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Overview of department 2013 14

Overview of Department

2013/14


About the department

About the Department


Hku department of computer science

HKU Department of Computer Science

  • formally established within the Faculty of Engineering in 1988

  • the youngest and fastest developing department in the Faculty

  • Computer studies courses were first taught in HKU in 1975

  • the first bachelor degree in Computer Studies was offered under the Faculty of Science in 1982

  • the MSc(CompSc) programme was first offered in 1991


Hku department of computer science1

HKU Department of Computer Science

  • QS World University Rankings by Subject 2012/13

    • 10th globally in Computer Science and Information Systems


Academic staff establishment

Academic Staff Establishment


Academic staff

Academic Staff

  • Academic Staff Profile

    • Chair Professor (2, including Deputy VC)

    • Professor (9)

    • Associate Professor (9)

    • Assistant Professor / Lecturer (6)

    • Teaching Consultant (2)

    • Research Assistant Professor (2)

      (total: 29, excluding Deputy VC)

  • Head, Deputy Head, Programme Directors / Coordinators, Research Group Leaders, …


Research strategies and performance

Research Strategies and Performance


Research groups focus

Research Groups & Focus

  • Algorithms and Bioinformatics (8)

    • Algorithms: Design & Analysis of Algorithm, Scheduling, Metric Space Embedding, Data Privacy, etc.

    • Bioinformatics: Motif Discovery, Genome Assembly, & Alignment, etc.

  • Data and Software Engineering (5)

    • Data Mining, Uncertainty Database, Spatial Database, Cloud Database Security, Big Data Analytics, Software Testing, etc.

  • HCI, Graphics and Computer Vision (6)

    • Geometrical Model, Visualization, Animation, Image Processing, Computer Vision, Texture Mapping and HCI, etc.

  • Information Security and Forensics (5)

    • Network Security, Computer Forensics, etc.

  • Systems and Networking (4)

    • Parallel and Distributed Systems, Grid & Cluster Computing, P2P Network, Cloud Computing, etc.


Research output

Research Output

  • Research Grants received (past 5 years)

    • External: HK$99.0 M

      • total GRF award: $45.3 M

  • Internal: HK$15.8 M

  • Research Output (past 5 years)

    • 262 journal papers

    • 425 conference papers

    • 59 MPhil graduates

    • 57 PhD graduates


  • Interdisciplinary and applied research

    Interdisciplinary and Applied Research

    • Interdisciplinary

      • Civil Engineering: Waterman project, Environmental Impact Assessment

      • Law: Law & Technology Center

      • Mechanical: Thermal environment

      • Chemistry: GPU-Cluster for Quantum Simulation

      • EEE: Mobile Social Network, …

    • Applied Research – top in HKU in ITF funding

      • CECID: eCommerce and B2B Technology, …

      • CISC: Security and Forensics, …

      • Bioinformatics : Genome Assembly, Alignment, …

      • Graphics and Vision: Video Processing, Video Fusion, Image Processing, …

      • System : China National Grid, Jessica project, …

    • Acquired about HK$39.2 M of ITF grants in the past 5 years


    International collaboration

    International Collaboration

    • IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre

    • Microsoft Research Asia

    • University of California, Berkeley

    • Carnegie Mellon University

    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • Max-Planck-InstitutfürInformatik

    • Tsinghua University

    • BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute)

    • Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology

    • National University of Singapore

    • King’s College London

    • Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC)

    • ……


    Professionalism and industry relation

    Professionalism and Industry Relation

    • Conference Chair/PC Chair

      • Theory: AAAC 2008, APBC 2007, ISAAC 2005, I-SPAN 2005, I-SPAN 2004, etc..

      • Database: ER 2012, PAKDD 2011, CIKM 2009, SSTD 2009, SSDBM 2008, PAKDD 2007, PAKDD 2005, PAKDD 2001, etc..

      • System: ISPAN 2011, PDCAT 2010, ICEBE 2010, ICEBE 2009, FCST 2009, Percom 2008, INFOSCALE 2006, SIS 2006, ICEBE 2005, ISPAN 2005, ISPA 2004, PerCom 2004, HiPC 2002, etc…

      • Software Engg: ICASE 2011, APSEC 2012, SOSE 2007, etc..

      • Security and Forensics: ASIACCS 2011, CANS 2008

    • Many editorships and ….

    • Industrial Relationship

      • IEEE, ACM, HKIE, HKCS, HKACE

      • OGCIO, HKPF, Correction, Custom, HA, ….

      • SIAT, Huawei, BGI, CAS, ….

      • HSBC, MTRC, EMC, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Macquarie, ……


    Teaching strategies and performance

    Teaching Strategies and Performance


    Overview of teaching programmes

    Overview of Teaching Programmes


    Teaching programmes

    Teaching Programmes

    • 4-year undergraduate curriculum launched since 2012/13

      1. BEng(CompSc)

    • no. of students in 2013/14: 170

      2. BEng(CE)

    • Joint programme with Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

    • no. of students in 2013/14: 50


    Teaching programmes1

    Teaching Programmes

    3. BEng(EngSc) - Computing & Data Analytics

    • Joint programme with Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science

    • New programme launched from 2012/13

    • no. of Year 2 students in 2013/14: 8

      4. Double-Degree BBA(IS)/BEng(CompSc)

    • Joint programme with Faculty of Business & Economics

    • no. of students in 2013/14: 123

      5. Major / Minor in CS (for non-CS students)

    • no. of students who declare Major in CS in 2013/14: 49

    • no. of students who declare Minor in CS in 2013/14: 62

    • Enrollment in foundation programming course in 2013/14: 303


    Teaching programmes2

    Teaching Programmes

    6. MSc(CompSc)

    • no. of students in 2013/14: 245

      7. MSc(EComIComp)

    • no. of students in 2013/14: 171

      8. Research Postgraduate

    • no. of students in 2013/14: 125


    Beng compsc

    BEng(CompSc)

    • Accredited by HKIE

    • Curriculum design

      • allow flexibility for students to pursue 2nd major or minor

      • Internship is compulsory

      • Final year project

      • Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme


    Ug teaching

    UG Teaching

    • Outcome-based learning approach

      • Continuous improvement process

    • Departmental teaching awards

      • annual awards

      • teacher, tutor

    • Mid-term survey

      • to identify if there are any problems on assignment and tutors in the middle of a semester

    • Teaching & Learning Quality Committee

    • TA Management Committee

      • to monitor tutors’ performance and review related issues

    • Academic advisory

      • To advise students on course selection and career planning


    Ug teaching performance

    UG Teaching Performance

    • Consistently rank high in institutional surveys:

      • Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning (SETL)

        • Overall assessment on both course effectiveness and teacher effectiveness: both scores are on increasing trend in recent years, reaching 75 (out of 100)

      • HKU Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (HKUSLEQ)

        • Above or on par with HKU average


    Our graduates

    Our Graduates


    Beng compsc graduates

    BEng(CompSc) Graduates

    Where did the graduates go?


    Beng compsc graduates1

    BEng(CompSc) Graduates

    Basic Salary of HKUCS Graduates


    Phd graduates recent faculties

    PhD Graduates: recent faculties

    • Oxford University, UK

    • U of Southampton, UK

    • University of Liverpool, UK

    • King's college, U of London, UK

    • University of Leicester, UK

    • Arizona State U, USA

    • Wayne State U, USA

    • National University of Singapore

    • Tsinghua U, China

    • CAS, China

    • Tsinghua, Taiwan

    • University of Hong Kong, HK

    • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK

    • Hong Kong City University, HK

    • Aalborg University, Denmark

    • Bilkent U, Turkey

    • Nanjing U, China


    Phd graduates recent postdocs

    PhD Graduates: recent Postdocs

    • U of Pittsburgh, USA

    • U of Arizona, USA

    • U of Cleveland, USA

    • Yale, USA

    • Purdue U, USA

    • U of Southhampton, UK

    • U of Liverpool, UK

    • Max Planck Institute, Germany

    • U of Zurich, Switzerland

    • Aalborg University, Denmark


    Thank you

    Thank You


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