TANG Tao, Chair Professor

Professor Tang Tao received his PhD degree in 1989 from the University of Leeds. He joined Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 1990 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992. He moved to Hong Kong Baptist University in 1998, and was promoted to Chair Professor in 2003. He moved to the mainland China in 2015 by taking a Chair Professorship at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). In 2015, he was the Vice President (Research) and in 2018 he became the Provost of SUSTech.  In 2019, he became the President of Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College.

Professor Tang Tao’s research works in the field of Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing has demonstrated both remarkable depth and breadth. They have profound impact on the understanding of numerical schemes for hyperbolic equations, such as monotone schemes, fractional step methods, adaptive meshing method, spectral method.

The awards and honours that he has received include the Membership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017, Fellow of American Mathematical Society in 2017, Fellow of SIAM in 2012, the State Natural Science Award of China in 2016, the Changjiang Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education of China in 2005, Feng Kang Prize in Scientific Computing in 2003, and the Leslie Fox Prize for Numerical Analysis in 1988. He gave an invited lecture at International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 2018.

CHEN Zhi, Chair Professor, Sinology

Professor Chen Zhi 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, Professor Chen Zhi is also an experienced university administrator. Apart from being the Head of Department of Chinese in HKBU between 2010 and 2013, Professor Chen Zhi 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, Professor Chen Zhi was appointed Acting Director of Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology and became the Director from 2014 to present.

HUANG Huaxiong, Chair Professor, Applied Mathematics

Professor Huang Huaxiong received his BSc in mathematics from Fudan University and PhD from the Institute of Applied Mathematics at the University of British Columbia. He was a full professor at York University before joining UIC.

Professor Huang Huaxiong is one of the leading industrial applied mathematicians in Canada with an international reputation. His research covers a wide range of topics, including fluid mechanics and scientific computing, with applications in finance, biology, physiology and medicine. He has published over 100 papers and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals.

Professor Huang Huaxiong was a JSPS visiting fellow at the University of Tokyo, a three-time Erskine Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury, and a visiting professor at the University of Paris VI. He was a recipient of the Canadian Industrial and Applied Mathematics Society-Fields Institute Industrial Mathematics Prize, and a lifetime fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences, where he served as the Deputy Director between 2016-2019.

JIA Weijia, Chair Professor, Artificial Intelligence, 5G Internet of Things (IoT) and Edge Computing

Professor Jia Weijia 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 Jiao Tong 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, Professor Jia Weijia 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, Professor Jia Weijia 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, Professor Jia Weijia 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).

Adrian J. BAILEY, Chair Professor, Geography

Professor Adrian 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 Professor Adrian Bailey has focused on migration, health and well-being, and life course theory.

Previously, Professor Adrian 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, Professor Adrian 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.

Steve Wenbin LIU, Chair Professor, Management Science and Computational Mathematics

Professor Steve Liu is currently the Chair Professor in Management Science and Computational Mathematics, Kent Business School, University of Kent. He earned his PhD 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, Professor Steve Liu has taught successively at Imperial College, England from 1991 to 1994, followed by the University of Kent, England since 1995. Over 200 of Professor Steve 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, Professor Steve 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.

SUN Weiwei, Chair Professor, Computational Mathematics

Professor Sun Weiwei received his PhD 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.

WANG Qing-Guo, Chair Professor, Control Theory and Control Engineering

Professor Wang Qing-Guo joined UIC in 2020. He 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 in 2004. He was a Distinguished Professor with Institute for Intelligent Systems, 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 lies in the field of Automation/AI with focuses on modeling, estimation, prediction, control and optimization. His works cover the cores of Industry 4.0. He has published 7 research monographs and 350 technical papers in international journals. He received nearly 19000 citations with h-index of 75 and i10-Index of 229. He was presented with the award of the most cited article of the top control journal 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.