Hon Wai Lau

I am a visitor of the Complexity Science Group since January 2012 and studying physics PhD at University of Calgary since May 2012.




2012 – current PhD in PhysicsUniversity of Calgary

2007 – 2009 MPhil in PhysicsHKUST

2004 – 2007 BSc in Physics and Mathematics, minor in Information Technology, (First Class Honors), HKUST

Professional experience

Jan 2012 ~ Apr 2012 Visitor of Complexity science groupUoC. Jan 2010 ~ Aug 2011 Assistant Researcher of Dept. of PhysicsHKUST. Mainly developed an online educational and assessment platform. Sep 2007 ~ Aug 2009 MPhil thesis research, "Random walk in networks : first passage time and speed analysis" Sep 2007 ~ May 2009 Teaching Assistant at HKUST. Taught courses of Fundamentals of Physics, Modern Physics Laboratory, Classical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics Jun 2007 ~ Aug 2007 Research Assistant at HKUST Sep 2006 ~ May 2007 Final year project, "Synchronization and stability of pulse coupled oscillator network"


  1. Hon Wai Lau, Peter Grassberger, "Information theoretic aspects of the two-dimensional Ising model" (preparing)
  2. Hon Wai Lau, Maya Paczuski, Peter Grassberger, "Agglomerative percolation on bipartite networks: Nonuniversal behavior due to spontaneous symmetry breaking at the percolation threshold", Phys. Rev. E 86, 011118 (2012) [arXiv]
  3. H. W. Lau, K. Y. Szeto, "Asymptotic analysis of first passage time in complex networks", Europhys. Lett. 90, 40005 (2010) [arXiv]
  4. C. L. Wang, K. W. Au, C. K. Chan, H. W. Lau, K. Y. Szeto, "Detecting Hierarchical Organization in Complex Networks by Nearest Neighbor Correlation", Studies in Computational Intelligence (SCI) 129, 487-494 (2008)


Postgraduate Studentship/Postgraduate Research Assistantship, HKUST (2007-2009)
Dean list Award, HKUST (2006)

Skills and others

Refereeing work: Journal of Statistical MechanicsPhilosophical magazine
Proficiency in programming in C/C++, Python and PHP. Familiar with Javascript, Mathematica and D
Familiar with parallel programming: multithread, multiprocess, openmp, opencl
Having experience with svn and git versioning system. Linux and web server adminstration
I contribute open source code occasionally:

  • Developed code to handle network using igraph in C++
  • Developed code to create physics and mathematics questions in Moodle

Contact information

Email: hwlau [at] uclgary.ca
Mailing address: Science B, Room 508, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, SB605 - 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4