Professor Pascale Fung 冯雁

Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2358 8537 / Fax: +852 2358 1485
Email: pascale at ece dot ust dot hk


  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Fellow, International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
  • Director, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAiRE), HKUST
  • Member, Global Future Council on Productions, World Economic Forum
  • Member, Global Future Council on AI and Robotics, World Economic Forum
  • President and Board Member, Association for Computational Linguistics SIGDAT
  • Member, Partnership on AI
  • Advisory Board Member, Joint UN, ESCAP, Google and APRU project and research network on AI for Social Good
  • Advisory Board Member, Building Agile Governance for AI & Robotics (BGI4AI)
  • Chair and Technical Program Co-Chair, AI for the Common Good Summit 2019
  • Editor, Computer Speech and Language (2015-2018)
  • Technical Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2018, 2020
  • Program Co-Chair, MT Summit XVI 2017
  • Panelist, “Our Digital Future in a Divided World”, 22nd APRU Presidents’ Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan, June 24-26, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, “Rise of the Robot and Artificial Intelligence”, Goldman Sachs Women in Leadership Speaker Series, Goldman Sachs Hong Kong, May 24, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, “Empathetic Machines”, 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, 7-12 May 2018, Miyazaki, Japan
  • Panelist, ICASSP Innovation Forum, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), May 2018
  • Invited Expert Panelist, Control and Responsible Innovation in the Development of Autonomous Machines Experts Workshop, March 29-30, 2018
  • Panelist, “High-Level Meeting on the European Union Strategy on Artificial Intelligence”, Brussels, March 2018
  • Invited Speaker, “Future Finance Adapting to Disruption”, Morgan Stanley Hong Kong, March 2018
  • Invited Speaker, The Challenge of AI and How Robots can Benefit Humans”, Fudan University, Shanghai, March 2018
  • Invited Speaker, Stanford Women in Data Science Event, March 2018, Hong Kong
  • Invited Panelist, Thomson Reuters Forum, February 2018 Hong Kong
  • Invited Panelist, “Managing Disruptive Transitions: Ideas, Institutions and Idioms”, Raisina Forum, New Delhi, India, January 2018
  • Invited Speaker and Panelist, “AI for Good”, Hong Kong Foundation Exchange, December 12th, 2017, Hong Kong
  • Invited Speaker, “Future Unknown”, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, December 2017
  • Invited Speaker, “Empathetic Machines and Design”, Design Society Opening, Shenzhen, December 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, “Keynote Session: AI Re-defining the Future”, INSEAD Alumni Association, November 2017
  • Invited Speaker, “Empathetic Natural Language Processing”, NYU Abu Dhabi Campus, Abu Dhabi, November 2017
  • Invited Speaker and Panelist, World Economic Forum China Business Roundtable 2017, Shenzhen, November 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, Hong Kong Finch Week, The Future of AI in Finance, Hong Kong, October 2017
  • Panelist, “Artificial Intelligence: Future of Digital Economy and Society”, World Economic Forum Japan and the Fourth Industrial Revolution Systems Initiative Workshop, Tokyo, October 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, “Sentiment and Emotion-aware Natural Language Processing”, Machine Learning Decoded, Bloomberg Summit, Singapore, October 2017
  • Invited Panelist, “Engineering Your Business”, Wharton Global Forum, Hong Kong, June 2017
  • Invited Speaker, “Sentiment and Emotion Recognition in Speech and Language”, JP Morgan Innovation Day, Hong Kong, June 2017
  • Panelist, “Artificial General Intelligence: Why Are We Not There Yet?”, Institute of Advanced Study, HKUST, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Speech and Language Processing for Big Data and AI”, HKUST Big Data Day, May 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, “Sentiment Analysis for Financial Analysis”, Conference on AI, Machine Learning and Sentiment Analysis Applied to Finance, Hong Kong, 14-15 March 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, “Robots with Heart: Towards Empathetic Human-Machine Interactions”, IEEE Spoken Language Technology, San Diego, December 2016
  • Invited Speaker, “Difficulties and Experiments with Data Collection for Speech Emotion Processing and Recognition”, University of Stuttgart, Germany, October 2016
  • Invited Speaker, “How To Make Robots Empathetic to Human Feelings in Real Time?”, O’Reilly AI Summit, NYC, September 2014
  • Invited Speaker, “Artificial Intelligence: Blurring the Lines Between Humans and Machines”, Milken Institute Asia Summit, Singapore, September 2016
  • Keynote Speaker, “Towards Empathetic Human-Robot Interactions”, Third Workshop on Big Data and Computer Intelligence, Beijing, July 2016
  • Invited Panelist, “AI and Robotics”, Goldman Sachs TechNet Conference Asia-Pacific 2016, Hong Kong, May 2016
  • Keynote Speaker, “Towards Empathetic Human-Robot Interactions”, 17th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics, April 2016
  • Area Chair, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Technical Co-Chair, 2014 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop
  • Area Coordinator, Interspeech 2010, 2011, 2014
  • Area Chair, EMNLP 2014
  • Program Chair, The 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics 2013


Pascale Fung is a Professor at the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science & Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (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 the Director of HKUST Center for AI Research (CAiRE), an interdisciplinary research center on top of all four schools at HKUST. She co-founded the Human Language Technology Center (HLTC). She is an affiliated faculty with the Robotics Institute and the Big Data Institute at HKUST. She is the founding chair of the Women Faculty Association at HKUST. She is an expert on the Global Future Council, a think tank for the World Economic Forum. She represents HKUST on Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society and is on the Advisory Board of Building Agile Governance for AI & Robotics (BGI4AI).
Prof. Fung was born in Shanghai to professional artist parents but found her calling in artificial intelligence when she became interested in science fiction as a child. Today, her research interest lies in building intelligent systems that can understand and empathise with humans. To achieve this goal, her specific areas of research are using statistical modelling and deep learning for natural language processing, spoken language systems, emotion and sentiment recognition, and other areas of AI. She is an Editor for Computer Speech and Language. She was an Associate Editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing and the Transactions on Association for Computational Linguistics. She was Technical Program Chair for IEEE ICASSP 2018 and will be TPC again in 2020. She was Program Chair for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Area Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Audio, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) from 2009 to 2014, Area Coordinator for Interspeech 2016, 2014, 2011 and 2010, Area Chair for EMNLP 2014, Technical Co-Chair for 2014 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop, Technical Chair for the 2009 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, and Chair of 2009 ACL 2nd Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora. She has been Area Chair for EACL 2012, NAACL 2011, ACL 2008 and ACL 2004. She was Chair (1999) and Area Chair (2004) for EMNLP. She served as a Committee Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Speech and Language Technology Committee (SLTC) for six years. She is the President and a Board Member of the
ACL Special Interest Group on Linguistics Data and Corpus Based Approaches in NLP (SIGDAT). She has been a panelist and reviewer for the US National Science Foundation, the French National Science Foundation, and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

A strong advocate for technology transfer, Prof. Fung has also co-founded a number of multinational companies focused on speech and natural language processing, recommendation systems and empathetic human-machine interactions for internet users and corporate customers. She was the founding Associate Chair of the
HKUST One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition. She pioneered and has been teaching Engineering Entrepreneurship since 2007.

Prof. Fung received her PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1997. She worked and studied at AT&T Bell Labs (1993~1997), BBN Systems & Technologies (1992), LIMSI, CNRS, France (1991),Department of Information Science, Kyoto University, Japan (1989~1991), and at Ecole Centrale Paris, France(1988). A fluent speaker of seven European and Asian languages, Prof. Fung has been particularly interested in multilingual speech and natural language issues.