Pascale Fung (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Website / @pascalefung

Pascale Fung is a Professor in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology(HKUST). She is the Director of the newly established, multidisciplinary Centre for AI Research (CAiRE) at HKUST. She is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for her “contributions to human-machine interactions” and an elected Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association for “fundamental contributions to the interdisciplinary area of spoken language human-machine interactions”.

She is a member of the Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, a think tank of the World Economic Forum, and blogs for the Forum’s online publication Agenda. She is a member of the Partnership on AI. She has been invited as an AI expert to different government initiatives in China, Japan, the UAE, India, the European Union and the United Nations.

Fung’s publication topics include spoken language systems, natural language processing, and empathetic human-robot interaction. She co-founded the Human Language Technology Center (HLTC) and is an affiliated faculty with the Robotics Institute and the Big Data Institute, both at HKUST. Additionally, she is the founding chair of the Women Faculty Association at HKUST. She is actively involved in encouraging young women into careers in engineering and science.

Melvin Johnson (Google AI)


Melvin Johnson joined Google in 2015 where he works on Machine Translation and Natural Language Processing. Melvin’s research interests include providing gender-specific translations in Google Translate, Multilingual Neural Machine Translation [12], cross-lingual transfer learning, and end-to-end speech translation among others. Before Google, Melvin obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University where he worked with Prof. Chris Manning.