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Mathematics and Computer Science Session - “Shenzhen-Hong Kong Cooperative Innovation”
Harry SHUM

Convener and panelist

Dr Shum is the rotating Chairman of the Council of the Future Forum. He was the Executive Vice President of Microsoft Corporation until March 2020, responsible for AI and Research. He served as the Corporate Vice President responsible for Microsoft's Bing search product development from 2007 to 2013. Previously, he oversaw the research activities at Microsoft Research Asia and the lab's collaborations with universities in the Asia Pacific region, and was responsible for the Internet Services Research Center, an applied research organisation dedicated to advanced technology investment in search and advertising at Microsoft. Dr Shum studied at the University of Hong Kong, earned an MPhil degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (1991) and was a Swire Scholar at Robert Black College. He was conferred a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. Dr Shum is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In 2017 and 2018, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of the United States, and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) of the United Kingdom, respectively.

Burn J. LIN


President, College of Semiconductor Research, Taiwan Tsinghua University Director, NTHU-TSMC Joint Research Center Member, Taiwan Academia Sinica Member, American Academy of Engineering The Future Science Prize 2018 - Mathematics and Computer Science Prize Laureate Dr. Lin is the President at the College of Semiconductor Research, Taiwan Tsinghua University. He is also the Director of the NTHU-TSMC Joint Research Center. He was a Vice President and the Distinguished Fellow at TSMC 2011~2015 after joining in 2000 as Senior Director. He founded Linnovation, Inc. in 1991 and had held various technical and managerial positions at IBM since 1970. He has been extending the limit of optical lithography for over half a century. Dr. Lin is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, an Academician of Academia Sinica, Laureate of Industrial Technology Research Institute, IEEE Fellow, and SPIE Fellow. He has been elected as Distinguished Alumnus at Ohio State University where he received the MS and the PhD degrees; also a Distinguished Alumnus at National Taiwan University where his BS in Electrical Engineering was obtained. Major awards: 2018 Future Science Award on Mathematics and Computer Science 2017 SPIE Award on outstanding contribution to the lithography community 2013 IEEE Nishizawa metal in 2013 2009 IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award 2009 Benjamin G. Lamme Meritorious Achievement Medal 2006 Distinguished Optical Engineering Award 2004 1 st recipient of SPIE Frits Zernike Award 2 TSMC Innovation Awards, 10 IBM Invention Awards, and IBM Outstanding Technical Contribution Award. Dr. Lin published 2 books, 3 book chapters, 133 articles, and 88 US patents. He is the Founding Editor in Chief, Journal of Micro/nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS 2002~2011.

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Title of the talk: 

Outlook for Low k1 Lithography


In optical projection lithography, the normalized resolution k1=HP*NA/l indicates the difficulty in squeezing resolution, where HP stands for half of the minimum pitch on the IC. NA is the numerical aperture of the imaging lens. l is the wavelength of the imaging light. k1>0.65 is considered easy to image. k1<0.3 is rather difficult. In this presentation, we show the techniques to image k1 to as low as 0.07. The outlook of low-k1 applied to various wavelengths is discussed.

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Monica LAM

Professor of Computer Science Department, Stanford University Faculty Director of the Open Virtual Assistant Lab (OVAL) Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering ACM Fellow Dr. Lam has been a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University since 1988, and is the Faculty Director of the Stanford Open Virtual Assistant Laboratory. Prof. Lam is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an ACM Fellow. Prof. Lam has published over 150 papers in topics including natural language processing, machine learning, compilers, and computer architecture. Her major contributions include the architecture and software for systolic arrays, now adopted in all high-performance machine learning chips; compiler optimizations for parallel computers; and the first neural conversational virtual assistant, which received Popular Science's Best of What's New Award in Security in 2019. Eight of her papers have been given most influential or best paper awards. She also received the University of British Columbia Computer Science 50th Anniversary Research Award in 2018. She co-authored the "Dragon Book", the definitive text on compiler technology. She was on the founding team of Tensilica, the first startup in configurable processor cores. Prof. Lam was born and raised in Hong Kong, and attended Maryknoll Sisters' School and St. Paul's College. She received a B.Sc. from University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Title of the talk: 

Taming Neural Language Models into Trustworthy Conversational Virtual Assistants


What if computers can truly converse with us in our native tongue? Computers will transform into effective, personalized assistants for everybody, and not just tech-savvy individuals. Commercial chatbots today are notoriously brittle as they are hardcoded to handle a few possible choices of user inputs. Recently introduced large language neural models, such as GPT-3, are remarkably fluent, but they are prone to hallucinations, often producing incorrect statements. This talk describes how we can tame these neural models into robust, trustworthy, and cost-effective conversational agents across all industries and languages.

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Ngaiming MOK

Professor Mok is the Edmund and Peggy Tse Professor in Mathematics, Chair of Mathematics of the Department of Mathematics, and Director of the Institute of Mathematical Research of The University of Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. Professor Mok is a world-renowned mathematician dedicated to research on several complex variables, complex differential geometry and algebraic geometry. He is well-known in solving difficult problems, proving theorems and developing theories. Currently, Prof Mok is working on the interface of algebraic geometry, complex differential geometry and number theory. He is also developing a differential-geometric theory of submanifolds of projective submanifolds uniruled by lines. Professor Mok has been serving on the editorial boards of famous journals of mathematics and he has served as a member of the Fields Medal Committee in the International Congress of Mathematicians. Professor Mok’s outstanding achievements and contributions have earned him countless international recognition and honours, including the Sloan Fellowship, the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the US, the Croucher Senior Fellowship Award of Hong Kong, the State Natural Science Award (Class II) of China, and the Bergman Prize of the American Mathematical Society. He was also elected Academician of The Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Mok is a polyglot and has lectured on Mathematics around the world in English, Putonghua, Cantonese, French, German and Italian.

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Title of the talk: 

Complex Differential Geometry in Action


Geometry is the very basis of mathematics in the Western tradition, starting with the treatise “Elements” of Euclid around 300BC.  In the 19th century, Riemann created intrinsic differential geometry based on the notion of the Riemannian metric, allowing geodesics and parallel transport to be introduced.  Complex numbers were an invention of the 16th century, which took a long time to be accepted, but which revealed itself to be indispensable in modern physics and mathematics. Incorporating complex numbers into differential geometry leads to complex differential geometry, which, beyond its intrinsic value, provides intuition, inspiration and powerful tools to study fundamental problems across many fields of mathematics.  The speaker will illustrate, by way of examples, how such applications arise in algebraic geometry and in number theory.



Ms. Nisa Leung is Managing Partner of Qiming Venture Partners, leading its health care investments. Qiming Venture Partners is a leading investment firm in China with over 480 portfolio companies. She currently sits on the board of Zai Lab (NASDAQ:ZLAB; HKSE:9688), CanSino Biologics (SSE:688185; HKSE:6185), Venus MedTech (HKSE:2500), dMed, Chain Medical Labs, Berry Oncology, Belief BioMed, ZhenGe, Valgen among others. Her other investments include Gan & Lee (SSE:603087), New Horizon Health (HKSE:6606), Aeonmed Medical, Berry Genomics (SZSE:000710), Broncus (HKSE:2216), CITIC Pharma (acquired by Shanghai Pharmaceutical HKSE: 2607), Crown Bioscience (acquired by JSR Life Sciences), Kira Pharmaceutical, LIH, Novast Pharmaceuticals, Nurotron, Origene Technologies (acquired by VCAN Bio SSE:600645), Richen, Wuxi Leiming, MedX, Cure Genetics, Goodwill (SSE:688246), SinoCell Tech (SSE:688520), Sino Biological (SZSE:301047), Apollomics, Sino United, Schrödinger (NASDAQ:SDGR) , Shouti, Jacobio (HKSE:1167), Hope Medicine, Insilico Medicine, Alamar among others. Prior to joining Qiming, she was co-founder of Biomedic Holdings with operations and investments in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and health care services in China including Novamed Pharmaceuticals (acquired by SciClone NASDAQ:SCLN) and U-Systems (acquired by GE Healthcare). Nisa was Venture Partner of PacRim Ventures in Menlo Park, and was previously with Softbank/Mobius Venture Capital. Nisa has been recognised by the Forbes Global 100 VC Midas List in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 and named Best Women VCs List by Forbes China (#1 in 2022, #2 in 2021). Nisa earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS from Cornell University. She is currently visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School, member of Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and serves as an independent non-executive director of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”) and Hong Kong Palace Museum.

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Zexiang LI

Professor Li was born in Hunan, China and received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics (with honours) from Carnegie-Mellon university, his MA degree in Mathematics and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Prof Li worked as a research scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of MIT and as an assistant professor in the Robotics and Manufacturing Laboratory of New York University. He received the National Natural Science Award (3rd class) from China, the University Scholar Award from Carnegie-Mellon University, the E.I. Jury Award from UC Berkeley, the Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation, the ALCOA Fellowship from the ALCOA Foundation and the E. Anthony Fellowship from UC Berkeley. In 1999, Prof Li founded Googol Technology, the first high-tech company in China focused on motion controllers. Later, together with his students, Prof Li established DJI (a world-renowned enterprise in the field of commercial drones), QKM Technology (a well-known enterprise in the field of lightweight industrial robots), and ePropulsion (a well-known enterprise in the water robot field). In 2014, Prof Li set up XBOTPARK Fund and CWB Capital. Up till now, over 60 high-tech companies have been incubated. Some of them, for example, Narwal Robotics, HAI Robotics, SwitchBot, EcoFlow ,and CiDi, have become unicorns. Prof Li also set up incubators in Ningbo, Changzhou, Chongqing and other cities. What’s more, in 2021, Prof Li founded Shenzhen innoX Academy. During this period, Prof Li managed to find out the way to realise 'the mass production' of talents in innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2015, Prof Li was nominated as the member of the committee of The Commission on Strategic Development of HongKong. 3 years later, Prof Li won The InnoStars Award 2018. On the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, Prof Li was one of the 40 people commended by the Shenzhen

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Dong SUN

Professor Sun is appointed Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 1 July 2022. Professor Sun is a world-renowned scholar and scientist. He is a pioneer in robotic manipulation of biological cells and robot control. His research has led to breakthroughs in the use of robotics combined with various micro-engineering tools. He has also received numerous awards. Professor Sun was elected as Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and Fellow of IEEE. Prior to his appointment, Professor Sun was the Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at City University of Hong Kong, and the Legislative Council Member (Election Committee)

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Youming WANG

Dr Wang, PhD, is currently the Director and Party Secretary of Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Commission. He previously served as the Director, Party Secretary, and Level 1 Inspector of Commerce Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality. Prior to that, he was the Administrator of Invest Shenzhen and Member of the Party Group of Shenzhen Economic, Trade and Information Commission. He had also held the positions of Member of the Party Group and Deputy Director of Shenzhen Administration for Market Regulation.

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