Opening

15 Sep 2020

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. (GMT +08:00)

Prof. Roland CHIN

President & Vice-Chancellor and Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science, HKBU

Professor Roland Chin is the President and Chair Professor of Computer Science of Hong Kong Baptist University.  He also served as Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Hong Kong (2010-2015); Deputy President and Provost (2006-2010) and Vice-President for Research and Development (2003-2006) at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison USA (1981-1995).  He also worked on satellite image analysis at the Goddard Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1979-1981.

In Hong Kong’s higher education scene, Professor Chin was a member of the University Grants Committee (2004-2012), the Chairman of the Research Grants Committee (2005-2012), Board of Director of Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (2012-2018).  He currently serves as a Member of the HKSAR’s Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation, and is a Trustee of The Croucher Foundation.

His research and teaching interests include artificial intelligent, machine vision and data analysis.

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Prof. GUO Yike

Vice-President (Research & Development) and Professor, Department of Computer Science, HKBU

Professor Yi-Ke Guo, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), was appointed as the Vice-President (Research and Development) of Hong Kong Baptist University on 1 January 2020. Prof Guo is Professor of Computing Science in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London since 2020. Before joining Hong Kong Baptist University, Prof Guo was the founding Director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College since 2014, which is one of the six Imperial College Global Challenge Institutes. He is also a Member of Academia Europaea (MAE), Fellow of British Computer Society.   

Professor Guo obtained his first-class honours degree in Computing Science from Tsinghua University, China, in 1985 and received his PhD in Computational Logic from Imperial College in 1993. In 1999, Prof Guo founded InforSense Limited, an Imperial College spin-off software company specialized in big data analysis for life science and medicine.  

Prof Guo’s main research interests lie in the field of machine learning and large-scale data management and he has contributed to numerous major research projects. He is now the investigator of several major data science projects in UK and Europe including the €47M project of Idea-Fast in digital biomarker discovery for neurodegenerative diseases.

Professor Guo has published over 250 articles. He had won the “Most Innovative Data Intensive Application Award” at the Supercomputing 2002 conference for Discovery Net, the Bio-IT World “Best Practices Award” for U-BIOPRED in 2014, and the “Best Open Source Software Award” from ACM SIGMM in 2017.

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Prof. Mette HJORT

Dean of Arts & Chair Professor of Humanities, HKBU

Mette Hjort is Chair Professor of Humanities and Dean of Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Affiliate Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, and Visiting Professor of Cultural Industries at the University of South Wales. A film scholar who is well known for her work on the cinema of small nations and transnational cinema, Mette holds an Honorary Doctorate in Transnational Cinema Studies from the University of Aalborg and has served on the Board of the Danish Film Institute (appointed by the Danish Ministry of Culture). Her current research focuses on moving images as they relate to public value, and on film in the context of health and well-being.

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Prof. John ERNI

Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair of Humanics and Chair Professor in Humanities, HKBU

John Nguyet Erni is Fung Hon Chu Endowed Professor in Humanics, Chair Professor in Humanities, and former Head of the Department of Humanities & Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is an elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities, and a Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2017-18, Erni served as President of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. A former recipient of the Gustafson, Rockefeller, Lincoln, and Annenberg research fellowships, and many other awards and grants, Erni’s wide-ranging work traverses international and Asia-based cultural studies, human rights legal criticism, Chinese consumption of transnational culture, gender and sexuality in media culture, youth consumption culture in Hong Kong and Asia, cultural politics of race/ethnicity/migration, and critical public health.  He is the author or editor of 9 academic titles. Currently, he is co-editing a special issue of Cultural Studies  (with its Chief Editor Ted Striphas) on “The Cultural Politics of COVID-19,” which is forthcoming in early 2021. 

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Dr. Gcina MHLOPHE

GCINAMASIKO Arts & Heritage Trust

Gcina Mhlophe is an author, poet, playwright, director, performer and storyteller. Influenced by her grandmother’s tales when she was a child, Mhlophe’s written and performance talent has transported her from South Africa to South and North America to Europe, Greenland and Japan. She has performed her stories in theatres like Royal Albert Hall, the Kennedy Centre in the US and collaborated with Ladysmith Black Mambazo on a children’s CD. She again worked with Ladysmith Black Mamabazo and Francis Bebey quartet in a unique production, Africa at the Opera, which toured Opera houses in Germany. 

Dr. Mhlophe has worked tirelessly running NOZINCWADI Mother of Books Literacy Campaign since 2001, to help make S. Africa a Reading Nation. The Nozincwadi: Mother of Books, is available as a book which is accompanied by a CD that formed the joyful soundtrack of the roadshow. In April 2012 she was awarded her fifth Honorary Doctorate by University of Johannesburg. 

MZANSI MAGIC TV Channel gave her National ICON Award in May 2012. She is currently the Executive Director of GCINAMASIKO ARTS & HERITAGE TRUST , which is the umbrella body where all their other project, SPIRIT OF LIGHT Celebrations, Annual NOZINCWADI Story & Book Festival, Creative Writing Workshops, are hosted and produced. She was awarded her sixth Honorary Doctorate came from Rhodes University in 2014. She is also one of the 21 ICONS in 2015 with the likes of Lillian Cingo, Bishop Tutu, Nadine Gordimer and Tata Mandela. 

She has released several CDs including Songs & Stories of Africa which won a SAMA award and the isiZulu version of the same CD won the PanSALB Award for indigenous languages. IMILOLOZELO, a collaborative CD with Bheki Khoza, Ntakemazolo HP School and Umlazi JP School, was released in an effort to resuscitate the culture of African children’s rhymes and rhythms with jazz music. Latest works include the recording of 2 CD’s – African Mother Christmas & HOPE SONG. Both will help raise funds for the soon to be opened MEMORY HOUSE (Oral History Museum for ordinary South Africans). Dr. Mhlophe received the Kennedy Centre International Artists Gold Award as well as he seventh Honorary Doctorate from the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, in April 2018.

For her work in theatre, she received an OBIE Award in New York for her performance in Born in the RSA. Her autobiographical play, Have You Seen Zandile? would earn her the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Sony Award for Radio Drama from BBC Africa, and the Joseph Jefferson Award in Chicago. In 1992 she founded and directed the Zanendaba storytelling company, Johannesburg, RSA. She has received honorary doctorates from the London Open University(UK); University of KwaZulu – Natal; Pretoria University and Fort Hare, for a body of work that has contributed to Literature and helping to preserve the Heritage of African storytelling.

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