Head, Office of Service-Learning

Associate Professor, Computing

B.Sc. (U. of Rochester), M.Sc. (U. of Wisconsin), M.Sc., Ph.D (U. of Rochester).


Research Interests:

Data Engineering, Collaborative Work, Human-Computer Interaction, Service-Learning.


Dr. Chan received his PhD from The University of Rochester, where he was a member of the Production Automation Project under Professor Herbert Voelcker. He then worked on a NURBS-based surface modeling system for industrial design for Neo-Visuals in Toronto. Subsequently he became a research officer for the National Research Council of Canada on computer-integrated manufacturing and represented Canada in the development of the international product data exchange standard, STEP. He joined the then Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1993.

Dr. Chan is a firm believer of service learning. He has taken students to service project in Hong Kong, Hubei and Gansu in mainland China, Cambodia, Myanmar and Rwanda. Together with Dr. Vincent Ng and Dr. Grace Ngai, he was given the Faculty of Engineering Award (Team) in Teaching in 2007. Together with several other colleagues, he was given the President’s Award (Team) in Services in 2008. He was appoitned the founding head of the Office of Service-Learning in 2012.


Personal Interest:

My blog on Life in Hong Kong. My thoughts and photographs on Hong Kong, education, service-learning, books, history, running, faith, …, and life.

Selected publications:

on Service-Learning

  • Grace Ngai & Stephen Chan. “How much impact can be made in a week? Designing Effective International Service-Learning Projects for Computing”, ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education Technical Symposium (SIGCSE 2015), March 4-7, 2015, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
  • Stephen Chan & Grace Ngai.“Service-Learning as a Core Component in Undergraduate Programs - A brief introduction to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Model”, The Journal of Development Communication, No. 1-2, Vol. 25, December 2014, pp. 84-99.
  • Daniel T L Shek & Stephen C F Chan. “Development of an e-learning package on Service Learning for university teachers”, accepted for publication in International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health (IJAMH).
  • Stephen C F Chan, Grace Ngai, Walter Yuen & Kam Por Kwan.“Institutional Strategies to Educate Professionals for Social Responsibility through Service-Learning”, International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, 11-13 June, 2013, Glasgow, UK.
  • Grace Ngai, Stephen C F Chan, Kam Por Kwan & Josephine Csete.“Enhancing students’ sense of civic responsibility and global citizenship through service-learning”,International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, 11-13 June, 2013, Glasgow.
  • Daniel T L Shek & Stephen C F Chan. “Service Learning from the eyes of university teachers: A qualitative study based on focus groups”, accepted for publication in International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health (IJAMH), on 23 April, 2012.
  • Stephen C F CHAN, Vincent T Y Ng, Grace Y Y Ngai & Cane W K Leung. “Service Learning - Information Technology education through Community Service”,IADIS International Conference e-Society 2006, Dublin, Ireland, 13-16 July, 2006.
  • Chan Chi Fai, Stephen, Ng To Yee, Vincent & Ngai, Grace. “A Framework for Service Learning in Professional Context”, Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association International Conference 2006, Hong Kong, pp 74.

on Human Computer Interaction (and Education)

  • Yujun Fu, Hong Va Leong, Grace Ngai, Michael Xuelin Huang & Stephen C. F. Chan. “Physiological Mouse: Towards an Emotion-Aware Mouse”, IEEE Signature Conference on Computers, Software and Applications (COMPSAC 2014), July 21-25, 2014, Vasteras, Sweden.
  • Wai Wa Will Tang, Hong-va Leong, Chi Fai Stephen Chan & Grace Ngai. “Detecting Handwriting Errors With Visual Feedback in Early Childhood for Chinese Characters”, 13th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2014), June 17-20, 2014, Aarhus, Denmark, pp. 273 - 276.
  • Kenneth W. K. Lo, Chi Kin Lau, Michael Xuelin Huang, Wai Wa Tang, Grace Ngai & Stephen C. F. Chan. “MobileDJ: A Tangible, Mobile Platform for Active and Collaborative Music Listening”, 13th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2013), May 27-30, 2013, Daejeon + Seoul, Korea Republic.
  • W. W. Tang, Stephen Chan, Grace Ngai & Hong Va Leong. “Computer Assisted Melo-rhythmic Generation of Traditional Chinese Music from Ink-Brush Calligraphy”, 13th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2013), May 27-30, 2013, Daejeon + Seoul, Korea Republic.
  • Kenneth W. K. Lo, Will W. W. Tang, Alvin T. S. Chan, Hong Va Leong, Stephen Chan & Grace Ngai. “i*Chameleon: A Platform for Developing Multimodal Applications with Comprehensive Development Cycle”, ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2013), Coimbra, Portugal, March 18 – 22, 2013.
  • Michael X. Huang, Will W.W. Tang, Kenneth W.K. Lo, C.K Lau,Grace NGAIand Stephen C.F. Chan. “MelodicBrush: A Novel System for Cross-Modal Digital Art Creation Linking Calligraphy and Music”, ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2012), Newcastle, UK, 11 – 15 June, 2012, pp. 418 – 427.
  • Michael Xuelin Huang, Will W. W. Tang, Kenneth W. K. Lo, C. K. Lau, Grace Ngai & Stephen Chan. “MelodicBrush: A Cross-Modal Link between Ancient and Digital Art Forms”, CHI 2012, Interactivity, May 5 - 10, Austin, TX, USA, pp. 995 - 998.
  • Kenneth W.K. Lo, Will W.W. Tang, Hong Va Leong, Alvin T.S. Chan, Stephen C.F. Chan andGrace NGAI. “i*Chameleon: A Unified Web Service Framework for Integrating Multi-Modal Interaction Devices”, IEEE Workshop in Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services (MUCS), PerCom, March 19, 2012, pp. 106 - 111.
  • Will W. W. Tang, Kenneth W. K. Lo, Alvin T. S. Chan, Stephen C. F. Chan, Hong Va Leong & Grace Ngai. “i*Chameleon: A Scalable and Extensible Framework for Multimodal Interaction”, CHI 2011 Interactivity, May 7 – 12, Vancouver, BC. Canada, pp. 305 - 310.
  • Grace Ngai, Stephen C. F. Chan, Hong Va Leong & Vincent Ng. “Designing i*CATch: A Multipurpose, Education-friendly Construction Kit for Physical and Wearable Computing”, accepted for publication inACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE).
  • Grace Ngai, Stephen C F CHAN, Joey C Y Cheung & Winnie W Y Lau. “Deploying A Platform for Wearable Computing in Educational Computing,” accepted for publication inIEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies.Jan-Mar 2010, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 45 – 55.
  • Grace Ngai, Stephen C. F. Chan, Vincent T. Y. Ng, Joey C. Y. Cheung Sam S. S. Choy, Winnie, Y, Y, Lau & Jason T. P. Tse. “i*CATch: a scalable, plug and play wearable computing platform for novices and children”, 28th ACM Computer-Human Interaction Conference (CHI 2010), April 12 – 15, 2010, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • Grace Ngai, Stephen CHAN, Joey Cheung & Winnie Lau. “The TeeBoard: an Education-Friendly Construction Platform for E-Textiles and Wearable Computing,27thACM Computer-Human Interaction Conference (CHI 2009), April 4 – 9, 2009, Boston Massachusetts, USA.
  • Grace Ngai, Winnie W Y Lau, Stephen C F Chan & Hong-va Leong. “On the Implementation of Self-Assessment in an Introductory Programming Course,” ACM Inroads (SIGCSE Bulletin), Vol. 41, Issue 4, pages 85 – 89, December 2009.
  • Grace Ngai, Stephen C.F. CHAN, Winnie W.Y. Lau and Joey C.Y. Cheung. "An Education-Friendly Construction Platform for Wearable Computing"InCHI '09 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2009),Boston, USA: April 2009
  • Winnie W.Y. Lau,Grace Ngai, Stephen C.F. CHAN, and Joey C.Y. Cheung."Learning programming through fashion and design: a pilot summer course in wearable computing for middle school students".Proceedings of the 40th ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2009).Chattanooga, USA: Mar 2009, pp 504-508.
  • Joey C.Y. Cheung,Grace Ngai, Stephen C.F. CHAN, and Winnie W.Y. Lau."Filling the Gap in Programming Instruction: A Text-enhanced Graphical Programming Environment for Junior High Students".Proceedings of the 40th ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE 2009).Chattanooga, USA: Mar 2009, pp 276-280
  • Gladys To, Robert Wright & Stephen CHAN. “The Impact of User Constructs on e-Learning Effectiveness Using the Repertory Grid”,The 10thIASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology (CATE 2007),8-10 October, Beijing, China.
  • Stephen C F CHAN, Cane W K Leung, Cassidy Y Yeung, Teddy C Y Chow, Edward W C Tsui & Vincent T Y Ng. “Supporting Real-time Collaborative Learning with a Web-based Groupware in Student Group Projects”,Innovations in Educational Technology International (IETI)., Vol. 42, No. 4, November 2005, pp. 349 – 362.

on Data Engineering

  • Yuanyuan Wang, Stephen Chi Fai Chan, Grace Ngai & Hong Va Leong. “Quantifying Reviewer Credibility in Online Tourism”, 24th International Conference on Database and Expert System Applications (DEXA ’13), August 26-30, 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Kelvin Leong & Stephen C. F. Chan. “A content analysis of web-based crime mepping in the world’s top 100 highest GDP cities”, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp. 1 - 22.
  • Kelvin Leong & Stephen C. F. Chan. “A study of predictors and the extent of web-based crime mapping adoption by a police agency”, Security Journal advance online publication, 8 October, 2012.
  • Yuanyuan Wang, Stephen C. F. Chan & Grace Ngai. “Applicability of Demographic Recommender System to Tourist Attractions: A Case Study on TripAdvisor”, First International Workshop on Tourism Facilities (TF’12), The 2012 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, 4 December, 2012, Macau.
  • Cane Wing-Ki Leung, Stephen Chi-fai Chan, Fu-lai Chung & Grace Ngai. “A Probabilistic Rating Inference Framework for Mining User Preferences from Reviews,” World Wide Web Journal, (2011), Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 187 – 215.
  • E.K.F. Dang, R.W.P. Luk, J. Allan, K.S. Ho, S.C.F. Chan, K.F.L. Chung and D.L. Lee. “A New Context-Dependent Term Weight Computed by Boost and Discount Using Relevance Information,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Volume 61, issue 12, July 2010, pp. 2514 – 2530.
  • Stephen Chan & Kelvin Leong. “An application of Cyclic Signature (CS) clustering for spatial-temporal pattern analysis to support public safety work”, 2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC 2010), October 10 – 13, 2010, Istanbul, Turkey, p. 2716 – 2723.
  • E. K. F. Dang, R. W. P. Luk, D. L. Lee, K. S. Ho & S. C. F. CHAN. “Optimal Combination of Nested Clusters by a Greedy Approximation Algorithm,” accepted for publicationin IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence., Nov. 2009,vol. 31, no. 11, pp. 2083 - 2087.
  • Lelvin Leong, Junco Li, Stephen CHAN & Vincent Ng. “Dynamic Spatial Pattern Analysis: A Framework for analyzing the spatial-temporal crime relationships,”Journal of Universal Computer Science, Vol. 15, No. 9, 2009, pp 1852 - 1870.
  • Kelvin Leong, Stephen CHAN, Vincent Ng & Simon Shiu. “Introduction of STEM: Space-Time-Event Model for crime pattern analysis,”Asian Journal of Information Technology, 7 (12), pp. 516 – 523, 2008.
  • Cane Wing-Ki Leung, Stephen Chi-Fai CHAN & Fu-Lai Chung. “An Empirical Study of a Cross-Level Association Rule Mining Approach to Cold-Start Recommendations,”Knowledge-Based Systems, Volume 21, Issue 7, October 2008, pp 515 – 529.
  • E.K.F. Dang, R.W.P. Luk, K.S. Ho, D.L. Lee & S.C.F. CHAN. “A New Measure of Clustering Effectiveness: Algorithms and Experimental Studies”,Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST),Volume 59, Issue 3, February 2008, pp. 390 - 406.
  • Cane W. K.. Leung and Stephen C. F. CHAN. “Sentiment Analysis of Product Reviews”, inEncyclopedia of Data Warehousing and Mining, 2nd Edition,edited by John Wang, Information Science Reference, August 2008, pp. 1794 - 1799.
  • Vincent Ng, Stephen CHAN, Derek Lau, Cheung Man Ying. “Incremental Mining for Temporal Association Rules for Crime Pattern Discoveries”,18th Australasian Database Conference (ADC2007),Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Jan 29 – Feb 2, 2007, pp. 123 -132.
  • Cane Wing-Ki Leung, Stephen Chi-fai CHAN & Korris Fu-lai Chung. ”A Collaborative Filtering Framework Based on Fuzzy Association Rules and Multiple-level Similarity“,Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS). Volume 10, Issue 3, October 2006, pp. 357 – 381.
  • Stephen C F CHAN, Edward K. F. Dang, Michael M K Chan & Cane W K Leung. “Increasing Relevance of Internet Search Results Using a Topic Network”,IADIS International Conference e-Society 2006, Dublin, Ireland, 13-16 July, 2006.
  • Yan Deng, Jian Chen, Stephen C F CHAN & Cane W K Leung. A comparative study on the adoption of e-business in the Chinese Information Technology industry”,IADIS International Conference e-Society 2006, Dublin, Ireland, 13-16 July, 2006.
  • Ho-pong Leung, Fu-lai Chung & Stephen Ch-fai CHAN. “On the Use of Hierarchical Information in Sequential Mining Based XML Document Similarity Computation”,Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS), Vol. 7, No. 4, May 2005.
  • Cane W K Leung, Stephen C F CHAN & Korris F L Chung. “Towards Collaborative Travel Recommender Systems”,The 4th International Conference on Electronic Business (ICEB2004), December 5-9, 2004, Beijing, China.
  • Terry C H Lai, Stephen C F CHAN & Korris F L Chung. “Applying Cross-Topic Relationships to Searching With Incremental Relevance Feedback”,6th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS 2004), Porto, Portugal, 14-17 April, 2004, pp. 356 - 363.
  • Jacky K H Shiu, Stephen C F CHAN & Korris F L Chung. “Accessing Hidden Web Documents by Metasearching a Directory of Specialty Search Engines”,3rd Workshop on Databases in Networked Information Systems (DNIS 2003), 22-24 September, 2003, University of Aizu, Japan, pp.27-41.
  • Stephen C F CHAN, Tharam Dillon & Vincent T Y Ng. "Exchanging STEP Data Through XML-based Mediators”,Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2003, pp. 55-64.
  • CHAN, S., Dillon, T. & Siu, A. "Applying A Mediator Architecture Employing XML To Retail Inventory Control”,Journal of Systems and Software, 60, 2002, pp. 239-248.

on Collaborative Work:

  • Jason T. P. Tse, Stephen C. F. Chan & Grace Ngai. “An Introduction to the Multi-Modal Multi-Robot (MuMoMuRo) Control System”,2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC 2010),October 10 – 13, 2010, Istanbul, Turkey, p. 2941 – 2947.
  • Jason Tse, Stephen CHAN, Grace Ngai, Joey Cheung & Vincent Ng. “Dynamic Collaborative Robotic Platform – A Brief Introduction”,The13thInternational Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work in Design (CSCWD 2009), April 22 – 24, 2009, San Diego, Chile.
  • Grace Ngai, Stephen CHAN, Winnie Lau & Joey Cheung. “A Framework for Collaborative e-Textiles Design – An Introduction to Co-eTex”,The13thInternational Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work in Design (CSCWD 2009),April 22 – 24, 2009, San Diego, Chile.
  • Sophia M K Soo, Stephen C F CHAN & K M Yu. “Customer-driven Collaborative Product Assembler for Internet-based Commerce”,Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications,Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2006, pp. 99-109.
  • Jiannong Cao, Alvin T.S. Chan, Stephen C. F. CHAN, and Nick Cheung, "A Robust Monitor Construct with Run-Time Fault Detection", published on line inConcurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience(Wiley Interscience), 13thSept. 2005.
  • Stephen C F CHAN, Tharam Dillon & Vincent T Y Ng. "Exchanging STEP Data Through XML-based Mediators”,Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications., Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2003, pp. 55-64.
  • Stephen C F CHAN and Vincent T Y Ng. "Real-time Collaborative Solid Shape Design (RCSSD) on the Internet”,Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Volume 10, Issue 03, 1 September, 2002, pp. 229-238.
  • Dongsheng Liu, Jianmin Wang, Stephen C F CHAN, Li Zhang & Jiaguang Sun. "Modeling Workflow Processes with Colored Petri Nets”,Computers In Industry, Dec. 2002, Vol. 49/3, pp. 267-281.
  • Stephen C F CHAN, Shui-Sheng Ye & Vincent T Y Ng. "A Similarity Model for Detection of Conflicts Between Overlapping STEP Application Protocols”,International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology,Volume 16, Nos. 2/3, 2002, pp. 113-121.
  • Stephen C F CHAN, Paul S H Lee, Vincent T Y Ng and Alvin T S Chan. "Synchronous Collaborative Development of UML Models on the Internet“,Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 111-119, June 2001.
  • Zhang, L., CHAN, S., Ng, V. & YU, K. "Enterprise Virtualization: Concept, Methodology, and Implementation”,International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 18(3), August 2001, pp. 217-234.

on Geometrical Modeling and Applications

  • CHAN, S., Ng, V., and Au, A., "A Solid Modeling Library for the World-Wide Web”,Computer Networks and ISDN Systems, Vol. 30, Issue 20-21, Nov. 1998, pp. 1853-1863.
  • Fan, J., Newton, E., Au, R. & CHAN, S. "Prediction of Garment Drape Using Fuzzy-Neural Network”,Textile Research Journal, 71(7), July 2001, pp. 605-608.

Further Information:

Department of Computing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

email to me: csschan@comp.polyu.edu.hk

Stephen Chan 2014