RGC backs CityU research projects

Scarlett Leung

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Nearly $60 million worth of grants for almost 100 research projects has been awarded to City University of Hong Kong (CityU) under the Research Grants Council’s (RGC) General Research Fund for 2011-12, recognition of CityU’s efforts to achieve excellence in research and professional education.

CityU has an overall success rate of 27.4%. Of the projects funded, 60% were assessed by the RGC to be of high quality.

By category, CityU is ranked 2nd in the new Business Studies Panel in terms of both the level and number of awards. CityU is also among the top three institutions in the subject disciplines of electrical and electronic engineering; mechanical, production and industrial engineering; and mathematics.

Twenty CityU projects will receive 100% funding with no reduction in budget, and 10 projects have received grants worth more than or close to $1 million. (See table below.)

Professor/Department

Project Title

Fund Awarded HK$

Professor Henry Chung Shu-hung, Department of Electronic Engineering

Research on a New Grid-connected Inverter Technology for Building-integrated Microgrid

$1,142,560

Dr Siu Chi-kit, Department of Biology and Chemistry

Theoretical Examinations of the Dynamics of Hypervalent Peptide Radicals

$1,063,753

Professor Sritawat Kitipornchai, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Active Repair and Control of Compressed Light-Weight Structural Members with Imperfections

$1,036,000

Professor Yang Tong, Department of Mathematics

Well-posedness Theory of Kinetic Equations in a General Setting

$1,002,000

Professor Li Ying, Department of Biology and Chemistry

Vagal Afferent Neuronal Plasticity: Implication in the Emesis Related to Chemotherapy

$ 950,000

Dr Patrick Lee Kwan-hon, School of Energy and Environment

Bioprospecting the environment for organisms and genes to transform food waste into bioenergy and bioplastics

$ 935,000

Professor Chen Jie, Department of Electronic Engineering

A Multirate Filterbank Approach Toward Joint Controller and Coder/Decoder Design of Wireless Networked Control Systems

$ 922,500

Professor Matthew Coop, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

The Transitional Behaviour of Sands and Residual Soils

$ 922,500

Professor Gary Feng Gang, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Analysis and Synthesis of Networked Control Systems with Various Network-induced Constraints

$ 922,500

Dr Duncan Wong Shek, Department of Computer Science

On the Theory and Application of Attribute-Based Cryptography

$ 922,500

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