Prof. Ching Pak Chung is awarded Silver Bauhinia Star 2017 by the HKSAR Government for his long and distinguished public and community service, particularly in his capacity as Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong. He has made exemplary efforts in the legislative amendment exercise of the Veterinary Surgeons Registration Ordinance (Cap. 529). He has also made immense contributions to the furtherance of the mission of the Veterinary Surgeons Board in safeguarding the health and welfare of animals and the interests of animal owners.
Prof. Ching joined the Department of Electronic Engineering, CUHK in 1984 and he is currently Choh-Ming Li Professor of Electronic Engineering. He was Department Chairman from 1995 to 1997, Dean of Engineering from 1997 to 2003 and Head of Shaw College from 2004 to 2008. He became Director of the Shun Hing Institute of Advanced Engineering in 2004. From 2006 to end of 2014, Prof Ching was appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President of CUHK. During 2013 and 2014, Prof. Ching also took up the Directorship of the CUHK Shenzhen Research Institute.
Prof. Ching is very active in promoting professional activities, both in Hong Kong and overseas. He was a council member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), past chairman of the IEEE Hong Kong Section, an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 1997 to 2000 and IEEE Signal Processing Letters from 2001 to 2003. He was also a member of the Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 1996 to 2004. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the HKIE Transactions between 2001 and 2004. He has been an Honorary Member of the editorial committee for Journal of Data Acquisition and Processing since 2000. Prof. Ching has been instrumental in organizing many international conferences in Hong Kong including the 1997 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems where he was the Vice-Chairman. He also served as Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2003 and 2016 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing. Prof Ching was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Award in 2000 and the HKIE Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2010, he was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the HKSAR Government.