26 February 2020

Dr. Winnie Tang

Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
  • Transparency of information allows members of the public to have a clear grasp of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo: HKEJ

    Information transparency helps in epidemic control

    - Feb 25, 2020 11:29am
    Five years ago, billionaire Bill Gates warned that the world’s biggest disaster would not be a nuclear war but a global pandemic from a highly contagious virus. He cited the Spanish flu in 1918, which killed...
  • As Hong Kong seeks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, government bureaus and departments have sought to integrate their open data and create an Interactive Map Dashboard to keep the public updated on the crisis. Image: HK Govt

    Govt-public partnerships key to fighting epidemics

    - Feb 18, 2020 10:52am
    In the last few weeks, the China coronavirus epidemic has caused widespread panic around the world. By sharing more information on the issue with greater transparency, health authorities around the world can assure the public that...
  • The success of a business depends on how much new demand can be generated. Photo: Reuters

    The key to startup success

    - Feb 4, 2020 4:40pm
    Unicorns are rare. American research firm CB Insights tracked more than 1,100 technology startups which raised their first seed funds from 2008 to 2010, and found that less than half could secure a second round of...
  • Airbnb, which plans to go public this year, will seek to avoid the mistakes that led to troubles at shared workspace provider WeWork in 2019. Photo: Reuters

    Airbnb takes in some lessons from WeWork debacle

    - Jan 20, 2020 12:33pm
    Last week, I mentioned two startups — Tink Labs and WeWork — that either crashed or suffered major setbacks last year. Let us now take a look at Airbnb, the home-sharing rental startup that plans to...
  • Hong Kong-based Tink Labs was among the startup failures in 2019 despite the backing of some heavyweight investors. Photo: Yahoo

    Lesson from the crash of two unicorns

    - Jan 13, 2020 11:04am
    The year 2019 has witnessed, among other things, the fall of two so-called unicorns, or startups valued at over US$1 billion. US-based shared working space provider WeWork, which at one point had commanded a valuation of...
  • The Hong Kong International Airport is continuously striving to improve its efficiency through a digital transformation. Photo: AFP

    Hong Kong joins smart airport trend

    - Jan 6, 2020 12:25pm
    The Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest in the world. It ranked first in cargo volume and eighth in passenger traffic in a recent report of the Airports Council International. In terms of safety, convenience...
  • In a society where cash still dominates most of the daily transactions, PayPay is among the Japanese entities that are stepping up campaigns for a cashless future. Photo: PayPay

    Japan e-payments: Opportunities and challenges

    - Dec 30, 2019 11:35am
    The Olympic organizing committee expects over half a million tourists from mainland China to come for the Tokyo Olympics in July next year. This will lead to a problem: How can Japan, a country that features...
  • Despite being a rich city, Hong Kong has seen a significant slide in the happiness index among the locals in recent years. Photo: Bloomberg

    Peace, not money, generates prosperity

    - Dec 23, 2019 12:45pm
    Though Hong Kong is in the top league globally in terms of GDP per capita, the happiness index of Hong Kong people has dropped in recent years. The social situation in the past few months has...
  • Location software serves as a platform for connecting data from all sources, assisting managers to quickly grasp the full picture of an incident, its patterns and the inter-relationships. Photo: Bloomberg

    How location tech enhances understanding of complex issues

    - Dec 19, 2019 10:00am
    It is estimated that nearly 18 billion internet-enabled smart devices (including mobile phones, smart bracelets and home appliances) and sensors had been connected last year, and at the end of this year, the number will reach...
  • A humanoid interacts with the elderly at a  nursing home in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

    Turning silver into gold in elderly care business

    - Dec 18, 2019 1:05pm
    The world is facing tremendous pressure from the silver generation or the over-60s demographic. But every risk presents an opportunity. Japan, for example, is showing the world how society should treat the ageing population. There’s a nursing...
  • Elderly people above the age of 65 will account for more than 30 percent of the population in Hong Kong by 2044. Photo: HKEJ

    Technology playing increasingly important role in elderly care

    - Dec 9, 2019 2:07pm
    By 2044, or 25 years from now, elderly people above the age of 65 will account for more than 30 percent of the population in Hong Kong, and those above 80 will number about one million...
  • A worker repairs toll booths which were damaged during protests at the Cross Harbour Tunnel near PolyU on Nov. 23. Hong Kong’s recent events have underlined the need for authorities to step up their urban information systems. Photo: Reuters

    Coping with a crisis

    - Nov 27, 2019 1:03pm
    Earlier this month, Hong Kong almost ground to a standstill due to widespread transport disruptions amid the anti-government protests. People living in the New Territories had to spend six hours commuting to work, while those living...
  • Improvements in urban planning and management are crucial for success in future. Photo: Bloomberg

    Getting ready for the future

    - Nov 18, 2019 11:17am
    In the face of uncertainties in Hong Kong and the world, I try to make some predictions in my latest book “Are You Future Ready?”. Among the forecasts is that within 10 years we could have...
  • The fruits of the fourth industrial revolution – Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, etc. – will be used to solve social problems. Photo: Xinhua

    How can we create a smarter future?

    - Nov 11, 2019 12:13pm
    With the profound changes to technological and production systems brought by the fourth industrial revolution, the “future-ready” concept proposed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) will benefit the general public and boost people’s upward mobility. Germany designated...
  • Teams involved in rescuing trapped youth in a flooded Thai cave last year relied on sophisticated technologies. Photo: Reuters

    How GIS and 3D digital mapping helped in the Thai cave rescue

    - Nov 4, 2019 11:33am
    The dramatic rescue last year in Thailand of 12 boys and their football coach who got trapped in a flooded cave for 17 days had captured the attention of the whole world. Thousands of volunteers and soldiers,...
  • Technology offers new ways of helping individuals cope with depression and other mental health issues. Photo: AFP

    Technology can help in dealing with mental health issues

    - Oct 28, 2019 12:20pm
    Depression is widespread in Hong Kong, especially in these days of unrest. A recent study by a research team from the University of Hong Kong faculty of medicine has described the mental health problem in the territory...
  • Brisk walking is beneficial to all people, especially given the stress of daily life in today's urban environment. Photo: Bloomberg

    Walking 4,400 steps a day keeps the doctor away

    - Oct 22, 2019 11:02am
    Following the unprecedented social disturbances in Hong Kong, many citizens have become restless, making them vulnerable to health problems. To ensure their personal well-being, people need to be on top of their health condition, using various...
  • A walk in the park could do wonders to your mental health. Photo: CNSA

    Getting back to nature for better mental health

    - Oct 14, 2019 11:36am
    Many people in Hong Kong are feeling depressed. According to a study published in July by the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, 9.1 percent of the respondents were suspected...
  • Hong Kong authorities are seeking to promote alternative business districts to reduce the pressure on the Central area. Photo: Bloomberg

    Can Kowloon East be the next central business district?

    - Oct 8, 2019 1:25pm
    As Hong Kong seeks to strengthen its position as a global financial and business hub under a 2030+ development strategy, the government has proposed to transform Kowloon East into a second central business district (CBD), presenting...
  • US prosecutors decided that Uber was not “criminally liable” for the death of a pedestrian last year. Photo: Reuters

    Toward ethical standards for autonomous vehicles

    - Oct 2, 2019 10:09am
    Artificial intelligence (AI) has entered various areas of human activity, including autonomous driving, health care, environmental protection, energy conservation, investment and financial management. AI is good at the rational analysis of data and information, but a...