Prof. Albert KO
Albert is an experienced engineer, accomplised entrepreneur, innovative educator and a well-respected humanitarian worker. 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 “Policy and Technology for Rural Sustainability” and “Humanitarian Entrepreneurship for Global Grand Challenges”. His courses, that emphasize team teaching and interdisciplinary learning, aims to stimulate students to apply design and innovation methods to solving social and humanitarian problems.
Albert is the Director of Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative, the only campus-wide programme designed to support all innovation and entrepreneurship activities in Lingnan. He is also the Director of Service-Learning, overseeing all S-L programmes, Adjunct Associate Professor of School of Graduate Studies (GS), and Programme Director of MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (SEIM) in the University.