Our Team


Principal Investigator

Prof Gary Chan is currently a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, and is an adjunct researcher in the wireless and networking group at the Microsoft Research, Asia. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, The University of California, Davis, USA, from 1998 to 1999. He was a William and Leila fellow at Stanford University, where he did his PhD in Electrical Engineering and a minor in business administration (with a concentration in management of operations, information and technology). His PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Fouad Tobagi, was on the provisioning of scalable distributed video services.


Prof Gary Chan got his BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and did his undergraduate research on high-speed networks with Professor Hisashi Kobayashi. In 1992-93, he was also a research intern with Dr. Richard Linke at the NEC Research Institute, Princeton, working on optical lasers and interconnects. At Princeton, he was the recipient of Charles Ira Young Memorial Tablet and Medal, awarded "to the student who excels in research in EE." He also received the POEM Newport Award of Excellence, awarded "to a senior who has demonstrated high scholastic achievement and also shown high potential for leadership in the field of photonics, electro-optics or optoelectronic materials." He won the Sigma Xi book award in 1993. He is a member of honors societies Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa, and a senior member of IEEE since 2003.


Engineering Manager

Dr KK Lai has worked for over 7 years in Innovation and Technology sector. He has more than 10 years of experience in research and development on computer vision, artificial intelligent and video streaming technologies. He is also an experienced software engineer especially in app development. Dr KK Lai has extensive R&D and management experience and is endeavored to bring the startup ecosystem from the industry to the academic research projects.


Dr KK Lai received his PhD in Electronic and Information Engineering in 2011 from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He had Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Information Engineering from the same University, with double majors in engineering and management.


Dr KK Lai joined the HKUST MTrec team in Mar 2015. He oversees the Wherami and Streamphony projects and manages the team.


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