Prof. Albert KO
Albert is a tech entrepreneur, award-winning engineer, experienced disaster relief worker and humble educator. His research interests include artificial intelligence, robot-assisted search and rescue systems, humanitarian technologies and rural water and sanitation systems.
Albert was the first Hong Kong engineer to join Medecins Sans Frontiers’ field missions in 2000. He volunteered in South Sudan during the civil war, Uzbekistan during 911, Indonesia during the South Asia Tsunami, Pakistan during the Kashmir earthquake, and Sichuan during the Wenchuan earthquake. Albert has also served as board members and advisors for major international relief organizations, including MSF and Red Cross. Throughout his career, Albert has travelled to over 100 cities in 25 countries.
Albert co-founded INSIGHT Robotics with 2 friends in 2009 and developed world’s most accurate wildfire detection robot to protect valuable natural resources. The Company now has over 50 staff from 12 nationalities based in 5 offices around the globe. IBM named INSIGHT Robotics as Global Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 for its cutting-edge technology and social contributions.
In 2017, Albert joined Lingnan University and developed Hong Kong’s first liberal arts entrepreneurship education programme. The Programme is benefiting over 2500 students and community members every year. Albert teaches “Design Methods for Creative Problem Solving”, "Humanitarian Technology" and “Humanitarian Entrepreneurship for Global Grand Challenges”. His courses, that emphasize team teaching and interdisciplinary learning, aims to stimulate students to apply technology and design methods to solving social and humanitarian problems.
Albert is serving as Director of Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (LEI), Director of Service-Learning and Programme Director of MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (SEIM) in Lingnan University. He is also a Visiting Professor at Centre for Global Engineering at University of Toronto and Visitng Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge University.