Albert is a professional engineer specializing in artificial intelligence and robotic systems at HKU. His research interests include robotassisted search and rescue systems, emergency engineering, technologies for humanitarian relief, and emergency water and sanitation systems.
Outside the laboratory, Albert is an experienced humanitarian relief worker. As the first Hong Kong engineer to join Medecins Sans Frontiers’ field missions, he volunteered in South Sudan during the civil war, Uzbekistan during 911, Indonesia during the South Asia Tsunami, Pakistan during the Kashmir earthquake, and Sichuan during the Wenchuan earthquake.
In 2006, he solocycled 2,000 km across the QinghaiTibet plateau to raise $200,000 for an international relief organization. Prior to the Sichuan Earthquake, Albert organized the first “Emergency Engineering” course in 2006 with the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers to prepare young engineers for demanding emergency relief operations work.
Albert has served as board member and advisor for major international relief organizations. As the Head of Student Development Programme in CEDARS, Albert promotes volunteerism and global citizenship to younger generations by sharing his extensive NGO network and relief experience to support service learning activities at HKU.
His awards include Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (2007), Young Engineer of the Year Grand Award (Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, 2008), Humanity Award (Hong Kong Red Cross, 2008), Outstanding Volunteer Awards (Agency for Volunteer Services, 2008) and Hong Kong Spirit Ambassadors (2010).