Hong Kong Baptist University: Where diverse talents meet

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Drawing on a rich liberal arts history, Professor Roland Chin explains how HKBU is carrying out world-class research in three new interdisciplinary clusters to tackle some of the major issues facing the world.

Professor Roland Chin
President, Hong Kong Baptist University

Health and drug discovery, data analytics and artificial intelligence, creative media and practice; these are not transient trends, but core issues that define the present and also the future for us all.

At Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), we strongly believe that these diverse disciplines are key, and have made it our strategic priority to produce world-class research in them.

Founded in 1956, HKBU is one of Asia’s leading academic institutions. In 2017, the University launched its Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028 with a refreshed vision, putting interdisciplinary research, and researchers, at the heart of a plan that aims to tackle the major issues impacting humanity and the world. Talent is key to realising this aim.

As a result, we launched the Talent100 global recruitment initiative, and we are seeking 100 faculty and research talents from across the world to teach, conduct research, and advance humanity at our institution.

Health and drug discovery

Established to tackle the grand challenge of age-associated diseases, our vision is to incorporate cutting-edge science into the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine for the treatment, prevention, and recovery of a range of diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases, and joint and bone-based diseases. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach using integrated analysis in phenomics, chemical biology, and therapeutics, the research cluster focuses on three defined research themes: technological advancement, disease modeling, and healthy active living. Our long-term goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people, ultimately improving the economic prosperity of society.

Data analytics and artificial intelligence

This cluster strives to solve important real-world problems using robust, safe, and advanced artificial intelligence algorithms. Currently the cluster is focusing on three themes: Chinese medicine and healthcare, social communications and digital media, and geoinformatics and environment. Ongoing projects include computational modeling for cancer disease progression, large-scale traditional Chinese medicine electronic patient record analysis, data journalism, urban and transportation analytics, as well as energy and climate analytics.

Creative media and practice

This powerful cluster for creative media and practice provides a platform at HKBU that spurs technological innovation, socioeconomic growth, artistic practice and also Hong Kong-based and national cultural policies. It is anchored by three pillars: cultural capital investment, practice-led innovations, and social care. Currently the research cluster is led by two broad projects: Social Opera for Reimagining Ageing and Green Creative Media, through which the traditional artistic and cultural boundaries are broken to expand artistic opportunities for meaningful and sustainable social engagements.

Based in Hong Kong, HKBU offers access to one of the world’s most exciting cities, as well as research links to leading institutions around the world. Experience the excitement of working at HKBU, in Asia’s World City, and help change the present and the future in an environment which combines the best of the East and West.

Professor Roland Chin is the fifth president of HKBU and chair professor of Computer Science. He obtained his bachelor’s and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and worked for NASA for two years before starting his teaching career at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Chin’s research is in the areas of computer vision, image processing, and pattern recognition.