Streamphony - A Cost-effective Global Streaming Cloud over the Public Internet
  Started 2000, this project was supported with multiple rounds of funding from SSRI on video streaming to develop cost-effective live streaming technologies for public Internet. Based on the prototypes developed, this project has successfully secured more than $17M since 2006 from Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) of the Hong Kong government and leading industrial sponsors. Over the years our industrial collaborators have been expanding rapidly, including MeiAh Entertainment, China Mobile, google, Microsoft, Tencent, Cisco, Huawei, etc.

The streaming solution, called Streamphony, is a software suite for content distribution network to deliver large-scale live and interactive multimedia streaming (video, audio and data) over the public Internet. It makes use of a multitude of cutting-edge network technologies resulted from many years of innovative research and development in HKUST, and enables an optimized global streaming cloud for high bit-rate applications with extremely low delay. In December 2012, Streamphony enables the first multi-platform mobile TV service over the Internet in Hong Kong. Streamphony has won many awards due to its innovative and powerful technology. More details on streamphony.


 

Hong Kong Supernet
  This Internet service project was started by faculty and staff of the Department of Computer Science in 1993 and sponsored by SSRI. It later became a project of the HKUST RandD Corporation. Public service by Supernet began in October 1993. It was the first licensed Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Hong Kong. The interest generated by the operations and the competition that followed led to a new industry. When Supernet was sold by the University in June 1996, it was one of the largest among the more than 70 ISP's in Hong Kong at that time. The sale generated proceeds of about 23 times its initial investment over a period of three years. Hong Kong Supernet was later renamed Pacific Supernet which remains one of the largest ISP's in Hong Kong (www.pacific.net.hk). Details on Supernet's inception through its sale were published in Business & Technology Information Quarterly in March, 1998, entitled "The Hong Kong Supernet – A Case Study".

 

RFID αGate Portal
  Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has found important applications in logistics management. The αGate project designed and developed an RFID enabled gate portal that allows factories and warehouses to keep track of the movements of pallets affixed with RFID tags remotely on real-time basis. The portal effectively addressed the reading problems arising from a volume of RFID tags in real-life scenarios. It provides a turn-key solution to box- and pallet-level RFID tagging. The project was initiated by faculty and staff of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in 2009 and sponsored by SSRI. The gate portal was well received by the industry. Its design won an industrial award by GS1 Hong Kong in 2009, and led to the filing of a US Patent in August 2011. The gate portal has been commercialized and deployed at organizations in Germany and China.

 

Search Engine Licensing
  With funding from SSRI from 1994 to 1997, the World Wide Web Index and Search Engine (WISE) project investigated techniques for searching Web pages on the World Wide Web. It was one of the earliest projects that examined the impact of hyperlinks on the search effectiveness and user interface design of Web-based search engines. This project led to the development of a Web-based search engine prototype for both Chinese and English. The source code of prototype was licensed to two major search engine companies in the United States.

 

World Web Web Consortium (W3C) Office for China in Hong Kong
  The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Office in Hong Kong was established in November 1998 with funding support from SSRI. It was the first W3C Office in Asia to serve as a focal point for new ideas that will make Web access simple and seamless for Chinese-speaking users anywhere in the world. The Office led a group of institutions and won the right to host the Tenth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW10) in Hong Kong on 1-5 May 2001, which attracted more than 1,200 delegates from worldwide and received a lot of positive comments. From 2002, the Office has been renamed as W3C Office for China to further promote adoption of W3C recommendations among developers, application builders, and standards setters, and to encourage inclusion of stakeholder organizations in the creation of future recommendations in the Chinese-speaking communities as well as influence the Web development by participation in W3C's Web internationalization effort.

 

Information Technology Entrepreneur Program
  SSRI is one of the major sponsors of the Information Technology Entrepreneur Program (ITEP). ITEP was launched in July 1999 through a joint effort from the Government, industry, CUHK, HKU and HKUST. The major objectives of the ITEP program are to provide entrepreneurial training for young IT entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and to create a local environment that is conducive to technology transfer and company start-ups. The Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) of the HKSAR is providing $12.5M to fund the program for five years. In addition, around $2M has been obtained from the industrial sector in sponsoring the program. Since this program was launched, HKUST has successfully obtained over $2M for the support of ten ITEP fellows.

 

eCyberPay - A Micropayment Authorization System
  The project was started by faculty and staff of the Department of Computer Science in 1999 and jointly sponsored by SSRI and Bright Progress Limited. It provides a simple way for Internet users to make purchases of goods or services through the Web that involves only a small amount for each transaction (called "micropayment" by Web professionals). The user only needs to be authenticated once by a "payment partner", which could be an Internet Service Provider, a utility company, a bank, etc. that the user already has an account with. Later in the same browser session only a simple click of the "pay" button will complete the transaction. eCyberPay began public service in March 2000 and became part of SAR1 Innovations Limited (later renamed Vertex Communications and Technology Group). Public listing of the company is planned in the first half of 2002.

 

Multilingual Video Databases for Distance Learning
  Through the support of SSRI and the Department of Computer Science, HKUST has successfully launched a pilot program in September 2000 to offer university level courses to academically gifted secondary school students using a Web-based course delivery system. In 2000-2001, around 50 students from six schools have participated in the program and the feedbacks from students and teachers were mostly positive about their learning experience. In July 2001, a funding of $2.2M has been obtained from the Government’s Quality Education Fund (QEF) to support the Cyber University program for academically gifted secondary school students. There are around 200 students from over 30 schools taking HKUST courses through the Cyber University program in 2001-2002.