‘Ubiquities of Mobile Technology and Applications: Are we Ready?”


Time 17 December (Wednesday)
08:00 am – 09:00 am REGISTRATION
09:00 am – 10:30 am OPENING CEREMONY

Welcome Speech by Organizing Chairman

Opening Speech by Mr Victor Lam, JP, Deputy GCIO, HKSAR

Opening Speech by Mr Li Shu-Pui, Division Head, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Title: The Proposed Regulatory Regime for Stored Value Facility (SVF) and Retail Payment Systems (RPS) in Hong Kong

Abstract: The global retail payment market has been developing rapidly. Technological advancements have led to the emergence of new forms of retail payment products and services. In response to this development, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority is proposing a new regulatory regime for stored value facility and retail payment in Hong Kong. The presentation will start with an overview of mobile payment in Hong Kong, followed by an explanation on the proposed regulatory regime.

10:30 am – 10:45 am THEMED COFFEE BREAK: Live Demo: “Robot-Controlling App”“Robot-Controlling App” is used as a tool to control the motion of robots through mobile applications. As both robots and mobile apps help bringing much convenience to daily life, it is foreseen to change future human lifestyle to a great extend. The app includes user-friendly control panel to instruct robot for moving forward and even throwing a punch. The motion-controlling function is extended by its speech recognizer so that the robot can be controlled using voice commands like ‘attack’ and ‘defence’.

Chair: Dr Laurie Lau

‘Website Security for Mobile’ by Alan Ho

‘Android Malware Analysis’ by Anthony Lai

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm KEYNOTE LECTURE I

Chair: Dr Ray Cheung

Speaker: Prof. Tony Wasserman

Title: The Challenges of Universal Connectivity

Abstract: The world is becoming increasing connected. This connectivity involves people, system, and devices, creating an ‘Internet of Everything’. There are numerous technological and socio-economic challenges associated with this degree of connectedness, ranging from scaling systems and networks to support billions of connections to creating an infrastructure that provides security and robustness, and from building applications and devices to run efficiently in this environment to creating methods and tools for application design, development, and deployment. The goal of this talk is to present the scope of the challenges and to identify some of the key issues that can drive future research and development.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch

Chair: Mr Van Ting

Speaker: Dr Laurie Lau, APATAS

Title: Policing, Smart Phone: Hong Kong Protest

Abstract: In late September 2014, we saw Hong Kong is in a stand-off between the government and young students. The student demonstrators were against the communist ruler in Beijing for vetting candidates in the Chief Executive election in 2017. They want universal suffrage with genuine choice. But the mainland ruler is moving in the opposite direction, towards ever tighter one-party control, but as BBC said “Hong Kong is a global, connected city.” So for the student protestors their smart phones not only become a useful tool for voice communication, but it is also as a social media through different apps to inform their peers when and where to reinforce the demonstration strength on the street. As the Hong Kong Government has discovered that strong-arm policing only brought more people out on the street after tear gas tactic failed to dampen down the street demonstration, and the communist party government in Beijing seem to have decided that their best hope is to leave the protesters under rain and sun, and try to bore and discomfort them into submission.

Speaker: Dr P Techateerawat, Thammast University, Thailand

Title: Customized E-learning Implementation on PHP Framework for Mobile Users

Abstract: E-learning can assist the education organization. The trend of using e-learning is growing and used in variety of organization. However, cost of implementation from commercial package can be challenged and out-of-the-box open-source system may not meet the requirement. Also, customization may require specialized programmer to implement. In addition, the users of mobile application are increasing significantly and become a general channel of access for young generation (e.g. students). The portability and mobility features in mobile application also provide more accessibility for users to access the information. This paper shows alternative method by developing e-learning system based on PHP framework and designed for mobile users. Since PHP framework allow programmer to customize the system in standard method as well as support the modification in the future. This e-learning system is based on the actual case from learning structure of 4th year computer engineering student from engineering faculty, Thammasat University in 2013. As a result, standard PHP framework can be alternated solution for e-learning system for mobile users but may need to aware of duplicated feature otherwise the users may split the group of users and the contribution may be reduced in overall.

Speaker: Dr Lennon Y.C. Chang, Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong & APATAS

Title: Do No Evil: The Use of Mobile Apps in Cyber-Crowdsourcing

Abstract: Cyber vigilantism – known in China as “renrou sousou” or “human flesh searching” – involves the tracking down and publishing on the Internet the personal information of those who have engaged in corrupt practices or other anti-social behaviour. It can be seen in on-line responses to news about people who abuse animals or teenagers who show disrespect to elders. It can be sometimes facilitate by mobile apps, such as do no Evil (no longer exist) and Golden apps. This paper will introduce some of the apps used by crowdsourcers and discuss the legal and ethical issues that come with the use of apps.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm COFFEE BREAK: Live Demo: Controlling humanoid robot using Kinect Motion Sensor 

The NAO humanoid robot can be controlled using Kinect Motion Sensor to synchronise the motion of user with that of robot. The motion data is extract by Kinect Motion Sensor from human beings, and then the program can instruct the robot accordingly.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Chair: Dr Ray Cheung

Speaker:Mr Alan Wong, PayPal’s Mobile Pay

Topic: Future of Payments

Abstract: Through the huge technological progress that the mobile industry made in recent years, people’s lives have changed tremendously. This has a huge effect on the payments industry and makes the act of paying as seamless and frictionless as possible. In this session, Alan is going to showcase some key technologies that are responsible for this change and will provide a prospect into upcoming standards and trends that will help push the boundaries even further.

Time 18 December (Thursday)
08:30 am – 09:00 am Registration
09:00 am – 10:00 am KEYNOTE LECTURE II

Chair: Dr Laurie Lau

Speaker: Prof Ke-Li Wu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Title: Challenges of Antenna Technologies for Smart Mobile Terminals

Abstract: In recent years, people have witnessed the rapid change in wireless mobile terminals, such as smart phones and various pads in two aspects: (1) more heterogeneous wireless mobile services, including Bluetooth, WiFi, 2G/3G/LTE ubiquitous telephony and data service, and GPS; and (2) higher data rate using wider frequency bands. All these changes require not only additional frequency spectrum resources but also sophisticated multiple and adjustable antenna technologies within a limited volume. This talk will start with a review of basic bandwidth limitation and resonance modes of a small antenna. Then we review the existing technologies of multi-band and multi-function antennas in wireless terminals. Some new recent technologies using tunable devices for adjusting antenna effective aperture and matching bandwidth will be introduced. The potential enhancement of data rate and the challenges of using a MIMO system in mobile terminals will be presented together with technologic advances developed in CUHK. At the end, some future trends in antenna technologies for mobile terminals will be discussed. This talk is prepared for the audience without antenna technical background.

10:00 am – 10:30 am COFFEE BREAK: Live Demo: “Get Close“Get Close” helps online sellers to get closer with customers by allowing clothes to be put on the body of customers virtually. With the use of face detection technology and calculation of face mid-point and eye distance, the clothes can be re-sized automatically for customers to preview the clothes and judge the suitability. Some idea can be applied on various online shops selling accessories like eyeglasses and earrings. This would reduce complaints on online shopping and eventually enhance user experience.
10:30 am – 11:30 am SESSION 4: PRACTITIONERS AND INDUSTRIES SHARING SESSIONChair: Dr Paul LiuSpeaker: Keith Tsa, Vice President of TeamNote

Topic: Instant Messaging goes into Enterprise – the Market Landscape

Speaker: Jacqueline Chong, CMO, GreenTomato

Topic: Is Hong Kong Market too Difficult for Apps Developer?


Chair: Mr David Lynch, DBS Bank

Speaker: Dr Wan-li Min, Director for Data Science, Alibaba Group

Title: Big Data, Big Analytics and Informed Actions

Abstract: Widely deployed data collection instruments enable many business decisions with real-time intelligence. In the context of e-commerce, users’ behavioral data collected via cross-platform devices (PC, mobile, ipad, hotspot etc) provides good insights of customer’s intent and latent interest in real-time manner. We will share several successful business use cases of such real-time insights. To deal with the challenges from massive amount of noisy streaming data, we will discuss our recent effort of adopting a graph based framework for effective merging of historical data and real-time information on the fly. In the end, some open challenges will be discussed.

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Gala Lunch

Topic: Challenges and issues of future Smart Mobile Phone Technology and Society

Chair: Hon. Charles Mok, Legislative Council Member, IT Sector

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm COFFEE BREAK: Live Demo: “Pi Voice” “Pi Voice” makes use of audio track to specialize its matching of people. Each user has a 10-second audio track as self-introduction and the match is considered to be successful if the conversation is continued. Voice is the only medium to interact while all user profile pictures are blurred to avoid any appearance stereotype. The app also includes a ranking system to show users’ popularity in getting matches. In a nut-shell, “Pi-voice” is a dating app that only use audio track to match people. Every user have to record an audio track within 10 second which could be a self introduction or anything else that could raise others interests. Meanwhile, we would blur the entire user profile picture to avoid the appearance stereotype. The matching mechanism is if you like the conversation the other recorded, you have to reply it with a voice message. If he or she likes your reply, then you will get a match, you can start chatting and with voice message only. To increase the fun, we provide a ‘contend’ mode for you to invite you to play to find out who can get the most matches in a specific period of time. We would have a ranking system to see which user got the most matches and your matches can rate you to indicate you are good to chat with or not. Users can share their success on the ‘Facebook’ to show their friends that he or she is wise and attractive enough to get a match.

Chair: Prof Tony Wasserman

Speaker: Dr Christy Chiang, NTUT, Taiwan

Topic: From Public to Public Domain: Case Studies with Special Reference to Twitter and Facebook

Abstract: Since the prevalence of the internet, copyright holders have been fighting rampant copyright infringements online. It is certainly a difficult task firstly because of the easiness and low costs to copy in a digital world. Another reason is the legal doctrine of “Safe Harbor” in many copyright regimes, which in principle allows ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to be free from legal liabilities when there are infringed materials flowing on their sites. According to the doctrine, ISPs are deemed as merely “conduit of information” and should not be held responsible for users’ copyright violations. On the one hand, the “Safe Harbor” doctrine helps the free flow of information on the internet by assuring the ISPs no need to do pre-screening job. On the other hand, the “Safe Harbor” doctrine lays the ground for users to copy the infringed files before they are taken down from the internet. Albeit the users of mobile technology have grown at exponential speed, the dilemma of the internet remains a thorny issue for mobile users to ponder at. The recent example is the leaked photos of Holley-wood stars and celebrities. Hackers got the photos by hacking into iCloud system or other accounts and post them on the internet, obviously those who post them, download them or share them have no copyright of them. Nonetheless, under the protection of the doctrine, ISPs would not act to take down those photos unless they are notified by copyright holders, as a result leaked photos are copied way before they are deleted on different sites. In this article, the author intends to take the “Safe Harbor” doctrine stated in the laws of US and EU as examples to explain the notion and criteria of it. It will be followed by a discussion of a recent (Spring 2014) EU Court ruling on specifying ISPs responsibilities under the doctrine. In the last part of this article, the author will weigh on different accounts of this doctrine in the mobile age and draw a tentative conclusion.

Speaker: Prof M. Doris, Faculty of Law, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Topic: Regulating the Design of Online and App Games: Assessing the role of the UK office of Fair Trading and the Competition and Markets Authority, and the wider implications for Hong Kong’s emerging mobile application market.

Abstract: The growing demand for online and app based games is a consumer trend that has to date received insufficient attention from regulators in Hong Kong. By contrast, in the UK, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has recently critically examined the provision of online and app based games, and has considered in particular those games targeted at teenagers and young children. It has sought in particular to provide guidance to the industry on the applicability of existing consumer protection laws. As of April 2014, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has assumed responsibility in this area and has also signalled a willingness to clamp down on rogue developers, and to work with the industry in developing internationally recognised standards. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also been active in this field, and has sought to ensure a high level of consumer protection for gamers in the United States. The FTC has stressed the need to work constructively with application developers to ensure an adequate level of consumer protection and in order to safeguard consumer privacy. Importantly, the OFT has recently published a set of core principles aimed at better regulating the domestic UK market for online and app based games. These new principles are entirely in keeping with a light-touch regulatory regime that has endured towards the games industry, and indeed other creative industries, however the OFT and the CMA have signalled that there is scope for stiffer regulation should this current initiative prove inadequate. This conference contribution will examine the content of the new OFT principles, the OFT’s analysis of the games industry in the UK, and will explore key aspects of the OFT’s recent consultation process. The contribution discusses whether a similar approach to that adopted in the UK is required in Hong Kong in order to better protect domestic consumers, and discusses ways in which similar objectives might be pursued domestically. The contribution will further address key consumer privacy developments in this area both in Hong Kong and internationally.

5:00 pm Closing conference address by General Co Chairs: Prof Oliver Choy and Dr Ray Cheung

Programme subject to final confirmation.

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