HKU Presidential Scholars Symposium 2023

The HKU Presidential PhD Scholar Programme (HKU-PS Programme), established in 2020/21, offers the most prestigious scholarship package to attract bright and enthusiastic students from around the world to pursue PhD studies at HKU. 

To showcase the learning progress of students and promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas, HKU Presidential PhD Scholars of the 2021/22 cohort from diverse disciplines gathered at the HKU Presidential Scholars Symposium on March 7, 2023 (Tuesday) at Lecture Hall II, Centennial Campus, HKU, to share their research plan and interim findings in the form of poster presentations. Staff and RPg students were invited to join the event, and engaged themselves in enlightening discussions with our HKU Presidential PhD Scholars. 

To celebrate the research excellence of our students and graduates, the annual Award Presentation Ceremony was also held on the same day.


Date:       March 7, 2023 (Tuesday)
Venue:    Lecture Hall II, LG/F, Centennial Campus, HKU

2:00 - 2:30pm  Registration
2:30 - 2:35pm
Opening Remarks
Professor Max Z. Shen, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dean, Graduate School
2:35 - 4:30pm  Poster Presentation
HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship holders (2nd year)
4:30 - 5:00pm
Keynote Speech*
On Parsimony and Self-Consistency: From Artificial Intelligence to Autonomous Intelligence
Professor Yi Ma, Director and Chair Professor, HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science; Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science
5:00 - 6:00pm Award Presentation*

*Registration is required for the keynote speech and award presentation session (students who will participate in the poster presentation session and/or have been invited for receiving an award are not required to separately register):
Registration for RPg Students
Registration for Academic Staff 
Poster Presentation

The Symposium offers an interactive platform, encouraging open discussions among students and the audience. There will be more than 100 poster presentations, covering a wide spectrum of topics. Students are divided into 14 groups based on their fields of research.  

•    Floor Plan

Best Poster Presenter Awards (click here for the list of awardees)
A judging panel will be formed to select the best presenter from each group. Each award includes a certificate and a cash prize of HK$500. The assessment criteria for poster presentations:  

Poster Content
- Well-structured with clear objectives and hypothesis
- Methodology explained in appropriate detail
- Interim results well concluded 
- Merits and impact well presented 
Poster Layout - Orderly arrangement and easy to follow 
- Proper text scaling and coverage 
- Visually appealing with effective use of images, diagrams, figures, space etc. 
Presentation Skill - Clear, concise and professional presentation (eye contact, voice projection, pacing, confidence etc.) 
- Demonstrates comprehensive understanding of topic
- Addresses questions satisfactorily

The Best Poster Presenter Awards will be announced during the Symposium.

Information for Presenters (last update: January 13, 2023)

Keynote Speech
Professor Yi MAOn Parsimony and Self-Consistency: From Artificial Intelligence to Autonomous Intelligence

Professor Yi MA

Director and Chair Professor, HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science
Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science

Professor Yi Ma is the Director of the Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include computer vision, high-dimensional data analysis, and integrated intelligent systems.

Professor Ma received his two bachelor’s degrees in Automation and Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University in 1995, two master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) and Mathematics in 1997, and a PhD degree in EECS from UC Berkeley in 2000. He has been on the faculty of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Electrical & Computer Engineering) from 2000 to 2011, the principal researcher and manager of the Visual Computing group of Microsoft Research Asia from 2009 to 2014, and the Executive Dean of the School of Information Science and Technology of ShanghaiTech University from 2014 to 2017. He then joined the faculty of UC Berkeley EECS in 2018. He has published over 60 journal papers, 120 conference papers, and three textbooks in computer vision, generalized principal component analysis, and high-dimensional data analysis. He received the NSF Career award in 2004 and the ONR Young Investigator award in 2005. He also received the David Marr prize in computer vision from ICCV 1999 and best paper awards from ECCV 2004 and ACCV 2009. He has served as the Program Chair for ICCV 2013 and the General Chair for ICCV 2015. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and SIAM.  

Award Presentation

Prizes obtained in 2022/23: List of Awardees
Best Poster Presenter Awards: List of Awardees


Photo Gallery

Note: For HKU-PS awardees of the 2021/22 cohort and thereafter, the HKU-PS Advisory Panel and Thesis Advisory Committee will take into consideration the poster presentation when recommending the continuation, or otherwise, of the HKU Presidential PhD Scholarship.