Albert is a professional engineer specialized in artificial intelligence and robotic systems. His research interest includes robot-assisted search and rescue systems, emergency engineering, appropriate technologies for humanitarian relief, and emergency water and sanitation systems
Outside of the laboratory, Albert is an experienced humanitarian relief worker. He was the first Hong Kong engineer to join Medecins Sans Frontiers’ field missions since 2000. He volunteered in South Sudan during the civil war, Uzbekistan during 911, Indonesia during the South Asia Tsunami, Pakistan during the Kashmir earthquake, and Sichuan during the Wenchuan earthquake. Albert also served as board members and advisors for major international relief organizations, including MSF and Red Cross. Throughout his career, Albert travelled to over 100 cities in 25 countries.
In 2006, he cycled 2000 km alone across the Qinghai-Tibet plateau to raise $200,000 for an international relief organization. Prior to the Sichuan Earthquake, Albert organized the first “Emergency Engineering” course in 2006 with HK Institution of Engineers to prepare young engineers for demanding emergency relief operations. Some of the participants later contributed to the relief work in Sichuan. “Advanced Emergency Engineering” was organized the following year.
Albert is keen in promoting volunteerism and global citizenship to younger generations. He joined CEDARS in 2009 and shared his extensive NGO network and relief experience to support service learning in HKU. He is concurrently serving as the Head of Student Development Programme in CEDARS.
His awards include Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (2007), Young Engineer of the Year Grand Award (HK Institution of Engineers, 2008), Humanity Award (HK Red Cross, 2008), Outstanding Volunteer Awards (Agency for Volunteer Services, 2008) and Hong Kong Spirit Ambassadors (2010).