Professor Wong Kam-fai, associate dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has been made a member of the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence, a semi-state think tank established in Beijing only last month.
Wong, an expert in information and communications technology, is so far the only Hong Kong member of the new group. He is also the director of the CUHK Center for Innovation and Technology.
As a member of the new association, Wong pledged to promote innovations in Hong Kong to other countries through this platform, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The university’s research efforts span six different fields, including lingual information retrieval, social media analysis, face recognition, and robotics.
In addition to linguistics-related artificial intelligence, the faculty is also working on projects like trackless logistic robots and face recognition technology that can recognize human emotions on facial expressions.
In the 1990s, Wong developed Wisers Information, a Chinese media database for media, publicity, and corporate communications practitioners.
He is now focusing on developing a social media technology that can distinguish between positive, negative and even fake information.
As some lawmakers are concerned about whether massive government spending on promoting technology development is justified, Wong suggests that a key performance indicator should be set up to monitor the efficiency of such spending.
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