Ricky Yu-Kwong Kwok


Biography:

Ricky Kwok is Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), assisting the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) in various T&L endeavors related to e-learning (e.g., MOOCs). Ricky is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He was also an Adjunct Professor of Shanghai University, Shenzhen University, and Xidian University. At HKU, Ricky has always been an enthusiastic contributor to administration and management tasks at departmental, school, and university levels. From 2000 to 2002, he served as the co-director of the Computer Engineering programme in the Faculty of Engineering. He then served as the Programme Director of the Master of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme from 2002 to 2007. He has also been serving as the Associate Programme Director of the Master of Science in Electronic Commerce and Internet Computing programme since 2002. Ricky was the Director of the High Performance Computing Research Laboratory from 2000 to 2007. He was also an elected member of the Head's Advisory Committee (HAC) from 2000 to 2007. During 2010-2014, he served as the Chairman of the Departmental Curriculum Review and Development Committee (DCRDC), overseeing curriculum reform in transition to the launching of new four-year degree programmes in 2012, followed by HKIE accreditation activities. From 2012 to 2014, he was the Deputy Head of the department, assisting the Head to manage departmental finance and human resources.

Ricky received a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 1991. After having worked for one year as an electronic engineer and a UNIX systems programmer in a toll collection engineering company, he started his postgraduate studies in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1992. He obtained the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Computer Science, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Ricky's Ph.D. dissertation, followed on his master thesis research, was on the design and analysis of efficient parallel algorithms for compile-time multiprocessor task scheduling and program parallelization. Before joining the University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in August 1998, Ricky was a Visiting Scholar in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA), where he worked on a DARPA research project in the field of distributed heterogeneous computing. From August 2004 to July 2005, on his sabbatical leave from HKU, he served as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Internet and Grid Computing Laboratory, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering--Systems, University of Southern California (USC) (Los Angeles, California, USA), where he worked on an NSF/ITR funded project (with USD 2m funding) in the field of security issues for wide-area distributed computing. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA), where he taught and conducted research in the areas of high performance computer architecture, FPGA based reconfigurable computing, game theoretic techniques for network security and wireless systems, etc. His collaborators at CSU included researchers from NEC America (Princeton, New Jersey, USA) and the University of Luxembourg.

Ricky's main theme in research has always been about the quest for effective resources management techniques for parallel, distributed, and wireless systems. Specifically, in addition to parallel and distributed computing systems research, he has also been working on research problems related to mobile computing, wireless networking, grid computing infrastructure technologies, and analysis of P2P distributed algorithms. In these areas, he has published three textbooks, and more than 200 technical papers in various leading journals, research books, and refereed international conference proceedings. As of December 2016, under his supervision/co-supervision, 14 Ph.D. students and 15 M.Phil. students have graduated, and 5 students are working toward their Ph.D. degrees. Ricky's recent research endeavors are mainly related to incentive, dependability, and security issues for wireless systems and P2P applications.

Ricky is also an active participant in various professional activities. From January 2013 to December 2016, he served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, overseeing the review of around 100 manuscript submissions. From March 2006 to December 2011, he served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing as the Subject Area Editor in Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Computing, overseeing the review of around 60 manuscript submissions. He also served as a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Sensor Networks. Ricky is a Senior Member of the ACM. He is a Fellow of the HKIE, the IEEE, and the IET. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Communications Society. Previously, he served as the Vice Chairman for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Hong Kong Chapter in 2000. He also served as the chairman of the following international research workshops:

Ricky served as a member of the technical program committees in the following international conferences: He also served as a member of the advisory committee for the 2004 International Postgraduate Conference on Electrical and Electronic Engineering, held in Xian Jiaotong University, China. Ricky was the Program Co-Chair of the Second International Workshop on Embedded Computing (ICPP-EC 2005), held in Oslo, Norway in June 2005. He then served as the Local Arrangemnet Chair for the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Confernce (WCNC 2007), held in Hong Kong in March 2007. During September 28-30, 2009, he served as a Publicity Co-Chair for the 2nd International Workshop on Interactive Digital Entertainment Technologies (IDET 2009), held at the University of Aizu, Japan. He also served as a Vice Program Chair for the Wireless Systems and Sensor Networks Track in the The 9th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA 2011), held during June 27-30, 2011, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Recently, he served as a Co-Chair of the MAC Track for the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Confernce (WCNC 2013), Shanghai, China, in April 2013. Currently, he is serving as the Finance Chair of IEEE PIMRC 2015.

Ricky is a Senior Member of the ACM and the IEEE. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Communications Society. His biography is listed in the Marquis Who's Who in the World and the Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Ricky received the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from HKU in November 2004. In January 2010, one of his journal papers was ranked #4 among top ten All-Time Most Cited Papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, based on Scopus and Google Scholar citation counts as of October 2009 (see the Editor's Note for details). In April 2013, he got the Outstanding Reviewer Service Award from the IEEE Computer Society (under the Reviewer Appreciation Program) because as of 2013 he was the All-Time Most Prolific Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (see this official announcement).


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