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Collaborative Research Fund Committee (2017-18)*

  Title / Sphere of Interest
Chairman
Professor Paul K L Yu Provost of Revelle College, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.;

interests in microwave photonics, electronic and opto-electronic devices, and advanced materials for use in photonic devices.
Members
Professor Jennifer Adams Associate Professor, School of Education, Drexel University, U.S.A.;

interests in comparative and international education, poverty and education, educational inequality, educational policy, quantitative methods, survey research methods, Chinese education and society, child welfare, migration, sociology of education.
Professor Kai-nan An Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, U.S.A.;

interests in orthopedic biomechanics; kinesiology of upper extremities, sports and rehabilitation medicine, and orthopedic surgery; soft tissue mechanics, including tissue regeneration and non-invasive assessment using medical imaging such as magnetic resonance elastography and ultrasound; mechanical and biochemical factors influencing soft tissue integrity, performance, and remodeling.
Professor Yuri Bazilevs Full Professor of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.;

interests in Computational Mechanics, Geometrically Exact Methods in Mechanics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Turbulent Flows, Thin Structures.
Professor Adrian Bejan J A Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, U.S.A ;

interests in Thermal sciences, Energy, Design in Nature, Evolution, Constructal Law.
Professor Ronaldo I. Borja Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, U.S.A.;

interests in Geotechnical engineering, geomechanics, computational mechanics, solid mechanics, geosciences.
Professor Ralf Bundschuh Professor of Physics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Hematology, Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, U.S.A.;

interests in Biophysics, RNA and protein folding, Sequence analysis, Computational Physics, Polymer Physics, Bioinformatics, Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics, Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena.
Professor Wesley Cantwell Director of the Aerospace Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC), and Associate Dean for Research, Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates;

interests in Composite materials, impact, lightweight aerospace structures, advanced manufacturing techniques, environmentally-friendly composites, polymers, fracture mechanics, dynamic properties of materials and smart structures.
Professor Gregory P. Carman Professor, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, UCLA, U.S.A.;

interest in developing and understanding the combined electro-magneto-thermo-mechanical response of active material systems (smart structures) including biological applications.
Professor Louis K C Chan Professor of Finance and Department Chair and Hoeft Professor of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.;

interests in empirical analysis of the behavior of stock returns; the impact of institutional equity trading; comparative analysis of stock market structures; risk and portfolio optimization.
Professor Chang Wen Chen Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, U.S.A.;

interests in cloud mobile media, social mobile media, crowd-sourcing and cloud media security; Mobile virtual reality, mobile image registrations, mobile media retrieval and adaptation; Reliable and secure multimedia streaming over P2P, wireless and ad hoc networks; 3D video coding and transmission, 3D video analysis, tele-immersive communications.
Professor Jiun-shyan Chen William Prager Chair Professor, Department of Structural Engineering and Director, Center for Extreme Events Research (CEER), University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.;

interests in computational solid mechanics, multiscale materials modeling.
Professor Yongmin Chen Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.A.;

interests in vertical contracting, price theory, innovation and intellectual property, antitrust, consumer search, and organization of international trade.
Professor George T. C. Chiu Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, U.S.A.;

interests in Mechatronics; Dynamic Systems and Control; Digital Imaging and Printing Systems; Functional Printing and Digital Fabrication; Robotics; Perception-based Engineering; Human Motor Control; Optimal and Robust Control.
Professor Ken P Chong Research Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, The George Washington University, U.S.A.;

interests in solid mechanics, experimental methods in mechanics, computational mechanics, structural mechanics, structural dynamics, intelligent structures and smart materials, strategic planning, education, and research management.
Professor Yip-wah Chung, BBS Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering; Northwestern University, U.S.A.;

interests in the area of surface science, tribology, design and characterization of lubricant additives, hard coatings and alloys, as well as high throughput synthesis of multi-component systems.
Professor Paul Clark Professor of Chinese, Asian Studies, School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand;

interests in Chinese films and popular culture, including culture during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976); Chinese youth culture; Beijing since 1949.
Professor Andrew Delios Professor, Department of Strategy and Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore;

interests in international business, international strategy, emerging market strategy, institutional analysis.
Professor Michael P Doyle Professor and The Rita and John Feik Distinguished University Chair in Medicinal Chemistry, The University of Texas at San Antonio, U.S.A.;

interests in Catalytic oxidation processes; Design and development of chiral catalysts; Diazo chemistry; Highly enantioselective catalytic reactions; Medicinal chemistry.
Professor James Fawcett Head of Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge, UK;

interests in Repairing the damaged nervous system.
Professor Andrew Fisher Director, London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London, U.K.;

interests in understanding coherent spin dynamics in rare-earth spin systems (with Gabriel Aeppli and others); the theory of quantum entanglement, especially in condensed-phase systems; theory of quantum information processing and decoherence (with Sougato Bose, Ahsan Nazir, Alessio Serafini and others); the theory of electrical conduction through molecules and nanostructures, especially inelastic and local heating effects (with David Bowler, Andrew Horsfield and others); theory of scanning tunnelling microscopy, especially IETS (Inelastic Electron Tunnelling Spectroscopy - with Werner Hofer and Geoff Thornton) and spin-dependent spectroscopy (with Cyrus Hirjibehedin).
Professor George Fu Gao Director, Professor and Academician, CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China;

interests in enveloped viruses and molecular immunology; enveloped virus entry and release, esp. influenza virus interspecies transmission (host jump), structure-based drug-design and structural immunology; virus ecology, esp. the relationship between influenza virus and migratory birds or live poultry markets and the bat-derived virus ecology and molecular biology; public health policy and global health strategy.
Professor Aaron D. Gitler Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, School of Medicine, Stanford University, U.S.A.;

interests in mechanisms of human neurodegenerative disease. ALS, Parkinson's disease, frontotemporal dementia. Genomewide screens, model organisms.
Professor Xiaohua Gong Professor of Optometry and Vision Science, The Pamela and Kenneth Fong Endowed Chair, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.;

interests in multidisciplinary approaches in cell and developmental biology, molecular genetics and biochemistry of vertebrate animals, elucidate molecular and cellular mechanisms of the eye development and disease, and to develop novel methods or ideas for delaying or preventing common eye diseases such as cataract, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration by using mouse genetic models.
Professor Zhigang He Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, U.S.A.;

interests in re-building neuronal circuits for functional restoration after brain and spinal cord injury; developing combinatorial strategies for functional restoration in injury models.
Professor Joanna Ho Professor of Accounting and Equity Advisor & Director of International Programmes, University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.;

interests in incentive contracts, performance evaluations and compensation systems, management accounting practices, corporate governance, auditor choice and audit fees, and use information technology to improve firm performance.
Professor Ronnie Po-chia Hsia Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of History, The Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.;

interests in history of the Protestant Reformation, Catholic Renewal, anti-Semitism, and the encounter between Europe and Asia.
Professor Chennupati Jagadish Australian Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Electronic Materials Engineering, Australian National University, Australia;

interests in Lasers, Photodetectors, Solar Cells, Photonics Integrated Circuits, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, THz photonics.
Professor Wei JIA Professor & Associate Director of University of Hawaii Cancer Center, University of Hawaii at Monoa, U.S.A.;

interests in Metabolomics, Cancer metabolism, Traditional Chinese medicine.
Professor Raymond Kan National Bank Financial Professor in Capital Markets, Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada;

interests in Portfolio Theory; Empirical Asset Pricing; Computational Statistics.
Professor Sritawat Kitipornchai Chair of Structural Engineering and Emeritus Professor, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia;

interests in Structural stability; nonlinear analysis; thin-walled structures, transmission towers; cold-formed structures; structural mechanics; vibration of plates; composite structures; laminated plates; smart materials; wave propagation techniques; structural engineering, particularly steel design problems and smart materials.
Professor Philip T Krein Grainger Endowed Chair Emeritus and Director of the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics, Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.;

interests in energy efficient buildings; power electronics; electric machinery and electromechanics; alternative and renewable electrical energy systems; Transportation electrification.
Professor Jay C C Kuo Director, Multimedia Communication Lab, Dean's Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, U.S.A.;

interests in multimedia compression and communication, multimedia content analysis, deep learning and computer vision.
Professor Ping-yee Law Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.;

interests in molecular mechanism of drug addiction, with special interests on the opioid receptor signaling mechanism; examined the trafficking of the receptor, and the structural basis for receptor signaling, including biased agonism; receptor-mediated control of miRNAs, and the control of various aspects of adult neurogenesis by these miRs.; subsequent behavioral alterations especially in drug memory as a result are examined; also initiated high throughput screens for drug molecules that can alter the opiate motivational withdrawal and subsequent drug memory.
Professor Ninghui Li Professor, Department of Computer Science, Purdue University, U.S.A.;

interests in Security, privacy and usability.
Professor Wing Kam Liu Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, U.S.A.;

interests in Nonlinear finite elements, multiscale methods for materials design and engineering simulation; Linear and Nonlinear Fluid Structure Interactions; Seismic Analysis and Vulnerability of Structures; Computational Nanotechnology; Multiscale Computational Materials Design; Microfluidics and electrokinetics of manipulation and assembly of nano/bio molecules; Modeling of MEMS/NEMS and energy harvesting Devices; Microfluidic electrokinetic assembly of nano- and bio-molecules; Nano-diamond based device.
Professor Fanxin Long Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Washington University School of Medicine, U.S.A.;

interests in molecular regulation of skeletal development, homeostasis and regeneration.
Professor Sylvie Lorente Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Toulouse-INSA (National Institute of Applied Science), France;

interests in heat and mass transfer, fluid flows, buildings construction.
Dr Gigi Luk Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, U.S.A.;

interests in adult development, bilingual education, child development, cognitive development, literacy, neuroscience, psychology and reading development.
Professor Bill Milne Director of the Centre for Advanced Photonics & Electronics, Head of Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge, U.K.;

interests in carbon nanotubes, graphene, ZnO thin Films and devices, MEMS and Sensors, field emission.
Professor Anil Netravali Professor of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, Cornell University, U.S.A.;

interests in Smart Textiles, Green materials, Green Composites, Advanced Composites.
Professor Jian-lei Niu Professor of Building, Environment and Energy, The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning and School of Civil Engineering, Australia;

interests in Built Environment, Energy Utilization, Indoor air quality, HVAC Systems. Turbulence modeling, Computational fluid dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Thermal Energy Storage.
Professor Thomas J. Overbye Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, U.S.A.;

interests in Power and Energy Systems.
Professor Andy Parker Head of Department of Physics, Professor of High Energy Physics, University of Cambridge, U.K.;

interests in High Energy Physics, distributed computing, particle detectors, data analysis.
Professor Jian Pei Canada Research Chair in Big Data Science and Professor in the School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada;

interests in Data mining, data science, data engineering, database systems, business intelligence, healthcare informatics.
Professor Peter Petraitis Professor of Biology, The University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.;

interests in population and community ecology; marine biology; effects of climate change and grazing on grasslands; theoretical ecology.
Professor Chi-wang Shu Theodore B. Stowell University Professor of Applied Mathematics, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, U.S.A.;

interests in Numerical solutions of conservation laws and in general convection dominated problems; Numerical solution of Hamilton-Jacobi type equations ; Computational fluid dynamics; Numerical solution of equations appearing in semi-conductor device simulations; Computational cosmology.
Professor Jay Siegel Dean, School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Professor, Molecular Science and Medicinal Chemistry Department, Tianjin University, P.R.China;

interests in stereochemistry and physical organic chemistry.
Professor Geoffrey L Smith Head of Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, U.K.;

interests in poxviruses, vaccines, immune evasion, virus replication and spreading.
Professor Eric J Stanbridge Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.;

interests in tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes in human cancer.
Professor Richard Strugnell Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate & International Research), Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia;

interests in Vaccines and Vaccine Development.
Professor Hong Tang Llewellyn West Jones, Jr. Professor of Electrical Engineering & Physics, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Yale University, U.S.A.;

interests in Nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS), classical and quantum optomechanics, integrated quantum optics, microfluidics embedded nanosensor development.
Professor Adrian Thrasher Professor in Paediatric Immunology, Molecular immunology Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health, U.K.;

interests in immunodeficiencies and cell and gene therapy.
Professor Cun-yu Wang Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Chair of the Division of Oral Biology & Medicine, Dr. No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in Dentistry School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.;

interests in Molecular and epigenetic regulation of tumor invasive growth and metastasis; Cancer stem cells; Oral infection and inflammation; Adult stem cells and bone regeneration.
Professor Yinsheng Wang Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, U.S.A.;

interests in mass spectrometry-based bioanalytical chemistry, with emphasis on quantitative proteomics, post-translational modifications of proteins, chemical proteomics, and DNA adduct analysis; Synthetic chemistry, with emphasis on the synthesis of modified nucleosides and nucleic acids; Molecular biology: with interests in understanding the biological consequences and repair of DNA damage; Epigenetics: with focus being placed on understanding the biological consequences of post-translational modifications of core histone proteins and post-transcriptional modifications of RNA.
Professor Zhiyong Wang Staff Scientist of Plant Biology, Stanford University, Carnegie Institution for Science, U.S.A.;

interests in signaling networks that mediate plant growth responses to hormonal and environmental signals; plant growth-promoting hormones brassinosteroid, gibberellin, and auxin, as well as plant responses to light, temperature, and pathogens; receptor kinase signaling pathways, transcription factors and transcription network, and use broad approaches including molecular genetics, genomics, and proteomics.
Professor Dapeng Oliver Wu Professor, IEEE Fellow of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Florida, U.S.A.;

interests in networking, communications, signal processing, computer vision, machine learning, smart grid, and information and network security.
Professor Yushan Yan Distinguished Engineering Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship, College of Engineering, University of Delaware, U.S.A.;

interests in electrochemical energy devices such as fuel cells and flow batteries, electrocatalysis and polymer electrolytes, interfacial electrochemistry.
Professor Xiaodong Zhang Robert M. Critchfield Professor in Engineering and Chairman of Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, U.S.A.;

interests in data management in computer and distributed systems.
Professor Chunfeng Zhao Professor of Orthopedics and Biomedical Engineering, Department of Orthopedics Surgery, The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, U.S.A.;

interests in orthopedic related research, soft tissue including tendon, ligament, disc, meniscus, or other connective tissues, orthopedic biomechanics, tissue engineering.
Professor Song-chun Zhu Professor, Department of Statistics, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.;

interests in Computer Vision, Statistical Modeling and Computing, Machine Learning, Cognition and AI, Robot Autonomy, and Visual Arts.
Secretary
Ms Jenus Wong Assistant Secretary General (Research)2, UGC

* All Members are outside Hong Kong