Prof. Pan Hui

Prof. Pan Hui (ACM Distinguished Scientist)

(Currently, I am on leave from HKUST and serving as the Nokia Chair of Data Science and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. I split my time and run a research team both in Hong Kong and Helsinki.)

I am an Assistant Professor at Computer Science and Engineering Department of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since January 2013. I am also the director of the HKUST-DT System and Media Laboratory (SyMLab). I was a Senior Research Scientist and then a Distinguished Scientist with Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Berlin Germany. My current research interests include Mobile Computing, Computer Networks, Data Science, and Human-Computer Interactions.

I am an Associate Editor of both IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing; moreover, I am on the editorial board of the Springer journal of Computational Social Networks, and a guest editor for IEEE Communications Magazine and ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications. I have also served as track chair, senior program committee member, organising committee member, and program committee member of many top conferences such as WWW, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM Mobisys, ACM CoNext, IEEE Infocom, IEEE ICNP, IEEE ICDCS, IJCAI, AAAI, and ICWSM. Being selected as an ACM distinguished scientist is just another honor in my scholar records.

I am looking for top and motivated candidates for PhD and Postdocs for both University of Helsinki and HKUST to work on Augmented-Reality (AR), Mobile Computing, Social Networks or some other interesting Machine Learning/data mining applications. We are establishing the dual PhD programme so a qualified candidate can receive PhD degrees from both HKUST and University of Helsinki with the same thesis. I am also interested into hiring excellent interns to work on some researches of mutual interest together.

Interested and qualified candidates may like to send me their CV and Statement of Purpose (SOP). You can reach me through my HKUST email address ( or my Helsinki email address (

Besides research, I like nature and a little bit of advantures. In 2002, I have cycled across Tibet for around 4500 KM. That was tough but fantastic. I have also organised a series of Extreme Conferences on Communications and Computing (ExtremeCom 2009, ExtremeCom 2010, ExtremeCom 2011, ExtremeCom 2012, ExtremeCom 2013, ExtremeCom 2014).


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