The CityU Discovery Festival 2017 took place from 7th to 9th March to celebrate the students’ remarkable achievements in innovation and creativity, which are cultivated and advocated by the University’s Discovery-enriched Curriculum (DEC).
An Opening Ceremony cum Teaching Excellence Award Presentation was officiated by Prof Way Kuo, the University President, Prof Alex Jen Kwan-yue, Provost, Prof Horace Ip Ho-shing, Vice-President (Student Affairs), and Mr William Khoo Wun-fat, Convocation Vice-Chairman, together with the guest of honour Prof Frederick Ma Si-hang, Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited and Honorary Doctor of Social Science at CityU.
In his opening speech, Prof Kuo emphasised the importance of education and knowledge, “It would be most beneficial when knowledge transfer can take place in society. A good combination of teaching and research distinguishes CityU from other institutions, and we always make sure that the research we conduct is useful to society.” Meanwhile Prof Ma advised students to be courageous in embarking on the journey to discover their own personality, the world, and new ideas.
In the festival, two CB projects were showcased to demonstrate students’ competence in innovation, imagination and creativity.
Gigi Chau Yin-chi, BBA Accountancy’16 alumna and the project leader of Transfriendly: Horizon Guide, shared that the project was designed to develop an intelligent transportation and navigation assistance system for visually impaired users, helping them to better enjoy their journey with public transports. “I am very honoured to work with nine other members, all coming from different academic disciplines, like Information Systems, Electronic Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Applied Social Sciences. With the help of the project supervisors, Dr Terence Cheung, Assistant Professor of the Department of Information Systems, and Dr Ray Cheung, Associate Professor of the Department of Electronic Engineering, we were exposed to different aspects of knowledge and collectively converted this great project idea into a reality.”
Patrick Hu Fengge, BBA Quantitative Finance and Risk Management student from the Department of Economics and Finance, explained his team’s project Interactive Algorithmic Trading Simulation, “This project aims to stimulate the actual operation of algorithmic trading. We are proud that we were able to apply the classroom knowledge to develop such a sophisticated trading system. It was a memorable experience.” The team was advised by Dr Zhong Zhang, Assistant Professor of the Department of Economics and Finance, in developing the project idea.
Awards were also presented to the winners of My Own Discovery Contest, the Smarter Life Aided by Robots’ Competition, and the Undergraduate Innovators, in recognition of students’ efforts in creativity and innovation. Congratulations to all CB winners!
Apart from the exhibition and award presentations, other highlights of the festival include Minors Fair, International Culture Carnival, Lab Tour, and talks.
Innovative projects by CB students showcased:
Transfriendly: Horizon Guide
An intelligent transportation system integrating a variety of technologies, including mobile app to enhance the travelling efficiency of visually impaired users. The system provides information such as bus routes, estimated arrival time of buses, and recommended itinerary with the dedicated “VoiceOver”. The project was developed by a group of student innovators with interdisciplinary cooperation.
Dr Terence Cheung, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems
Dr Ray Cheung, Associate Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering
Gigi Chau Yin-chi, BBA Accountancy’16
Bella Tse Ka-pik, BBA Information Management’15
Ken Lai Chi-fai, BSc Computer Science'15
Eva Tse Pui-yee, BSS Social Work'16
Kathleen Chan Ka-lee, BSS Social Work'16
Ken Li Tsz-kan, BBA Information Management’14
Anthy Ngai Lok-yi, BSS Social Work'16
Alan Ngan Ka-chun, BBA Information Management student
Kenny Kwan Yu-keung, BEng Electronic and Communication Engineering' 16
Kenneth Yau Shing-yau, BBA Information Management' 16
Interactive Algorithmic Trading Simulation
The “IATS” is an interactive algorithmic trading system that simulates arbitrage, market making and information driven strategies.
Dr Zhong Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Finance
Derek Shea Tsz-shing, BBA Quantitative Finance and Risk Management student
Wilfred Shao Jun-ning, BBA Quantitative Finance and Risk Management student
Paul Chong Lai-yin, BBA Quantitative Finance and Risk Management student
Patrick Hu Fengge, BBA Quantitative Finance and Risk Management student