Prof. Pak-chung CHING, SBS, BBS
Pak-chung Ching received the B. Eng. (1st Class Honors) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1977 and 1981 respectively. From 1981 to 1982 he was Research Officer at the University of Bath, UK. In 1982, Prof. Ching returned to Hong Kong and joined the then Hong Kong Polytechnic as a lecturer. Since 1984, he has been with the Department of Electronic Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where he is currently Choh-Ming Li Research Professor of Electronic Engineering. He was Department Chairman from 1995 to 1997, Dean of Engineering from 1997 to 2003 and Head of Shaw College from 2004 to 2008. He became Director of the Shun Hing Institute of Advanced Engineering in 2004. From 2006 till end of 2014, Prof Ching was appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President of CUHK. Between 2013 to 2014, Prof. Ching also took up the Directorship of the CUHK Shenzhen Research Institute.
Prof. Ching is very active in promoting professional activities, both in Hong Kong and overseas. He was a council member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), past chairman of the IEEE Hong Kong Section, an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 1997 to 2000 and IEEE Signal Processing Letters from 2001 to 2003. He was also a member of the Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 1996 to 2004. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the HKIE Transactions between 2001 and 2004. He has been an Honorary Member of the editorial committee for Journal of Data Acquisition and Processing since 2000. Prof. Ching has been instrumental in organizing many international conferences in Hong Kong including the 1997 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems where he was the Vice-Chairman. He also served as Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2003 and 2016 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing.
Prof Ching was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Award in 2000 and the HKIE Hall of Fame in 2010. In addition, Prof. Ching also plays an active role in community services. He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS) and the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the HKSAR Government in 2017 and 2010, respectively, in recognition of his long and distinguished public and community services. He is presently Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited, Council Member of the Shaw Prize Foundation, as well as a Member of the Museum Advisory Committee (MAC) and the Chairperson of its Science Sub-committee. He is elected as President of Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES) in 2018. He was the Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification from 2009 to 2015, Member of the Steering/Advisory Committee on Innovation and Technology from 2010 to 2017, Board Member of The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Ltd. (ASTRI) from 2012 to 2018 and Director of the Hong Kong R&D Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies from 2006 to 2014. He was also Member of The Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council from 2012 to 2013, Panel Member of the Research Grant Council from 2005 to 2010, Member of the Governing Council of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency from 2005 to 2009, Member of the Copyright Tribunal from 2003 to 2009, Member of Electrical Safety Advisory Committee of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department from 2002 to 2008, Member of the Consumer Council from 2001 to 2006 and Chairman of the Hong Kong Accreditation Advisory Board from 2000 to 2005.
Prof. Ching is also a Guest Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Southeast University and Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.