The HKUST Sino Software Research Institute (SSRI) supports software research with an emphasis on facilitating projects that have the potential for practical applications and knowledge transfer. The Institute also provides technical and consultative services related to software technologies to local businesses through conferences, workshops, seminars and lectures.

Key Research Areas

Location Sensing
Many mission-critical applications demand high accuracy to position people indoor, enabling novel smart location-based applications such as indoor navigation, location-based personalized recommendation, crowd analysis and people flow control. Innovative techniques are required to fuse signals from different sources and combine their strength for higher location accuracy.
Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms, there often exist large spatial and temporal gaps between teachers and learners in typical e-learning environments where learning occurs in virtual classrooms without walls. This is one of the major challenges faced by today's e-learning platforms, particularly massive open online course (MOOC) platforms such as Coursera and edX which have students from all over the world.
Understanding Users on Big Data
There are a lot of records in the era of big data, but it is difficult for users to find their favorite record. There exist many different ways of helping a user to solve this problem. One is an interactive approach which asks the user a number of questions and then learns the user's preference automatically. Another is a log-oriented approach which analyzes the user's log data recorded by the system and learns the user's preferences via some data mining and deep learning approaches. After a user's preference is found, his/her favorite record can be easily determined.
Code Analysis, Testing and Learning
Code analysis, testing and learning play an important role to dependable software in the industry. It pursues the state-of-the-art technologies in automated test generation, fault localization program repair, and program synthesis. Software being studied includes applications for Android, artificial intelligent solutions and block chains. Technologies developed are supported by automated tools that can be applied by users on large-scale software applications.

Key Research Projects

Steamphony - A Cost-effective Multimedia Platform for Large-scale Networked Edutainment Delivery Prof Gary Chan
Hong Kong Supernet Prof Vincent Shen
Multilingual Video Databases for Distance Learning Prof T C Pong
Aerial Orthomosaic Mapping and 3D Reconstruction Platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Prof Long Quan
SOCIUS: Conversation Mining on Social Media Prof Lei Chen
RFID αGate Portal Prof Shing-Chi Cheung
COPS: Collaborative Pervasive Surveillance over the Internet, Wireless LANs and Cellular Networks Prof Gary Chan
A Clinical Diagnostic and Assessment System for Neuro-interventions and Neurosurgery Prof Albert Chung


Executive Committee

Advisory Committee


Prof Bert Shi

Acting Dean, School of Engineering


Prof Jiannong Cao

External Member

Prof Michael Lyu

External Member

Prof Raymond Wong

Associate Director, Sino Software Research Institute

Prof Shing-Chi Cheung

Director, Sino Software Research Institute