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SZETO Kwok Yip 司徒國業 (1956-2020)
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Associate Professor

Professor Kwok Yip Szeto joined the Department of Physics in 1991 as one of the founding members. He was a great educator and mentor. For almost 30 years with HKUST, he had made tremendous contributions to the development of the Department, and had been a very enthusiastic mentor to our students and alumni, many of whom he became close friends with. Professor Szeto was particularly supportive of undergraduate research. He had served on the UROP Advisory Board for more than a decade and had supervised many award-winning projects over the years.   


Research Areas
Professor Kwok Yip Szeto obtained his PhD degree (1985) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with expertise in the following areas: 
  • Statistical Physics, Multi-agent Systems;
  • Evolution, Genetic Algorithm, Quantum Walk, Low Dimensional Physics;
  • Quasi Crystal, Patterns Formation, Cellular Structures;
  • Time Series Analysis, Econophysics;
  • Complex Networks, Opinion Formation, Optimization.
Representative Publications
  • Ma, H.F., Cheung, K.W., Lui, G.C. et al. Comput Econ (2017). ““Effect of Information Exchange in a Social Network on Investment” ”https://doi.org/10.1007/s10614-017-9723-3
  • Mu Cong Ding and Kwok Yip Szeto, Selection of Random Walkers that Optimizes the Global Mean First-Passage Time for Search in Complex Networks, Procedia Computer Science 108C (2017) 2423–2427
  • Ho Tat Lam, Yue Yu, and Kwok Yip Szeto; Ansatz for Majorana Modes for Quantum Walk in Finite Wire, Physical Review A93,052319(2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.93.052319
  • Ka Wai Cheung, Ho Fai Ma, Degang Wu, Ga Ching Lui, Kwok Yip Szeto; Winning in sequential Parrondo games by players with short-term memory, Journal of Statistical Mechanics, Special Issue on Unsolved Problems of Noise in Physics, Biology and Technology (2016) 054042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-5468/2016/05/054042
  • Ho Tat Lam and Kwok Yip Szeto; Ramsauer effect in a one-dimensional quantum walk with multiple defects, Physical Review A, Vol.92.012323 URL: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevA.92.012323 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.92.012323
  • Zitao Wang and Kwok Yip Szeto; Comparing the reliability of networks by spectral analysis European Physical Journal B 2014 Eur. Phys. J. B (2014) 87: 234, DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2014-50498-0
  • Degang Wu and Kwok Yip Szeto; Extended Parrondo’s game and Brownian ratchets: Strong and weak Parrondo effect, PHYSICAL REVIEW E 89, 022142-1-9 (2014)
  • Wenjin Chen, K.Y.Szeto,Mixed time scale strategy in portfolio management International Review of Financial Analysis, 23 (2012) 35–40
Additional information
Full Publication List [HKUST Scholarly Publications]