Research Postgraduate Programmes

  • Overview of Comp Research postgraduate PROGRAMMES

    The Department attracts research postgraduate students from Hong Kong and around the world, setting the scene for a rich mix of intellectual stimulation and cross-cultural engagement in various areas of computing and information technology. Over 100 research students are currently studying towards either MPhil or PhD degrees.

    The Department has been committed to providing excellent research environment for PhD students:

    • World-class laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities; and
    • Opportunities for academic exchange in overseas top universities.

    What are the Department's research areas?


      Our researchers understand the urgent need to develop reliable new technologies, methods and tools for processing everchanging big data, and are working in various related areas. Among others, their investigations cover parallel databases as services, data accountability and service outsourcing, data and communicative behaviours in online social networks, search engine indexing, transfer-learning methods for multisource data sets, and social media big data analysis.


      Multimedia combines content such as sound, images and graphics to make applications dynamic in areas such as education, entertainment, social networking and telemedicine. With the explosion of multimedia information available in daily lives around the world, the key research challenges lie in managing complex multimedia objects and extending them into three dimensions with the capacity for real-time interaction. Our researchers focus on three-dimensional computer graphic modelling and rendering, distributed three-dimensional graphics, image and video quality enhancement, content-based image retrieval, and multi-sensor data and motion analysis, all of which have excellent application potential.


      Drawing on methods developed in a range of scientific, social science and design fields, our researchers explicitly focused on Human-Centered Computing are using computational technologies to analyse human actions and stimulate performance enhancement in numerous areas. Their major work covers brain informatics, ubiquitous computing, human-computer interfaces – including multimodal interaction and affective computing – and social computing.

    • network AND MOBILE Computing

      Wireless networks and smart mobile devices have undergone startling advancements in recent years, now offering users the flexibility and freedom of mobile computing almost anywhere at any time. Especially in the last decade, computer networks have become fast, more reliable and wider in their coverage. Our researchers keep well abreast of such advancements, devoting efforts to distributed and parallel computing, mobile application security, mobile cloud computing, network performance monitoring and measurement, wireless sensor networks and vehicular networks. Their solutions now feature in intelligent transportation systems, structural health care and localisation and security applications.

    • pattern recognition & machine intelligence

      Pattern recognition, or the classification of measurements and observations, is significantly enhanced through the application of computational intelligence techniques. With surging demand for efficient and high-performance automated pattern recognition, breakthroughs are being made in emerging areas such as bioinformatics and computational biology, evolutionary computing, social media mining, soft computing and Web intelligence, among others. Departmental researchers are currently undertaking important work in biometric security, medical imaging, video and image processing, data mining, ontology representation and decision making.

    • SYSTEMS AND software engineering

      Systems and software engineering involves the development of methodologies, processes and tools for building robust, high performance computer-based systems. In this area, our researchers have applied their expertise on key challenges in agile development, context-aware middleware, cost estimation, cyber-physical systems, real-time embedded systems, software metrics, software processes and quality, storage in embedded systems and risk management. They are also working on solutions to the problems arising from the use of business-critical applications.

  • hong kong phd fellowship scheme

    The Research Grant Council (RGC) of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC) is committed to promoting world-class research in Hong Kong.  Through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), Hong Kong’s outstanding universities offer research opportunities in a broad range of PhD programmes, with generous stipends and excellent support for the best and brightest students in the world.  Established by the RGC in 2009, the prestigious HKPFS has brought more than one thousand top students from over seventy countries/regions to Hong Kong to undertake PhD studies.  Successful candidates of HKPFS will be awarded the following:

    • An annual stipend of HK$309,600 up to three years; and
    • An annual conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$12,900 up to three years offered by Hong Kong RGC.

    PolyU and the Department aim at attracting talents from all corners of the globe to pursue their PhD studies here, therefore in addition to HKPFS award, we also provide the following to the awardees:

    • Tuition scholarships for the normal study period offered by PolyU;
    • A stipend of HK$25,800/month and travel allowance of HK$12,900/year during the fourth year of study for awardees with a four-year normal study period offered by PolyU;
    • Guaranteed hall accommodation for two years of study; and
    • Sponsorship for exchange in top US and European universities for 6 to 12 months.
    1.  For more details, please visit the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.

    The Department has been committed to providing excellent remuneration package for PhD students:

      • A scholarship for at least 3 years with an annual stipend of HK$208,800; and
      • Financial support to attend international top conferences for paper presentations.

    Please click here to download the promotional leaflet for more details about the Scheme.

  • Contact information for further details

    Check out the website of Study@PolyU, or
    Contact Ms Jolie Chick, Departmental Research Committee Secretary
    Telephone: (852) 2766 7303
    Facsimile: (852) 2774 0842

  • research postgraduate programme details and online application

    For online application, please refer to Study@PolyU.