Congratulations to PhD student Ms. Jing Li, under the supervision of Prof. Zuankai Wang, on receiving the outstanding research thesis award 2018.
Professor Zuankai Wang, Dr Yajing Shen, PhD students Haojian Lu and Yuanyuan Yang (BME), research associate Dr Mei Zhang (MNE), and their collaborators have developed a novel tiny, soft robot with caterpillar-like legs capable of carrying heavy loads and adaptable to adverse environments. The mini delivery-robot could pave the way for medical technology advances, such as drug delivery in the human body. The highly agile milli-robot is able to leap over 10 times its leg length. Thanks to its multi-leg design, which helps reduce friction significantly, the robot can move efficiently inside surfaces in the body lined with, or entirely immersed in, body fluids, such as blood or mucus. Laboratory tests show that it can carry a load 100 times its own weight, which is comparable to a human easily lifting a 26-seat minibus. The aim of the research team in the next two to three years is to create a biodegradable robot that will decompose naturally after completing its drug delivery mission.
The research findings have been published in the latest issue of the scientific journal Nature Communications in a paper titled “A Bio-inspired Multilegged Soft Millirobot that Functions in Both Dry and Wet Conditions”.
Selected press coverage:
(26 Sep 2018) Tiny soft robot with multilegs paves way for drugs delivery in human body [ScienceDaily]
(2 Oct 2018) 城大研發微型軟體機械人 體內送藥新機遇 [Sing Pao]
(2 Oct 2018) 城大製「微軟機械蟲」助體內運藥 [Wen Wei Po]
(2 Oct 2018) 城大研發機械人 助體內運藥 [Sky Post]
(2 Oct 2018) 城大研微型多足機械人 可游走人體送藥 [Oriental Daily News]
(2 Oct 2018) 城大製「毛蟲」機械人 研人體內傳送藥物 [Metro Daily]
(4 Oct 2018) 仿生多足機器人 宛如坦克車運送藥物至目的地 [Global Bio & Investment]
(4 Oct 2018) TINY ROBOT-A WORM TRAVELS THROUGH THE BODY, DELIVERING MEDICATION [stopru.com]
(23 Oct 2018) Tiny Soft Robots Make Drug Delivery Efficient [Machine Design]
(31 Oct 2018) Tiny, Creepy-Crawly Robot Delivers Drugs Inside the Body [Design News]
The CLP Power Low Carbon Energy Education Centre organized 3D printing workshops for low carbon energy applications with the CityU Gateway Education Laboratory for about 40 participants from two community centres under the Social Welfare Department of the HKSAR Government. The visits and workshops were held on 25 and 28 August 2018, with “Big Waster” being the special guest.
Professor Jian Lu’s team has created the first ever 4D printing method for ceramics, which are mechanically robust, feature complex shapes and have a high melting point that makes it difficult to print with conventional laser printers or 3D printers. The new printing process could be particularly useful in manufacturing electronic devices, where ceramic materials show better performance in transmitting electromagnetic signals than metallic materials. The ability to create complex ceramic materials also enable consumers to tailor individually designed ceramic mobile phone back plates. Professor Lu indicated that the 4D-printed ceramic has high potential to be used as a propulsion component in the aerospace field. The team would then continue to enhance the mechanical properties of the material, including reducing its brittleness. Their work titled “Origami and 4D printing of elastomer-derived ceramic structures” has recently been published in Science Advances and has received four US patents so far.
(Source: “New Method Enables 4D Printed Ceramics”, RandDMagazine, 22 Aug 2018)
Selected press coverage:
(21 Aug 2018) 4D-Printed Ceramics Will Change Computing, Spaceflight, and Probably Mugs, Forever [inverse.com]
(21 Aug 2018) Researchers Come Up with Novel Method for 4D Printing for Ceramics [techyounme.com]
(22 Aug 2018) 港陶瓷4D打印技術助研航空引擎 [Ta Kung Pao]
(22 Aug 2018) 陶瓷遇熱變身 3D升呢4D 城大全球首創 獲美4項專利 [Wen Wei Po]
(22 Aug 2018) 城大全球首創陶瓷4D打印 獲美4項專利 [hkcna.hk]
(22 Aug 2018) New Method Enables 4D Printed Ceramics [rdmag.com]
(22 Aug 2018) Researchers introduce 1st ever 4D printing for ceramics [Indiablooms.com]
(25 Aug 2018) 陶瓷4D打印發明者呂堅：做研究最重要是原創 [xinhuanet.com]
(28 Aug 2018) 4D列印獲突破！未來人人都可成為「造物主」 [read01.com 壹讀]
(30 Aug 2018) World's First-Ever 4D Printing for Ceramics [Manufacturing.net]
(31 Aug 2018) 城大研「陶瓷墨水」 可4D打印陶瓷 [Sky Post]
Congratulations to the CityU Underwater Robotics Team on obtaining the Third Prize in 3rd Underwater Robot Competition (第三屆上海“臨港杯”水下智慧型機器人大賽) held in Shanghai, China in 9-11 July 2018, under the supervision of Dr. Yajing SHEN, Dr. Pakpong CHIRARATTANANON and faculty members from the EE department. The team members include SZE Tsz Ho (BEngNRE), MOK Tsz Ling (BEngNRE), YEUNG On Lik (BEngM.E.) and students from other sister departments.
The competition aims at promoting underwater robot technology, nurturing innovative talents, enabling collaboration and exchange among marine-related high technology industry, research institutes and universities, and developing the underwater robot industry. Teams from various top mainland universities also participated in the competition.
Congratulations to MTE final year students CHAN Tsz Lung, LAM Cheuk Hung, LUK Ying Kit and LAM Wah Shing on receiving the Gold Award of the ASM Technology Award 2018 for their project “Transformable Wheelchair” under the supervision of Dr. Pakpong Chirarattananon. The team will receive a scholarship of HKD50,000, and will also be invited to the Technology Tour arranged by the organizer, ASM Pacific Technology Limited, in Munich, Germany in early December 2018. An additional scholarship of HK$100,000 will also be donated to CityU as the home institution of the Gold Award winners.
The Award promotes excellence in technology and is an interdisciplinary award inviting participation of top Faculties and Schools of Engineering in Hong Kong, which aims at recognizing and rewarding students with outstanding Final Year Projects which demonstrate excellence in technology and innovation. ASM Technology Award honours the best and brightest students for their accomplishments in technology – students who are changing the world for the better. The recognition of students participating in the Award is tacit recognition that high expectations spur high achievement and that academic excellence is a community effort involving parents, peers, teachers, university and mentors.
The project titled “Bio-inspired surface engineering for phase change heat transfer: From fundamental understanding to practical applications” led by Professor Zuankai Wang has been granted HK$5.5 million under the Collaborative Research Fund Scheme (CRF) of the Research Grants Council. The project team will focus on developing a general bio-inspired approach to fundamentally change and optimise the phase transitions between solid, liquid and vapour for enhanced heat transfer by controlling surface morphology and chemistry, in response to the pressing need for techniques to enhance heat transfer in various high heat flux devices in industries such as microelectronics, nuclear power plants, water desalination and aerospace. It is hoped that “the project will help establish important scientific ground for breakthroughs in interfacial sciences and thermal engineering, and hence assist in the design of robust techniques to address some of the energy challenges facing us today”, Professor Wang said. The result of the collaborative research project is also expected to have a significant impact on energy saving and security.
Over the past four years, research work led by Professor Wang has been published in high-impact journals such as Science, Science Advances, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, ACS Nano, and Advanced Functional Materials. He has also set a Guinness World Record for his research on the development of novel water repellent surfaces, by reducing the contact time between a liquid drop and a solid surface by 80%.
Congratulation to PhD student Mr. James Utama Surjadi on receiving the Nano Letters Best Poster Award and the Materials Today Rising Star Poster Gold Award during the NANO 2018: XIV International Conference on Nanostructured Materials held on 24-29 June 2018 at CityU. The latter was the biggest award presented during the conference. James is currently studying PhD under Dr. Yang Lu’s supervision.
NANO Conference, spearheaded by the International Committee on Nanostructured Materials (ICNM), has been acting as a traditional meeting place for most nanomaterials researchers, where the state-of-the-art research and latest advanced findings in the field are presented. A range of topics at the frontier of knowledge in the field of nanomaterials have been discussed and a wide number of scientific talks will be given by distinguished scientists in plenary and parallel sessions. The 14th International Conference on Nanostructured Materials (NANO2018) will be the first conference to be held in China by City University of Hong Kong. Its key priority is to establish Hong Kong as the a prominent nodal point of ICNM, to serve as an effective platform in the regional cluster for academic experts and students from top institutions around the world sharing their research achievements, to exchange ideas, to establish relationships for future high-level researches in the Nano field, and to yield symbiotic experience for world-leading scientists, delegates and sponsor firms alike. More information on the conference can be found at www.nano2018.org
Four students from the NRE and M.E. majors will participate in the summer internship at China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) for eight weeks this summer, marking the first time for a national nuclear enterprise to engage students from Hong Kong for internship. Two of the students will have internship with China’s largest investment project in London, while another two students will have internship at CGN’s headquarters in Shenzhen. It is hoped that students would be able to broaden their vision and learn about the third generation nuclear engineering technologies through the internship.
Selected press coverage:
(27 Jun 2018) 城大生中廣核實習：為北上工作打基礎 [Wen Wei Po]
(27 Jun 2018) 中國核企首次接受港生實習 [Ta Kung Pao]
(27 Jun 2018) 中國廣核集團 接收港實習生 [United Daily News]
(27 Jun 2018) 中廣核首度 接受港生實習 [Hong Kong Commercial Daily]
(27 Jun 2018) HK students land internships at nuclear firm [China Daily]
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Presidents of CityU and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, one of the world’s foremost medical universities, for collaboration on academic exchange, cultural interchange and cooperation in teaching and research on 19 June 2018, which will further enhance CityU’s capacity to contribute towards addressing the global “One Health” challenge. Under the MOU, a series of academic collaborations and research on different topics, such as health engineering, cell-cell interactions and genetics, will be initiated between the two institutes. Professor Dong Sun and Professor Yuan-Ting Zhang attended the signing ceremony along with the Dean, Assistant Dean, Head and faculty member of Colleges and departments.
MTE final year student LAM Wah Shing participated and served as the deputy team leader in the 6-week internship programme at the Chinese Academy of Sciences organized by the HKSAR Government’s Home Affairs Bureau during summer 2018, in a team of 22 students from Hong Kong universities who took part in the programme. He treasures the internship opportunity which allows him to understand the real applications of frontier technologies and hopes to be able to learn from top scientists during the internship programme. He will continue his PhD studies under Professor Dong Sun’s supervision in the coming academic year, and looks forward to opportunities to develop his career in mainland China in future.
Congratulations to Dr. Peng Shi and Dr. Zuankai Wang on being acknowledged by the World Cultural Council as young researchers and scholars from Hong Kong who have performed outstandingly in the fields of science, education or arts, from among nine young research leaders at CityU. They will be recognised with a commemorative diploma during the Council’s award ceremony to be held on 8 November 2018, along with the presentation of other prestigious awards.
Selected press coverage:
(4 Jun 2018) Winners of World Cultural Council awards announced [CityU NewsCentre]
(5 Jun 2018) 城大9學者獲嘉許 [Wen Wei Po]
Established in 1996 and managed by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the 12th Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology (EST) Award was awarded to Professor Jian Lu on 30 May 2018. Along with the “Guanghua EST Achievement Award”, the Awards are regarded as the most prestigious awards for engineering and technology achievement in China.
Through active participation in collaborative research projects in the Greater Bay Area, Professor Lu expressed his hopes that local universities could promote the transfer and application of advanced technology achievements in the mainland, and thereby contribute to technology development in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area as well as the whole country.
Working in the field of materials science for more than 30 years, Professor Lu’s main research interests relate to fabrication and mechanical properties of nanomaterials and advanced structural materials, fabrication techniques of materials with plastic deformation, and computational simulation of surface engineering. He currently holds 23 patents granted by Europe, the US and China. He has published more than 450 papers including over 340 papers published in top journals such as Nature and Science.
Selected press coverage:
(11 Jun 2018) 奪2018年光華工程科技獎 呂堅：做「頂天立地」研究 [Hong Kong Commercial Daily]
(31 May 2018) 港三科學家奪光華工程科技獎 [Ta Kung Pao]
(31 May 2018) 呂堅：港學者要融入國家科創建設 [Ta Kung Pao]
(31 May 2018) 三港科學家獲光華工程科技獎 [Wen Wei Po]
(31 May 2018) 獲獎感言：香港科學家不應再觀望 [Wen Wei Po]
(31 May 2018) 港三學者獲頒 光華工程科技獎 [Sing Tao Daily}
(31 May 2018) 3港科學家獲光華工程科技獎 [Hong Kong Commercial Daily]
Congratulations to MTE final-year students CHAN Tsz Lung, LAM Cheuk Hung, LAM Wah Shing and LUK Ying Kit on obtaining the Third Prize with their project on “Transformable Wheelchair” at the “Challenge Cup” National Competition-Hong Kong Regional Final, Hong Kong University Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition 2018, under the supervision of Dr. Pakpong Chirarattananon, during its awards ceremony held on 26 May 2018.
Organized by Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association, the competition offers an opportunity for academic exchanges and also a platform for the search of innovative and entrepreneurship talents from the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. More information on the competition and the award recipients can be found at www.hkchallengecup.com.
Congratulations to Ms. LEUNG Yin Ming, Tobbie, Year 2 BEng4 student from the Bioengineering major, on being selected as one of the 25 awardees for the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Scheme 2018 among outstanding undergraduate students from all universities in Hong Kong. With a scholarship of HK$150,000, Tobbie will join an overseas attachment programme at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden for one semester and receive mentorship from a scholar in her field of study. She will also have the opportunity to take up a local internship programme.
Organized by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, and sponsored and supported by the Innovation and Technology Commission and HSBC, the Scheme offers outstanding undergraduates of Hong Kong the opportunities to widen their international exposure, gaining industry experience, and nurture their passion and commitment toward science and technology.
Please refer to the organizer’s website for more information on the scheme and the award presentation ceremony held on 23 April 2018 at the Hong
Dr. Yang Lu’s research team, including Mr. Amit Banerjee and Dr. Hongti Zhang under his supervision, has discovered that diamonds at nanoscale can undergo ultralarge, fully reversible elastic deformation. The research team demonstrated that when diamond was downsized to nearly 100 nanometres in diameter, which is about one six-hundredth of the size of human hair, up to around 9% of tensile elastic strain was recorded for single crystalline samples. The findings could have a profound impact on the nanotechnology and biomedical fields, and even quantum information technologies. This groundbreaking discovery was recently published in the prestigious journal Science under the title “Ultralarge elastic deformation of nanoscale diamond”.
Selected press coverage:
(19 Apr 2018) Scientists discover how to bend DIAMOND in 'surprising' breakthrough for ultra-strong nanomaterials [Daily Mail Online]
(19 Apr 2018) How to Bend Diamonds [IEEE Spectrum]
(19 Apr 2018) How to Bend A Diamond [Discover Magazine]
(20 Apr 2018) Scientists Discover How to Bend and Stretch Diamonds—the Hardest Natural Material [Newsweek]
(21 Apr 2018) Scientists Find a Way to Bend And Stretch Diamond, One of The Hardest Materials on Earth [ScienceAlert]
(21 Apr 2018) 鑽石全球最硬？專家：有彈性 [China Press]
(21 Apr 2018) 鑽石在納米尺度上有彈性 [Xinhuanet]
(21 Apr 2018) Hallan una forma de doblar los diamantes [ABC (Spain)]
(22 Apr 2018) Scientists Discover How to Bend and Stretch Diamonds—the Hardest Natural Material [Brinkwire]
(22 Apr 2018) 科學家在納米尺度下實現金剛石超彈性 [ScienceNet.cn]
(23 Apr 2018) Se il diamante diventa flessibile [Le Scienze]
(23 Apr 2018) Scientists can now make diamonds bend and stretch like rubber [India Today]
(24 Apr 2018) 城大發現納米鑽石具彈性 [Sing Tao Daily]
(24 Apr 2018) 城大揭變形鑽 助納米科技應用 [Wen Wei Po]
(24 Apr 2018) 納米級鑽石 具伸縮彈性 [Sky Post]
(25 Apr 2018) 恒久不變承諾幻滅了 城大發現納米鑽可變形 [Oriental Daily News]
(25 Apr 2018) 中外科學家在納米尺度發現金剛石超彈性變形 [People’s Daily]
Congratulations to PhD student Mr. Jiaqian Li, on being awarded the Premier Prize at the first International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) Bionic Innovation Competition sponsored by Jilin University with his work entitled “Topological liquid diode”, under the supervision of Dr. Zuankai Wang. The competition was initiated in July 2017 and has received more than 130 works from 12 countries and regions including the UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, Portugal, South Africa, Japan, India, China and Hong Kong, which were then assessed by the evaluation committee composing of 9 specialists from around the world. The list of awardees can be found at: www.isbe-online.org
Final-year BIE students Mr. LAI Ho Chi Joseph and Ms. LEI Yu Sum Vianne demonstrated their innovative projects on “Hydrogels for Cell Therapy” during the CityU Employers’ Luncheon 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 15 March 2018. Under the supervision of Dr. Kannie W. Y. Chan, the project demonstrated how the development of hydrogels can speed up the recovery of brain cells by up to three times. Over 500 representatives from the industry and the university attended the luncheon.
Selected press coverage:
(16 Mar 2018) 城大生研水凝膠作腦細胞膠布 [Ta Kung Pao]
(16 Mar 2018) 創新科技 研發水凝膠 傷腦快復元 [Metro Daily]
(15 Mar 2018) 城大辦僱主午宴 劉鳴煒郭位向500名僱主推銷城大生 [HK01]
(23 Mar 2018) Students’ talents showcased at Employers’ Luncheon 2018 [CityU NewsCentre]
MTE final-year student Mr. LAM Wah Shing displayed his innovative and interdisciplinary project on a “Twind Turbine” together with another student from the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering during the university’s annual Discovery Festival held between 13 and 16 March 2018. The “Twind Turbine” is a vertical-axis wind turbine applying to railway or urban areas for electricity generation. The design consists of two types of turbines so that it can work well under high and low speed wind with better efficiency. The innovative project received one of the Best of The Best Awards among about 20 undergraduate projects displayed during the Festival.
Selected press coverage:
(14 Mar 2018) CityU Discovery Festival showcases excellence in innovation and creativity [CityU NewsCentre]
(15 Mar 2018) 城大探索創新節 展20項成果 [Sing Pao Daily News]
(19 Mar 2018) 城大探索創新節 展示創新及創意成果 [Recruit]
Congratulations to TQE final-year students CHAN Ka San (team leader), LEE Tsz Kwan, WONG Wing To, and LAM Yuk Chun on obtaining the 1st runner-up in the 2018 HKSQ Student Project Competition: Industrial Experience for Students for their project “Quality Issue of Cutting Wire Oxidization”, under the supervision of Dr. Yang LU and Dr. Haokun YANG. The competition was organized by Hong Kong Society for Quality and sponsored by Defond Electrical Industries Ltd., which aims at offering an opportunity for students to work on an actual industrial case and propose resolution, so as to allow them to gain experience to resolve an industrial problem. The winning team’s project proposes a wax-coating method to solve the oxidization problem occurring at the cutting position of electrical wires produced by the sponsor of the competition.
Another team of TQE final-year students CHAN Tsz Lok, KWOK Oon Hei, YU Lai Po and SO Hiu Ying won the Champion award in the competition.
More information on the competition can be found at www.hksq.org
Congratulations to PhD student Mr. Yufan Wang and his team, under the supervision of Professor Wen Jung Li, on receiving the third prize (entrepreneurship category) in the international contest on innovation and entrepreneurship 2017 organized by the Taiyuan Municipal People's Government and China Center for Information Industry Development. The team contested with over 1000 submissions and 300 finalists from industries and universities worldwide.
More information on the contest can be found at ccidnet.com.
Congratulations to Dr. King W. C. Lai and Dr. B. L. Luk on winning the Second Prize (Construction Safety) of the CIC Construction Innovation Award 2017 organized by the Construction Industry Council, for their collaboration project “Service Robot for Repair Exterior Gas Pipe” with Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (Towngas) on 15 December 2017. This is a prestigious award and competitive competition which has received 124 submissions from industries and universities worldwide. The award aims to spearhead development of new concepts to enable continuous enhancements in the construction industry in Hong Kong. It also aims to recognise and promote new technologies and scientific breakthroughs by both local and international academia and industry practitioners.
The R&D team, which also includes Dr. Keng Huat KOH, Mr. Musthafa FARHAN, Ms. Zoe Yanfei LIU, Ms. Florence Hiu Ling CHAN and Ms. Angela WU, has spent two years on the development of the robot, which has also been highlighted and exhibited at the Construction Innovation Technology Application Centre (CITAC)’s Grand Opening Ceremony on 29 November 2017.
Selected press coverage:
(29 Nov 2017) 建造業創科中心今開幕 [SHUO Online]
(29 Nov 2017) 建造業議會創新及科技應用中心開幕展示最新建築科技 [Commercial Radio]
(29 Nov 2017) 政府五年任期內 科研開支增至450億 [Sing Tao Daily]
(29 Nov 2017) 建造業展新科技 物聯網安全帽監察員工健康 [Oriental Daily News]
Congratulations to our PhD students Mr. LIN Xudong, under the supervision of Dr. Peng Shi, and Mr. WU Guangfu, under the supervision of Dr. King W. C. Lai, on receiving the Student Research Award 2016-2017 from the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA). The awards were presented during the HKMHDIA Gala Dinner 2017 on 4 December 2017.
The award aims to promote both basic and applied academic research that may have promising impact on the future development of medical and health device industries in Hong Kong.
Dr. Roy Chung, a renowned industrialist in Hong Kong, gave a guest lecture on the topic “Entrepreneurship for Young Engineers with the Consideration of Technology Development” for students taking the course MBE4066 Professional Engineering Practice on 20 November 2017.
Dr. Roy Chung is the Co-founder and currently a Non-Executive Director of Techtronic Industries Company Limited. He won the Federation of Hong Kong Industries’ Hong Kong Young Industrialist Award in 1997, and was further named the Industrialist of the Year in 2014. He was appointed as a Justice of Peace in 2005, and awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2011. Dr. Chung is also the founder of the Bright Future Charitable Foundation and supported the setup of the Bright Future Whole Person Development Scholarships to reward three excellent students in the College of Science and Engineering each year. Two students from our department obtained the award last year.
Mr. TAN Kok Hwa from Arcadis Consultancy Hong Kong Limited was invited to present a seminar to secondary school teachers, together with Dr. B L Luk, on the topic ‘“Why Nuclear Energy and Is It safe?” & Risk Engineering’ during the Teachers Update Courses on “Global Grand Challenges for the Next Century” organized by the College of Science and Engineering on 17 November 2017. The talk introduces the application of risk engineering in various areas and industries, with a 3D video on the nuclear safety of the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant displayed.
Congratulations to Dr. Zuankai Wang on being awarded the CityU Outstanding Research Awards 2017 during the University Congregation on 11 November 2017. Dr. Zuankai Wang’s research is mainly focused on the interface between engineering, materials and physics. By using the multidisciplinary approach, he has made seminal contributions to the emerging area of nature-inspired engineering. Since joining CityU in 2009, he has received many external awards including Changjiang Chair Professor by Ministry of Education of China (2016), International Society of Bionic Engineering Outstanding Youth Award (2016), and The Optical Society Young Scientist Award (2016). The PhD students he supervised have also won many prestigious awards including Young 1000 Talent Plan, MRS Graduate Student Gold and Silver Awards, and Hong Kong Young Scientist Award.
His research has been published in top-tier journals such as Nature Physics, Nature Communications, Science, Science Advances, and Physical Review Letters. (extracted from the Congregation booklet)
City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP Power) inaugurated the CLP Power Low Carbon Energy Education Centre (the Centre) on CityU campus on 30 October to raise public awareness on the impact of climate change and the importance of low carbon energy sources.
The establishment of the Centre is a showcase of successful cross-sector collaboration that puts to the best use both sides’ expertise, resource and strengths in achieving a common goal of promoting a sustainable future.
Mr Wong Kam-sing, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government, Professor Way Kuo, President of CityU, Professor Matthew Lee Kwok-on, Vice-President (Development and External Relations) of CityU, Mr Richard Lancaster, Chief Executive Officer of CLP Holdings, and Mrs Betty Yuen So Siu-mai, Group Director and Vice-Chairman of CLP Power, jointly officiated at the opening of the Centre. More than 160 guests from government departments, professional bodies, green groups and the education sector attended the ceremony and visited the newly established centre guided by Dr. B. L. Luk. One highlight at the Centre is a scaled model of Hualong One Nuclear Reactor, China’s first indigenous, third-generation nuclear reactor. Visitors can also watch a 3-D animation that employs immersive projection technology to depict the core operation area of a nuclear plant.
Selected press coverage:
(31 Oct 2017) 低碳能源教育中心昨日開幕 [Hong Kong Commercial Daily]
(31 Oct 2017) 城大設低碳能源中心 揭核電站結構 [Sing Tao Daily]
(31 Oct 2017) 城大能源教育中心 模擬置身核反應堆 [Ming Pao Daily News]
(31 Oct 2017) 低碳能源教育中心 提高公眾認識氣候變化 [Metro Daily]
(Oct 2017) New facility promotes low-carbon ideas [CityUtoday]
Congratulations to MTE graduates Junhui LAW, Muhammad Shahzain RIAZ and James Utama SURJADI on winning the Bronze Award of the "HKEIA Innovation & Technology Project Competition Award: For Students of Electronic Engineering or Related Engineering Fields 2017" for their project "Wearable Micro-Scent Generator for 4D Virtual Reality Systems" under the supervision of Professor Wen J LI. The award was organized by The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Ltd. (HKEIA) and Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Education Foundation to recognize and reward students with outstanding projects which demonstrate excellence in technology and innovation. The projects were judged by their creativity, applicability and practicability, and application of technology. The panel of judges consists of senior professionals and experts from industry. The award was presented during the HKEIA annual dinner held on 13 October 2017.
Congratulations to Professor Gary Feng and his teammates Professor S H Cheng, Associate Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, Dr. Ron Kwok, Dean of Students, Dr. Linda Lai, Associate Professor in the School of Creative Media, and Dr. Eva Lui, Special Assistant and Manager (Boards and Committees), on receiving the 2017 Team Award for Teaching Excellence from the University Grants Committee (UGC) for the groundbreaking Discovery-enriched Curriculum (DEC).
The DEC provides CityU students with the chance to make an original discovery. When presented with the challenge and opportunity during the transition to the 4-year undergraduate curriculum in 2011, CityU resolved to reinvent the undergraduate experience and redefine the teaching–research nexus, a direction that has been mandated and advocated world-wide by University President Professor Way Kuo since he took office in 2008.
The DEC constitutes a new paradigm for bringing together research, education, interdisciplinarity, entrepreneurship and action for the public good. Professor Feng suggested that the work of students has also inspired them and driven them to further discoveries as teachers and researchers.
Congratulations to Mr. Zhu Ninghao, Eric, a fresh graduate of our Bioengineering (BIE) major who is pursuing his further studies in the US, on being awarded the College of Science and Engineering Medal 2017.
In the College Dean’s congratulatory message, it was suggested that Eric is an ingenious and well-rounded student. He was on the Dean’s List for five times and has received a number of scholarships and awards during his 4-year studies at CityU. He has a genuine interest in research and was a member of the MBE research team working on new devices for tissue engineering. Besides, he has participated in various student activities and community services and was the President of the CityU Choir in 2016/17.
The Medal selection panel was impressed by Eric’s excellent communication skills, self-determination towards scientific research, as well as his optimistic attitude towards study and life. It is without doubt that Eric is an excellent ambassador of our College and the University.
Eric has also been receiving the MBE Outstanding Student Awards for 2 consecutive years.
The College of Science and Engineering Medal is awarded annually to a final-year undergraduate student in recognition of his/her outstanding academic performance and well-rounded personal qualities.
Congratulations to Professor C T Liu on being conferred the Outstanding Contribution Award by Progress in Natural Science: Materials International at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Chinese Materials Research Society (C-MRS) and International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) held in Yinchuan, China recently.
The C-MRS was established in 1991 as an adhering body to the IUMRS. Both C-MRS and IUMRS seek to promote interdisciplinary materials research and education. The journal Progress in Natural Science: Materials International provides scientists and engineers with a central platform for the exchange and dissemination of theoretical studies and applied research of advanced materials.
(News source: Office of the Dean of College of Science and Engineering)
Congratulations to the CityU Underwater Robotics Team on obtaining the Second Prize in the 10th International Underwater Robot Competition held in Heifei, China. The team members include SZE Tsz Ho, YEUNG On Lik, LAM Wah Shing and three students from the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE), under the supervision of Dr. Yajing Shen and Dr. Ray Cheung (EE).
The competition was held at an artificial lake to test the application of underwater robots. Each team was required to operate their robotic fish to complete certain tasks, such as scoring the most balls in a net within 10 minutes and picking up floating garbage from the lake.
For more details about the learning experiences of the team in this competition, please visit: YouTube.
(News source: Office of the Dean of College of Science and Engineering)
Congratulations to Professor C T Liu on being identified by the Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) as being the top 1% scientists in the world based on the essential science indicators (ESI). In view of his highly-respected position in the academic arena, Professor Liu is also made the honorary member of the advisory board of the USERN, who will provide advice to its Policy Making Council on strategic matters.
USERN is established exclusively for the advancement of authentic, ethical and professional scientific research and education, and for the advancement of science for non-military purposes and public good. Members of the advisory board include the top 1% scientists based on the ESI, Nobel laureates, Abel Prize laureates, Copley Medal recipients and USERN prize winners.
(News source: Office of the Dean of College of Science and Engineering)
The Discovery and Innovation Gala 2017 was held on 21 and 22 June 2017 to showcase discoveries and innovations addressing real-life problems through over 100 research projects designed by students and academic staff from the College of Science and Engineering.
Congratulations to Yan Tung KO and Pui Lai WU on winning the Best Poster Presentation Awards for their project “Revealing the Cell Mechanics under Different Physiological Conditions” under the supervision of Dr. King W. C. LAI. A total 7 student projects, 2 staff research projects and a featured project were displayed during the Gala.
Among the student projects showcased by our department is a Touch-free Biomedical Image Navigation System for Surgeons, which involves a wearable gesture and motion control device called Myo armband, designed by BIE final-year students Karen LO, Yin LEUNG and Chun Yin WONG under the supervision of Dr. Chung TIN. Surgeons may need to retrieve patient’s medical records, such as X-ray images, MRI images or CT scans during surgery. This system enables surgeons to retrieve a patient’s medical images without touching unsterilised materials. The device consists of eight electromyography sensors that measure electrical signals of the muscle cells in the user’s forearm, combining with a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer.
Dr. Yang LU and his student James Utama SURJADI who would continue his PhD studies in the department also displayed their featured project on Bio-Inspired 3D Printing of Lattice Metamaterials during the Gala, which makes bio-inspired metamaterials by reproducing the cellular structure of bamboo and other natural materials through 3D printing technology.
Congratulations to the CityU Robocon teams formed by students from our department and the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE) on winning the Best Engineering Design Award, Best Artistic Design Award, and Best Team Spirit Award during the Robocon 2017 - Hong Kong Contest held at the Hong Kong Science Park on 18 June 2017, under the supervision of Dr. King W. C. Lai and Dr. B. L. Luk from our department, and Dr. Ricky W. H. Lau and Dr Louis K. P. LIU from sister departments. The contest was organized by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, and co-organized by Hong Kong Computer Society and Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Students from the winning teams include:
“City Dreamwork” team: Tang Ho Ngai (MTE), Leung Sai Man (MFSE), Wong Pan Sin (NRE), Lau Chun Ki (MTE), Chan Yin Fung (MTE) and students from the EE department
“Dream Development” team: Chan Kwong Sik (MTE), Chan Wing Tung (MTE), Ho Cheuk Lung (MTE), Lee Ka Kiu (MTE) and students from the EE department
More information on the Robocon contest is available at: www.roboconhk.com/2017/.
Selected press coverage:
(18 Jun 2017) 大專生機械人賽 以飛碟爭標 [Hong Kong Economic Times]
Professor Jian Lu’s research team has recently developed the first-ever supra-nano magnesium alloy which is 10 times stronger than conventional crystalline magnesium alloy and has super-deformation capacity two times higher than that of magnesium-based metallic glass. It can be developed into biodegradable materials that can be implanted in the human body – patients would not have to undergo further surgery to remove the parts. The new alloy could also be used as a coating material for artificial joints for knees and hips, and to extend the life of different micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and smart phones. The innovation has been published in the top academic journal Nature.
Video clip: 香港城大深研院科學家研製最強鎂合金 [Shenzhen Satellite TV, 1 May 2017]
Selected press coverage:
(6 Apr 2017) 港城大首創超納鎂合金 強度大升、應用廣 [Hong Kong China News Agency]
(6 Apr 2017) 超納鎂合金助人工關節「延壽」 城大研發材料 製塗層減排斥 成果刊《自然》 [Wen Wei Po]
(6 Apr 2017) 城大首創超納米鎂合金 [Oriental Daily News]
(6 Apr 2017) 提升人工關節增抗磨損能力 城大成功研製超納鎂合金 [Headline Daily]
(6 Apr 2017) 城大創超納鎂合金 增關節抗磨損力 [Sing Pao Daily News]
(6 Apr 2017) 城大自創全球最強鎂合金 可減少進行二次手術的風險 [HK01]
(6 Apr 2017) 城大揚威海外 研全球首創超納鎂合金 [Apple Daily]
(6 Apr 2017) 城大研製變形鎂合金材料 [Ta Kung Pao]
(6 Apr 2017) 研製出全球首創超納鎂合金材料 城大冀可用於人工關節 [am730]
(6 Apr 2017) 城大成功研製鎂合金 安全耐用料可成新原型材料 [Hong Kong Commercial Daily]
(6 Apr 2017) 城大研高抗壓力玻璃納米晶 [Sky Post]
(6 Apr 2017) 城大研超納雙相 超強鎂合金 [Metro Daily]
(6 Apr 2017) 城大研發全球首種超納鎂合金强度升十倍 [881903.com]
(7 Apr 2017) 城大研發全球首創超納鎂合金 [Sing Tao Daily]
(8 Apr 2017) 香港城市大學成功研製超納鎂合金材料 [xinhuanet.com]
(10 Apr 2017) Dual-phase nanostructuring makes high-strength magnesium alloy [nanotechweb.org]
Five final year MTE students, Mr. CHEUNG Man Lung, Mr. LAM Man Hon, Ms. LAU Wing Yi, Mr. WONG Chi Wang and Mr. WONG Yu Hung, demonstrated their final year project during CityU Employers’ Luncheon at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 20 March 2017. Under the supervision of Dr. Yajing Shen, their project displays a rehabilitation robot which can help stroke patients undertake the intelligent gait training for hemiplegic rehabilitation. The luncheon serves as a platform to display students’ innovative work as well as to facilitate students to meet their potential employers.
Year 3 MTE student Mr. LAM Wah Shing demonstrated his innovative project on a self-transformable wheelchair that helps people with mobility difficulties to get into cars, especially taxis, which can be produced at a much lower cost than electric wheelchairs during CityU’s Discovery Festival held from 7 to 9 March 2017. The interdisciplinary work with students from other departments had won the Silver Award in the “JOS Innovative IT Project Awards 2015-2016”, with the actual wheelchair being developed recently using the cash prize received from the award. Mr. Lam intended to establish cooperation with non-profit organizations for the production of the wheelchair for use by the physically disabled.
Selected press coverage:
(Feb 2017) Transforming society through innovation [CityUpdate, Feb 2017, issue no. 83]
(7 Mar 2017) Discovery Festival celebrates innovation achievements at CityU [CityU NewsCentre]
(7 Mar 2017) 大學生研變形輪椅 方便殘疾人士搭的士 [Oriental Daily]
(7 Mar 2017) 城大生為病父研發「自動變形輪椅」 助殘疾人士「靠自己」上落車 [HK01]
(7 Mar 2017) 港城大生為病父研發“自動變形輪椅” [H K China News Agency]
(8 Mar 2017) 城大生研變形輪椅 成本僅3000元 [Sing Tao Daily]
(8 Mar 2017) 城大展師生發明 產品助弱勢 [Wen Wei Po]
(8 Mar 2017) 城大創新節 展30學生作品 [Ta Kung Pao]
(8 Mar 2017) 城大生展變形輪椅助殘障者上落的士 [Hong Kong Commercial Daily]
(8 Mar 2017) 城大生研變形輪椅 成本僅3000元 [Headline Daily]
Congratulations to Professor Jian Lu, Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Vice-President (Research and Technology) and Dean of Graduate Studies, on receiving the Légion d’Honneur presented by the French government at the reception at the French Residence in Hong Kong on 7 February 2017. The Légion d’Honneur is the highest national order led by the President of France who services as grand master of the order. Professor Lu was awarded the honour for his research excellence and his active action in promoting values associated with France and for promoting education and research between France, Hong Kong and China, according to the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.
Selected press coverage:
(28 FEB 2017) 呂堅教授獲頒法國國家榮譽軍團勳章 [ScienceNet.cn]
Professor Wen J Li and his collaborators published the paper “Scanning Superlens Microscopy for Non-invasive Large Field-of-view Visible Light Nanoscale Imaging” in Nature Communications recently. The paper presents a method which marks a possible path to non-invasive cell imaging and simultaneous tracking of specific molecules with nanoscale resolution, facilitating the study of subcellular events over a total cell period.
Nature Communications is a premier multidisciplinary journal from Nature Publishing Group, which publishes high-quality research from all areas of the natural sciences.
Congratulations to our final year PhD student Ms. Jing Li, under the supervision of Dr. Zuankai Wang, on receiving the prestigious Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Gold Award at its 2016 Fall Meeting and Exhibit held on 27 November to 2 December 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, for her pioneering work on the development of next-generation thermal materials. Recipients of the MRS Graduate Student Awards come from prestigious universities around the world. Jing is the first MRS Gold award recipient from Hong Kong. She has published a paper in Nature Physics as the first author, and two papers in Nature Communications as the co-author.
MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honour and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research. More information on the award and the list of recipients since 2001 can be found at: www.mrs.org/gsa/.
Congratulations to our recent PhD graduate Dr. Qiaobao Zhang, under the supervision of Dr. Kaili Zhang, on receiving the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Doctoral Research Award under the category of “Science, Engineering and Technology”, which was established by the School to recognize exceptional work by PhD graduates and to encourage the highest levels of research and writing. A maximum of one award for each of the two categories will be presented each year.
Congratulations to our recent graduate Dr. Yahua Liu, under the supervision of Dr. Zuankai Wang, on receiving the Sixth Hiwin Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award is organized by Hiwin Technology Corp., Hiwin Education Foundation and the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society to award PhD graduates and their supervisors in the field of mechanical engineering from universities and institutions in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Recipients of the award went through three rounds of vigorous screening and interview processes. Dr. Liu is the only awardee from Hong Kong this year.
Congratulations to Dr. Ming Liu on winning the third prize in the Wu Wenjun Artificial Intelligence Science and Technology Innovation Award 2016 with his collaborators from the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen Silver Star Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd., and Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, for their project on the development and application of low cost indoor robot navigation (低成本室內機器人導航研發及應用).
The award was initiated by the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence, sponsored by ZTE Corporation, and approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2011.
Congratulations to BIE graduates HUANG Yu-Hsuan, MAK Kwan Yi, O Ka Ying, WONG Hau Ching and YAU Hoi Yi Stephanie on winning the Silver Award of the “HKEIA Innovation & Technology Project Competition Award: For Students of Electronic Engineering or Related Engineering Fields 2016” for their project “EMG-driven Rehabilitation Orthotic Hand” under the supervision of Dr. TIN Chung. The award was organized by The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Ltd. (HKEIA) and Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Education Foundation to recognize and reward students with outstanding projects which demonstrate excellence in technology and innovation. The projects were judged by their creativity, applicability and practicability, and application of technology. The panel of judges consists of senior professionals and experts from industry. The award was presented during the HKEIA annual dinner held on 13 October 2016.
Congratulations to Mr. Qinghai Liao, PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Ming Liu, on ranking fifth in the WHEEL category for the CityU team formed with the B-Free Company at the Cybathlon Championship for Athletes with Disabilities held in Zurich, Switzerland on 8 October 2016. The robotic wheelchair of the “B-Free in City” team showed high stability and safety, and completed the race with full points in 358 seconds.
The Cybathlon is the brainchild of ETH Zurich and NCCR Robotics professor Robert Riener and was forged with three aims in mind: to facilitate conversation between academia and industry, to facilitate discussion between technology developers and people with disabilities, and to promote the use of robotic assistive aids to the general public. The organising committee is composed of, amongst others, medical doctors, roboticists, communications specialists and event organisers, with a wide ranging advisory board featuring experts in sporting events, parathletics, disability and robotics. Over 70 innovations from 25 countries participated in the event this year.
Congratulations to Miss Wong Ho Sze, Hersey, a fresh graduate of our Bioengineering (BIE) major, on being awarded the College of Science and Engineering Medal 2016.
In the College Dean’s congratulatory message, it was suggested that Hersey is an intelligent and all-rounded student. She was on the Dean’s List for six times and has received a number of scholarships and awards during her 4-year studies at CityU. She has a keen interest in research and worked on a number of healthcare related projects. In addition, she also actively participated in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and voluntary work.
The Medal selection panel is impressed by Hersey’s strong determination and enthusiasm to make contribution to the healthcare industry, as well as her optimistic attitude towards study and life. It is without doubt that Hersey is an excellent ambassador of our College and the University.
Hersey has also been receiving the MBE Outstanding Student Awards for 3 consecutive years.
The College of Science and Engineering Medal is awarded annually to a final-year undergraduate student in recognition of his/her outstanding academic performance and well-rounded personal qualities.
PhD students Mr. Hongti ZHANG (first author) and Mr. Shang XU who are under the supervision of Dr. Yang LU, and Mr. Qiaobao ZHANG, under the supervision of Dr. Kaili ZHANG, recently published a paper titled “Approaching the ideal elastic strain limit in silicon nanowires” in Science Advances together with their supervisors, Professor C. S. Lee from the Department of Physics and Materials Science, and other collaborators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of California, Los Angeles; Xiamen University; and IBM Research Centre. The recent research led by Dr. Lu has shown that silicon nanowires can be stretched above 10% elastic strain, several times higher than that of previous findings. A few samples even reached 16%, very close to their theoretical elastic limit. This groundbreaking discovery will likely bring about revolutionary changes to flexible electronics and medical equipment for the well-being of society.
Dr. Lu and his team have been recently awarded about HK$700,000 from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong for conducting further research on “Elastic Strain Engineering” of the nanosized silicon. Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science Advances aims to publish significant, innovative original research that advances the frontiers of science and extends the standards of excellence established by Science.
Selected press coverage:
(19 Aug 2016) Super Stretchy Nanowires May Pave The Way For Flexible Electronics [Asian Scientist Magazine]
(20 Aug 2016) 中美科學家首次使矽納米線的彈性接近理論極限 [XINHUANET.com]
(22 Aug 2016) Silizium auf der Streckbank [Wissenschaft aktuell]
(27 Aug 2016) Stretching the limit of silicon nanowires for next-generation electronics [Ars Technica]
(27 Sep 2016) 矽納米線更彈 [Wen Wei Po]
(29 Sep 2016) 城大研彈性矽納 將革新醫療儀器 [Sing Pao Daily news]
Congratulations to Mr. Hok Sum Sam LAI on receiving the Best Student Award at the 16th International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO 2016) held in Japan on 22-25 August 2016 for the paper “Imaging of Nanoscale Particles in Microfluidic Devices using Super-Lens Manipulated by Optically-induced Dielectrophoresis” co-authored with Dr. Guanglie ZHANG and his supervisor Professor Wen Jung LI.
The award candidates of the conference were nominated by the programme committee together with the award committee based on the rating of the abstract. The awards winners were selected from the candidates by the award committee based on both the recommendation of excellent final papers by track chairs and the rating of the overall quality of the final paper and the presentation by session chairs and invited speakers.
Students from our department form teams with students from sister departments to organize their own community improvement projects for the well-being of the community in the programme “Dialogue with the Future – Lead the City” (與未來對話 – 領袖傳「城」) under the guidance of experienced trainers from the Junior Chamber International (JCI). Congratulations to the following two teams which won the “Best Performance Team” and “My Favourite Team” awards:
|Team members||Team Name||Project Title||Award|
|CHEUNG Chung Man, YEUNG Pak Piu Bill, and 7 students from Department of Biology and Chemistry (BCH)||施城||“不一樣的世界 —「無」障礙生活體驗”
The project aimed to arouse public’s interest to the needs of disabled people.
|The Best Performance Team|
|CHEUNG Man Lung German, LAM Man Hon Johnie, LAU Wing Yi Janet, WONG Chi Wang Kenneth, WONG Yu Hang Peter, and 2 students from Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (SEEM)||大大力||“Hong Kong is the place where we called home”
The project aimed at enhancing social integration of the racial minorities.
|My Favourite Team|
Co-organized by CityU and JCI Peninsula, one of the leading social serving NGOs in Hong Kong, the programme aims to cultivate student leadership and foster knowledge transfer to the community.
The paper “Polysynthetic twinned TiAl single crystals for high-temperature applications” by Professor C. T. Liu and his collaborators was published as a cover story in the internationally acclaimed journal Nature Materials in August 2016. The research has developed an efficient and cost-effective method to make the new polysynthetic single crystals of the TiAl+Nb alloy. It has unleashed the potential of using lightweight TiAl single crystals with controlled orientations for advanced jet engine applications in the near future.
Nature Materials is a premier multi-disciplinary journal that publishes cutting-edge research across the entire spectrum of materials science and engineering. It also publishes review articles, interviews, and analysis of the broader materials picture. According to the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition by Thomson Reuters, the impact factor of Nature Materials is 38.89, which is higher than that of Nature (38.14).
MTE student Muhammad Shahzain RIAZ, who will be in his final year of studies in the coming academic year, has spent the summer at Simon Fraser University’s School of Mechatronics Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Woo Soo KIM. He was engaged in a full-time internship during the summer term in Dr. Kim’s Stretchable Devices Laboratory on a confidential project that involves 3-D printed electronics and composites.
He suggested that the internship experience has been “an awesome opportunity” which offers insights into his future career. He plans to apply to universities around the world to pursue his Master’s and PhD degrees.
Through the internship, Dr. Kim has also become very impressed with our students and is eager to look for suitable students from our programmes, particularly MTE, for further internship and research degree studies opportunities.
Congratulations to Dr. Zuankai Wang on being awarded the OSA Young Scientist Award at the 6th International Multidisciplinary Conference on Optofluidics held in Beijing, China on 24-27 July 2016. This year, only two out of 70 nominated researchers in the areas of microfluidics, biomedicine, optofluidics and nanotechnology were selected to receive the award.
The 4-day international conference provides a forum to promote scientific exchange and foster closer networks and collaborative ties between leading international optics and micro/nanofluidics researchers across cutting-edge research fields.
The research on “Mimosa Origami: A nanostructure-enabled directional self-organization regime of materials” by Dr. Zuankai Wang and his collaborators was recently published in Science Advances and highlighted by Nature in June 2016. Inspired by the leaves of the plant Mimosa pudica which can quickly curl itself into a cylinder in response to a stimulus, Dr. Wang and his team have demonstrated a new self-organization mechanism that enables the directional large-scale reconfiguration of soft materials. This research will find many applications in stimuli-responsive materials, artificial muscles, sensors, switches, and power-independent devices.
Science Advances publishes significant, innovative original research that advances the frontiers of science and extends the standards of excellence established by Science. It covers a broad array of fields including computer, engineering, environmental, life, mathematical, physical, and social sciences.
Dr. Pakpong Chirarattananon and his collaborators published a paper titled “Perching and Takeoff of a Robotic Insect on Natural and Artificial Overhangs Using Switchable Electrostatic Adhesion” in the prestigious journal Science in May. The team’s research involves a biologically-inspired, energy-saving device for aerial micro-robots which can be used to collect detailed information about air pollution, monitor disaster areas, detect hazardous chemicals, secure signal transmission in ad-hoc communication networks, assist with the pollination of crops, and so on at lower costs.
Dr. Chirarattananon started working on the dynamics and control of insect-scale flapping-wing robots when he was a PhD student at Harvard University. In 2014, he and his team created the world’s smallest and lightest insect-like aerial robots, which are called RoboBees.
Congratulations to the following teams of final year students on receiving awards in the “Challenge Cup” National Competition – Hong Kong Regional Final, Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2016 during its Awards Ceremony held on 22 June 2016:
Students: Ms. Michelle Ying Ying CHAN, Ms. Vicky Wai Han CHIK and Ms. Iris Wai Yee SIN (BIE)
Project title: A Microfluidic Platform for Single-cell Co-culture and Characterization
Advisor: Prof. Dong SUN
Students: Mr. William Reynaldi SOLICHIN, Mr. Tommy Yin Ho NG, Mr. Lin WU and Miss Yiwei ZHAO (MTE)
Project title: Design and Development of Human-Machine Interaction in Mobile Robot
Advisor: Dr. King W. C. LAI
Another two non-final year MTE students Mr. Wah Shing LAM and Mr. Jing SHU received the Second Place for their project “Twind Turbine” in another subject category under the supervision of Dr. Eric W. M. Lee from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering together with students from other departments.
The competition offers an opportunity for academic exchanges and also a platform for the search of innovative and entrepreneurship talents from the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. More information on the competition and the award recipients can be found at: www.hkchallengecup.com.
The Discovery and Innovation Gala 2016 was held on 22-23 June 2016 to display the creativity for applying technology to solve real-life problems by students and faculty from the College of Science and Engineering.
One project includes a non-destructive testing method for detecting thermal conductivity that can be used to identify rusty gas pipes inside concrete walls as a means of trying to prevent gas leakage incident. This idea was developed by LAI Hoi Yan, under the supervision of Dr. B. L. LUK.
A total of 11 student projects, 5 staff projects and a featured project on Bamboo Mechanics by Dr. Yang LU were displayed by our department’s students and staff during the Gala this year.
Congratulations to MTE final year students Mr. William Reynaldi SOLICHIN, Mr. Tommy Yin Ho NG, Mr. Lin WU and Miss Yiwei ZHAO on receiving the Outstanding Project award of the Student Project Competition 2015-16 arranged by the Manufacturing and Industrial (MI) Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Their final year project “Design and Development of Human-Machine Interaction in Mobile Robot”, under the supervision of Dr. King W. C. Lai, was shortlisted for the Final Presentation to the Judging Panel comprising of industrialists, professors and senior members in the MI discipline on 11 June 2016. The competition aims to encourage students to stretch themselves intellectually and practically in the application of MI Engineering technologies in a real industrial case.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Department and Hong Kong Baptist Hospital (HKBH) to foster collaboration activities on bio-engineering projects and enhance cooperative relationship between the two institutions.
A ceremony was held on 18 April 2016 and attended by representatives from CityU, including Professor Hong Yan (Dean of College of Science and Engineering), Professor Dong Sun (Head of the Department) and Dr. Peng Shi (Major Leader of the Bioengineering programme), as well as representatives from HKBH, including Ms. Grace Wong (General Manager), Ms. Catherine Yip (Manager in Charge of Procurement & Supplies Department) and Ir Mr. Albert Poon (Internal Engineering Consultant).
Congratulations to our PhD candidate Mr. Bo OUYANG, under the supervision of Prof. Dong SUN, on receiving the Champion Award of the "HKIE - CAI Student Paper Competition - Postgraduate Level" 2015-16 organized by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers' Control, Automation & Instrumentation Division, and co-organized by the Institute of Measurement and Control, Hong Kong Section. The theme of the competition was "Yours Dreams, Our Goals 工情四十載, 控、自、儀工程專業與您共建未來" in the current year. The Champion of the Competition was arranged to present his paper during the HKIE CAD Annual Symposium in March 2016 and invited to attend the Division's Annual Dinner in April 2016 for the presentation of the award. Papers of all the winners will be published in the Symposium Proceedings.
Congratulations to Mr. LAM Wah Shing (MTE, Year 2), team leader, and his team members from four other departments on winning the Silver Award in the “JOS Innovative IT Project Awards 2015-2016”. The team developed a self-transformable wheelchair that users operate and control via an app which can enable the physically disabled to get in and out of vehicles by themselves with less difficulty, by modifying a conventional wheelchair which could also provide a cheaper option to electric-powered ones.
The competition, organised by Jardine OneSolution (HK) Limited (JOS), aims to encourage students at tertiary institutions to apply technology and innovative ideas to contribute to the advancement of different sectors such as retail, construction, public utilities and transportation.
(14 Mar 2016) 城大生App多店取籌「開飯」奪獎 [Ta Kung Pao]
Congratulations to Dr. King W. C. Lai on receiving the Teaching Excellence Award for 2015/16. The University President presented the Award to the three recipients at the 2016 CityU Discovery Festival on 1 February 2016 in recognition of their contributions to raising the quality of teaching at CityU. The award will be formally presented at the Congregation in November 2016, and the awardees’ names will be added to the permanently displayed register of CityU Teaching Excellence Award recipients. Each awardee receives a cash prize of HK$15,000 for professional development and a teaching grant of HK$150,000.
Dr. Lai has also been supervising students on innovative “Smart Home” projects to help improve the lives of the elderly and disabled which were displayed during the annual CityU Discovery Festival with improvements year after year. This year, one of his final year project teams which consists of Mr. SOLICHIN William Reynaldi, Mr. NG Yin Ho Tommy, Mr. WU Lin and Miss ZHAO Yiwei introduced their project "Human-Robot Interaction" in the Discovery Festival. The robot is designed to be “human-friendly” and will be able to cooperate with or assist humans in daily life. For example, the robot would be able to achieve missions like fetching and handing a cup of water to disabled users in the living room automatically.
(2 Feb 2016) 城大舉行探索創新節 [Ta Kung Pao]
(2 Feb 2016) 城大生研家居機械人助長者 [Sing Tao Daily]
Congratulations to our BIE and MTE final year students Mr. CUI Binbin (BIE), Mr. CHAN Pui Hei (MTE) and Mr. TAM Hei Yin (BIE) on receiving the Second Prize of the IEEE Hong Kong Section 2015 (Undergraduate) Student Paper Contest organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Hong Kong Section. The title of the awarded paper is: "An automated cell imaging platform for subcellular feature quantification over a three-dimensional space integrated from stacks of image arrays" supervised by Dr. Raymond H. W. Lam. The aim of the contest is to encourage IEEE student members in Hong Kong to apply their engineering knowledge to research projects in electrical and electronic engineering and to present their work concisely and coherently.
Congratulations to Dr. Zuankai Wang, Associate Professor, on receiving the Outstanding Youth Award presented by the International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE) to honour members of the society who have made an outstanding contribution to bionic engineering. Dr. Wang was the first recipient of the Outstanding Youth Award from Hong Kong. The award recognizes his seminal contribution to the cutting-edge research area of bio-inspired engineering, which has led to the development of a wide range of bio-inspired interfacial materials for multifunctional applications, such as thermal management, anti-icing and a green environment.
Dr. Wang’s publications are included in high impact factor journals such as Nature Physics, Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, etc., with several cited about 100-150 times. He was also selected as one of the “Ten Future Leaders” by the New York Academy of Sciences in 2013, and has been making contributions to the field via appointment to editorial boards. (Source: International Society of Bionic Engineering).
(25 Jan 2016) Bio-inspired engineering research at CityU receives local and international recognition [CityU NewsCentre]
(25 Jan 2016) 城大仿生工程揚威 師徒齊獲獎 [Wen Wei Po]
(25 Jan 2016) 城大畢業生研發疏水材料獲獎 [Sing Pao Daily News]
Congratulations to Dr. Yahua Liu, a recent PhD graduate under the supervision of Dr. Zuankai Wang, on receiving the 2015 Hong Kong Young Scientist Award in Engineering Science by The Hong Kong Institution of Science. The annual award aims to nurture the growth of science and technology in the region by rewarding young scientists and engineers in Hong Kong who show great promise in their field of study. There is one award in each of the field of Engineering Science, Life Science, and Physical/Mathematical Science. This year there were 32 applicants in the field of Engineering Science. Dr. Liu is the first author of the paper entitled “Pancake bouncing on superhydrophobic surfaces” published in Nature Physics in 2014.
(25 Jan 2016) Bio-inspired engineering research at CityU receives local and international recognition [CityU NewsCentre]
(25 Jan 2016) 城大仿生工程揚威 師徒齊獲獎 [Wen Wei Po]
(25 Jan 2016) 城大畢業生研發疏水材料獲獎 [Sing Pao Daily News]
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China has recently approved the establishment of the Hong Kong Branch of National Precious Metals Material Engineering Research Centre at CityU, to promote research and the applications of precious metal elements and nanomaterial engineering technology, professional training and academic exchange.
The research team at the Centre consists of 12 faculty members from the Department of Physics and Materials Science, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and other related departments.
A five-year project, kicked off four years ago, conducted by Professor Jian Lu, Director of the Centre and Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and his research team received funding worth RMB9.34 million from both the National Basic Research Programme and the matching fund provided by the Shenzhen Government. Professor C T Liu, University Distinguished Professor, also received RMB1.5 million from MOST to support his research on advanced alloy, together with a three-dimensional atom probe tomography purchased using CityU’s matching fund and the HK$10-million grant he received from the Research Grants Council.
Congratulations to our BIE students CHAN Chung Yuen, YEUNG Pak Piu and YIU Tak Mei on winning the Gold Medal with the CityU team at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree Competition 2015 organized by the iGEM Foundation together with students from the Department of Biology and Chemistry (BCH) and the Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kong (BCH) and advisors from the BMS department. The competition was held on 24-28 September 2015 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, USA, where 259 multidisciplinary teams consisting of over 2,700 participants from all over the world took part to tackle today's toughest problems using biology and engineering. The CityU team was awarded for their novel gene-based remedy to tackle lactose intolerance, a common digestive problem where the human body is unable to digest lactose, a type of milk sugar.
More information on the team’s winning project can be found at: http://2015.igem.org/Team:CityU_HK.
(29 Oct 2015) 城大生改造基因 紓緩乳糖不耐症培 養益生菌 國際賽摘金 [Sing Tao Daily]
(29 Oct 2015) 爆酶消糖 「戒乳人」奶任飲城大生研新菌奪iGEM金獎 助乳糖不耐症患者免肚瀉 [Wen Wei Po]
(29 Oct 2015) 利用轉基因紓緩乳糖不耐症狀城大生國際生物學賽奪金 [Sing Pao Daily News]
(29 Oct 2015) 城大生 美奪金獎研菌株 助化乳糖 [Oriental Daily]
(29 Oct 2015) 醫知健：城大生培養菌株 紓緩乳糖不耐症 [The Sun]
(29 Oct 2015) 城大生研新法 治乳糖不耐症 [Hong Kong Economic Times]
(29 Oct 2015) 基因改造益生菌 治乳糖不耐症 [Sky Post]
(29 Oct 2015) 城大研究 冀推低價藥 轉基因桿菌抗乳糖不耐 [am730]
Dr. King W. C. Lai and students from MBE and the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering under his supervision would introduce their invention of the Smart Sky Wheel to the public during the InnoCarnival 2015 to be held on 31 October to 8 November 2015 at the Hong Kong Science Park (see http://www.itm.gov.hk/ for details). Users would be able to operate the Smart Sky Wheel with hand gestures. Combining with mobile phone applications, the system could, for example, help to remind users to bring an umbrella during rainy days by rotating it to a reachable and visible position. With further development and improvement, it is hoped that the Smart Sky Wheel could help to improve the lives of the elderly and those with physical disabilities.
Selected press coverage:
(23 Oct 2015) 智慧摩天輪便利長者生活 [Ta Kung Pao]
(23 Oct 2015) 智能摩天輪 揮手感應隔空取物 配合天氣資訊App 提醒攜帶雨具 [Hong Kong Economic Times]
(23 Oct 2015) 城大生製發光T恤 助聾啞人表達感情 [Sing Tao Daily]
(23 Oct 2015) 城大生發明「畫板T」助聾啞人 [Wen Wei Po]
Congratulations to Professor C T Liu, Professor Jian Lu and their collaborators on having their paper “Effect of valence electron concentration on stability of fcc or bcc phase in high entropy alloys” being identified as one of the most highly cited papers in the publication “中國作者的最高引用文章” which was published by the Journal of Applied Physics and collected 30 most highly cited papers by Chinese scholars during the five-year period of 2010-2014. Their paper studies the relationship between phase stability and physicochemical/thermodynamic properties of alloying components in high entropy alloys. It was published in 2011 and has already been cited 98 times.
Congratulations to the team consisting of KWAN Cheuk Yin, KWONG Tsz Wai, TAI Chee Kee Jackie and YAU Ka Ying on winning the Best Poster Presentation Awards at the CSE Discovery and Innovation Gala 2015 for their project “Wireless Technology for Improving Worker Safety in Construction Sites - Supervisory Safety Sensor (S3) System” supervised by Dr. B. L. Luk. With an aim to reduce industrial accidents, different types of sensors such as accelerometers and contact sensors have been used to monitor whether the worker has worn the safety hardness correctly. In addition, wireless technology such as RFID, wifi and Zigbee were being investigated to develop a local positioning system for locating the worker locations in construction sites. This local position system would help to monitor the movement of workers in the construction site and to ensure that the workers are working at the designated locations.
A total of 6 student projects from the Department were displayed at the Exhibition where students introduced their projects to secondary and post-secondary school students and other visitors. (View Photo Album)
Selected press coverage:
(24 Jun 2015) 工地安全無線監控系統減少意外 [Sing Pao Daily News]
Professor Chain-tsuan Liu, University Distinguished Professor, together with scientists from four local universities, has obtained a grant of HK$10 million from the Research Grants Council (RGC)’s Collaborative Research Fund, which will be used to purchase a 3D atom probe tomography (APT) to study metallic materials such as nano iron and steel, refined titanium alloys, and heterogeneous metallic glasses in a 3D-APT centre to be established at CityU. An APT can be used to analyse nanoscale particles as small as 0.3 to 0.5 nanometres through 3D imaging technology. It allows materials scientists to know precisely the size, shape, composition, and structure of particles. This information would enable scientists to improve the microstructures and properties of advanced materials and develop new materials to meet the needs of today’s society.
Congratulations to Professor C T Liu, University Distinguished Professor, and his collaborator on receiving the Shi Changxu (師昌緒) Best Paper Award from Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, sponsored by China-Materials Research Society (C-MRS) and International Union of Materials Research Societies (IU-MRS), for their paper titled “Phase stability in high entropy alloys: Formation of solid-solution phase or amorphous phase” which was published in 2011 and has been cited 74 times or more. The paper discusses the fundamental alloy parameters which control the stability of solid solutions, intermetallic phases and amorphous structures in high entropy alloys.
Dr. King W. C. Lai is currently leading a project on the development of graphene-based spectral infrared detectors for automobiles, which can enhance drivers’ night vision, and detect in bad weather whether an obstacle ahead is a street light, a human or an animal. The project aims to develop a system that can detect infrared signals emitted by different objects at a distance of around 100 metres, so as to allow sufficient time for drivers to take appropriate action.
Congratulations to our recent PhD graduate Dr. Yahua Liu, under the supervision of Dr. Zuankai Wang, on receiving the prestigious Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Silver Award at the 2015 Spring Meeting held on 6-10 April 2015 in San Francisco, California, USA. Recipients of the MRS Graduate Student Awards come from prestigious universities around the world, and Dr. Liu is the first awardee from Hong Kong since the establishment of the award in 2002.
MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honour and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research. More information on the award and the list of recipients since 2002 can be found at: www.mrs.org/gsa/.
Mr. Richard Lancaster, the Chief Executive Officer of CLP, along with other senior management including the Vice Chairman Mrs. Betty Yuen and the Managing Director (China) Mr. Chan Siu Hung, visited our nuclear laboratory on 20 March 2015, where Professor Ji-Jung Kai and Dr. B. L. Luk presented our nuclear-related teaching and research facilities to the visitors.
Students displayed and introduced their innovative projects to visitors during the CityU Discovery Festival held on 10-12 March 2015. Under the supervision of Dr. King W. C. Lai, students created the “Smart Sky Wheel” which could assist senior citizens to obtain things from tall shelves using hand gestures or mobile phone applications. Another team under Dr. Lai’s supervision designed the “Emocube” where the lights, temperature and music at home would be changed following the users’ emotions detected by the computer.
Same as previous years, Dr. Patrick P. L. Wong, the department’s Major Allocation Coordinator, introduced MBE’s majors to interested first-year students in a talk. Student ambassadors from the department assisted in answering queries from interested visitors, in particular, common first-year students who will be selecting their majors soon, while Major Leaders were prepared to answer queries from students through Skype.
Congratulations to our BIE Year 3 student Mr. YIP Chun Kit on obtaining the 1st runner-up for the Best Student Paper Competition Award at the Biomedical Engineering International Conference (BME2014) held on 4-6 December 2014 by Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) – Biomedical Division, for his team’s paper “Electro-Mechanical Characterization of Liquid Metal for Regenerative Medicine (Neuroregeneration)” under the supervision of Dr. Yang LU.
The BME conference series has been a biennial converging point of biomedical professionals of different nationalities, disciplines and research foci since 1992. BME2014 Hong Kong composes of 3-day scientific presentations and workshops, serves as a platform for the biomedical engineers, researchers, regulators, industrialists and healthcare professionals to exchange the latest information and achievements. Presentation topics cover from laboratory research, clinical application to regulatory affairs, facilitating the idea exchange on the new advancement of R&D and a wide spectrum of medical device industry update, allowing further promotion of the professional development in the biomedical engineering field. More information on the conference can be found at: bme2014.wix.com/bme2014.
Congratulations to our Year 3 students YEUNG Sin Yu (BIE), CHU Lok Ting (BIE) and LAU Tsz Kit (MTE) on winning the Gold Medal with the CityU team at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree Competition 2014 organized by the iGEM Foundation together with students from the BCH department under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kong (BCH) and advisors from the BMS department. The competition was held for the 10th year from 30 October to 3 November 2014 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, USA, where 245 multidisciplinary teams consisting of over 2,500 participants from all over the world took part to tackle today's toughest problems through synthetic biology based on standard parts. More information on the team’s “Fit Coli” project can be found at: 2014.igem.org/Team:CityU_HK.
Selected press coverage:
(17 Dec 2014) CityU students receive gold award in global iGEM 2014 competition [SCMP-Education Post]
(5 Dec 2014) 城大生改造基因抑癡肥奪國際獎 [Sing Tao Daily]
(5 Dec 2014) 城大生研基因改造減肥 [Ta Kung Pao]
(5 Dec 2014) 城大生改造腸菌「化脂升智」 [Wen Wei Po]
(5 Dec 2014) 改造大腸桿菌基因 城大「減肥」方案獲獎 [Headline Daily]
(5 Dec 2014) 改造基因 大腸桿菌吸脂 城大贏國際遺傳工程賽 [Sky Post]
Congratulations to our recent MTE graduates YIP Hon Ming, HO Kin Kwan and CHU Man Hin Anson on winning the Silver Award of the “HKEIA Innovation & Technology Project Competition Award: For Students of Electronic Engineering or Related Engineering Fields (2014)” for their project “Development of a Mobile Robot for Object Detection and Indoor Navigation” under the supervision of Dr. King W. C. Lai. The award was organized by The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Ltd. (HKEIA) and Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Education Foundation to recognize and reward students with outstanding projects which demonstrate excellence in technology and innovation. The panel of judges consists of senior professionals and experts from industry.
Dr. King W. C. Lai, together with Professor Arthur Ellis, Provost of the University, demonstrated the drone (quadrocopter) at the opening ceremony of the programme “Discovery & Innovation Debating Challenge”, which was organised by CityU and Young Post, South China Morning Post for the second year at CityU on 22 November 2014. More than 200 students and teachers from 18 secondary schools participated in the programme which aimed at enhancing students’ understanding of CityU and improving their debating skills, creativity, communication and critical-thinking skills. More information about the programme can be found at Young Post.
Congratulations to Professor Wen Jung Li, Dr. Guanglie Zhang, PhD students Mr. Yuliang Zhao and Mr. LAI Hok Sum Sam under Professor Li’s supervision, and Professor Gwo-Bin Lee from National Tsing Hua University on receiving the Best Paper Award at the 8th IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering (IEEE NANOMED 2014) held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 9-12 November 2014. The title of the paper is “Determination of Cell Mass and Density using Digital Electric Field”.
Congratulations to Professor Dong Sun on being awarded the CityU Outstanding Research Award 2014. The University President congratulates him for the breakthrough that he has made in knowledge creation. Professor Sun is best known for his work on biomedical robotics. His group is one of the first in the world carrying out successful robotic manipulation of cells. The technology can have many applications to biomedical engineering, such as stem cell manipulation and investigation. Professor Sun’s work is especially significant as it helps to enhance CityU’s visibility internationally in the area of biomedical robotics. Professor Sun has successfully led numerous research projects supported by many external grants which include two Collaborative Research Funds, 11 General Research Funds and seven Innovation and Technology Funds, as well as one theme-based research project as Co-Principal Investigator.
The International Nuclear Energy Forum with the theme “Daya Bay 20 Years and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities for Mainland Nuclear Industry” organized by CLP and our Department, and supported by Hong Kong Nuclear Society, Hong Kong Association of Risk Management and Safety, and The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers–Nuclear Division was held in Hong Kong on 31 October 2014. Professor Jian Lu and Dr. B L Luk participated in the forum, where a talk on the role of nuclear engineering education in Hong Kong was given by Professor Lu.
Dr. King W. C. Lai and his team introduced their latest research on sensor and wireless technology for smart home application to the public, where users would be able to operate home appliances with hand gestures. The development not only provides convenience to daily life, but would also provide solutions to real world problems such as assisting those with physical disabilities and the elderly. It is expected that the system can be further developed to operate robots to complete different tasks in future, and it will open the possibility to demonstrate the application of human-robot interaction.
The Smart Home system will be displayed during the InnoCarnival 2014 to be held on 1 - 9 November 2014 at Hong Kong Science Park.
Professor Sun Dong, Head and Chair Professor of the Department, was invited to present in the “President’s Lecture Series: Excellence in Academia” the new frontiers in bioengineering with a thorough exploration of single cell manipulation using robotics. Through introducing the latest research by him and his team, Professor Sun tried to indicate how research into the manipulation of cells through various techniques offered medical doctors a greater range of insights into understanding how the body works, and how to fight potentially lethal diseases.
Congratulations to MTE graduates Mr. YIP Hon Ming and Mr. LI Chi Shing on winning the Second Prize of the 2014 IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Contest (Undergraduate Section) for their paper “An Automated Platform for Long-Term Monitoring of Parallel Microfluidic Operations” supervised by Dr. Raymond Lam. This award is comprised of ten regional paper contests over the world. For the Region 10 (Asia Pacific) contest, the best three technical papers written by undergraduate students in electrical engineering, electronics, computer science or allied subjects were selected, in order to recognize the winners for their technical, written and verbal communication skills, which are key to a successful career.
Participants of the CLP Young Power Programme 2014 consisting of secondary school students and several CLP staff visited the MBE laboratories on 31 July 2014 as part of the programme event. The participants paid their visit to the Metrology Laboratory, Product Safety and Hazard Analysis Laboratory, Product Testing and Inspection Laboratory, Materials Processing and Testing Laboratory, and Nuclear Reactor Simulation Laboratory of the Department. A talk on the topic “Risk and Concerns of Nuclear Energy” was also given by Dr. B. L. Luk during the visit.
Congratulations to Professor C T Liu, University Distinguished Professor, on being elected as Academician of the Academia Sinica by its 31st Convocation of Academicians held in 1-4 July 2014 in Taiwan, where 7 Academicians were elected this year in the division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Academia Sinica is a world-renowned academic institution in Taiwan which promotes and undertakes scholarly research activities in sciences and humanities. The Dean of College of Science and Engineering and the Head of the Department congratulate Professor Liu on getting another prestigious award.
The Results of General Research Fund (GRF)/Early Career Scheme (ECS) 2014-15 have been released. The MBE department has a total of 15 successful applications, with a success rate of 56%. The number of successful applications is the highest in the department’s history. Five proposals got the maximum marks of 5 (including one ECS proposal). The Acting Head congratulates all successful Principal Investigators, and in particular, Dr Yajing Shen for getting the highest amount of grant ($931,737) in the Engineering panel. (View the list of successful projects)
Congratulations to the team consisting of WONG Kai Chun, TAM Chi Ho, CHEUNG Ka Lun and Surya Avinash AVALA on winning the Best Poster Presentation Awards at the CSE Student Project Exhibition 2014 for their project “Development of a visual-based micromanipulation platform” supervised by Dr. King W. C. Lai. A total of 6 student projects from the Department were displayed at the Exhibition where students introduced their projects to secondary and post-secondary school students and other visitors. (View Photo Album)
Professor Dong Sun, Acting Head and Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering, presented his team’s latest research on the manipulation of hematopoietic cells through integrating the technologies of robotics, optical tweezers and microfluidics to improve the treatment of blood diseases such as acute myeloid leukemia to the media. The project has received around HK$6 million from the Research Grant Council. Professor Sun indicated that the research could enhance scientists’ and medical professionals’ understanding of the mechanism of hematopoietic cells, and provide reliable data for further studies that may lead to treatment for relevant diseases.
Selected press coverage:
(22 May 2014) 城大研光鑷機械人研血液病 [Sing Tao Daily]
(22 May 2014) 城大「光鑷機械人」 測細胞解變異謎 [Wen Wei Po]
(22 May 2014) 城大研光鑷機械人治血癌 [Ta Kung Pao]
(22 May 2014) 城大研究造血細胞微操作 [Sing Pao]
(22 May 2014) 城大研治白血病 [Hong Kong Daily News]
(22 May 2014) 光鑷機械人助醫血癌 [Apple Daily]
(22 May 2014) 城大研光鑷機械人醫血癌 [Hong Kong Commercial Daily]
(22 May 2014) 城大機械人研造血細胞 [Ming Pao Daily News]
Congratulations to Miss CHAN Hui Ling, Rainbow, Year 2 BENG3 student from the Manufacturing Systems Engineering major, on being selected as one of the 25 awardees for the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Scheme 2014 among undergraduate students from all local universities in Hong Kong. This is the first year CityU students were selected since the prestigious Award Scheme which aims to offer outstanding undergraduates of Hong Kong the opportunity to widen their international exposure, gain industrial experience, and nurture their passion and commitment toward science and technology was introduced in 2011.
The Award Scheme was organized by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, and supported and sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Commission and HSBC. Other than a scholarship of up to HK$150,000 for each awardee to attend overseas/mainland attachment programmes, the awardees will also participate in local internship, mentorship and service projects in the coming months.
Please refer to the CityU NewsCentre ("Students win innovation and technology scholarships") and the organizer’s website for information on the award presentation ceremony.
Rainbow was also invited to attend the launching ceremony of the CityU Golden Key Club on 23 April 2015, during which she shared the experience of her exchange studies at the University of California, Berkeley sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Scheme [See CityU NewsCentre (5 May 2015): A Golden Key for CityU Scholars].
Dr. Raymond H W Lam presented his team’s recent development of an electrocardiograph (ECG) monitoring “smart” jacket which can detect heart problems and send the information via Bluetooth to an ECG box that can be carried in a waist pouch, which can then reach the hospital through the Internet. With the new research development, it is hoped that diagnosis and referral time could be shortened and more lives could be saved.
Selected press coverage:
(2 Apr 2014) 智能緊身衣助長期監測病人心臟狀態 [news.tvb.com]
(2 Apr 2014) 城大研發監察心臟智能緊身衣適合獨居長者 [hkatv.com]
(3 Apr 2014) 遙距追蹤心臟病患者狀況 城大智能緊身衣增存活率 [Sing Pao Daily News]
(3 Apr 2014) 心電緊身衣遙距測冠心病 [Hong Kong Daily News]
(3 Apr 2014) 城大學者研緊身衣測心電圖 [Sing Tao Daily]
(3 Apr 2014) 城大研發智能心電緊身衣 [Ta Kung Pao]
(3 Apr 2014) 城大智能心電衣 遙距觀察獨居者 [Wen Wei Po]
(3 Apr 2014) 發警報心電緊身衣智能保護你 [Oriental Daily]
(3 Apr 2014) 心電緊身衣全天候監察 [The Sun]
(3 Apr 2014) 城大研智能緊身衣遙距監察心跳 [Ming Pao Daily News]
(3 Apr 2014) City University researchers develop life-saving ‘smart’ shirt that can detect heart problems [South China Morning Post]
(3 Apr 2014) New 'shirt' gets to heart of problem [The Standard]
(24 Apr 2014) eHealth [Next Magazine]
Representatives from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), led by Vice-President Professor Yaping Zhang, visited the MBE Lab, including the CityU-CAS Joint Laboratory for Robotics, on 2 April 2014. Representatives from the department, including Professor Jian Lu, Professor Dong Sun, Professor Ning Xi, Professor Wen J Li, Dr King W C Lai, Dr Yang Lu, Dr Peng Shi, Dr Guanglie Zhang and their teammates introduced the department’s lab facilities and latest research to the CAS visitors.
Professor Jian Lu, currently Vice-President (Research & Technology) and Dean of Graduate Studies, has been appointed as Acting Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) with effect from 14 March 2014, pending the recruitment of the Founding Dean. Professor Lu has extensive high-level administrative experience and is also a core member of the University’s planning team for the SVM. The President thanked him for the support that he has given to the SVM as the University pursues its vision to build a centre of excellence under the “One Health” paradigm to promote sustainable development for society and expand educational opportunities in critical areas of biomedical sciences for its students.
The department participated in the university’s Discovery Festival 2014 through displaying the Mobile Manipulator and Quadrocopter from Professor Ning Xi’s Centre for Robotics and Automation this year. Same as last year, Dr. Patrick Wong, the department’s Major Allocation Coordinator, introduced MBE’s majors to interested students through talks. Student ambassadors from the department assisted in answering queries from interested visitors, in particular, common first year students who will be selecting their majors soon, while Major Leaders were prepared to answer queries from students through Skype.
Together with the University President, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Secretary for Transport and Housing of the HKSAR Government, visited the future smart home under the project “Future Smart Home: An Integrated Platform for Home Automation”, which was initiated by Dr. King W. C. Lai, Professor Ning Xi, Dr. Cecil T. H. Chen and students from our department together with Dr. Miu Ling Lam from SCM and Dr. Denvid Lau from CA, and funded by the university’s Idea Incubator Scheme.
Congratulations to Mr. YIP Hon Ming, Year 3 MTE student, and Mr. LI Chi Shing, 2013 MTE graduate, on receiving the Third Prize of the IEEE Hong Kong Section 2013 (Undergraduate) Student Paper Contest. The title of the awarded paper is “An Automated Microfluidic Platform for Parallel Monitoring Operations” supervised by Dr. Raymond Lam. The Contest aims to encourage IEEE student members in Hong Kong to apply their engineering knowledge to research projects in electrical and electronic engineering and to present their work concisely and coherently. Papers submitted by undergraduate and postgraduate students are evaluated separately by technical experts in the relevant fields.
Students taking the course GE1321 Our Life in the Nuclear Age visited the Castle Peak Power Station arranged by CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and led by Dr. B. L. Luk. Castle Peak Power Station is located in Tuen Mun and is one of the largest coal-fired power stations in the world. The visit allows students to understand electricity generation in Hong Kong and appreciate the importance of cleaner energy fuel mix for Hong Kong. Mr. Cheuk Wai Hon from CLP received the group and explained the details of electricity generation and transmission to our students.
Professor Ning Xi and his team introduced the Mobile Manipulator and Quadrocopter (Flying Robot) to the press recently, as part of the team’s highlighted research outcomes in the past two years. Professor Xi explained to the reporters that users can send mobile instructions to the manipulator. While it can now be used for search and rescue as well as industrial purposes, the mobile manipulator can further develop its applications in telesurgery and elderly care. Dr. King W. C. Lai pointed out that the quadrocopter, which is equipped with four rotors, various types of sensors and can fly up to 50 storeys high, can be applied in aerial photography, search and rescue, remote surveillance and tracking, observation of dangerous environments, and so on. The robots will be exhibited at the InnoCarnival 2013 from 2 to 10 November 2013 at Hong Kong Science Park.
(29 Oct 2013) 機械臂有感 懂憐香惜玉 [Oriental Daily News]
(29 Oct 2013) 城大生創意香蕉彈出妙韻 [The Sun]
(3 Nov 2013) 創新科技嘉年華 逾60機構展最新研究 [Sing Pao Daily News]
(1 Nov 2013) 創新科技展開幕 (Starting at 10:48) [tvb.com]
(8 Nov 2013) Hands-on exhibits draw crowds at InnoCarnival [CityU NewsCentre]
(Nov 2013) 香港尖端創新科技發展 最新陸空機械人研究成果 [e-Campus Today, No. 179]
(Jan 2014) Multifunctional Robotic Arm [CityU Today]
Professor C T Liu, University Distinguished Professor and a renowned scientist in the area of advanced structural materials, delivered a lecture for The President's Lecture Series: Excellence in Academia on the topic “Materials, civilization and technology innovation” on 21 October 2013. Professor Liu talked about the importance of materials in human civilizations, and how material development controls industries and technologies of the world today.
Report on the lecture can be found at CityU News Centre: An excursion into history of material world (22 October 2013)
Congratulations to our Year 1 student Mr. CHAK Gan Cheong and Year 3 student Ms. WONG Man Yi Mani, both from the MFSE major, on being selected to join CityU’s Antarctica expedition in December 2013! Nearly 300 students submitted their research ideas and an international panel of scientists, researchers, artists and engineers vetted the proposals, shortlisting 70 student finalists for interview. 13 projects were selected to join the expedition at the end with our 2 students being team members of 2 different projects.
The project title of Chak Gan Cheong’s team is: “THE PENGUINS: Group Clustering to Generate Heat” and the project title of Wong Man Yi Mani’s team is: “THE LICHEN: Adapting for Tolerance to Ozone Depletion”. More information on the expedition and projects can be found at: antarctica.scm.cityu.edu.hk.
Please support the students in the form of donations, technical support and other means!
Selected press coverage:
(28 Oct 2013) CityU undergraduates embark on Antarctica expedition [CityU NewsCentre]
(28 Oct 2013) South Pole students on penguin patrol [The Standard]
(28 Oct 2013) 23名城大生將赴南極探索 [Ta Kung Pao]
(28 Oct 2013) 城大生南極研企鵝 對付屏風樓 [Ming Pao]
(28 Oct 2013) 城大生年底赴南極蒐生態數據 [Wen Wei Po]
(28 Oct 2013) 300學生選23人12月啟程 遊學到南極城大創先河 [Hong Kong Daily News]
(28 Oct 2013) 23城大生12月遠征南極 [Sing Tao Daily]
Dr Zuankai Wang was invited to the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum 2013 held in Kyoto, Japan, 6 - 8 October, as one of the 10 outstanding and visionary scientists aged 40 or younger from around the world, in which the University President Professor Way Kuo was also invited to attend. Dr Wang was chosen by the New York Academy of Sciences on the basis of the high-impact research he and his PhD students have conducted, including one project on nanograssed micro-pyramid architecture that was published as the cover story in Advanced Functional Materials, a top-tier journal in materials science. Top leaders from different constituencies, such as policymakers, business executives, scientists and researchers from all over the world also attended the forum.
A team of students from the CityU Master of Science in Advanced Technology Management (MSATM) Programme were awarded a second place prize in ABB’s 2nd University Innovation Contest. According to ABB, “Nearly 2,000 students from 287 universities signed up for the contest, presenting 132 submissions in total. It was the first time for college students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau to be invited to participate in the contest. The team from the City University of Hong Kong eventually made it to the finals and won the second prize. The innovative concepts and advanced thinking embodied in their designs were highly applauded by the contest review panels.”
The CityU team of Ms. ZHENG Hanzhuo and Ms. CHEN Xiaoyin, both 2013 MSATM graduates, presented a project titled “Magnetic Pipe and its Smartphone App (磁”管道及其手机应用)” as their solution to ABB’s contest theme of “Innovation Powers the Future” under the subtopic of industrial applications of smartphones. Mentored by faculty (Dr. John Mai and Dr. Guanglie Zhang) and research staff in the MBE department during the summer, they designed a magnetic-based, self-powered, wireless, fluid-flow meter that could be retrofitted into factory pipes and plumbing. Their sensor could be remotely read using a smartphone app, without any modifications to the existing smartphone hardware.
Based on the originality of this solution submitted in their written report, they were invited to deliver a presentation at the final competition which was held at ABB China’s general headquarters in Universal Plaza, Beijing, on 27 September 2013. Only eighteen teams, mostly from other top engineering schools such as Tsinghua University, Tongi University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, were invited to the final competition. The CityU team was awarded a second place prize. The 2nd place prize includes an automatic second-round interview into ABB’s China Management Trainee Program, and a cash reward of 10,000 RMB.
ABB is a world leader in power and industrial automation technologies. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 90 cities.
More information: www.abb.com.cn
Congratulations to Professor Jian Lu, Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and currently Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, on his appointment as Vice-President (Research and Technology) and Dean of Graduate Studies, effective from 15 November 2013. The President expressed his confidence in Prof. Lu’s support to help the University scale new heights in research and professional education.
Congratulations to our BEMSE fresh graduate Mr. SIU Chun Kong on receiving the 3rd prize of the Best Paper on Materials 2013 competition organized by the Materials Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). The title of the awarded paper is: " Synthesis and characterization of CuO nanowires from porous coppers" supervised by Dr. Kaili Zhang. The aim of the competition is to encourage final-year undergraduate students to present their project related to Materials Science, Technology and Engineering to the engineering community; and to promote the general interest and understanding on the proper and clever use of materials in various engineering fields.
Ms. MA Lai Wa, who just graduated from our BEMSE programme, shares her exchange experience at Linnaeus University, Sweden during her last year of studies with RTHK. The radio programmes can be found at the followings links:
Teachers and students from Tsinghua University (Beijing) and National Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu) visited the full scope nuclear reactor simulator laboratory during their participation in the “Low Carbon Green Energy” Summer School jointly organized by the two universities and CityU. Prof. C. C. Chieng, Dr. Wenzhong Zhou and Dr. B. L. Luk from our department took part in the summer school and answered queries from interested participants during the laboratory visit. Prof. Way Kuo, University President, and Prof. Jian Lu, Dean of College of Science and Engineering, also paid a visit to the laboratory.
Congratulations to the team consisting of Wong Wing Chi, Lo King Lun, Tse Kwun Kit and Leung Hoi Fung on winning the Best Poster Presentation Awards at the CSE Student Project Exhibition 2013 for their project “Bridge Suspension Cable Inspection Robot” supervised by Dr. B. L. Luk. A total of 10 student projects from the Department were displayed at the Exhibition and introduced to secondary and post-secondary school students, industrialists and other visitors.
Dr. B. L. Luk was invited to be a guest of honour for the student competition "Robotics Intelligence DIY 2013 (智能機械由我創2013)" and presented the award to one of the winning teams on 3 May 2013 at the Hong Kong Science Museum.
Congratulations to our BEMSE graduate Ms. Lau Wai Tak (cohort 2009) on receiving the 3rd prize of the Best Paper on Materials 2012 competition organized by the Materials Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). The title of the awarded paper is: "Development of novel copper based superhydrophobic surfaces: morphology control and surface wettability study" supervised by Dr. Zuankai Wang. The aim of the competition is to encourage final-year undergraduate students to present their project related to Materials Science, Technology and Engineering to the engineering community; and to promote the general interest and understanding on the proper and clever use of materials in various engineering fields.
Congratulations to Professor C. T. Liu on receiving the International Scientific and Technology Cooperation Award from the Jiangsu Provincial Government for his outstanding contributions in promoting scientific research and technology development of advanced metallic materials in the Jiangsu Province. The award is a prestigious national award launched by the State Council of China to recognize the contributions made by foreign scientists, engineers, managers, or organizations to China’s bilateral or multilateral scientific and technological cooperation.
(22 Apr 2013) 城大教授獲蘇國際科學獎 [Ta Kung Pao]
A visit to the CLP Nuclear Resources Centre was arranged by Dr. B. L. Luk for the course GE2301 Science and Technology: From Past to Future. Students from the BENG MFSE programme were also invited to join. The CLP Nuclear Resources Centre has seven thematic zones, namely, Roadmap towards a Low-carbon Living, Nuclear Basics, Nuclear Safety, Fuel Cycle Management, Radiation and Daily Life, Nuclear Energy in the World, Nuclear Energy – A Future Outlook. Through vivid and interesting animations as well as interactive games and exhibits, the Centre turns complicated scientific topics into an enjoyable experience for visitors. Our students were guided through the various themes by Mr. Richard Fung from CLP.
Students taking the course GE1321 Our Life in the Nuclear Age visited the Hong Kong Observatory led by Prof. C. C. Chieng and Dr. B. L. Luk. Ms. Olivia Lee from the Observatory introduced to the students various types of devices such as the on-line radiation monitoring system at the King's Park Radiation Laboratory.
Students taking the course GE2301 Science and Technology: From Past to Future and students from the BENG MFSE programme of the department visited the Science Park and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) led by Dr. B. L. Luk and Dr. Meng Hua. During the visit, students got the chance to try out some of the devices such as a medical electronic device developed by ASTRI.
Dr. Patrick Wong, the Department’s Major Allocation Coordinator, introduced MBE’s majors to interested students through talks and answered student enquiries at the CityU Discovery Festival 2013. Our NAO robots were also displayed to show visitors how Tai Chi and other actions can be performed by robots.
A visit to the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station in Guangdong was arranged by Dr. B. L. Luk for the course GE1321. Others students from our department and common first-year students from the College of Science and Engineering were also invited to join the visit. Mr. Richard Fung from CLP kindly explained to the students the operation of the nuclear power station such as the operating principle of the pressurised water reactor.
Students taking the course GE1321 and from the BENG MFSE programme of the department visited the Castle Peak Power Station arranged by CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and led by Prof. C. C. Chieng, Dr. B. L. Luk and Dr. Meng Hua. Mr. Cheuk from CLP received the group and explained to them the operation of the power station, such as the structure of underground high voltage cables.
Congratulations to our MTE graduates Mr. Wong Siu Fai, Mr. Tung Kin Wang, Mr. Leung Kin Wa and Mr. Tang Lok Hin (cohort 2009) on receiving the Runner-up award under the Group C (Bachelor Degree students) category at the Student Project Competition 2012 organized by Hong Kong Institution of Engineers – Safety Specialist Committee (HKIE-SSC), under the supervision of Dr. Louis Liu (SEEM). The title of the winning project is "Robot Remote Inspection Technology Facilitating Safe Operation of Gas Pipe".
A workshop titled "The Latest Development in Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Industry" was held at the university on 8 January 2013. Professor Ching-chang Chieng, Dr. B. L. Luk and Dr. Wenzhong Zhou from the department participated in the workshop and answered enquires from the press regarding the new nuclear BEng and MSc degree programmes and other nuclear-related issues. Other invited speakers of the workshop included Mr. Tony Roulstone, Course Director for the MPhil programme in Nuclear Energy, University of Cambridge, Professor Shih Chun-kuan, Professor of the Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Science, National Tsing-Hua University, and Mr Pu Jilong, Safety Director of the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Corporation.
(9 Jan 2013) 城大開辦核工學士課程 [Hong Kong Daily News]
(9 Jan 2013) 城大核安全工作坊交流 [Wen Wei Po]
(9 Jan 2013) 城大辦核子風險學位課程 [Ta Kung Pao]
(9 Jan 2013) Hong Kong deserves role in nuclear reactor risk management, experts say [South China Morning Post]
(9 Jan 2013) 城大學者籲港加強核安全評估 [Sing Tao Daily]
(9 Jan 2013) 學者倡設核能風險評估機構 [Sky Post]
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