Electronic Engineering Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Prof. W.K. Ma


Prof. Wing-Kin Ma from the Department of Electronic Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2017. He is being recognized for his contributions to optimization in signal processing and communications.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Prof. Ma is well recognized for his fundamental contributions to signal processing, communications, and more recently, remote sensing. In his research career he has tackled a number of key problems, such as developing high-performance detection solutions for multi-in multi-out (MIMO) communications; interference management and resource optimization in a complex mobile network; matrix factorization techniques that can be used to separate different parts of tissues in a biomedical image, or to tell which materials a remote sensing picture contains under hyperspectral imaging technology; to name a few. At the heart of these seemingly different developments is optimization—think of real-life problems such as finance and logistics management, which optimization can solve, and give the best answer, for us. Prof. Ma contributed very significantly to the use of optimization in engineering problems, enhancing system performance and providing innovative new solutions. In some cases he even contributed to the more mathematical side of optimization by taking insight from applications to solve previously unanswered questions in theory.

Prof. Ma’s work is highly influential. He has about 6700 citations in Google Scholar, about 3200 citations in Web of Science, and 8 papers that have been listed as Highly-Cited Papers by Essential Science Indicators (the top 1% of the academic field of engineering, simply speaking). He received the very prestigious IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award in 2015 and IEEE Signal Processing Letters Best Paper Award in 2016. He is also a great mentor: Two of his students received best paper awards in ICASSP, the top conference in signal processing. One student received Postgraduate Research Output Award by CUHK. One co-supervised student is now a faculty member in CUHK-Shenzhen and is in the very competitive program of “1000 Talents Program for Young Professionals” (青年千人計劃).