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Public Lecture Series: AI in Science and Engineering, Medicine and Finance
Faculty of Science

Public Lecture Series: AI in Science and Engineering, Medicine and Finance

UPDATE: Lecture Theatre 5 (T5), 1/F, Meng Wah Complex, Main Campus, The University of Hong Kong

In light of overwhelming response, venue of the captioned lecture has been changed in order to accommodate more audience. Extra seats are available now. First-come-first-serve as seats are limited. Date: February 19, 2020 (Wednesday) Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (light refreshments from 5 pm) UPDATED VENUE: Lecture Theatre 5 (T5), 1/F, Meng Wah Complex, Main Campus, The University of Hong Kong (map) Medium: English Click to view   About the talk The concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) aroused a few decades ago, discussing intelligence displayed by machines, in contrast to natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals. In 21st century, its applications spread to a wide range of fields. The discussion does not only confine to what fields AI can extend to, it is about how deep and how far AI can go, immersing into and advancing our daily life. In this talk, Professor Lai will introduce and discuss the frontier applications of AI in some popular fields – Science and Engineering, Medicine and Finance; and how programmes at renowned tertiary institutes are designed to further explore the possibilities and realm of AI. Discussion will first focus on AI in FinTech; followed by the interplay between scientific theories/experiments and AI, as exemplified by the Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry in 2017 and their subsequent developments. Another important application will be in medicine and health. Professor Lai will talk about the interplay between the physician team’s care of the patient and the AI Technologies such as medical imaging, multi-omics, wearables and fistbits, or between the medical scientists searching complex new treatments and AI’s aid to optimise the search. Finally the talk will be concluded with AI in engineering, in particular information technology, electronic commerce and personalised marketing, as exemplified by Google, Microsoft, Alibaba, Amazon, Tencent and Facebook.   About the speaker Professor Tze Leung LAI Professor Tze Leung LAI is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Statistics and by courtesy, also of Biomedical Data Science, and Computational & Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University, U.S.A., where he is the Director of Financial and Risk Modelling Institute (FARM), Co-director of the Center for Innovative Study Design (CISD) and core member of the Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness, and Center for Population Health Sciences in the School of Medicine, and an advisory committee member of the Bing Overseas Program (BOSP) in Hong Kong. Before moving to Stanford in 1987, he was the Higgins Professor of Statistics at Columbia University, where he received his PhD and an Assistant Professor appointment in 1971 and was promoted to Professor in 1977. He received the COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies) Award in 1983 and was elected to Academia Sinica in 1994. He is also the honorary dean of the Center for Financial Technology & Risk Analytics at Fudan University, visiting chair professor of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, and an advisory committee member of the Yau Center for Mathematical Sciences at Tsinghua University, the Center for Statistical Science at Peking University, and the Institute of Statistical Science, Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He has published over 300 papers and 12 books, and has supervised 75 PhD theses at Columbia, Stanford, and Stony Brook and University of Padova in Italy (where he visited). Professor LAI was born and grew up in Hong Kong, attended North Point Government Primary School and Queen's College before his undergraduate study at The University of Hong Kong, where he received his B.A. degree (First Class Honours) in Mathematics in 1967 and spent the following year as Demonstrator before going overseas for graduate study at Columbia University in 1968. He received the Oak Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Award of the HKU Faculty of Science in 2019.      For enquiries, please contact Ms Naussica Lau at 3917 2683.

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Pathway to HKU Science
Faculty of Science

Pathway to HKU Science

Theatre LE1, Library Extension, Main Campus, HKU

Ever wonder what the university life is like? Do you want to have a taste of studying Science at HKU?  Join us at Pathway to HKU Science on Feb 15 (Sat) to learn more about our programme!   Date: Feb 15, 2020 (Sat) Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Programmes: Interactive mock lectures  1. Animal voices: What can we learn when we listen to nature? About the talk: Animals make sounds for a variety of reasons: to communicate, to warn family of nearby predators, to attract mates. In this talk, we will explore the world of animal communication, what we learn from this chatter and how new technologies allows us to better understand our animal cousins. 2. Science, Technology and Us About the talk: Scientific principles are widely applied to address social issues around us. Scientific knowledge, therefore, is important not only to scientists but to the community. Understanding science is relevant to all of us as it enables us to understand how it changes and interacts with the human-designed world. In this talk, we will examine a common compound (chemical) and try to understand how the science behind a common reaction (behaviour) of this compound can be applied to affect our lives in a dramatic way.  Admissions talk on 6901 BSc programme  Visit at Biological Sciences Museum, Stephen Hui Geological Museum  Campus tour   Event poster (click to enlarge)   All senior secondary school students and teachers are welcome!   Enquiry: 3917 4948 

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Gathering for HKU Science Distinguished Alumni 2019 and Strong Supporters
Faculty of Science

Gathering for HKU Science Distinguished Alumni 2019 and Strong Supporters

Foundation Chamber, Hung Hing Ying Building, Main Campus, HKU

  Walking through 80 years, HKU Faculty of Science has built solid foundation and will continue to scale new height in next decade. Distinguished Alumni Award 2019 was launched last year in light of Facutly's Oak Anniversary. A gathering* will be held in February 2020 to honour the selected Distinguished Alumni; the gathering is also a golden opportunity for us to express our heartfelt gratitude to our strong supporters, who generously give and support the Faculty to achieve its visions. Let us congratulate the Distinguished Alumni for their achievements in science, professional fields, society and the world; and thank the strong supporters for their unfailing support to HKU Science. *The event is by invitation only.

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