Professor Reynold C.K. Cheng Received Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award 2021

Professor Reynold C.K. Cheng has been selected for the Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award 2021 in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments achieved in his KE project named "HINCare: A Heterogeneous Information Network for Elderly-Care Helper Recommendation".

HINCare is an AI platform that enables timebanking, in which a volunteer can earn time credits for performing a service (e.g., taking an elder to a clinic). The time credits can be used to purchase a service provided by another volunteer. This not only enables elders to help each other, cultivating a mutual-help culture, but also enables healthy ageing, which is important to Hong Kong and other metropolitan cities where population ageing has become a very serious problem. HINCare employs a Heterogenous Information Network to store the relationship information among elders, helpers, and NGOs. The HIN is then used to perform elder-helper matching for timebanking.

HINCare is downloadable in Apple and Google Play Store, and has been serving more than 1,000 elders and helpers in a few NGOs, including SKH and CSFC, two of the largest NGOs in Hong Kong. A few more NGOs will join us in the next three years. The system won a HKU Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award 2021, and a Merit for the Asia Smart App Awards 2020.

For more details, please visit the homepage of HINCare: https://www.hincare.hku.hk

Team Members:

  • Prof. Reynold C.K. Cheng , Department of Computer Science, Project Coordinator
  • Prof. Terry Lum, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Co-Investigator
  • Prof. Ben Kao, Department of Computer Science, Co-Investigator
  • Dr. Hao Luo, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Department of Computer Science, Co-Investigator
  • Fred Li, Department of Computer Science, Project Manager
  • Tony Ho, Department of Computer Science, Software Engineer
  • Kit Wong, Department of Computer Science, Software Engineer
  • Isaac Cheung, Department of Computer Science, Software Engineer
  • Jessie Lin, Department of Computer Science, UX&UI Designer

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