Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering

HKUST has become established as a leading university that compares with the world’s best. We are particularly proud of our ranking as #2 in QS Top 50 Under 50 2021, #7 in QS World’s Top Asian Universities in 2021, and #27 in the QS World’s Top Universities around the world in 2021. In particular, we are #1 in Hong Kong and #20 in the World in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Innovation for Human Well-being Prof. Zhiyong FAN and his team have developed a biomimetic eye with a hemispherical perovskite nanowire array retina. This “super human eye” has 30 times more sensors on the artificial retina than the real human eye. With the high imaging resolution, it will be ready for integration into medical robots to take care of patients. Let There Be Light There was light, and nowadays the Internet of Lights (IoL). Prof. Patrick Yue’s team are developing 100G-bit-per-second optoelectronic ICs with silicon photonics and CMOS technologies and sub-decimeter robotics indoor positioning system using LED lighting based visible light communication techniques. We shall apply light more intelligently. Can a Robot Empathize with Emotions? Prof. Pascale Fung and her team pioneered the concept of “empathetic machines” that can recognize human emotions and respond with empathy. They implemented this into a virtual companion for people in quarantine, and another virtual therapist to help elderly people. These systems are based on deep learning which enables them to learn from actual human therapist interactions. From IoT Devices to IoE Applications While 5G is being deployed around the world, efforts from industry and academia have started to look beyond 5G and conceptualize 6G. Prof. Khaled B. LETAIEF, one of the world’s leading pioneers on wireless communications and member of the United States National Academy of Engineering, is pushing forward advanced technologies for 6G which will be evolved from “connected things” to “connected intelligence” with AI playing a central role. Zhiyong FAN Professor Pascale FUNG Chair Professor Prof. Khaled BEN LETAIEF New Bright Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor Patrick YUE Professor 5