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Prof. CHEN Minghua (陳名華)

B. Eng. and M.S. (Tsinghua University), Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)


Contact Information

Office: 6416 Mong Man-Wai (MMW) Building
Phone: +852 3442-4206
Email: minghua.chen@cityu.edu.hk
Web: Personal Homepage

Research Interests

  • Online Optimization and Algorithms
  • Distributed and Combinatorial Optimization
  • Delay-Constrained Networking
  • Energy Systems (e.g., smart power grids and energy-efficient datacenters)
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Machine Learning in Societal Systems

Professional Activity

  • TPC Co-Chair, ACM MobiHoc 2020
  • Steering Committee Chair, ACM e-Energy, 2018 - present
  • General Chair, ACM e-Energy 2017
    TPC Co-Chair, ACM e-Energy 2016
    Associate Editor, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2014 - 2018
Prof. Chen received his B.Eng. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California Berkeley. He was with Microsoft Research Redmond and Department of Information Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, before joining the School of Data Science, The City University of Hong Kong as a Professor in 2019.

Prof. Chen received the Eli Jury award from UC Berkeley in 2007 (presented to a graduate student or recent alumnus for outstanding achievement in the area of Systems, Communications, Control, or Signal Processing) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong Young Researcher Award in 2013. He also received several best paper awards, including IEEE ICME Best Paper Award in 2009, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia Prize Paper Award in 2009, and ACM Multimedia Best Paper Award in 2012. He also co-authors several papers that are Best Paper Award Runner-up/Finalist/Candidate for conferences including ACM MobiHoc in 2014 and ACM e-Energy in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019. Prof. Chen serves as TPC Co-Chair, General Chair, and Steering Committee Chair of ACM e-Energy in 2016, 2017, and 2018 - present, respectively. He also serves as Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking in 2014 - 2018. He receives the ACM Recognition of Service Award in 2017 for the service contribution to the research community. He is currently serving as TPC Co-Chair for ACM MobiHoc 2020.

Prof. Chen's recent research interests include online optimization and algorithms, energy systems (e.g., smart power grids and energy-efficient data centers), intelligent transportation systems, distributed optimization, delay-constrained network coding, machine learning in networked and societal systems, and capitalizing the benefit of data-driven prediction in algorithm/system design.

For more information including publication, please visit Prof. Chen's homepage.

Recruitment: I am constantly looking for motivated graduate students and postdocs who have strong mathematical skills and interests in optimization, algorithms, energy systems, machine learning, network coding, and intelligent transportation. Candidates with strong system building capability are also very welcome to apply. Please contact me with your CV if interested.

Award and Achievement

  • 2007 “Eli Jury Award” Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley. presented to a graduate student or recent alumnus for outstanding achievement in the area of Systems, Communications, Control, or Signal Processing. [Eli Jury Award -- Berkeley]
  • 2009 “Best Paper Award” IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME) 2009.
  • 2009 “Multimedia Prize Paper Award” IEEE Transactions on Multimedia . The Multimedia Prize Paper Award is an annual award for an original paper in the field of multimedia published in the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia in the previous three calendar years.
  • 2012 “Best Paper Award” ACM Multimedia 2012.
  • 2013 “Young Researcher Award” The Chinese University of Hong Kong . The Young Researcher Award offered by the University is to recognize research accomplishments of young faculty members.
  • 2013 “StarTrack Visiting Young Faculty (declined)” Microsoft Research Asia.
  • 2014 “Best Paper Award Candidate (top 3)” ACM MobiHoc 2014.
  • 2015 “Best Paper Award Candidate” ACM e-Energy 2015.
  • 2016 “Best Paper Award Runner-Up x2” ACM e-Energy 2016. Two of our papers are both Best Paper Award Runner-Up.
  • 2017 “ACM Recognition of Service Award” ACM. In appreciation of contributions to ACM e-Energy 2017.
  • 2018 “Best Paper Award Finalist” ACM e-Energy 2018.
  • 2019 “Best Paper Award Finalist” ACM e-Energy 2019.

Industrial and Societal Impact

  • [2006] Prof. Chen’s PhD work was acquired by Truvideo Inc. to provide video services for Verizon and Sprint.
  • [2011] The Celerity system developed by Prof. Chen's team for multi-party video conferencing achieves a video throughput 2.5x of that of Apple iChat and Skype, in Internet experiments across Hong Kong, the US, and Canada.
  • [2012] New coding Primitives co-developed by Prof. Chen have been incorporated into solutions implemented in Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, and Windows Azure Storage.
  • [30/09/2013] The WISER system developed by Prof. Chen's team for indoor white space networking is covered in a joint press release by CUHK and Microsoft. WISER also received a number of news coverage.
  • [2/10/2016] The WISER system developed by Prof. Chen's team on indoor white space networking for enabling Super WiFi is covered in a technical article on Yahoo! News.
  • [16/10/2017] The CHASE algorithm developed by Prof. Chen's team for energy generation scheduling in Microgrids is reported in the university press release and also a number of news coverage.

Major Grant

  • HKUST-MIT Research Alliance Consortium Innovative Technology Fund, ``A Sparse Recover Approach for High-Throughput Energy-Efficient Wireless Networks'', Co-I, 12 millions HKD, 2014 -2016 (phase I) and 2017 - 2019 (phase II)
  • Hong Kong RGC CRF Fund, ``Problems, Solutions, and Optimization for Modern Clouds'', Co-PI, 5.4 millions HKD, 2015-2018.
  • Hong Kong RGC Theme Based Scheme Grant, ``Smart Solar Energy Harvesting, Storage, and Utilization'', Co-PI, 60 millions HKD, 2014-2019.
  • China 973 Youth Program Fund, ``Harnessing Heterogeneous Overlapping Wireless Networks: From Theory to Technology'', Co-PI, 5 millions RMB, 2013-2018.
  • China 973 Program Fund, ``Reconfigurable Information Communication and Networking Architecture'', Co-I, 30 millions RMB, 2012-2017.
  • Hong Kong UGC Area of Excellence (AoE) Fund, ``Institute of Network Coding'', Co-I, 108 millions HKD, 2010-2017.

Last update date : 05 Mar 2020