Study Experience of MSc
Ding Cao - 2021 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
Hello, my name is Ding Cao, an MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering (Msc in EIE) student who graduated from the EIE Department in 2020 and is working as a full-time Research Assistant at EIE. I chose 7 courses and the 9-credit dissertation to complete my master's degree. During my two years in the EIE Department, PolyU, I have accumulated advanced knowledge of vehicular networks, Internet of things, wireless communications, and information security.
Because of my strong interest in vehicular networks and autonomous driving system, I conducted a dissertation under the supervision of Dr Ivan Ho. Differ from the teaching course, the dissertation requires a lot of independent study and problem-solving ability. While working on the dissertation, I kept thinking and resolving the related aspects, such as innovation, system structure, programming, presentation, paper organization, etc. It is worth mentioning that the weekly group meeting allows me to put forward the difficulties I encountered in time and get suggestions from my advisor.
I am grateful towards the support of EIE and PolyU during my study. In the future, I will continue my research work and seek a PhD study opportunity. Through my learning experience, I suggest that students who have great research interests choosing the dissertation of the MSc in EIE prorgramme.
Duan Jiawei - 2021 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
I am Duan Jiawei, a graduate of MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering programme in 2021. Recently, I was honored and humbled to be awarded MSc Studentship. This means a lot to me for recognizing my efforts in the past two years and encouraging me to pursue future academic career with full of confidence.
In retrospect of my two-year study in EIE, I believe this is one of the most fulfilling periods in my life. In the first year, abundant curricula provided me such a solid foundation for research. More impressively, the teaching staffs in EIE are both academically excellent and extremely responsible. Prof. Lau Chung-Ming, the Subject Lecturer of EIE587 Channel Coding, selflessly provided me with academic planning, where I could glimpse the charm of research.
The second year, however, is full of challenge. I started my research career under the instruction of Dr Hu Haibo, who is warm-hearted and academically rigorous. With his patient guidance, my academic ability has made great improvement. Besides, his modesty always reminds me that learning is a life-long process, and we shall keep working hard.
Now, I am a research staff in CAiRS and will continue to overcome obstacles on the path of research under Dr Hu’s support. I am very grateful for the opportunities that EIE has provided to me.
Xu Huafeng - 2021 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
There was an incredible and fantastic thing to have a chance to study the MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering programme at the EIE Department. The programme offers vast knowledge in 5G, Machine Learning, AI, IoT, and Robotics. I was fortunate to study here with so many friendly classmates with the help of lots of kindly and generous teachers.
We studied polar code and planned to devote our knowledge to 5G even 6G. We built distributed multi-agent face recognition system for kindergarten desiring to help parents to protect kids. We trained the quadruped robot based on Deep reinforcement learning for legged robotic control problems. Those things are so cool and will be the treasure in my life.
I was delighted to receive the MSc Studentship from EIE to support my study and life at PolyU. Now, I am a Research Assistant here, focusing on reinforcement learning and robotics. Thanks to my teachers, classmates, EIE staff, and PolyU again.
Yu Jianxun - 2021 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
I am Yu Jianxun, a graduate of the MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering Programme at PolyU in 2021. At the beginning of my study, I set myself the goal to accumulate professional knowledge. So, I chose the dissertation project and joined Prof. Changyuan Yu’s group, fortunately. In the group, I met the kind supervisor and some friendly senior Ph.D. students and they also helped me build the research direction and plan. After that, I also got the scholarship in the next semester which supports me do more development in the research because of my good grade previously.
In the study, I met so many problems since I never did any experiments related to the optical field. Thus, I always discussed with some lab-mates and read professional books for some knowledge. Meanwhile, in the weekly group meetings, I usually reported my research progress or shared some excellent papers. In this process, I learned more knowledge about optical fiber sensing, and my English skill is also trained.
Finally, I completed my dissertation project successfully and published part of the content at the OECC conference. In addition, I also led our team’s project to join some competitions under the support of Prof. Changyuan Yu. We got the First Prize in the 6th IoT Technology and Application 3S Competition for University Students in China (第六屆大學生物聯網技術與應用「三創」大賽) in 2020 and the Second Prize in the 7th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in 2021. In the future, I will work as a Research Assistant in Prof. Yu’s group. I hope I can further develop myself in the latter research study.
Wang Peifeng - 2019 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
I am Wang Peifeng, a graduate from the MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering Programme at PolyU in 2019. I took seven taught courses about artificial intelligence and information security combined with a dissertation to accomplish my curriculum. With a two-year study in the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE), I learnt not only knowledge obtained in class but also the way of independently thinking to resolve the problems. Learning formats of subjects are different in EIE including class teaching, programming, group project, oral presentation and laboratory courses, etc. The Department often hosts competitions for the students to participate in. Creative thinking is encouraged for every student at EIE.
After the first semester study with a high GPA, I got an opportunity to take MSc Studentship Project Scheme with my MSc dissertation. For the latter 1.5 years, conducting research project and writing the paper were my main tasks. Different from the course-based study, academic research requires strong self-learning and problem-solving skills. I spent lots of time to go through relevant papers and understand the principles and algorithms. When facing an issue, I would split it into several aspects and resolve them step by step with the guidance from my supervisor at EIE. That becomes my valuable academic experience, and I am proud of myself who firmly chose the research project at that time.
I obtained language assistance from the English Language Centre and obtained interview guidance offered by the Office of Careers and Placement Services at PolyU, which help me a lot both in my study and career. I am very grateful for the generous dedication and consistent support of PolyU and EIE during my study.
2019 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
Wang Yinxin - 2019 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
My name is Wang Yinxin, and I graduated from the MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering programme in 2019. Thanks to the programme, I have recently found a job relevant to my MSc study in Zhejiang. At the beginning of my study, I set myself the goal to do research. Therefore, I decided to gain sufficient knowledge first, and then choose my dissertation. I participated in seven courses, basically in the areas of communications and artificial intelligence. In these courses, in addition to learning different theories, students were engaged in some experiments and tests. These made a great contribution to give me a better understanding of the theories. Students were also encouraged to ask questions in class, and to have discussions with subject lecturers after class.
After studying hard in the first semester, I had the opportunity to do my dissertation with a studentship under the supervision of Prof. Lam. Prof. Lam helped me a lot with my problems throughout my dissertation, and offered me much constructive advice. In addition, the group meeting held every week assisted me to keep up with the latest research. Also, I was given a chance to present an interesting paper in a research group meeting, which allowed me to practice speaking in public. During my dissertation, I encountered problems from time to time, which always puzzled me for a while. Nevertheless, through these valuable challenges, I forced myself to work through the problems, and this nurtured in me the valuable habits of reading and thinking.
The academic atmosphere in EIE is strong and I have been greatly enriched in terms of knowledge and working ability. I especially appreciate this learning experience, which taught me how to be positive and face up to challenges. It is definitely a worthwhile experience, and new students are always welcomed in EIE.
2019 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
Yao Qi - 2018 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
I’m Michael, Q. YAO, a graduate of the MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering Programme of PolyU in 2018. With an explicit goal of doing research in my mind, I chose the mode for graduation with seven taught courses and one 9-credit dissertation. The subjects I took covered wide engineering fields, including communication system design, multimedia technologies and artificial intelligence, etc. At PolyU, students are encouraged to interact with professors both in and after the class. Great chances are also offered to students who are interested in addressing real-world engineering-related problems through well-designed mini projects.
Due to the excellent academic results of full GPA, I was offered a studentship to undertake the dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Mak. Compared with the coursework-based study that learning is a passive mode, doing research requires both strong initiatives and learning capabilities. In the progress of accomplishing my dissertation, I encountered lots of issues. However, it was these tough challenges that forced me to dig into the root of the problems and taught me how to think about the same problem from different perspectives. Through this valuable research experience, I have realized that it is of great importance for me to keep learning to strengthen the adaptabilities to rapid advances in new technologies. I strongly recommend new students to choose the dissertation if they are really interested in doing research.
2018 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
Jia Kanghao - 2017 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
My name is JIA Kanghao, and I obtained the MSc degree in Electronic and Information Engineering in 2017. After graduation, I am going to work as an engineer at the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), responsible for system design on 5G cellular networks. Throughout the 2 years of study in PolyU, I have fulfilled my goals, not only have I developed great knowledge in signal processing as well as communication technology, but gained valuable research experience through taking the dissertation.
During my studies in EIE, I have enrolled in seven courses which are generally on telecommunications and artificial intelligence. What impressed me most was that each course basically has a mini project. Through accomplishing these projects, you will not only better understand the meaning of those complex formulas and theories, but also gradually learn how to exploit the knowledge to solve practical problems.
After the first semester of fundamental knowledge, I was able to choose the dissertation in the field of autonomous driving in the second and third semesters under the supervision of Dr. Ivan Ho. Dr. Ho helped me a lot and gave me many valuable advices during my research. Especially, the weekly meeting of our group enabled us to get inspirations from each other. In some ways, choosing the dissertation was a bit challenging. However, on reflection, when looking back after one year, I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions that I have made, and it prompted me to make significant progress in research ability. Overall, I am sure that the study experience at PolyU will become great assets to my future.
2017 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
Chu Kai Fung - 2016 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
I started to study the part-time MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering programme at PolyU after I had graduated from my undergraduate degree and worked as an Engineer for one year in the industry. To be honest, working and studying at the same time is not a comfortable way to live but the eagerness to live outside my comfort zone propelled me to confront to the challenges ahead. I enjoy these two years being an MSc student at PolyU and I think it is meaningful and worth doing it.
During these two years, I got the chance to learn the state of the art technology of different fields from different subjects. I also met foreign classmates whom have different cultural backgrounds and some local experienced people from the industry. My social network is therefore expanded. Beside learning from the taught subjects, I had the chance to work on a research project which allowed me to do research on my MSc dissertation. Although I faced different challenges doing this project, I enjoyed working on it since the project enhanced my research experience and skill. It is definitely helpful to my working ability as well as my future study in PhD.
Chu Kai Fung
2016 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
XU Siyuan - 2016 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
I am XU Siyuan, after the graduation from the MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering programme in 2016, I became a PhD candidate at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Department of Electronic and Information Engineering (EIE), where I investigate High-level Synthesis in Approximate Computing. My supervisor is Dr Benjamin Carrion Schafer.
In September 2014, I was admitted as an MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering programme student in PolyU. In the University, the medium of instruction is English, this frustrated me a lot at the very beginning as I was not used to it. But with the help of classmates and teachers, I finally conquered the problem and I found that I fall in love with PolyU as the University and the EIE Department provides me lots of helps and impetus.
There is a 24-hour studying room in the library where we can discuss with our classmates about the study and free WIFI in the whole University, it is extremely convenient. Also, I like the sport facilities in PolyU, especially the gym and the swimming pool. They help me to relax and release pressure after study.
When you have questions in the classroom, you can raise your hand immediately and the professor is always delighted to solve your problem. Also, after classes, you can go to the professors’ offices, they are willing to help you no matter for study or life. Therefore, I want to thanks Dr Carrion Schafer. Under his guidance, I have learned not only academically but also personally a lot.
It is my great honor to become a student in PolyU. I am grateful to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering for their generous and consistent support during my master’s study.
2016 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
LIN Weiwei - 2016 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
My study in the MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering proramme has been both busy and fruitful. Apart from the teaching language, the main differences between EIE/PolyU and my mainland education are that in EIE there are more group projects to facilitate collaboration among students and continuous assessments, which really help to consolidate learning. I think the teaching approach in EIE is more efficient and fun than what I experienced in the mainland.
Apart from taking taught subjects, I also chose the dissertation track. The Department is very generous to grant me a studentship to support my dissertation work. Learning a topic via writing a dissertation is quite different from course-based learning. Rather than simply attending lectures and finishing assignments, taking dissertation involves more interactions between you and your supervisor. Besides, it requires you to articulate your ideas clearly orally and in written form. Thanks to the patient guidance and the encouragements from my supervisor, I was able to produce some good results and publish an international conference paper at the end of my MSc study. We also received an invitation from the conference organizer to submit an extended version of our conference paper to a special issue of an international journal.
During the time working on my dissertation, I found myself quite enjoying doing research work, and the academic environment in EIE is congenial and vibrant. Therefore, after graduated from the MSc programme, I decided to continue my research in EIE as a research assistant and planned to start my PhD study in August 2016.
2016 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
Chen Jieshi, Jessie - 2015 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
My name is Jessie Chen, who started the study in the MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering programme in 2013. During two year's study in the EIE Department, I really harvest a lot from the classes and my research work. Through my great effort, I got 3.9 GPA in the first semester and won the chance to take my thesis with full studentship in the latter 3 semesters.
The study life here is totally different from which I have experienced in mainland China. It emphasizes more on understanding rather than just remembering equations. Usually, I spent a lot of time working on the theory of different courses instead of doing numerous exercises. The course here really trains a person's logical thinking ability, critical thinking ability and problem-solving ability. On the other hand, the research work here really tests a student's creativity and perseverance. After your study here, you will find yourself being more mature, confident and intelligent, and being proud of what you have paid out during your study life.
Wish every new comer good luck in the coming semester!
Chen Jieshi, Jessie
2015 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
Liu Xinmin, Simon - 2015 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
My name is Simon X. M. LIU who graduated from the MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering programme recently. I am now working at a startup company in Beijing, responsible for computer vision algorithms researching and development. Glad to share my studying experience in EIE.
In the first semester, I took five subjects in the field of digital signal processing and pattern recognition. The lectures were theoretical and helped me form a firm basic knowledge structure. Those lab sessions were not only closely related with theories but also kept pace with state-of-the-art techniques and products. I found them very useful when I tried to understand and implement complicated algorithms later on in my study and work. Our department has large amount of online and offline resources that make it possible to learn anytime and anywhere.
In the second and third semesters, I was devoted to doing research project and writing my dissertation. My supervisor, Dr Daniel Lun, guided me well through the way. He is a hardworking learned man and always ready to help me solve research problems. We held a meeting every week and took turns to give presentations. I could show what I was doing and ask for suggestions, frequently got inspirations from other group members. Those presentations extended my view and stimulated my passion of researching and exploring. Such an environment of mutual learning helped me progress rapidly. The dissertation offered me a chance to conclude my study and discover promising prospects. I've not only gained professional knowledge, but also achieved communication skills and researching experience.
Liu Xinmin, Simon
2015 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
Pang Xiaomin - 2014 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme
The MSc in Electronic and Information Engineering programme provides a good opportunity for students with a background in engineering to undertake further postgraduate studies. The programme offers a wide choice of subjects in electronics, telecommunications and multimedia technologies. The dissertation is also a good option for students who want to pursue more research experience.
During this programme, I had the opportunity to attend lectures delivered by extremely capable and knowledgeable academics. I have acquired a strong foundation in advanced engineering technologies and practical problem-solving skills through course work, laboratory exercises and mini-projects. The 9-credit dissertation has equipped me with research experience, critical thinking and independent learning ability. I was also delighted to receive a studentship from EIE for taking the dissertation and was honoured to receive the EIE Alumni Scholarship and Type I Scholarship from the Faculty of Engineering.
I am satisfied with my study life at PolyU, which turned out to be full of knowledge and challenges. I feel honoured to be an MSc in EIE graduate and I very much treasure this intensive and diverse learning experience.
2014 Graduate of the MSc in EIE Programme