Professor Lam spoke to a full house about his research journey starting from CUHK. He has turned his basic research findings into the generation of three new stress tolerant soybean cultivars suitable for cultivation on marginal and high-saline or dry lands. The translation and agricultural applications have demonstrated the humanity part (i.e. "A - Arts" in STEAM), which offers insights to the model of STEAM education in local high schools.
In the second part of the Lecture Series, Professor Yau led us to solve the problem of constructing an optimal portfolio of assets so that the expected return could be maximised for a given level of risk or the risk could be minimised for a given level of expected return. The question which was firstly introduced by Harry Markowitz, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990 due to this work, was examined by setting up a mathematical optimisation framework with adaptation of concepts like matrix, calculus, and probability.