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Graduate Seminar 1: Challenges of Implementing Image Processing for Tracking bacteria Behavior

The first graduate seminar was held on October 21st, 2019. Mr. Calvin Lee, who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UCLA, presented an overview on tracking bacteria behavior through advanced image processing techniques. Mr. Lee is from the Gerard Wong’s lab at UCLA Bioengineering department, and he has co-authored 10 papers on bacteria tracking and the understanding of early biofilm formation. The seminar was very successful and the students have learned about the possibilities of using advanced computing techniques and A.I. in bio-engineering applications. Below is the abstract of his talk:

Abstract: Bacteria are microorganisms that can form large communities called biofilms in almost any environmental niche, including oceans, soil, and humans. Biofilms can be both harmful, such as by causing diseases, and beneficial, such as helping with digestion. Studying how biofilms develop from single bacteria can give insight into controlling biofilms and other applications, either to prevent harmful biofilms from forming or promote the growth of beneficial biofilms. Here, I give an overview of the current techniques used to study biofilm development. Next, I describe the implementation of image processing techniques to help accelerate the analysis, extract more information from the experimental data, and reduce user bias during the analysis. Finally, I review the challenges we still currently face even with the improved techniques.

Seminar speaker with the teaching staff, MSc. and BSc. Students

 

 

Warm Congratulations to Our Computing student Chan Ngai Seng again!

Warm Congratulations to Our Computing student Chan Ngai Seng for receiving 2nd Prize in the "The 2nd Macao Higher Education Students Mobile Web Design Skill Competition"

 

 

澳門理工學院與葡萄牙科英布拉大學合辦首屆資訊科技博士學位課程開課

為配合澳門作為中葡平台的發展趨勢以及國家推動粵港澳大灣區創新科技發展的需求,澳門理工學院與葡萄牙科英布拉大學合辦的首屆資訊科技博士學位課程,於十月十五日上午在澳門理工學院舉行開班儀式。該課程為澳門首個與葡萄牙合辦的資訊科技博士學位課程,是中葡建交四十周年和澳門特區成立二十周年的誠意致敬,為本澳及中葡平台的資訊科技人才培養提供了新的動力。


 開班儀式由科英布拉大學訊息工程系資訊科技博士課程主任Henrique Madeira教授及澳門理工學院應用科學高等學校校長謝丹嬋教授主禮。Henrique Madeira教授致辭時表示,通過合辦的博士學位課程,可以促進雙方學術及教學經驗的交流,包括進一步瞭解科英布拉大學信息工程學系及其研究中心的研究環境,同時,通過共同指導博士學生,這將增加和擴大科英布拉大學與澳門理工學院研究生課程導師在合作辦學及研究的經驗。Madeira教授還表示,科英布拉大學對合辦博士課程寄予厚望,並相信葡萄牙科英布拉大學和澳門理工學院之間的教學與研究合作具有巨大的潛力和發展空間。

謝丹嬋教授表示,隨著人工智能和數據科學的最新發展,資訊科技正經歷著巨大的進展,創造了更多的創新科技就業機會,在地區和國家經濟發展中發揮著前所未有的重要作用。為響應“一帶一路”倡議,中葡兩國在資訊科技等各個領域均加強了交流合作,並開展了聯合科研項目,這些合作需要具有國際視野和豐富合作經驗的科研人才。得益於葡萄牙與澳門之間悠久的歷史和文化底蘊,由澳門理工學院與葡萄牙科英布拉大學合辦的資訊科技博士學位課程,將進一步促進澳門與葡語國家高等教育的學術交流和文化發展,為“一帶一路”的建設提供了高層次的交流平台。

該博士課程旨在為學生提供資訊科技及其相關領域研究方法的培訓,使學生在不同情境下也可以自主進行高質量的科學研究,並發表具影響力的學術文章。澳門理工學院與葡萄牙科英布拉大學長期保持緊密的學術交流與合作關係,是次開辦的資訊科技博士研究生課程,由葡萄牙科英布拉大學負責制訂課程培養方案、選派教師,以及進行課程考核和教學評估,澳門理工學院提供教學場地、課程管理,並負責教學支援及協助教學評估。學生完成培養方案規定內容及通過學位論文答辯後,將可獲得由葡萄牙科英布拉大學頒發的資訊科技博士學位證書。

 

 

Year-1 student gathering event

Date: 24th September 2019

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

Venue: MPI Pavilion

More than 40 first-year undergraduates gather together with teachers and senior students in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Free lunch and games were provided in the MPI Pavilion. New interest groups and activities were introduced. All of the students got to know each other and had a good time in the event.

 

 

 

Computing Student Achieving Outstanding Results in the “45th WorldSkills Competition”

Warm Congratulations to Our Computing Student Chan Ngai Seng for Achieving Outstanding Results in the “45th WorldSkills Competition”

For more details, please visit Macao Daily News

 

Computing student Receiving 1st Prize in the "45th World Skills Competition (Macao Qualification)

Warm Congratulations to Our Computing student Chan Ngai Seng for receiving 1st Prize in the "45th World Skills Competition (Macao Qualification)--Web Technologies"

https://www.gov.mo/zh-hant/news/296539/

 

 

2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition at MPI

The opening ceremony and events of 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University STUDENT Projects Final Competition, jointly organized by Macao Polytechnic Institute and Macao Computer Society, were held at the Macao Polytechnic Institute on 3rd and 4th July 2019. The competition was the largest information technology competition in the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region this year. More than 30,000 university students in a total of 60 elite teams from Guangdong, Yunnan, Hainan, Guangxi, Guizhou, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Hubei, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan competed to be the champions.

All the teams were eager to demonstrate their talents and creativity to the panel, the guests and the public, as well as share and exchange ideas with each other. Eventually, ten universities including the University of Hong Kong, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Guangdong Ocean University, and Taiwan National Yunlin University of Science and Technology won the first prizes in the final competition.

The awards ceremony of the 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition was held at 3:30 pm on 4th July at the Macau Polytechnic Pavilion. It was hosted by Mr. Sou Chio Fai (the Director of the Macao Higher Education Bureau), Prof. Im Sio Kei (the President of Macao Polytechnic Institute), Dr. Chen Guoliang (the Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences), Mr. Wan Kam Meng (the Chairman of the Macao Computer Society), Dr. Wu Huanquan (Vice Chairman of Special Duty, and member of the Party Committee of the Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology), and Dr. Zhu Qingsheng (the Vice Chairman of the Association of Fundamental Computing Education in Chinese Universities, and the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition). Prof. Im Sio Kei, the President of the Macao Polytechnic Institute, said that it was a great honour to organise the 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition in Macao, with the 20th anniversary celebration of Macao's returning to the motherland as well as the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR. Through these decade this event has developed into a mature national information technology competition whose influence is extensive and which is widely recognised. In addition, it plays a pivotal role in positively popularising research in computing and related technologies in academic and technical fields. The large-scale implementation and wide-spread participation of this year's competition fully reflected the meaning of "The Development Plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area", in which technology innovation is a new trend in the development of the Greater Bay Area. As is well known, the Greater Bay Area provides broad prospects for development and will become a world-class innovation centre for science and technology. Students and professors in the fields of computer and engineering will have great new opportunities to fulfill their ambitions and achieve their goals. Mr. Wan Kam Meng, the President of the Macao Computer Society, stated that the competition provided all the participants from both sides of the strait, Hong Kong and Macao a good opportunity for knowledge exchange and cooperation, at the perfect time of the celebration of Macao's 20th anniversary of returning to the motherland as well as the announcement of the Development Plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. He further indicated that Macao, which is one of the four "core cities" and acts as a "core engine" in the development of the Greater Bay Area, has been given a new historical mission and plays a new role. All of these strongly reflect the trust in and expectation of Macao from Mainland China.

Finally, under the exciting and competitive atmosphere in the 2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition, ten universities won the First Prize, including the University of Hong Kong, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Jiangnan University, Guangdong Ocean University, Taiwan National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan Ocean University, Beijing Normal University Zhuhai Branch, University of Electronic Science and Technology, Chongqing Institute of Science and Technology, Shude Technology, and Guizhou Normal University. The representatives from both the University of Hong Kong and Guangdong Ocean University won the Best Innovation Awards. The representatives of Macao Polytechnic Institute, Taiwan National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, and Taiwan Ocean University won the Best Practical Value Awards. A total of sixteen universities from Yunnan, Guizhou, Chongqing, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, Hubei, Fujian, Jiangsu, Hunan and Taiwan won the Second Prize.

2019 Pan-Pearl River Delta University Student Projects Final Competition was held at Macao Polytechnic Institute

Prof. Im Sio Kei, President of Macao Polytechnic Institute, delivered a speech at the award ceremony

Mr. Sou Chio Fai, Director of the Macao Higher Education Bureau, presented the First Prize to the winning university team

 

澳門理工學院“第十一屆ALICE三維編程比賽”頒獎禮

為助力粵港澳大灣區國際科技創新中心的建設,提升本地資訊科技人才的科研興趣及應用能力,澳門理工學院舉辦“第十一屆ALICE三維編程比賽”,吸引超過300人組成的100支團隊參加,他們來自本澳30所中學及高等院校外,還包括來自社會的在職人士。參賽團隊圍繞特定主題,運用其計算思維、綜合技巧和解難能力,開發編寫相關的電腦3D動畫故事或遊戲。

比賽頒獎禮於7月10日在澳門理工學院舉行,主禮嘉賓包括:國家教材委員會科學委員會專家北京航空航天大學教授熊璋、郵電局行政委員會委員葉頌華、倫敦大學瑪麗皇后學院教授Laurie Cuthbert、教育暨青年局組織暨資訊處處長黎玉燕,以及澳門理工學院公共行政高等學校校長謝丹嬋。

今年,比賽主題為“慶祝澳門回歸祖國20周年",參賽團隊以不同形式表達對澳門回歸祖國20年來,澳門經濟急速發展和社會文化轉變的感受,例如:港珠澳大橋的順利開通、澳門市政建設的進一步完善、澳門融入粵港澳大灣區的前景、參與“一帶一路"建設等,充分反映了其對澳門回歸祖國的喜悅之情,以及對未來發展的美好期望。

成為熱門編程比賽推動科創發展

自2008 年起,澳門理工學院每年均舉辦“全澳資訊科技大賽——ALICE三維編程比賽”,參加人數至今已累積超過3,000人次,成爲了本地最熱門的電腦編程比賽之一。澳門理工學院喜見中學生因參賽而對電腦編程產生更大興趣,升學時選擇修讀電腦編程相關專業,比賽亦對持續提升市民對資訊科技的興趣及應用能力,以及推進資訊科技在澳門的發展和普及,發揮積極的作用。

在電腦動畫製作過程中,參賽團隊需要對主題背景有充分的研究,並具備美術創作、配樂、敘事等技能,才能順利地完成作品。通過比賽,能培養學生在科學丶科技丶工程丶藝術、數學(STEAM)技術領域的綜合能力。參賽學生靈活應用了ALICE軟體平台的各種模型資料庫來編寫3D電腦程式,並通過團隊合作,提高其解決複雜問題的能力。從今屆比賽中可見,參賽團隊準備充足,在比賽中以話劇、舞蹈、遊戲等多元形式,生動展示其作品,其認真的學習態度值得讚賞。

提供培訓體驗增長專業知識

在歷屆比賽中,澳門理工學院電腦學課程均會提供免費的培訓課程,讓參賽者在學習比賽相關技術的同時,體驗澳門理工學院的學習環境,拓寬視野。有參賽中學的指導老師表示,該項比賽提供了良好的交流平台,有助提升學生對資訊科技的興趣。澳門理工學院還邀請外地權威專家,對參賽者的程式演示進行評審,以提高其專業知識,從而使其獲取更多寶貴的參賽經驗。

今屆比賽的中學組大奬得主為聖保祿學校司徒俊明、饒駿賢及姚懿航,作品是《你可知Macau不是我真姓》;二等奬由聖羅撒英文中學黃曉妍、陳曉嵐及湯汶穎獲得;最具創意獎由勞工子弟學校吳詠熙、黃寶儀及鄧洋洋獲得。今屆新設的明日之星奬,則由菜農子弟學校施柏賢、梁嘉敏及洪偉豪獲得。優異獎分別由嘉諾撒聖心英文中學、廣大中學、勞工子弟學校及聖保祿學校的參賽團隊獲得。公開組大奬得主為梁駿豪、周曉峰及張嘉宏,作品是《傅承》;二等奬由盧偉科及許妮達獲得。兩組大獎得主分別在頒獎典禮現場,演示了其得獎作品,獲得在場人士的讚賞。

 

澳門理工學院公共行政高等學校校長謝丹嬋致詞

澳門理工學院“第十一屆ALICE三維編程比賽”頒獎禮大合照

“第十一屆ALICE三維編程比賽”中學組大獎

“第十一屆ALICE三維編程比賽”公開組大獎

 

泛珠計算機賽理工獲一等獎及最佳實用價值獎

「2019泛珠三角+大學生計算機作品賽總決賽」在澳門理工學院舉行

由澳門理工學院及澳門電腦學會聯合主辦的「2019泛珠三角+大學生計算機作品賽」總決賽於7月3日至4日在澳門理工學院舉行。來自廣東、雲南、海南、廣西、貴州、福建、江西、湖南、四川、江蘇、重慶、湖北、香港、澳門及台灣共三萬多名大學生參與,共六十支參賽隊伍在澳門參加總決賽,為歷年規模最大、參與省市和地區最多的泛珠三角科技競賽盛事,並吸引了來自内地及港澳多所學校的師生前來觀賽。經過競逐,由香港大學、澳門理工學院、廣東海洋大學、台灣雲林科技大學等十所高校榮獲一等獎。

 「2019泛珠三角+大學生計算機作品賽」總決賽頒獎禮於7月4日下午3時30分在澳門理工學院體育館舉行,由高等教育局局長蘇朝暉、澳門理工學院院長嚴肇基、中國科學院院士陳國良、澳門電腦學會會長溫錦明、廣東省科學技術協會黨組成員、專職副主席吳煥泉、泛珠三角+大學生計算機作品賽組委會主席團主席、全國高等學校計算機教育研究會副會長朱慶生等主持。澳門理工學院院長嚴肇基在致辭中表示,今年適逢澳門特區成立20周年,2019泛珠三角+大學生計算機作品賽總決賽在澳門舉辦,為澳門回歸祖國20周年增添精彩。該項賽事經過十多年的發展,已成為一項賽制成熟、影響廣泛、深受社會各界認同的全國性資訊科技大賽,在學術和技術領域內具有重要的地位,對計算機及相關技術的普及與推廣有積極的意義。而今年賽事規模之大,參與度之廣,充分體現了《粵港澳大灣區發展規劃綱要》得到深入的貫徹,科技創新已成為大灣區發展的新趨勢。粵港澳大灣區具有廣大的發展前景,將會成爲世界級的科創中心,給從事計算機、工程等領域的的同學、老師創造成績、實現理想提供了巨大的機遇。澳門電腦學會會長溫錦明致詞時表示,在慶祝澳門特區政府成立二十周年之際,也是《粵港澳大灣區發展規劃綱要》發佈的時刻,我們齊聚在澳門理工學院舉行盛大的比賽,是海峽兩岸暨港澳地區交流合作的好機會,《粵港澳大灣區發展規劃綱要》賦予澳門新的歷史使命和時代擔當,將澳門列為大灣區發展建設的四個“中心城市”之一,使澳門具有“核心引擎”的地位,這是國家對澳門的高度信任和期待。

最後,經過激烈的競逐,分別由香港大學、澳門理工學院、江南大學、廣東海洋大學、雲林科技大學、台灣海洋大學、北京師範大學珠海分校、電子科技大學、重慶科技學院、樹德科技大學及貴州師範學院十所高校獲得一等獎,由香港大學及廣東海洋大學代表獲最佳創新獎,澳門理工學院、雲林科技大學及台灣海洋大學代表獲最佳實用價值獎,雲南、貴州、重慶、江西、廣東、海南、廣西、湖北、福建、江蘇、湖南及台灣的十六所高校獲得二等獎。

澳門特區政府新聞局 (5/July/2019)

Macao Daily (7/July/2019)

澳門理工學院院長嚴肇基致辭

高等教育局局長蘇朝暉向獲一等獎高校隊伍頒獎

 

Strengthening Academic Exchanges and Cooperation with Universities in the Greater Bay Area

In order to promote the academic exchanges and cooperation between our Program and universities in the Greater Bay Area, as well as to further understand their current teaching and research status of computer science, Prof. Rita Tse, the Director of the School of Public Administration, and Dr. Chan Tong Lam, the Coordinator of the Computing program visited the Zhongshan University of Guangzhou in mid-May to conduct academic exchanges with the professors of the School of Data and Computer Science and to visit their Network and Information Security Center.


National Supercomputer Centre in Guangzhou

For more info. (chinese), please visit this link

 

Summer trip to Italy for academic exchanges

The Macau Polytechnic Institute and the University of Bologna in Italy have cooperated for many years in academic research and have achieved fruitful results. On the basis of this success, our institute will strengthen cooperation with the University of Bologna. Starting from 2019, our CP students will be able to undertake scientific research projects every summer at the University of Bologna. It is hoped that this will improve their research abilities and continue their studies after graduation.

澳門理工學院與意大利博洛尼亞大學在學術科研上已合作多年,成果豐碩。在這成功的基礎上,我院將加強與博洛尼亞大學的合作,由2019年開始,每年暑假帶領電腦學課程學生到博洛尼亞大學進行科研交流,期望提升學生的科研能力,為他們本科畢業後繼續升學作好準備。

意大利博洛尼亞大學建立於公元1088年神聖羅馬帝國時期,是一所坐落於意大利博洛尼亞的綜合性公立大學。它經歷了近千年歷史演變,校園建築保留了不同時期,特別是文藝復興時期的眾多特點。博洛尼亞大學曾被福布斯雜誌評為全球最美的15所校園之一。

 

International cooperation in technology innovation in the gaming industry

This year, MPI celebrates 10 years of partnership and research with the Gaming Standards Association (GSA), an international trade association that facilitates innovation and efficiencies for the gaming industry. In the previous 5 years, with valuable input from GSA, our Computing Program, has equipped our graduates of the gaming specialization with the latest gaming technology used in casinos.

 On May 17, 2019, Peter DeRaedt, the President of GSA visited MPI and have an in-depth discussion with Prof. Marcus Im, the President of MPI to review the achievement in this 10 years and discuss future research cooperation to further advance the adoption of IoT and data analytics technologies in the worldwide gaming industry.

 

Seminars on IoT (Internet of Things)

MPI invited a delegation from Department of Information Engineering, University of Coimbra, to visit MPI in March 2019.

The delegation was comprised of Head of Department of Information Engineering Prof. Edmundo Monteiro, Doctoral Program Director Prof. Henrique Madeira, Prof António José Nunes Mendes and Prof. Marilia Curado.

Prof. Henrique Madeira and Prof. Marilia Curado.also delivered 2 seminars on the internet-of-things.

  1. Artifical Intelligence in IoT: safety and security challenges, and research opportunities
  2. IoT and 5G for Smart Cities: current status and research directions

 

A delegation from the University of Coimbra, Portugal visited our programme

With the aim to strengthen international academic exchange and the opportunities to cooperate with internationally renowned universities, and to broaden our students’ opportunities to study and enjoy exchange opportunities overseas, our Institute invited the delegation from Department of Information Engineering, University of Coimbra, to visit MPI in March 2019.

The delegation was comprised of Head of Department of Information Engineering Prof. Edmundo Monteiro, Doctoral Program Director Prof. Henrique Madeira, Prof António José Nunes Mendes and Prof. Marilia Curado.

The intentions behind this visit were for the two institutions to further discuss the possibilities for establishing an exchange of scholars, as well as opportunities for collaboration in various areas of education and research.

For Further details (in Chinese), please visit the following

 

CTM Data Center Visit 2019

CTM has been the leading telecom service provider in Macau offering a full range of professional telecommunications services including mobile, fixed telephony, fibre broadband, and enterprise solutions. It owns the world-class data center covering an area of 1150 square meters and a floor height of 4.6 meters high.

On 4th April 2019, 16 students from EIS and Education specializations visited the CTM Data Centre accompanied by Wilson Ho.

Students were welcomed by the CTM representatives and they conducted briefing session to the students regarding CTM's organization structure and career prospect.

“It was an opportunity for the students to learn about data centers in the field,” explained Toby Ng, Senior Manager of IT Infrastructure of CTM. He also delivered a presentation to introduce the company’s IT organizational structure, IT operating systems including the Green Data Center, Storage Area Network, and Convergent Rating and Billing System, etc.

The students were also led to tour at CTM’s IT Data Centre to enrich their knowledge in enterprise information systems, and gain better understanding about the data storage system, as well as adoption of various green protection features in the data center.

During their visit, the third-year students discovered how the data center at the taipa site operates.

The students were attentive and actively raised questions about the features of the telecom facilities. The visit program concluded in a warm and harmonious atmosphere.

 

English Team Building and BBQ 2019

Date: 23rd March 2019

Time: 11:00-15:00

Venue: Macao Scout Association

Nearly 90 students, teachers and staff in Computing Programme participated in the English team building and BBQ event. Even though it was raining, all of us had a good time in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We really had fun in a "Draw-and-Guess" game. The winners were awarded special prizes by our Programme Coordinator, Dr. Lam Chan Tong. This event provided a good opportunity for students and teachers to increase mutual communications and establish a strong collaborative team-building spirit.

 

IPv6 Seminar

Date: March 28, 2019

Time: 15:30

Venue: MPI Lecture Theater 2

 

MSc in Big Data and Internet of Things

We are proud to announce a new Master degree in Big Data and Internet of Things. This programme aims to cultivate a new kind of IT specialists in Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) so as to promote the development of a sustainable smart city. The programme focuses on enlightening the students to develop key system architectures, communication mechanisms for IoT and innovative IoT applications; apply leading-edge techniques for Big Data processing; extract information relevant for smart city applications; and undertake IoT and Big Data research.

For more info., please visit Macao Daily 

 

Field Trip to MGM Grand (Cotai)

A trip to MGM Grand (Cotai) was organized on March 20. There were altogether 11 3rd year students and 1 teacher joining the field trip. In the trip, some HR and IT staff (Rachel Chu and Crystal) gave us a brief tour around the premise, including the hotel resort, data center, IT development lab, employee and guest facilities etc. The Gaming IT manager (Samuel) showed us a Baccarat table game operating system called “CCAS” developed by Walker Digital (US) company. Finally, the senior IT manager (Charles) walked us through the data center. Through the trip, the students are exposed to some operations and practices; and the up-front technologies adopted in a large-scale gaming operator. The trip started at 10:00 and finished at 12:30.

 

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