Rare honour

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 March, 2007, 12:00am

A City UNIVERSITY of Hong Kong graduate has been offered a prestigious scholarship by the Japanese government to pursue postgraduate research in artificial intelligence (AI).

Pauline Chui Pui-ling, a computer science student who graduated last year with first-class honours, has won a scholarship for master's degree studies at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

She is one of only two students worldwide to receive the honour.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan, the scholarship rewards students for their excellent academic records.

Ms Chui is thrilled at the chance to study in a technological hub like Japan.

'Japan is a world leader in research in the fields of information science and technology. I'm delighted by the news,' said the 24-year-old.

Ms Chui, who has been passionate about AI studies since she was a child, will concentrate on studying the theory and application of machine learning during her two-year master's degree programme.

'I've always fantasised about incorporating computer programs into human brains.

'By combining human and artificial intelligence, we will be able to perform many tasks,

such as storing and processing huge amounts of data and information, like a computer,' said Ms Chui.