Prof. Ting Chuen Pong is appointed as the Acting Provost for the interim period from 21 January 2019 until Professor Lionel M Ni takes office as Provost in the second quarter of 2019.
Prof. Pong joined the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) in 1991, where he is currently Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. He served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice-President and Provost (Teaching Innovation and E-learning) from 2013 to 2018, Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs (Postgraduate Studies & Academic Research) from 2002 to 2010, and Associate Dean of Engineering from 1999 to 2002. He was also Director of the Center for Engineering Education Innovation from 2015 to 2018 and Director of the Sino Software Research Institute from 1995 to 2000. Before joining HKUST, he was an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
Prof. Pong is currently a member of the Quality Assurance Council (QAC) and the Research Assessment Exercise Group in University Grants Committee (UGC), as well as the Steering Committee on Research Themes and Topics, and the Task Force on the Review of the Research Grants Council (Phase II) of the Research Grants Council. He served as Academic Research Advisor for the UGC from 2010 to 2012. He is currently also serving as a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and Chair of the Qualifications and Accreditation Committee in HKCAAVQ.
Prof. Pong received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1984. His research interests include Multimedia Computing, E-learning, Computer Vision and Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, and Pattern Recognition. Prof. Pong is a recipient of the Pattern Recognition Society Award in 1990 and the HKUST Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award in 2001. In 2014, he led the HKUST team in the Wharton-QS Stars Awards Competition and was selected as Winner of the Natural Sciences Award and Runner-up of the Hybrid Learning Award.
Areas of Responsibility
Among his major responsibilities, Provost is the chief academic officer who provides leadership in setting the University’s academic strategy and priorities and oversees the University’s core mission in advancing learning and knowledge through teaching and research. Additional to the academic leadership, Provost also plays an overall managing role in coordinating and synergizing the various University functions towards the agreed strategies and goals.