Professor of Statistics
Email: kentsang@uic.edu.hk
Office: T3-501-R2

Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, BS Physics
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, MS Physics
  • Princeton University, Ph. D. Astrophysics
 Professional Experiences

Over the years, Prof. Tsang has established himself as an international senior scientist in computational physics, space physics and fusion energy systems, specialized in scientific simulation, physical & statistical modeling as well as data analysis. He initially started his career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a research scientist, later moved to other well-known research oriented companies from, as senior research scientist, and lead engineer, engaging in research and managing research projects from DOE, NASA in fusion & space physics.

Since 2003 he joined the space physics effort in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, analyzing and modeling space physics data from lunar orbiters, such as Chang’E-1 & 2. Currently, he is a professor in Statistics at Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University-United International College.

His current research interest is in applying state-of-the-art computational technologies with optimization, deep learning and data-mining methods to various applications, such as space physics, heart-rate variabilities, and industrial processes.

Prof. Tsang and Dr. Martin Lee of Stanford University co-authored a book with the title “Non-linear algebra in an ACORN: with applications to Deep Learning”, published by World Scientific Inc. in September 2018.

Recent Publication-list
  1. Ken Tsang, “Basin of Attraction as a measure of robustness of an optimization algorithm”, Paper ID: P2090, The 2018 14th International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (ICNC-FSKD 2018), 28-30 July 2018, Huangshan, China.
  2. Ken Tsang and Chenchen Zhao, “A LUNAR-GRAVITY ASSISTED TRIP TO MARS”, the 3rd International Symposium on Lunar and Planetary Science, Macau, June 12-15, 2018.
  3. Ken Tsang, “Energetics of Transfer Orbits between Mars and Earth”, The 3rd Beijing International Forum on Lunar and Deep-space Exploration (LDSE 2017), September 19-22, 2017. [http://ldse2017.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/70021]
  4. Baozhang Ren, Yuhui Deng, Ping He and Kang T Tsang, “The Comparison of Four Methods in Finding Influential Spreader in Social Network”, The 13th International Conference on Natural Computation, Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (ICNC-FSKD 2017) , July 29-31, Guilin, China, P1791.
  5. K. T. Tsang and G. P. Hu, “Chang’E Microwave Radiometer Data Calibration with LRO Diviner Data and Machine Learning”. Paper 223.06, American Astronomical Society DPS 48/ EPSC 11 Annual Meeting, Oct 2016, Pasadena California.
  6. K. T. Tsang, G. P. Hu, Y. C. Zheng, "Chang’E Microwave Radiometer Data Re-Calibration by Data Mining", International Symposium on Lunar and Planetary Sciences, 9-10 June 2016, Wuhan, China.
  7. Qiwei Yu, Alexis K.H. Lau, Ken K.T. Tsang, Jimmy C.H. Fung (2016 March) "Future Human and economic damage assessments of coastal flooding for the Pearl River Delta due to climate change related sea-level rise" at Oxford Symposium on Population, Migration and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK
  8. K.T. Tsang, S.Y. Liu, Y.R. Ren, K.L. Chan, and Y.C. Zheng, “Chang’E Microwave Radiometer Data Calibration by Machine Learning”, the 2nd International Forum on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Beijing, China, September 7-10, 2015.
  9. Y.C. Zheng, Y.C. Zhu, G.P. Hu, K.T. Tsang and K.L. Chan, “Global Titanium Abundance of the Moon: Result from CE-2 Microwave Data Analysis”, the 2nd International Forum on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Beijing, China, September 7-10, 2015.
  10. K.T. Tsang, S. Fu, J. Gu, M. Zhou, K.L. Chan, and Y.C. Zheng, “A Statistical Learning Approach to Chang’E Microwave Radiometer Data Calibration”, P1321, 11th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (FSKD 2014), Xiamen, China, 19-21 August 2014.
  11. K.L.Chan, S.F.Sum, Y.C. Zheng, K.T. Tsang, L.H. Yu, “Alignment of CE1 & CE2 Microwave Data”, International Forum on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration, Beijing, September 2013.
  12. K.T.Tsang, Y.C.Zheng, and K.L.Chan, “Chang’E Microwave Brightness Temperature Data and Lunar Surface Characteristics”, 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, Texas USA, March 2013.
  13. Y. C. Zheng, K. T. Tsang, K. L. Chan, Y. L. Zou, F. Zhang, and Z. Y. Ouyang, ‘First Microwave Map of the Moon with Chang’E-1 data: the Role of Local Time in Global Imaging’, Icarus 219 (2012) 194–210.
  14. Chan, K. L., Tsang K. T.(Corresponding author), Zheng Y. C., "Lunar regolith thermal behavior revealed by Chang'E-1 microwave brightness temperature data", Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 295, 287-291, 2010.
  15. K. T. Tsang, Y. C. Zheng, K. L. Chan, X. Y. Lic, Q. X. Lid, D. Zhang, Y. Liao, “Seasonal temperature variation in the polar regions of the Moon”, Invited talk at International Symposium Lunar Planetary Science, 26-27 March 2012, Macau.
  16. K. T. Tsang, Y. C. Zheng, K. L. Chan, F. Zhang, Y. Zou, and Z. Ouyang, “Correlation Studies of CHANG'E-1 Lunar Microwave Image and Clementine Data”, Paper PS10-A012, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Annual Meeting, 8 Aug 2011, Taipei.
  17. S.F. Sum, K.L. Chan, K.T. Tsang and Y.C. Zheng, “Lunar Regolith Modeling Based on Chang'E Microwave Brightness Temperature Measurements”, PS10-A011, Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Annual Meeting, 8 Aug 2011, Taipei.
  18. Yong-Chun Zheng, Y. L. Zou, K. L. Chan, K. T. Tsang, B. Kong, and Z. Y. Ouyang “Global brightness temperature of the Moon: result from Chang’E-1 microwave radiometer” European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2010, 19 – 24 September 2010, Rome, Italy.

In addition, he has authored and co-authored over 60 papers in the field of fusion plasma physics, space plasma, microwave and accelerator physics in international renowned journals. Among them 3 were published in the prestige journal Physical Review Letters, as first author:

  1. K. T. Tsang, P. J. Catto, J. Whitson and J. Smith “Absolute Universal Instability is not universal”, Physical Review Letters 40, 327 (1978)
  2. K. T. Tsang, J. Whitson, J. Callen, P. Catto and J. Smith “Drift-Aflven waves in tokamks”, Physical Review Letters 41, 557 (1978)
  3. K. T. Tsang, X. Lee “Stabilization of hot electron precession mode in a symmetric tandem mirror with axial variation of radial electric field”, Physical Review Letters 53, 2094 (1984)
Awards
  • 1999 DMSO (Defense Modeling and Simulation Office) Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 1991 SAIC Publication Prize
  • 1988 Martin Marietta Energy Systems Publication Award
Courses Taught at UIC
  • Mathematics for Non-Science
  • Space, Time and Cosmos
  • Statistics for Business
  • Statistics for Science
  • Introductory Game Theory for Successes in Business and Life
  • The Power of Science and Technology
  • Speaking of Statistics
  • Deep Learning in Python