Dr Cheung Nim-kwan
Chief Executive Officer
Dr Cheung Nim-kwan is Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), a 600-member ICT research center established by the Hong Kong Government. He received his B.Sc. degree from University of Hong Kong and Ph.D. degree from California Institute of Technology, and has held different research and management positions at AT&T Bell Labs and Bellcore. From 1999 to 2002, he was Vice President of Applied Research Government Program in Telcordia Technologies, managing a Government-funded research program that grew at double-digit rates annually.
Dr Cheung was a pioneer in single-mode fiber optics communication systems during the early days of lightwave communication in 1970s. As District Manager of Advanced Lightwave Technologies in Bellcore in the 1980s, he established three world class research teams in high-speed, coherent, and sub-carrier multiplexed lightwave communications systems. Dr Cheung was an early investigator of gigabit networks in the 1990s. He conceived and created many innovative gigabit and optical networking testbeds that have evolved to become the blueprint of the optical Internet infrastructure of to date.
In 2005, Dr Cheung was elected the 18th President of the IEEE Communications Society, an international professional organization with 45,000 members in 180 chapters around the world. He has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, and has served in different editorial positions, including Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Magazine.
Dr Cheung was a consulting professor at Stanford University from 2004 to 2009. He is Fellow of IEEE and Telcordia Technologies, and a member of the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong. Dr Cheung has received numerous awards and honours, including Bellcore Award of Excellence and University of Hong Kong Faculty of Science Distinguished Alumni Award.