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Prof. Edmund Lai, FIET, SMIEEE
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand


Professor Edmund Lai is currently head of department Information Technology and Software Engineering, School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Before coming to AUT, Professor Lai worked at Massey for nine years in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. Before then, his career was like a bouncing ball – from Australia to Hong Kong and back again. 

He completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering at the University of Western Australia. He returned to Hong Kong to work as a semiconductor test engineer, specialising in digital watch chips. Back in the early eighties, that was considered advanced work. Love drew him back to Perth though – his college girlfriend (now wife) lived there, and Professor Lai returned to University of Western Australia to complete his PhD. The topic was automatic speech recognition. That’s where his career started to cross over between engineering, software and IT. After completing his PhD, he then returned to Hong Kong and worked at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in its newly opened information engineering department. Then, he returned to Perth again; this time to work and teach. He then worked as an independent consultant for a couple of years, developing industrial engineering training courses and writing optimization software for the mining industry in Australia. 

Then at the year of 1999, by chance, on the way back to holiday in Hong Kong, he stopped in Singapore and decided to visit Nanyang Technological University. What he thought was a visit turned into an interview and a job offer. He stayed there until moving to New Zealand in 2006.

His research interests include Computer Communications Networks, Wireless Communications, Signal Processing, Information Engineering and Theory, Optimisation, Dynamical Systems In Applications, and Image Processing.