Alcohol and Public Health
Alcohol use is an important public health issue given it is commonly consumed in many parts of the world. However, regulation of alcohol use is challenging given the complex health effects of alcohol (e.g. the apparent cardio-protective effect when consumed moderately), and the differences in perspective from various stakeholders (e.g. industry, public health, government).
In this lecture, the epidemiology of alcohol use will be introduced. It will follow by a more in-depth assessment of evidence concerning health effects of alcohol. The lecture will conclude by discussing the possible approaches that can be taken to mitigate the emerging alcohol epidemic.
Introduction to AI and Big Data
An introduction to design thinking principles and approaches, of which the students will be guided to see how empathy and stakeholder-centric creativity could unleash the potential of a wide range of projects.
Introduction to AI and Big Data
What are the meanings of the two buzzwords, “Big data” and “Artificial Intelligence” and what analytical techniques do they usually cover?
To introduce recent research projects including text analytics with application to suicide prevention, and deep learning with application to automated evaluation of medical images.
[Part I – Lecture]
What are the major security threats in the ePayment applications and the existing approaches in enhancing the security of the ePayment systems.
To illustrate the issues and the solutions of some commonly known ePayment system (e.g., Apple Pay or AliPay )
[Part II - Workshop on Public-Key encryption]
Introduce a simple Public-key cryptosystem which bases on a graph. Explain how this cryptosystem encrypts the data using the public key (a graph), decrypts the data using the private key (the same graph), and the principle behind this cryptosystem.
Students in groups of 2-3 to work on an exercise: To decode a public-key graph and an encrypted message. The challenge is to find out what is the private-key of this graph.
To understand the difficulty in cracking the Public-key cryptosystems is on the concept of factorization of large numbers.
Microsoft Hands-on Experience
Designing for Social and Environmental Impact
Design can go far beyond making think look pretty. What if we acknowledged that in the age of the Anthropocene, we essentially design our earth, our atmosphere, our ocean, the climate. Every action and object we design, however small has an impact. After a short presentation, the students will brainstorm and come up with design ideas that can have an impact in their daily life’s.
Visit Microsoft Experience Centre
AI technologies will be introduced through the Azure Face Application Programming Interface (API). In addition, students will also learn about creating a report in PowerBI which is a data analysis and visualization tool from Microsoft.
Students will learn about how Microsoft develops from a startup to a multinational technology company and its latest AI visualization technology. It will follow with a tour at the Microsoft Experience Center where showcase more than 50 solutions and demos collaborations with customers and partners, including local startups. Microsoft student interns will be there to share their experiences and career aspirations.
Integration of Arts and Sciences Forum
“Paper or plastic: Do consumers make the best choices to protect our environment?"
Moderator: Professor Samson Tse
Consumers are shown mixed messages regarding their behaviour. While we are inundated with advertising, coaxing us to consume more and keep up with the latest trends, we are also frequently exposed to messages informing us of the pressures our consumer choices create for our environment as well as other social concerns. Campaigns to change consumer behaviour sometimes have unexpected and unintended consequences. For instance, around the world, many communities have implemented policies to reduce the use of plastic bags in supermarkets. These policies have reduced the number of plastic grocery bags being consumed but at the same time increased consumption of garbage bin bags which may actually create a net increase of plastic consumption in a community. Similarly, while electric vehicles may seem easy on the environment, they often simply have a “long tailpipe” to a coal power production facility. Making the best choices can be an overwhelming task. In this session we will explore research about what consumer choices make the biggest impact towards protecting our environment.