Henry Chan

Assoc. Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic 

Dr Henry C. B. Chan received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Cambridge, England, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. At Cambridge, he received the Christina Barnard Prize (Girton College) in recognition of his academic achievement. At UBC, he received the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, the UBC Graduate Fellowship, and the British Columbia Telephone Company Graduate Scholarship.

From October 1988 to October 1993, he worked with Hong Kong Telecommunications Limited, primarily on the development of networking services in Hong Kong. Between October 1997 and August 1998, he worked with BC TEL Advanced Communications on the development of high-speed networking technologies and ATM-based services. In August 1998, he joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is now an associate professor in the Department of Computing. His research interests include networking/communications, cloud computing, Internet technologies, and electronic commerce. He has conducted various research projects. For example, he is/was the project co-ordinator for the ITF projects entitled “Cloud-to-Cloud Data Communications and Management” (over $2 million) and “Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Hong Kong Air Freight Forwarding Industry Using RFID and Software Agent Technologies” (over $4 million). He has co-authored a textbook on e-commerce (published by John Wiley and Sons (England)) and research papers in various journals. He was the Chair (2012) of the IEEE Hong Kong Section and the Chair (2008-2009) of the IEEE Hong Kong Section Computer Society Chapter. He was the General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) 2012.

Dr Chan was the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Computer Society Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award (“for outstanding contributions to computing education through teaching, mentoring students and service to the education community”). At PolyU, he has received four President’s Awards and five Faculty Awards. Under his leadership, his R&D team won a silver medal in the 38th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva with a software tool called Flexible RFID Encoder and Decoder (FRED) in 2010. Under his supervision/guidance, his students or former students have received many awards.