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Prof. Edmund Lai, IET Fellow, IEEE Senior Member
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. 

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.

Prof. Kan Wu,
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


Dr. Kan Wu is a professor in State Key Laboratory of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Dr. Wu received his B.E. and M.S. degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2006 and 2009, and Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore 2013. He was supported by NSFC Excellent Young Scholar in 2019. Dr. Wu’s research interests mainly focus on integrated photonics including high-speed pulse generation, beam steering and Lidar. Dr. Wu has published more than 50 papers on Light Science and Applications, Nature Communications, Physical Review X, and Optics Letters etc. including four ESI hot / highly cited papers and more than 2000 citations.


Assoc. Prof. Hongyan Fu,
Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Tsinghua University, China

Hongyan Fu is currently an associate professor at Data Science and Information Technology Research Center, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI), Tsinghua University. He received the B.S. degree in electronic and information engineering from Zhejiang University and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering with specialty in photonics from Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research focuses on integrated photonics and its related applications in communications and sensing including silicon photonics, optical wireless communications, and 3D sensing.
From 2005 to 2010, he was a research assistant and then research associate with Photonic Research Center, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. From 2010 to April 2017, Dr. Fu was a founding member and leading the advanced optic communications research at Central Research Institute, Huawei. He was the project manager of All-Optical Networks (AON), which was evolved to a company-wide flagship research project that covers whole aspects of next generation optical communication technologies to guarantee Huawei’s leading position. He was also a representative for Huawei at several industry/academic standards/forums. He was an active contributor at IEEE 802.3 Ethernet and Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) where he was an OIF Speaker from 2012 to 2013. Dr. Fu is member of IEEE and life member of OSA, SPIE. Since 2017, he is the advisor of OSA Student Chapter at TBSI, Tsinghua University. Since 2020, he is the advisor of IEEE Photonics Society Student Branch Chapter and SPIE Student Chapter at TBSI, Tsinghua University. Dr. Fu has authored/co-authored more than 150 journal or conference papers, 1 book chapter, over 50 granted/pending China /Europe/Japan/ US patents.


Prof. Thanh Van Do, 
Telenor / Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Prof. Dr. Do Van Thanh obtained his MSc in Electronic and Computer Sciences from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and his PhD in Informatics from the University of Oslo. He joined Telenor R&D in 2000 and has been working in a variety of fields including distributed computing, mobile service personalization, mobile commerce, and privacy and security. At Telenor Research, he is in charge of Identity Management, Cyber Security and SIM research activities. He has been the project leader of multiple EU research projects and member of multiple conference technical committees. He is also a professor at the Oslo Metropolitan University. He is the author of more than 200 publications at international conferences and journals and holds 22 patents.