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No. 218 3 December 2014
Published on the first Tuesday of every month.


The Third International Conference on the Interface between Statistics and Engineering (ICISE2014) will take place from 15 to 17 December. Professor Way Kuo, University President, was part of the organising committee for this year's event. The first and second ICISE events were held in Beijing in July 2009 and in June 2012 at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, respectively.


Sustainability funding
Following on from the successful Sustainability Summit at the end of October, the fourth call for proposals to be supported by the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) has been made. All CityU members, including academic and administrative staff and students, are welcome to submit team or individual proposals. Projects should engage a range of campus citizens to raise awareness, transform processes, and change individual and institutional behaviours in a way that promotes sustainability. Please visit the CSF website and the University Sustainability website for background information. To facilitate preparation of proposals, a sharing session on the outcomes of previous projects will be held on 3 December.


Naming ceremony
Lecture Theatre 18 of Academic 1 will be renamed Mr & Mrs Chan Hon Pun Lecture Theatre on 20 December as a token of the University's appreciation for the generous donations made by Mr Chan Hon Pun and Mrs Chan Hon Yuk-yee.


Creative media conference
The 20th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM) hosted by the School of Creative Media, in partnership with the Centre for Creative Content and Digital Innovation, University of Malaya, will be held from 9 to 12 December. The VSMM exhibition "Mah Meri Unmasked", a polysensory and intermedia exhibition about the traditional mask-making craft of the Mah Meri, a group of indigenous people of Carey Island, Malaysia, will be open to the public from 8 to 12 December at the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre. Please visit www.vsmm2014.org for more details. 


Maths conference    
The International Conference on Applied Mathematics 2014 has brought together experts to review and discuss some of the latest trends in various fields of applied mathematics, with a special emphasis on Asymptotic and Special Functions, Partial Differential Equations, Computational Mathematics, Approximation Theory, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Biology and Financial Mathematics. The conference runs from 1 to 5 December.


Three CityU research projects have won Excellent Product Awards at the 16th China Hi-Tech Fair. The projects are "The Technology of Native Mangrove Planting in Non-forest" led by Chair Professor Nora Tam Fung-yee of the Department of Biology and Chemistry; "Small Antenna for Emerging Mobile Communications" led by Dr Steve Wong Hang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE); and "Dielectric Microstrip Line for Millimeter Wave and Terahertz" led by Professor Xue Quan also of EE, and Associate Vice-President of CityU.

Dr So Hing-cheung, Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE), has been elected Fellow of IEEE for his outstanding contributions to spectral analysis and source localization. EE now boasts 14 IEEE Fellows.

CityU graduates have won the Silver and Merit Prizes in the HKEIA Innovation & Technology Project Competition Award 2014 under the category "Students of Electronic Engineering or Related Engineering Fields". Mr Yip Hon-ming, Mr Ho Kin-kwan and Mr Anson Chu Man-hin from the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (MBE) won the Silver Award for their project "Development of a Mobile Robot for Object Detection and Indoor Navigation" under the supervision of Dr King Lai Wai-chiu, Assistant Professor of MBE. Mr Kong Man-ho and Ms Zhu Qian from the Department of Electronic Engineering won Merit Prizes with projects titled "A Realtime Visual Feedback System for Heart Beat Signal" and "Design a Printed 60GHz CP Dipole Antenna With Complementary Sources", respectively. Ms Ng Chung-chung from the Department of Physics and Materials Science won a Merit Prize with a project titled "3-APTES modified graphene oxide strengthened dissolving polymer microneedle arrays for transdermal delivery".

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA) and the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Education Foundation, the awards are designed to recognise and reward students with outstanding final-year projects.

A jointly produced four-episode documentary on the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) in Hong Kong by the Department of Media and Communication and Xinhua Television News Network has recently won a second runner-up award in China’s prestigious Golden Eagle competition. The documentary will be broadcast on China Central Television’s Documentary Channel in January 2015.

Mr Wang Peng, a PhD student, and Dr Henry Xu Hong, Assistant Professor, both of the Department of Computer Science, received the Best Paper Award for their co-authored paper titled “Expeditus: Distributed Load Balancing with Global Congestion Information in Data Centre Networks” in the Student Workshop held in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies (ACM CoNext 2014). Mr Wang presented the paper at the ACM CoNEXT 2014 Student Workshop in Sydney, Australia on 2 December. The Student Workshop provides a platform for graduate students in the area of computer networks and communications to present their ongoing research efforts as well as receive constructive feedback.


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