Professor Emeritus of Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Departmental Research Area
Wireless Communications & Networking
Individual Research Interest
Broadband and wireless network architectures, electronic and photonic switching, routing and call admission control, high-speed network protocols, and VLSI implementation of telecommunication systems.
Chin-Tau Lea received a BS and a MS degree from the National Taiwan University in 1976 and 1978, and a PhD degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1982, all in electrical engineering. He is now a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology which he joined in 1996. Prior to that, he was with AT&T Bell Labs from 1982 to 1985 and with the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1985 to 1995.
Prof Lea's research interests are in the general area of switching and networking. His major research contributions include theinvention of Multi-Log2N networks and the associated crosstalk-free photonic switching theory, and the original work on the design of uncertainty tolerant networks. He received the IEEE Neubauer Paper Award in 1997 and the School of Engineering Teaching Award from HKUST in 1998. Dr Lea holds ten US patents.