Dr. Nim Cheung, CEO, ASTRI, Hong Kong


IEEE HK Section Advisor





Nim Cheung is currently CEO of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), a 600-member ICT research center established by the Hong Kong SAR Government.  He received his B.Sc. degree from University of Hong Kong and Ph.D. degree from California Institute of Technology, and has held different research and management positions at Bell Labs and Bellcore.  From 1999 to 2002, he was Vice President of Applied Research Government Program in Telcordia Technologies, managing a Government-funded research program that grew at double-digit rates annually.  Dr. Cheung conceived and created many innovative gigabit and optical networking testbeds that have evolved to become the backbone of modern information highways.


Dr. Cheung was consulting professor at Stanford University from 2004 to 2009..  He is Fellow of IEEE and Telcordia Technologies, and has received numerous awards and honors, including Bellcore Award of Excellence and University of Hong Kong Faculty of Science Distinguished Alumni Award.




IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors, 1996-2011; Vice President – Technical Affairs, 1996-97; Director, Related Societies, 2000-01, Strategic Planning Committee, Chair, 1998-99, 2005; Vice President – Society Relations, 2004; Distinguished Lecturer, 2000-07; Fellow Evaluation Committee, Member, 2002-04; Conferences Committee, Council Chair, 2004; Nomination and Election Committee, Member, 1998-2000, Chair, 2009-10; IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Senior Editor, 1989-2000; IEEE JSAC Optical Communications and Networking Series, Senior Editor, 2003-07; IEEE Communications Magazine, Editor-in-Chief, 2008-09; Staff, Facilities, and Investments Committee, Member, 1996-97, 2005-09; Technical Affairs Council, Chair, 1996-97; IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, COMSOC’s Editor-at-Large, 1994-95; IEEE Press/Wiley Guide to Communications Series Editor, 2006-11. 



Technical Activities Board (TAB), Member, 2006-07, 2010-11
TAB New Technologies Directions Committee (NTDC), Member 2006-07
TAB Periodicals Committee, Member, 2006-08
TAB N&A Committee, Society President Representative, 2008-09
TAB Membership Drive Committee, 2007
Publication Services and Products Board, Magazines Committee EIC 2008-09
IEEE Fellow Committee, Member, 2008-11, Chair 2012
IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Emerging Markets, Member, 2009
IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Transformation, Member, 2009-10
Division III Director Elect, 2009
Division III Director, 2010-11
IEEE Board of Directors, 2010-11

IEEE Public Visibility Committee, 2010
IEEE Honorary Members Committee, Member, 2009, Chair, 2010-2011

IEEE Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee, Member, 2010-2011

IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning, 2011

IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative, Conference Track Leader, 2010-2012




Communications Society, Junior Past President, 2008-09; President, 2006-07; President Elect, 2005;



Advisor to Region 1 and Region 10 on numerous strategic and planning issues



IEEE Hong Kong Section Advisor, 2012

Conducted many Distinguished Lecturer Tours in most of the 10 Regions in IEEE. 



LEOS and COMSOC Summer Workshop on Gigabit Networking, General Chair, 1994; OFC conference Steering Committee, Member 2004-07; IEEE GLOBECOM Conference, EXPO Chair, 2008-09; IEEE Technology Time Machine Symposium, General Co-Chair, 2011; IEEE Hong Kong Section Cloud Computing Symposium, Organizer, 2011; IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative, Conference Track Leader, 2010-12.



Nim Cheung has held numerous mid- and senior-level management positions in premier research labs in the U.S. over the past 25 years.  He was one of the earliest researchers of single-mode fiber optics communications systems during the early days of lightwave communication in 1970’s.  As District Manager of Advanced Lightwave Technologies in Bellcore in the 1980’s, he established three leading-edge research teams in high-speed, coherent, and sub-carrier multiplexed lightwave communications systems.  He was an early investigator of gigabit networks in the 1990’s, and served as principal investigator of the first multi-gigabit network linking 6 U.S. government agencies in Washington DC.  The network evolved into MONET, the first dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical network that became the blue-print of the optical Internet infrastructure as we know it to date.


Dr. Cheung has also served as Executive Director of Bellcore’s Network Control and Management Division and Vice President of Applied Research Government Program, managing a portfolio of government research portfolio funded by DARPA, NSF, and other agencies.


Nim Cheung was Vice President of Technical Activities in ComSoc and served as Senior Editor of Journal on Selected Areas of Communications and Editor-in-Chief of the Communications Magazine.  He served on ComSoc’s Fellow Evaluation Committee and IEEE’s Fellow Committee from 2008-2010.  He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications.


He is currently CEO of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, a 600-member research organization in the ICT area funded by the Hong Kong SAR Government.