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Multimedia computing; E-learning; Computer vision; Image processing; Artificial intelligence
Prof. Pong received his PhD in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1984. In 1991, he joined the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, where he is currently a Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, the Acting Director of the Center for Education Innovation, and a Senior Advisor to the Provost. At HKUST, he has served as the Director of the Center for Engineering Education Innovation from 2015 to 2019, a Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice-President and Provost from 2013 to 2018, Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs from 2002 to 2010, Associate Dean of Engineering from 1999 to 2002, and Director of the Sino Software Research Institute at HKUST from 1995 to 2000. He also served as an Academic Research Advisor for the University Grants Committee from 2010 to 2012. Before joining HKUST, he was an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
Prof. Pong's research interests include Multimedia Computing, E-learning, Computer Vision and Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, and Pattern Recognition. Prof. Pong is a recipient of the Pattern Recognition Society Award in 1990 and the HKUST Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award in 2001. In 2014, he led the HKUST team in the Wharton-QS Stars Awards Competition and was selected as Winner of the Natural Sciences Award and Runner-up of the Hybrid Learning Award.