CityU’s innovative projects shine in national exhibition

Michelle Leung

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City University of Hong Kong (CityU) brought home a clutch of awards for its innovative applied research projects after a dynamic debut at the Chinese National Exhibition of Inventions.

Four CityU projects were awarded prizes at the Exhibition which was held from 21 to 24 September in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, demonstrating the outstanding quality of our applied research.

The Computer-Assisted Simulation System for Orthognathic Surgery (CASSOS) project, led by Professor (Chair) Horace Ip Ho-shing of the Department of Computer Science, won a Gold Award.

CASSOS helps maxillofacial surgeons, those specializing in the face and jaw, to develop plans prior to conducting surgery, and the research team has created a localized Chinese version which several major hospitals in mainland China are using.

The Active RFID System, invented by Professor (Chair) Edward Yung Kai-ning and Dr Xue Quan of the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE), and the Fish Bioassay for Drug Screening and Environmental Toxicity Testing project, owned by Dr Cheng Shuk-han, an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, won Silver Awards.

The Active RFID system is very useful for inventory control, such as in container ports and for keeping track of equipment; while the Fish Bioassay project has procured new insights into the treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

EE’s Professor (Chair) Yan Hong won a Bronze Award with his Real-time Lip-sync and Facial Animation System. The system creates human and animal characters from photos or cartoon drawings and synchronises their lip movements and voice signals. It can be applied in various digital media, such as the Internet and mobile phones. The project has received a recent grant from the Quality Education Fund of the HKSAR to develop a system for teaching English using virtual teachers.

Several hundred enterprises showcased their patented inventions and technology at more than 500 booths at the Exhibition. A committee of judges, comprising experts in the field, selected the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards and other special prizes from over 1,500 inventions or products.

The 16th National Exhibition of Inventions was co-organized by the China Association of Inventions; Department of Science and Technology and Intellectual Property Office of Guangdong Province; and the Dongguan Government.

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