HKIAS General Meeting 2020
HKIAS General Meeting 2020
HKIAS News · 24 Nov 2020
The Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) General Meeting was held at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) on 18 November 2020. The meeting was hosted both face-to-face and online through Zoom.


HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Qi-Kun Xue appointed as the President of Southern University of Science and Technology, China
HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Qi-Kun Xue appointed as the President of Southern University of Science and Technology, China
HKIAS News · 23 Nov 2020
Professor Qi-Kun Xue, HKIAS Senior Fellow, has been appointed as the President of the Southern University of Science and Technology, China, effective from November 2020.


A scientific approach to solving global problems
A scientific approach to solving global problems
Science (Vol 370, Issue 6519, 20 Nov 2020) · 20 Nov 2020
When COVID-19 began to spread across the world in January 2020, academics from the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) were quick to act.


Systems for resilience and strength
Systems for resilience and strength
nature (Volume 587 Issue 7834) · 19 Nov 2020
Two recent talks presented by senior fellows of the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study highlight a platform for sharing results of high-impact research.


"Constrained Minimal-Interface Structures in Polycrystalline Copper with Extremely Fine Grains" by HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Ke Lu featured on Science
HKIAS News · 13 Nov 2020
A finding by Professor Ke Lu, HKIAS Senior Fellow and the research team from The Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences was featured on Science. Metals with nanometer-sized crystal grains are super strong, but they do not generally retain their structure at higher temperatures. This property undermines their high strength and makes their use in applications challenging. Professor Lu and the research team found a minimum-interface structure in copper with 10-nanometer-sized grains that, when combined with a nanograin crystallographic twinning network, retains high strength to temperatures just below the melting point. This discovery suggests a different path forward for stabilizing nanograined metals.


HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Herbert Gleiter awarded the Honorary Doctoral Degree and appointed as a Senior Fellow from the University of Lanzhou
HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Herbert Gleiter awarded the Honorary Doctoral Degree and appointed as a Senior Fellow from the University of Lanzhou
HKIAS News · 10 Nov 2020
Professor Herbert Gleiter, HKIAS Senior Fellow, was conferred the Honorary Doctoral Degree and appointed as a Senior Fellow from the University of Lanzhou in China. The award ceremony will be held during The Gleiter Symposium on Frontier of Nanoscience on 23 November 2020. Professor Gleiter will deliver a plenary lecture titled “New Concepts in Nanoscience - New Kinds of Materials opening the Way to New Technologies” at the conference. In view of the pandemic, the conference and the ceremony will be conducted online.


Nonlinear Korn Inequalities on a Surface
Nonlinear Korn Inequalities on a Surface
HKIAS News · 9 Nov 2020
A world-renowned mathematician, Professor Philippe G. Ciarlet, University Distinguished Professor of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), delivered an online lecture titled “Nonlinear Korn Inequalities on a Surface” for the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) at CityU on 5 November 2020.


Former HKIAS Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Tao Yang interviewed by nature
Former HKIAS Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Tao Yang interviewed by nature
HKIAS News · 5 Nov 2020
Dr. Tao Yang, a former HKIAS Postdoctoral Fellow, currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), was interviewed by a leading international scientific journal, nature.


Progress in Additive Manufacturing: From 2D Printing to 4D Printing of Structural Materials and Functional Devices
Progress in Additive Manufacturing: From 2D Printing to 4D Printing of Structural Materials and Functional Devices
HKIAS News · 12 Oct 2020
A world-renowned materials scientist, Professor Jian Lu, Vice-President (Research and Technology) of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), delivered an online lecture titled “Progress in Additive Manufacturing: From 2D Printing to 4D Printing of Structural Materials and Functional Devices” for the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) at CityU on 6 October 2020.


HKIAS Distinguished Lectures expand the borders of knowledge
HKIAS Distinguished Lectures expand the borders of knowledge
South China Morning Post · 9 Oct 2020
At a time when humanity is facing unprecedented challenges, the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) provides a unique platform for leading academics from various disciplines to address some of society's most pressing issues.


Data-driven crisis management
Data-driven crisis management
CityU NewsCentre · 9 Oct 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic contains the kind of multi-element problems evident in systems that require careful analysis in order to prevent delays and minimise chaotic responses, according to President Way Kuo of City University of Hong Kong (CityU).


Data-Driven Global Pandemic Management
Data-Driven Global Pandemic Management
HKIAS News · 5 Oct 2020
Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) plans events that encourage conversations about how science relates to broader social issues. Professor Way Kuo, the President and University Distinguished Professor of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), presented a lecture titled “Data-Driven Global Pandemic Management” at the inaugural online series for the HKIAS Distinguished Lecture at CityU on 30 September 2020. Over 300 online participants from both local and overseas, including renowned scholars and researchers, attended the virtual lecture through the video conferencing platform Zoom.


HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Qi-Kun Xue receives the 2020 Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award
HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Qi-Kun Xue receives the 2020 Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award
HKIAS News · 25 Sep 2020
Professor Qi-Kun Xue, HKIAS Senior Fellow, was honored with the 2020 Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award. The prize recognizes the extraordinary contributions of Professor Xue on the experimental discovery of quantum anomalous Hall effect.



"Elastoplastic Modeling" by HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Jean Salençon
HKIAS News · 8 Sep 2020
Elastoplastic Modeling, by Professor Jean Salençon, Senior Fellow of HKIAS, was published by ISTE in June 2020. This book is the fourth publication that Professor Salençon wrote after joining the HKIAS.


HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Ke Lu receives the 2020 Future Science Prize in Physical Sciences
HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Ke Lu receives the 2020 Future Science Prize in Physical Sciences
HKIAS News · 7 Sep 2020
Professor Ke Lu, HKIAS Senior Fellow, was honored with the 2020 Future Science Prize in Physical Sciences. The prize recognizes the pioneering work of Professor Lu in synthesizing and discovering nano-twinned structure and gradient nanostructure that simultaneously exhibits superior strength, ductility, and conductivity of copper. The award ceremony will be held on the last day of the Future Science Week in Beijing on 22 November 2020. The first recipient of the Future Science Prize in Physical Sciences (2016) was Professor Qi-Kun Xue, HKIAS Senior Fellow and Vice-President for Research at the Tsinghua University, China.


What Hong Kong can do to avoid a total lockdown and a fourth wave of Covid-19 cases
What Hong Kong can do to avoid a total lockdown and a fourth wave of Covid-19 cases
South China Morning Post · 31 Jul 2020
Hong Kong registered a record-breaking of Covid-19 cases in July, pushing its total infections over 3,000 since its first coronavirus outbreak in late January. The Infectious Disease Modelling Group at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) recently has developed a comprehensive computer model that can tell the pattern of disease transmission and helps to predict effective measures against a Fourth Wave in Hong Kong.


Exciting collaboration on High Entropy Alloys by HKIAS Senior Fellows Professor Chain-Tsuan Liu and Professor Jian Lu, and HKIAS Executive Director Professor Jacob C. Huang
Exciting collaboration on High Entropy Alloys by HKIAS Senior Fellows Professor Chain-Tsuan Liu and Professor Jian Lu, and HKIAS Executive Director Professor Jacob C. Huang
HKIAS News · 24 Jul 2020
Innovative findings on high entropy alloys for both functional and structural applications by the HKIAS Materials Science Cluster and researchers at CityU were featured on various leading scientific journals, including Science, Advanced Materials, Nature Communications, Acta Materialia, Materials Today, and Materials Research Letters.


Neuroscience professors open the minds of Hong Kong’s science community
Neuroscience professors open the minds of Hong Kong’s science community
Science (Vol 369, Issue 6499, 3 July 2020) · 3 Jul 2020
The doors of the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) were reopened in May for the launch of the institute’s first series of lectures since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Made possible by a generous grant from the Kwang Hua Education Foundation, the HKIAS Distinguished Lecture Series on Life Sciences aims to identify and showcase the work of life scientists and neuroscientists at CityU whose research cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries.


New frontiers in neuroscience
New frontiers in neuroscience
nature (Volume 583 Issue 7814) · 2 Jul 2020
The interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience continues to invite new perspectives on the brain. Yet, there are still many unknowns about the organ responsible for the biological success of the human species. Organized by the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), and as part of the HKIAS Distinguished Lecture Series on Life Sciences, two talks explored the human brain’s mysteries.


HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor George Fu Gao and Chinese scientists engineer protein in universal vaccine quest
HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor George Fu Gao and Chinese scientists engineer protein in universal vaccine quest
South China Morning Post · 30 Jun 2020
Professor George Fu Gao, HKIAS Senior Fellow and Director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and Chinese scientists have created an artificial protein that they say could be the basis of a vaccine to help ward off various deadly coronaviruses, including the pathogen that causes Covid-19. In a peer-reviewed paper published in the scientific journal Cell on 28 June 2020, the research team led by Professor Gao said the approach triggered a strong antibody response in mice and monkey trials to Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) and the Covid-19 coronavirus. According to Professor Gao, the framework of immunogen design can be universally applied to other betacoronavirus vaccines to counter emerging threats.


Grain Boundary Structure and Dynamics: a tutorial
Grain Boundary Structure and Dynamics: a tutorial
HKIAS News · 19 Jun 2020
Professor David J. Srolovitz, a leading scholar in theoretical and computational materials science, presented a lecture series titled “Grain Boundary Structure and Dynamics: a tutorial” as part of the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) Distinguished Tutorial Series in Materials Science at City University of Hong Kong (CityU). The tutorial series is composed of four enlightening lectures and is sponsored by a generous donation from the Kwang Hua Educational Foundation.


HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Herbert Gleiter receives the award of Researcher of the Year 2020
HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Herbert Gleiter receives the award of Researcher of the Year 2020
HKIAS News · 18 May 2020
Professor Herbert Gleiter, HKIAS Senior Fellow, was honored with the “Researcher of the Year 2020” by the Advanced Materials Letters in January 2020. The award recognizes the substantial contribution of Professor Gleiter in promoting advanced nanomaterials over the years. Advanced Materials Letters dedicates the cover photo of the June 2020 issue for his uncountable efforts towards “research perspective, expanding education, promoting materials research and its applications at a global standard”. The 2019 awardee for the prestigious title of “Researcher of the Year” was Professor Enge Wang, HKIAS Senior Fellow and a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.


The Past, Present and Future of the Human Brain
The Past, Present and Future of the Human Brain
HKIAS News · 11 May 2020
Professor Sir Colin Blakemore, an acclaimed neuroscientist, presented a lecture titled “The Past, Present and Future of the Human Brain” as part of the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) Distinguished Lecture Series on Life Sciences at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) on 8 May 2020. This lecture is sponsored by a generous donation from the Kwang Hua Educational Foundation.


Acute Ischemic Stroke: Why Don’t We Have Better Treatments?
Acute Ischemic Stroke: Why Don’t We Have Better Treatments?
HKIAS News · 5 May 2020
Professor Bruce R. Ransom, a recognized scholar in neurology, presented a lecture titled “Acute Ischemic Stroke: Why Don’t We Have Better Treatments?” at the inaugural lecture of the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) Distinguished Lecture Series on Life Sciences at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) on 4 May 2020. This lecture is sponsored by a generous donation from the Kwang Hua Educational Foundation.


HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Peter Glynn and Stanford researcher develop COVID-19 calculator to help hospitals prepare
HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Peter Glynn and Stanford researcher develop COVID-19 calculator to help hospitals prepare
Stanford University News · 16 Apr 2020
Professor Peter Glynn, HKIAS Senior Fellow and Thomas Ford Professor at Stanford University, USA, and some researchers at Stanford have created two novel computer tools that can tell local governments and hospitals in USA whether they are about to be overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new calculators are the result of a crash collaboration between engineering faculty and graduate students, on the one hand, and faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine.


Professor Evelyn Hu appointed as Senior Fellow of Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study at City University of Hong Kong
Professor Evelyn Hu appointed as Senior Fellow of Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study at City University of Hong Kong
HKIAS News · 6 Apr 2020
Professor Evelyn Hu, who is widely recognized for her intellectual range and interdisciplinary accomplishments in the field of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) in March 2020. The number of HKIAS Senior Fellows has grown to 35 and Professor Hu is the second female Senior Fellow in HKIAS.


Gift from much-cherished benefactor endorses HKIAS mission
Gift from much-cherished benefactor endorses HKIAS mission
CityU NewsCentre · 30 Mar 2020
The HK$15 million gift from the late Dr Chung Sze-yuen, GBM, JP (1917–2018) will be used to establish the Sze-Yuen Chung Fund in support of the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS).


HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Qi-Kun Xue receives the 2020 Fritz London Memorial Prize
HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor Qi-Kun Xue receives the 2020 Fritz London Memorial Prize
HKIAS News · 26 Feb 2020
Professor Qi-Kun Xue, HKIAS Senior Fellow, was honored with the 2020 Fritz London Memorial Prize. The prize recognizes the pioneering work of Professor Xue on the experimental discovery of quantum anomalous Hall effect and edge channel in magnetic topological insulators. Professor Xue is the first Chinese scientist to receive this honor since the award established in 1957.


HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor David Srolovitz appointed as Head of Department of Materials Science and Engineering at City University of Hong Kong
HKIAS Senior Fellow Professor David Srolovitz appointed as Head of Department of Materials Science and Engineering at City University of Hong Kong
HKIAS News · 17 Jan 2020
Professor David Srolovitz, Senior Fellow of Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study, was appointed as Head of Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Professor Srolovitz is currently Chair Professor of Materials Science in MSE.


Disclose the secret of 3D atomic dynamics with high space / time resolution TEM
Disclose the secret of 3D atomic dynamics with high space / time resolution TEM
HKIAS News · 16 Jan 2020
On 15 January 2020, Professor Fu-Rong Chen, Chair Professor in Department of Materials Science and Engineering at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), delivered a presentation titled “Disclose the secret of 3D atomic dynamics with high space / time resolution TEM” for Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study at CityU.