Networking and Communications, Cloud Computing, Internet Technologies, and Electronic Commerce
Dr Chan received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Cambridge, England, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. At Cambridge, he received the Christina Barnard Prize (Girton College) in recognition of his academic achievement. At UBC, he received the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, the UBC Graduate Fellowship, and the British Columbia Telephone Company Graduate Scholarship.
From October 1988 to October 1993, he worked with Hong Kong Telecommunications Limited, primarily on the development of networking services in Hong Kong. Between October 1997 and August 1998, he worked with BC TEL Advanced Communications on the development of high-speed networking technologies and ATM-based services. In August 1998, he joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is now an associate professor in the Department of Computing. His research interests include networking/communications, cloud computing, Internet technologies, and electronic commerce. He has conducted various research projects. For example, he has been the project co-ordinator for the ITF project entitled "Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Hong Kong Air Freight Forwarding Industry Using RFID and Software Agent Technologies" (over $4 million). He has co-authored a textbook on e-commerce (published by John Wiley and Sons (England)) and research papers in various journals. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research and he is on the editorial board of China Communications. He was the Chair (2012) of the IEEE Hong Kong Section and the Chair (2008-2009) of the IEEE Hong Kong Section Computer Society Chapter. He was the General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) 2012 and a General Co-Chair of the IEEE Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Congress 2012. He is currently the Vice Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Cloud Computing Special Technical Community.
Dr Chan has received three President's Awards and five Faculty Awards. Under his leadership, his R&D team won a silver medal in the 38th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva with a software tool called Flexible RFID Encoder and Decoder (FRED) in 2010. He was a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award for BROADNETS 2008 and was the recipient of the Best Paper Award of the 1992 IEE (HK Centre) Younger Members Paper Contest. Under his supervision/guidance, his students or former students have received many awards.