Professor Pascale Fung 冯雁

Director, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAiRE)
Chair Professor, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering
and 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


Pascale Fung is a Chair Professor at the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), and a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She is an elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for her "significant contributions to the field of conversational AI and to the development of ethical AI principles and algorithms", an elected Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) for her “significant contributions towards statistical NLP, comparable corpora, and building intelligent systems that can understand and empathize with humans”. She is an 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 Centre for AI Research (CAiRE), an interdisciplinary research centre 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. She is on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. She is a member of the IEEE Working Group to develop an IEEE standard - Recommended Practice for Organizational Governance of Artificial Intelligence. Her research team has won several best and outstanding paper awards at ACL, ACL and NeurIPS workshops.

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 served as Editor and Associate Editor for Computer Speech and Language, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Transactions for ACL, IEEE Signal Processing Letters. She served as a Committee Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Speech and Language Technology Committee (SLTC) for six years. She is a past president t and a Board Member of the
ACL Special Interest Group on Linguistics Data and Corpus Based Approaches in NLP (SIGDAT).

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). She speaks seven European and Asian languages.



  • Director, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAiRE), HKUST
  • Past President and Board Member, Association for Computational Linguistics SIGDAT
  • Member-at-large, Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, ACL Rolling Review (ARR) System
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR)
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Co-Chair, NeurIPS 2021
  • Editor, Computer Speech and Language (2015-2018)
  • Technical Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2018, 2020, 2024
  • Program Co-Chair, MT Summit XVI 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, “Managing Information and Debunking Misinformation in the Age of Covid-19”, Workshop on Social NLP @ACL 2020
  • Keynote Speaker, “Loquentes Machinis: Technology, Applications, and Ethics of Conversational Systems”, ACL 2019, Florence, Italy, 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, “Gender Roles in the AI World”, ACL Workshop on Gender Bias in NLP, Florence, Italy, 2019
  • 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
  • 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


  • Member, Global Future Councils, World Economic Forum, 2016-present
  • Member, Partnership on AI, 2017-present
  • Member-at-large, Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • Member, IEEE Standards Working Group on Recommended Guidelines for Organizational Governance of 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)
  • Invited Speaker, The 3rd International Symposium on Symbiotic Intelligent Systems: A New Era Towards Responsible Robotics and Innovation, November 2020
  • Invited Speaker, CyFY 2020 ! In Search of Panacea: Tech in Times of Crisis, October 2020
  • Invited Speaker, The AI For Social Good Summit, October 2020
  • Invited Speaker, Virtual Global AI Summit, October 2020
  • Invited Panelist, UN Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Side Event: Predictability and Explainability of Military AI, September 2020
  • Invited Panelist, United Nations Association of the US Virtual Roundtable on Data Sharing, AI Cooperation, and the Transnational Response to COVID-19, September 2020
  • Invited Panelist, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Virtual Expert Group Meeting on “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: The role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all”, August 2020
  • Keynote Speaker, Canton Tower Science and Technology Conference, October 2019
  • Invited Speaker, “The Revolution of Empathetic Conversational Systems”, Alibaba APSARA Conference, September 2019
  • Invited Panelist, “Ethics of AI”, West Coast NLP, Facebook HQ, Menlo Park, September 2019
  • Distinguished Lecturer Talk, “How to Make Machines Empathetic?”, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, August 2019
  • Invited Panelist, “40 Years of AI in China”, IJCAI, Macau, August 2019
  • Invited Panelist, Panel on Diversity, IJCAI, Macau, August 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, “Towards a More Gender Equal World in AI”, IJCAI Workshop on Humanizing AI, Macau, August 2019
  • ▪ Invited Speaker, National Academies-Royal Society Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Washington DC, May 2019
  • Invited Panelist, UNCTAD- 22nd Annual Session of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology Development, Geneva, May 2019
  • ▪ Invited Keynote Speaker, Panel Discussion on Hong Kong-Shenzhen Collaboration, HKSAR, April 2019
  • Invited Speaker, “China and the US, Collaboration or Competition in AI?”, Asia Pacific AmCHam Business Summit, Hong Kong, March 2019
  • ▪ Invited Panelist, “The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions: AI is our biggest existential threat?”, Times Higher Education Research Excellence Summit, Sydney, February 2019
  • ▪ Invited Panelist, “2018 Autonomous Driving Global Summit”, Guangzhou, November 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, “Robots with Heart - AI for the Bettermant of Humanity, DP Design Future Conference, Singapore, November 2018
  • Invited Speaker, Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Brussels, October 2018
  • Invited Speaker, “Building Hong Kong Into a Global AI Centre”, One Country Two Systems Research Institute, Hong Kong, October 2018
  • Panelist, APRU-Google Project Workshop: AI4Every1, Hong Kong, August 2018
  • 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
  • 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 Panelist, Thomson Reuters Forum, February 2018 Hong Kong
  • Invited Panelist, “Managing Disruptive Transitions: Ideas, Institutions and Idioms”, Raisina Forum, New Delhi, India, January 2018