Vincent Kin Nang LAU

  • Senior Research Fellowship in 2013 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Scholarship in 1994 at Imperial College London

Vincent obtained his BEng (Distinction 1st Hons – ranked 2nd) from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong in 1992. He joined the Hong Kong Telecom (PCCW) after graduation for 3 years as a systems engineer. He obtained the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship and the Croucher Foundation Scholarship in 1995 and studied for his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He completed the Ph.D. degree in 2 years and joined the Bell Labs - Lucent Technologies, New Jersey in 1997 as a Member of Technical Staff.  He joined the Department of ECE, HKUST in August 2004 and is currently a Chair Professor. He has been elected as the IEEE Fellow, HKIE Fellow, Changjiang Chair Professor and is a Croucher Senior Research Fellow.


Vincent is interested in academic research and applied research in wireless communications. Specifically, his main research areas include multi-timescale stochastic optimization, delay-aware cross layer radio resource optimization, interference mitigation techniques and signal processing for future wireless networks, green wireless communications, heterogeneous and cloud radio access networks. He has published over 300 papers, including around 150 IEEE Transaction papers, 150 IEEE conference papers and 15 Bell Labs Technical Memorandum. He has received three best paper awards from IEEE ICC 2008, IEEE ChinaCOM 2008 and IEEE CICC 2007. He is currently a Senior Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, a Senior Area Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Letters, a guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications (JSAC), a guest editor of IEEE Special Topics on Signal Processing, IEEE System Journal, a book-series editor of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) book series for John Wiley and Sons as well as an editor of the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking.

In addition, he is also very keen on applied research and technology transfer. He has contributed to 40+ US patents on future wireless systems. He was the chief architect and technology advisor on future WiFi technologies at ASTRI. The team has successfully spun off and has grown to a company with 200 engineers. His patents have contributed to over HK$8 million and HK$ 3 million licensing income to ASTRI and HKUST. Vincent is also the key contributor of 4 IEEE standard contributions (IEEE 802.22 WRAN / Cognitive Radio) which are accepted into the IEEE 802.22 specification.  He has been the technology advisor and consultant for a number of companies such as ZTE and Huawei, ASTRI, leading several R&D projects on 5G Wireless Networks, Next Generation WiMAX and Cognitive Radio. He is also the founder and director of Huawei-HKUST Innovation Lab (click here)