Emerging technologies such as quantum engineering, genome editing, AI and renewable energy are set to have profound impacts on our daily lives, our planet, and our way of understanding nature and even ourselves. To inform high school students and teachers about the latest technologies and to prepare our next generations for the opportunities and challenges ahead of us, YASHK and The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) with the support from Education Bureau (EDB) co-organised the “Talk Series on Emerging Technologies — Science, Opportunities and Challenges".
In this series, there are thematic sessions on a wide range of topics, such as Genome Editing, Quantum Materials, AI, Climate Change, Cosmology and COVID-19. The series have begun since July 2019. Stay tuned with us for the latest talk schedule.
Cloud Computing is a new economic infrastructure in the era of big data and AI; it provides technologies to operate massive data. However, many challenges in cloud computing remain essentially unsolved while new ones emerge constantly; solving them requires solid and new mathematical knowledge. Speaker will introduce some basic operational research models (e.g., the bin packing problem and the assignment problem), and showcase how to generalize them to capture some important cloud computing problems. Speaker will also explain why it is challenging to design efficient algorithms for these models, and hopefully to inspire more thoughtful ideas.
Prof. Xiaoming YUAN, Professor, Department of Mathematics, HKU
In this talk, we will share some advances in techniques to manipulate tiny amount of liquids. When combined with advanced imaging and detection tools, the integrated platform has enabled faster and more precise diagnosis and monitoring of diseases with smaller amount of samples. How do we make the approach more accessible to non-experts? What are some strategies to diagnose more diseases in order to benefit a wider variety of patients? How can biomedical needs be addressed through engineering innovations? These are the big questions that we hope to get inputs from the audience.
Aging and its associated healthcare expenses remain as a heavy financial burden to individuals, families and societies. Chronic diseases including cardiovascular and skeletal muscle degeneration are examples of age related disorders. In fact, cardiovascular diseases remained the leading cause of death worldwide in the past three decades. Therefore, seeking a portion for longevity has been a dream in contemporary medicine. By virtue of its capability to self-renew and differentiate into almost every cell type of our body, pluripotent stem cells, including the embryonic stem cells or the induced pluripotent stem cells that are generated by the Nobel Prize winning technology, have recently received intense research interest with the hope to support cell therapy to replace aged and damaged cells to treat Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, or heart failure, and to facilitate disease modelling and drug screening in a “humanized” setting.
This lecture will focus on the introduction of the characteristics and sources of stem cells, the promises of stem cell research, and the technological challenges including the ethical issues associated with using human embryos for research, immune cell rejection after stem cell transplantation, as well as the risks from some unproven stem cell therapies.
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Dr Carmen Chak-lui WONG, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, HKU
Dr Ka-on LAM, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Oncology, HKU