooperative
Transmission Design and Implementation in Ad-hoc Wireless Network, and
Location Based Blogging.
The top four winning projects were selected to represent the COMP in the iProA
Research Highlights 12
4 winners (from left to right) Mr Junchao Ma, Mr Zhang Lin, Mr Ming Hay Luk, Mr Wei Feng
with all the participants and judges.
A Human Touch
Innovation and sensitivity to day-to-day
technology needs earned PolyU students the top
prize in the 2010 Amway Pan-PRD University IT
Kenneth Lo Wai Kwan and Will Tang Wai Wa
outperformed their counterparts from other
universities in Hong Kong to win the top award
with their final year project, i*Chameleon: A
Unified Interaction Framework for Integrating and
Combining Heterogeneous Input Devices. The
project, together with 10 other selected projects,
will represent Hong Kong in the 2010 Amway
Pan-Pearl River Delta Region Universities IT
Project Competition to be held in Chengdu
Province. The project was one of four selected by
COMP to represent the department.
To encourage aspiring scientists in their pursuit of knowledge
and innovation, COMP invited research students to submit their
research papers to the “Most Promising Researcher”
Competition 2010, held on 8 April. Four winners were selected
amongst the participants, who were invited to deliver a
presentation on their research projects to the panel of judges.
An enthusiastic exchange and discussion of views among
supervisors and students added to the excitement of the
competition. The participants were also given the chance to
demonstrate their presentation skills, showcasing their
knowledge and ideas to a delightful audience of students and
teaching staff alike. Cash awards and certificates were
presented to the winners at the end of the competition as tokens
of recognition. Representatives of COMP applauded the efforts
of all participants, and expressed the hope that the spirit of
excellence will be handed down to the next generation of young
The Chameleon framework is user-friendly and
versatile. It allows users to customize different
interaction devices, such as motion capture
cameras, speech recognition engines, tangible
devices and others, and adapt them on the
Using techniques like pattern recognition, image
segmentation, language parsing, middleware, and
object-oriented design, the Chameleon will then
map incoming signals, and convert them into
conventional keyboard-and-mouse commands
that are compatible with Windows applications.
The user-friendly nature of the framework means
that non-technical users, including those with
physical disabilities, can easily use it to customize
their devices. For example, users with physical
disabilities may use the framework to integrate
their own specially-designed input devices into a
standard Windows workstation. Other potential
areas of use include demonstration systems and
home entertainment systems.
Officiating guests celebrated the debut launch of the Hong Kong First
LEGO League Robotics Tournament (from left) Professor Suleyman
Demokan(Vice President of PolyU); Dr Rosanna Wong Yick-ming
(Executive Director of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups);
Ms Janet W C Wong(Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of
the Innovation and Technology Commission); The Hon Marjorie Yang
Mun-tak, JP (Non-Official Member of Executive Council); Dr K K Chan
(Deputy Secretary, Education Bureau, HKSARG); Mr E Anthony
Tan(Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Science and Technology
Parks Corporation) and Mr Eugene Zhang(Executive Director of
Hong Kong FLL (FIRST LEGO League)
The Hong Kong FLL (FIRST LEGO League) Robotics Tournament was held on 27 February at the
Hong Kong Science Park. It was jointly organized by the Department of Computing of the Hong
Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, and Semia, to encourage
young people to become more interested in science and technology.
Sixty-one teams from 48 primary and secondary schools participated in the tournament, and over
700 students, teachers, and other visitors were present. Guided by coaches, the participants
learned to deal with various challenges by building fully autonomous robots. In the process, they
developed creative and critical thinking skills outside of the classroom. In addition, by solving
problems with their teammates they were able to learn something about both robotics engineering
and team spirit.
We were honored to have the following people as officiating guests in the tournament: The Hon.
Marjorie Yang, JP, Chairman of the PolyU Council and Non-Official Member of the Executive
Council; Prof. Suleyman Demokan, Vice President of PolyU; Prof. Walter Yuen, Vice President of
PolyU; Ms Janet Wong, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the Innovation and
Technology Commission; Mr Nicholas Brooke, BBS, JP, FRICS, FHKIS, RPS, Chairman of the
Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation; Mr Eugene Zhang, Executive Director of
Semia Limited; and Dr Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, Executive Director of The Hong Kong Federation
of Youth Groups.
Student Corner 14
A full house of Form 7 students paid close attention in the A-level seminar.
Our professors and students deliver helpful advice on how best to prepare for the A-level exam.
Seminar for Form 7 Students
before the A-level Examination
Student Affairs Office’s Counsellor,
Ms Maggie Choy, delivers a sharing
session on “Handling Exams with
To help Form 7 students to perform their best at the A-level examination, a seminar
was hosted in March by experts and professors, offering advice on exam preparation
and time management, and providing information on university admission. The
enlightening seminar was followed by guided laboratory tours, and the chance to hear
about university life from computing students, giving the prospective university
students an opportunity to explore computing courses in depth.
Summer Camps to
Inspire Young Talents in IT
This year, the much-anticipated IT summer camps for primary and
secondary students are now accepting applications.
The 4th Virtual Reality Summer Camp
Students will engage in computer animation and game production, and
create their own computer game in this five-day camp.
Target : F5 to F7 students
Website : http://vrcamp.comp.polyu.edu.hk
i3 Learn Group Summer Camp
With the theme “Creativity‧Art‧Technology”, this five-day camp focuses
on fostering creativity and art appreciation through the application of the
Target : P4 to F3 students
Website : http://summercamp.comp.polyu.edu.hk
Innovation Odyssey – Entrepreneurial Challenge 2010
Summer Term Training Course
This training course translates creativity into practical, commercial
solutions in the form of computer animations and games, to spark a
sense of entrepreneurship in teenagers.
Target : P4 to F3 students
Website : http://ioec.comp.polyu.edu.hk
1 2 Summer camp participants taking pride in their creations.
3 4 Students concentrating hard on their projects and putting
their innovative minds to work.
Student helpers pose for a group picture to mark the end of a fruitful Consultation Day.
Computing students and academic staff are eager to handle enquiries about our undergraduate and
Consultation Day to help students
decide about the future
After taking their A-level examinations, Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS)
applicants who remained undecided about their future studies were offered a chance to gain
first-hand information on undergraduate studies, admission requirements, and career prospects in
computing. During Consultation Day, which closed on 22 May, informative exhibitions, seminars,
and guided tours were held, covering topics such as courses and programmes, internship
opportunities, and future career and placement opportunities. Our professors and students were
eager to answer questions, helping prospective students to think things through before submitting
a final application to JUPAS.
Mr Ming Li, a Project Manager from the ICT Career Centre, gives a talk on opportunities in an IT career.
Student Corner 16
More than 130 graduating students, alumni, teaching staff, as well as industrial
professionals gathered together for the special occasion of Graduation Dinner
2010, which was held on 20 May at the Staff Restaurant. Food, photos,
laughter, and amicable conversations marked the evening, which was a perfect
way to bring campus life to a close and seal the friendships formed there.
Creativity and entrepreneurship are the powerful
generators of social value. COMP students collaborated
with over 150 school participants NGOs to run a stall called
the “2010 Lunar New Year Fun Fair” at the Chinese New
Year Fair in Victoria Park, selling creative products to raise
funds for local charities. The Fair was part of "The
Innovation Odyssey – Entrepreneurial Challenge" project
supported by the Quality Education Fund.
1 Guest visited our stall to show their support
and give encouragement to the participating
2 Students sold creative products at the Chinese
New Year Floral Market in Victoria Park.
3 Product making by computing students.
4 Computing student introduced our product to
President Prof. Timothy W. Tong.
COMP warmly greeted its graduates, their friends,
and families at the Alumni Homecoming Carnival
on a Sunday afternoon in mid-March.
The day was a time for old and new: a “Wall of
Memories” showcased memorable photos
contributed by alumni, who were also invited to
explore the latest campus structures and facilities
through adventurous activities. Their children, on
the other hand, were delighted with a playground
filled with game booths, shows, and magic
Happy homecoming for COMP alumni with their friends and families at
The "FHKPUAA Cup Soccer Tournament" and
"PolyU Alumni 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament"
were held, and campus sports facilities were
opened for free, to give alumni a chance to flex
their muscles, and renew ties with their college
To add an intellectual twist to the evening, COMP
also organized an exhibition on PolyU's space
research milestone, and a seminar on health and
body. Other entertaining programmes included a
lucky draw, horse-riding, stage performances, and
other activities. Want another alumni homecoming
carnival? Why not?
Upcoming Event 18
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