Confessions of a researchaholic

August 10, 2017

Leaving Hong Kong

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:32 pm

[Time for me to write this after the course/RPG requests start to flood in prior to the beginning of the next semester.]

I am joining Adobe Research in the bay area to increase the practical impacts of my research and reduce the excessive jet-lags I have to deal with.
This move is purely due to personal/geographical reasons; I love living in Hong Kong and being a professor.

I will remain affiliated with HKU for a while, without taking new PhD/MS/MPhil candidates or teaching classes. I will continue to help students through my open mentor program and internships with Adobe Research. Past course information is available under my homepage.

I would like to thank my family, friends, colleagues, collaborators, and students who have given me such a wonderful experience in Hong Kong. I will continue to explore this interesting world.

Hug <3

Specific thanks to:

Baining, Danny, Greg, Julie, and Marc for references;

Doug for all the advice and the book “a primer for university presidents”;

BH and dad for motivating and encouraging me to explore outside the bubble;

Pedro for relaying my application from HKUST to HKU, and sharing his restaurant list which I shamelessly borrowed for hosting guests;

Wenping and Yizhou for a vibrant graphics group;

CK and TT for advices on funding, service, and management;
Tomas, my last MSR intern, for joining me in Hong Kong;

Jun, my first official (no-shadow) student, for outstanding performance;
Qi, for bringing me into VR/display/perception research;
Mamba, my last HKU PhD student – I will do my best to help you succeed like your predecessors;

All my collaborators for the chance of learning from you and working on so many exciting projects;

DRPC members, especially Reynold, for all the fun in RPG recruiting;

DCDC members for their confidence in letting me teach 3 crucial courses: introductory programming, mobile computing, and machine learning;
Jolly for being the master TA for several classes;
HF for always kindly scheduling my classes in the afternoons;
KP for valuable experiences in teaching C1117;
Jack for leaving me C3314, which expelled teachers like the “defense against the dark arts” class in Hogwarts;

The general and technical office staff, especially Wandy, Priscilla, and Olive for all the paper works and Maria for dealing with my always incorrect/incomplete/delayed expense/trip/grant reports;

Francis, you still owe me a lesson in Cantonese foul words.


  1. Thanks for having got genuine guidance from you in graphics work and more profoundly in self-exploring and development.

    Cheers and Best Whishes! 🙂

    Comment by He Rui — August 10, 2017 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

    • It is my pleasure to work with you, Rui. It is kinda funny that after telling you that I planned to leave I managed to stay put for a few more years. =D

      Comment by liyiwei — August 11, 2017 @ 9:35 am | Reply

  2. Now that you have left HK, you don’t need those foul words anymore. In fact, I’ve got to relearn them (or learn new ones) myself as the new generations here are treating them as part their usual vocabulary and have created plenty of new ones.

    Comment by Francis — August 23, 2017 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

    • My mom is Cantonese and she never taught me how to curse….

      Comment by liyiwei — August 24, 2017 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  3. It’s really a shocking news to me…. it’s my pleasure to work with you. All the best in your new working environment! Keep in touch. 🙂

    Comment by Jolly — August 23, 2017 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  4. It was a pleasure having you as a colleague. Best wishes!

    Comment by Nikos Mamoulis — August 23, 2017 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  5. Liyi, I just want to express a heartfelt thank you to you for your contribution to the department over the years. Your sense of humor is sorely missed. Stay well and keep in touch!

    Comment by Ben Kao — August 25, 2017 @ 12:00 am | Reply

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