Prof. Tim Kwang Ting Cheng is Vice-President for Research and Development at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Chair Professor jointly in the Departments of ECE and CSE.

He received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley in 1988. Prior to joining HKUST, he was a Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and spent five years at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

At UC Santa Barbara, Prof. Cheng served as Founding Director of the Computer Engineering Program from 1999 to 2002, Chair of Department of ECE from 2005 to 2008, and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research from 2013 to 2016 where he helped oversee the research development, infrastructure, and compliance of UCSB’s research enterprise with over US$200 million extramural research funding.

An internationally leading researcher with extensive experience in fostering cross-disciplinary research collaboration, Prof. Cheng is a world authority in the field of electronics testing and design verification, as well as an impactful contributor across a wide range of research areas including design automation of electronic and photonic systems, computer vision, and medical image analysis. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES). His works are of high impact with due recognition from the field, including a number of best paper awards and a Pan Wen Yuan Foundation Award for Outstanding Research. He was also recognized in the 50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2013 as a Top 10 Author in DAC’s Fourth Decade and a Prolific Author.

In 2020, he received HK$443.9 million funding from the Hong Kong government’s InnoHK research clusters initiative to lead the founding of the AI Chip Center for Emerging Smart Systems for which five world-renowned universities participate. The multidisciplinary center aims to advance IC design to help realize ubiquitous AI applications in society.