The Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE), formerly known as the Department of Electronic Engineering, was established in 1974. The Department was renamed in 1998 to reflect on the evolution and emergence of new technologies in the discipline during the previous years. Now, in the 21st century the Department pursues a wide range of research activities in many areas of electronic and information engineering. With the ultimate aim of producing preferred graduates who will meet the needs of society, the Department is committed to provide high-quality education to students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Department strives for excellence in research and aims to produce high-impact research outputs that are relevant to industry and society.
The Department offers full-time and part-time taught courses leading to the awards of Higher Diploma, Bachelor degrees, Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s degrees, in electronic engineering, and full-time Bachelor degree programme in the information technology disciplines. Research programmes are offered by the Department leading to awards up to doctoral level. Programmes bearing the same title of awards reach comparable standards irrespective of the mode attendance. The Bachelor degree in electronic and information engineering (full-time) has been accredited by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.
Quality teaching is the Department's first priority. Incorporating modern curricula and the latest educational technologies, the Department provides the most up-to-date technical and professional training to students. Taught programmes, while primarily designed to cope with the dynamic and rapidly advancing profession of electronic engineering, provide adequate basic scientific training for the pursuit of high-level developmental and innovative research work. An Advisory Committee, composed of well-represented figures of the local industry, provides invaluable and constructive advice to the Department for continuous upgrade of the curricula to suit the changing needs of the local industry. Effective quality assurance systems are in place to constantly refine details of the operation of the programmes so as to ensure the key education objectives are met.
The Department's teaching activities are organized into three broad technical areas, namely,
Accordingly, staff members are grouped into three sections, each corresponding to one of the above broad technical areas. Subjects taught by the Computer and Information Engineering Section include, signal processing fundamentals, multimedia applications, image and speech processing, video technology, inter alia, digital systems, computer programming, computer architecture, linear systems and control theory, instrumentations, fuzzy control, artificial intelligence, software engineering, information systems, and distributed systems. Teaching areas of the Circuits and Microelectronics Section include, inter alia, circuit theory, analogue electronics, integrated circuits, solid state physics, power electronics, computer-aided design of circuits, electromagnetic compatibility and product design. Finally, the Communications Engineering Section is responsible for the teaching of, inter alia, communication fundamentals, propagation, RF and microwaves, digital communications, information and coding, data communications, and wireless communications.
Since the 1980’s, the Department has been rapidly expanding its capability in high-level research and development. While applied research is the Department’s major focus, staff members have also actively pursued fundamental work. With three decades of diligence, the Department has established itself as a major contributor in many research areas and excelled in certain areas of strategic importance. Research groups or centres have been formed within the Department and at the University level to encourage collective efforts to conduct cutting-edge research in respective areas and pursue large-scale projects with external research bodies. At present, the Department has four research groups: Communications Research Group, Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence Research Group, Nonlinear Circuits and Systems Research Group, and Photonic Systems and Devices Research Group. Research group leaders and members are all active in their respective fields, and constantly take part in professional activities such as journal editorship, book review, technical review of periodicals, participation at technical forums, organization of conferences and workshops, etc. The Photonics Research Centre (collaborating with members from the Department of Electrical Engineering) has been recognized as one of the niche areas by the University.
The Department’s research has been actively supported by the University’s research funding. In addition to the University’s support, the Department generates its own research funds through the successful bidding of major external research grants such as the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) from the government, and the General Research Fund (GRF) and annual earmarked grants from the University Grants Council.
Industry Collaboration and Consultancy
The Department maintains a very close relationship with the industry. Since 2007, we have provided over 90 high-level consultancy/contract research services to local and international companies/government units. For instance, the Department developed future long-haul optical transmission systems with one of the top telecommunications equipment manufacturers in the world; GaN Thin Films and LED Structures with one of the world's largest assembly and packaging equipment suppliers for the semiconductor and LED industries; high definition TV Technologies and future multimedia standards, core technology platform and recognition for driver assistance system, automatic optical inspection system, image processing and pattern recognition modules for local high-tech companies; and energy saving techniques for the Hong Kong SAR. Over the past few years, we have filed about 20 patents with great commercial values. Among the licensed patents, the latest one involves a novel energy-saving LED driving technology for commercial display backlight applications.
The Department is in possession of a number of teaching and research laboratories, covering areas of basic electronics, communications, computers, digital signal processing, virtual reality, power electronics, engineering projects and microelectronics technology. Additional resources and facilities are available in the following main research areas: digital signal processing, image and video picture processing, computer architecture and parallel processing, intelligent systems, robotics, vision systems and automatic testing equipment, multi-media technologies, optical and wireless communications, computer-aided design of electronic systems (including power electronics and VLSI design tools) and microelectronics.
The Department also has a variety of computing facilities, DSP facilities, logic analyzers, microwave equipment and network analyzers covering 0.1MHz to 18GHz, digital communication experiment setup, digital analysis system, dc and low frequency calibration equipment, automatic testing equipment (ATE), energy systems, fuel cells, PV panels, wind power generator, VXI equipment screened room, gain-phase meters, spectrum analyzers, secondary standards and precision instruments, clean room, furnaces, sputterer, plasma etcher, mask aligner, thick and thin film equipment, MBE machine and MOCVD equipment.