Dr. Lai Chi Fu William

Department of Creative Arts People Faculty Dr. Lai Chi Fu William


Dr. LAI Chi Fu William

PhD (NTU Singapore), BEng (Hons) CS (HKUST)



Dr. William Lai, Chi-Fu is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Creative Arts under the School of Arts and Social Science in the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU). Before joining the HKMU, he was the Chief Scientist in CHAIN Technology Development Co. Ltd. leading research projects on Computer Graphics and Vision applications on Geographic Information System and Building Information Modeling. He was a visiting scientist at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He received his B.Eng. in Computer Science (Minor in Mathematics) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His Ph.D. thesis is titled “Tile-based Modeling and Its Applications in Computer Graphics” (pdf).

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Computer Graphics and applications
  • Architectural geometry modelling
  • Computer-aided/Computational Design and Optimization
  • VR/AR/Perceptual user interface and applications
  • 3D scene/object understanding and analysis
  • Human-computer interaction and Gamification

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Reviewer, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 2017

Selected Publications

Journal Articles
  • Lai, C., Yeung, S., Yan, X., Fu, C., & Tang, C. (2016). 3D Navigation on Impossible Figures via Dynamically Reconfigurable Maze. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics,22(10), 2275-2288. doi:10.1109/tvcg.2015.2507584
  • Yan, X., Lai, C., & Fu, C. (2014). Visual Signature of High-Dimensional Geometry in Parallel Coordinates. 2014 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium,65-72. doi:10.1109/pacificvis.2014.41
  • Xin, S., Lai, C., Fu, C., Wong, T., He, Y., & Cohen-Or, D. (2011). Making burr puzzles from 3D models. ACM Transactions on Graphics,30(4), 74. doi:10.1145/2010324.1964992
  • Fu, C., Lai, C., He, Y., & Cohen-Or, D. (2010). K-set tilable surfaces. ACM Transactions on Graphics,29(4), 44. doi:10.1145/1833351.1778781

Patent & Design Registration

  • Chain Technology Development Co., Ltd., (2019). COLLABORATIVE IMMERSIVE CAVE NETWORK. US 62/855,660.

Honours, Awards & Prizes

  • Finalist, B4B Challenge – Big Data for Business, Hong Kong, 2017

Professional Community Services

  • Member, Information Technology Subsector, HKSAR Chief Executive Election Committee, 2017
  • Vice-President, The Computer Science and Engineering Alumni Association, HKUST, 2016-Present