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PCL Hosted Mainland-Hong Kong Forum on Frontier Disciplines in Cyberspace Security

Date: 2020-10-26 Source:PCL

The “Mainland-Hong Kong Forum on Frontier Disciplines: Recent Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in Cyberspace Security” hosted by PCL was successfully held on October 23-24. The Forum is an excellent platform  to promote the academic exchange and cooperation in cyberspace security between scientists and scholars from mainland China and Hong Kong, taking advantage of their respective local research environments. The Forum is sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Center, and PCL. Due to COVID-19 pandemics, the Forum was held via video link between two separate venues in PCL and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).


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Directors from NSFC’s Information Science Department and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office, and leaders from Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Center attended the opening ceremony of the Forum. Scholars and researchers from several top universities and premier research institutions in both mainland China and Hong Kong participated in this Forum, including PCL, Hong Kong PolyU, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), Shenzhen University, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, University of Science and Technology of China, Nanjing University, Tsinghua University, University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Institute of Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xidian University, and Shandong University.


Zhaotian Zhang, the Executive Deputy Director of the Information Science Department of the NSFC, in his opening speech, fully affirmed the necessity of such forum for academic exchange. He emphasized that it is of great strategic significance and broad prospects to take full advantages of multifaceted cooperation between mainland China and Hong Kong in the field of cyberspace security, considering the current international atmosphere for scientific research. Haishan Xu, President of the Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Center pointed out that Hong Kong scholars overcome the inconvenience brought by the COVID-19 pandemic to proactively participate in this forum and share their academic achievements with scholars in the mainland, which has made this event more valuable. 


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As Co-Chairs for the Forum, Academician Binxing Fang of PCL and Prof. Qing Li of PolyU, both underlined the importance and necessity of network and information security under current global situation. Prof. Chang-Wen Chen, Deputy Director of PCL, and Hui Zhou, Assistant Director of PCL, both have spoken of PCL’s rapid development during the last three years as a newly established research institution, its proactive deployment in the field of cyberspace security, and a series of research achievements that PCL has obtained. On behalf of PCL, they expressed their gratitude to all the scholars and experts who attended the Forum in person or via online format and sincerely invited them to visit PCL in the future.


The Forum included 17 high-quality research talks as well as one Panel discussion. Academician Wushouer ·Silamu of Xinjiang University delivered his keynote speech on multi-modal network user profile analysis and prediction, which was followed by the keynote speech by Academician Jiannong Cao of Hong Kong PolyU on big data security and privacy. During the two-day program, the invited scholars from the mainland and Hong Kong exchanged their research progress in several cutting-edge disciplines related to network information security, including security and privacy of data sharing, security challenges brought by new technologies, IoT security, and AI security. In the discussion session, Forum attendants discussed with the NSFC representatives on the application, planning, and funding of scientific research projects in the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao, as well as a variety of security issues in the network-related fields.


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