Staff Introduction


       Name: Fung Chi Wai    
       Title: Dr.
         i.  Academic qualifications: BSc(Hons)(HKU), Dip Ed(CUHK), MSc, PhD(HKUST)
         ii.  Professional qualifications: MHKCS, MIEEE, MACM
     Office Location: Room326, IVE (Tuen Mun), 18 Tsing Wun Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
     Email address:

I received my B.Sc. degree in 1983 from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), my M.Sc. degree in 1995 and my Ph.D. degree in 1998, both from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) in Computer Science. Currently I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Computing, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Tuen Mun). 

I have published in international journals, books and conferences. I have been involved in research projects on various topics related to Databases, in particular object-oriented databases (OODBs), including query language facilities for dynamic object clustering model, object class partitioning schemes, analytical cost models, method-induced vertical class partitioning and path partitioning. My PhD thesis also covered OODB indexing, in particular cost-based structural join index hierarchy, and developed heuristic algorithms for optimal index selections. My current research interests include query languages, conceptual clustering model, class partitioning, database indexing, multimedia databases, and XML databases.

        Research interests / Specialties: Object-Oriented Databases, Database Partitioning
           i. Academic services: • Hon Academic Liaison of the Hong Kong Web Society (HKWS) which holds annual International Conference on Web-based Learning, December 2003 to January 2006.
  Program Committee Member
  • Program Committee member of Fifth Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD'2001) Hong Kong.
  • Program Committee member of the International Workshop on Multimedia Database Systems MMDBS 2001 (DMS'2001) Taiwan.
  • Program Committee member of the First International Conference on Web-based Learning Hong Kong 2002.
  • Referee of 20th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER'2001).
  • Referee of International Journal of Information Technology 2001.
  • Referee of 12th International Workshop on Research Issues on Data Engineering: Engineering E-Commerce/E-Business Systems (RIDE-2EC'2002).
  • Referee of 13th Australian Database Conference (ADC'2002).
  • Referee of Special Session on Multimedia Information Management and Retrieval at the 6th IFIP2.6 Visual Database Conference (VDB'2002).
  • Referee of International Journal of Information Technology (IJIT), 2002
  • Referee of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), 2002
  • Referee of the 28th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB’2002), Hong Kong SAR, China, August, 2002.
           ii. Professional services: • Executive Committee Member (Secretary) of the Hong Kong Computer Society, Linux Special Interest Group (2000 – 2005).
      Research and Publications  
      Theses: • C. W. Fung, "Vertical Class Partitioning and Complex Object Retrieval in Object Oriented Databases", PhD Thesis, Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, December, 1998.
      Published Refereed Papers  
           i. Journal Papers: • C.W. Fung and Q. Li, "Advanced Conceptual Clustering and Associated Querying Facilities in Object-Oriented Databases", International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (IJSEKE), 9(3):343-367, World Scientific Pub., June 1999
• C.W. Fung, K. Karlaplem and Q. Li, "An Evaluation of Vertical Class Partitioning for Query Processing in Object-Oriented Databases", IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, vol.14, no. 5, pp.1095-1118, 2002
• C. W. Fung, K. Karlapalem and Q. Li, "Cost-Driven Vertical Class Partitioning for Methods in Object Oriented Databases", Very Large Databases Journal 12(3): 187-210 (2003).
• C. W. Fung, Elvis W. C. Leung and Q. Li, "Efficient Query Execution Techniques in a 4DIS Video Database System for eLearning", Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications, Special Issue on Distributed Multimedia Systems for Virtual Society (Vol. 19, No. 3, April 2003)
            ii. Book Chapters: • C. W. Fung, K. Karlapalem and Q. Li, "A Mechanism of Structural Join Index Hierarchy for Efficient Complex Object Retrieval", in "Information Organization and Databases, Foundations of Data Organization", edited by Katsumi Tanaka, Shahram Ghandeharizadeh and Yahiko Kambayashi, published by the Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000.
• C.W. Fung, R.W.H. Lau, H.V. Leong, Q. Li and A. Si, "Distributed Temporal Video DBMS using Vertical Class Partitioning Technique", in "Distributed Multimedia Databases: Techniques and Applications", edited by Timothy K. Shih, published by the Idea Group Publishing, 2001.
           iii. Conference Papers: • C. W. Fung and Q. Li, "Versatile Querying Facilities for a Dynamic Object Clustering Model", in Proc. of the Fourteenth International Conference on Object-Oriented & Entity Relationship Modelling (O-O ER'95), Gold Coast, Australia, pages 77-88, December 1995.
• Chi-wai Fung, Kamalakar Karlapalem and Qing Li, "Cost-Driven Evaluation of Vertical Partitioning in Object-Oriented Databases", in Proc. of the Fifth Intl. Conf. on Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA'97), Melbourne, Australia, p11-20, April 1-4, 1997.
• C. W. Fung, K. Karlapalem and Q. Li, "Structural Join Index Hierarchy: A Mechanism for Efficient Complex Object Retrieval", in Proc. of 5th International Conference on Foundations of Data Organization (FODO'98), Kobe, Japan, pages 127-136, December 1998.
• C. W. Fung, K. Karlapalem and Q. Li, "Complex Object Retrieval via Structural Join Index Hierarchy Mechanisms: Evaluation and Selection Approaches", Proc. of 9th Intl. Conf. on Information and Knowledge Management, ACM (CIKM'2000), McLean, Virginia, USA, p150-157, 2000.
• C. W. Fung and Q. Li, "Efficient Multimedia Database Indexing Using Structural Join Index Hierarchy", in Proc. of 2nd IEEE Pacific-Rim Conf. on Multimedia (PCM'2001), Beijing, China, October 24-26, 2001.
• Hon Chung Mak Edmund, Chi-wai Fung and Qing Li, "Rich Media Retrieval in an Object XML Framework: a Case Study with Flash Movies using Structural Join Index Hierarchy", in Proc. of the 28th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC'2004), Hong Kong, September 28-30, 2004.
• Hon Chung Mak Edmund, Chi-wai Fung and Qing Li, "Efficient flash retrieval using structural join index hierarchy in an object XML framework", in Proceedings of Photonics Asia 2004 (SPIE'2004), Beijing, China, 8-11 November 2004 Vol. #5637.
      Technical Reports: • C. W. Fung, K. Karlapalem and Q. Li, "Cost-Driven Evaluation of Vertical Partitioning in Object-Oriented Databases", Technical Report HKUST-CS96-32, HKUST, 1996.
• C. W. Fung, K. Karlapalem and Q. Li, "An Analytical Approach Towards Evaluating Method-Induced Vertical Partitioning Algorithms", Technical Report HKUST-CS96-33, HKUST, 1996.


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