Professor Pan Hui received his PhD from the Computer Laboratory at University of Cambridge, and both his Bachelor and MPhil degrees from the University of Hong Kong. He is a Chair Professor of Computational Media and Arts and Director of the Centre for Metaverse and Computational Creativity at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), and a Chair Professor of Emerging Interdisciplinary Areas and Director of the HKUST-DT Systems and Media Lab, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
His research team is highly multicultural and international with researchers from over 12 countries. He believes diversity brews creativity and novelty. He was a senior research scientist and then a Distinguished Scientist for Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-labs) Germany from 2008 to 2015. His industrial profile also includes his research at Intel Research Cambridge and Thomson Research Paris from 2004 to 2006. His research has been generously sponsored by Nokia, Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft Research, and China Mobile. His other notable academic profile also includes the Nokia Chair in Data Science and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and an adjunct professor of Social Computing at Aalto University, Finland.
He has published more than 450 research papers and with over 25,000 citations. He has 30 European and US patents in the areas of augmented reality, mobile computing, and data science. He has founded and chaired many IEEE/ACM conferences/workshops, and has served as track chair, senior program committee member, organising committee member, and program committee member of numerous top conferences including ACM WWW, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM MobiSys, ACM MobiCom, ACM CoNext, IEEE Infocom, IEEE ICNP, IEEE ICDCS, IJCAI, AAAI, UAI, and ICWSM. He was an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2014 - 2019) and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (2014 - 2018), and guest editor for various journals including IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), IEEE Transactions on Secure and Dependable Computing, IEEE Communications Magazine, and ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications. He also served on the IEEE Computer Society Fellow evaluation committee.
Professor Hui is an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of Academia Europaea, an IEEE Fellow, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He is also a founding member of the INTERPOL Expert Group on Metaverse to safeguard the future Metaverse and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Metaverse to address new global challenges.