KWOK Yu Kwong

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1994 …2023

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Prof. Kwok (Ricky) joined HKMU in February 2021 as the Vice President (Students and Support).  He was the Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) for a five-year term from January 2015 to December 2019, spearheading various mission-critical institutional e-learning endeavours (e.g., MOOCs, flipped-classroom learning, innovative pedagogies and platforms, learning analytic research, etc.) via a university-central office called Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) which he founded in 2015.  He also served as an Associate Dean of Engineering and the Deputy Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at HKU.  Prior to that, he was a full-time staff member at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California, USA), and Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA).

Ricky’s research focus has been on designing efficient communication protocols and robust resources management algorithms toward enabling large scale distributed mobile computing. In these research areas, he has authored one textbook, co-authored another two textbooks, and published more than 200 technical papers in various leading journals, research books, and refereed international conference proceedings. In a dataset from Stanford University updated annually since 2019, he is listed as one of the worldwide top 2% most influential researchers based on his contributions in the field of Networking and Telecommunications. Over his 23 years with HKU, Ricky's R&D work has received funding support in excess of HK$100 million (as Project Coordinator, PI, or Co-PI). 

Ricky is a Fellow of the IEEE (for “Contributions to Resource Scheduling Algorithms in Parallel and Distributed Systems”), the IET, and the HKIE. He is also a Senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Moreover, he has been a long-serving member of the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Communications Society. From March 2006 to December 2011, Ricky served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing as a Subject Area Editor in Peer-to-Peer Computing. He also served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems for four years from January 2013 to December 2016.

Ricky received the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from HKU in November 2004. In January 2010, one of his journal papers was ranked #4 among top ten All-Time Most Cited Papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, based on Scopus and Google Scholar citation counts as of October 2009 (see the Editor’s Note for details). In April 2013, he got the Outstanding Reviewer Service Award from the IEEE Computer Society (under the Reviewer Appreciation Program) because as of 2013 he was the All-Time Most Prolific Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (see this official announcement).

Research interests

  • Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Wireless Networking




  1. Invited Keynote Speaker, “Learning Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone,” Teaching and Learning Week, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, October 28, 2019.
  2. Invited Speaker, “Future Courses: Shape and Size,” Universitas 21: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Future of the University, University ofJohannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, October 9-11, 2019.
  3. Invited Speaker, “Rethinking Internationalization,” 10th Annual Symposium on China Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, April 13, 2019.
  4. Invited Speaker, “Responsive University,” Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, November 17, 2018.
  5. Invited Keynote Speaker, “Technology Enriched Learning,” International Symposium and The 93rd Open Conference: Envisioning Blended Next-Generation Higher Education, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, March 3, 2018.
  6. Invited Keynote Speaker, “Heterogeneous Computing Systems for Massive Personalized Online Education,” 26th International Heterogeneity in Computing Workshop (HCW 2017), in conjunction with the 31st IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2017), Orlando, Florida, USA, May 29-June 2, 2017.
  7. Invited Speaker, “HKU E-Learning: Where Are We?,” Open Smart Education (OSE) Center Seminar Series, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, September 22, 2016.


  • Member, Accreditation Board, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)
  • Member, Council, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College
  • Member, Board of Directors, HKU SPACE
  • Member, Fellows Committee, IEEE Computer Society

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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