(From left) Professor Way Kuo, Dr Chung Wai-keung and Professor Yan Hong officiate at the opening
Discoveries and innovations addressing real-life problems feature at the
Discovery and Innovation Gala 2017 at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) from
21 to 22 June.
More than 100 research projects designed by students and academic staff
from the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) are being showcased
The event, which is part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the
establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, gives local
communities a fuller picture of CSE’s strengths and expertise.
The Opening Ceremony on 21 June was officiated
by Dr David Chung Wai-keung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology,
HKSAR Government; Professor Way Kuo, CityU President; and Professor
Yan Hong, Dean of CSE.
In his speech, Dr Chung said that CityU echoed the Government’s emphasis
on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, and he
thanked CityU for enhancing the STEM experience of the secondary school
students at the event.
Professor Kuo emphasised that ideas generated by the younger generation
had the power to benefit Hong Kong society and the rest of the world. He added
that innovation could be facilitated by integrating teaching and research, as
was the case under CityU’s Discovery-enriched Curriculum.
He also talked about how the “transformable wheelchair” project devised
by an undergraduate student at CityU was an excellent example of bringing innovation
to the community.
Some of the projects highlight how students and academic staff have
discovered smart solutions to problems in daily life.
Wu Chung-kit, a PhD student under the supervision
of Dr Tsang Kim-fung, Associate Professor of the Department of
Electronic Engineering, has developed the Smart Drunk Driving
Detection Scheme to prevent drink-related traffic accidents.
The Smart Drunk Driving Detection Scheme is used to check the
drivers’ condition before they drive and during the journey as a way of
preventing drink-related accidents.
In this project, electrocardiogram (ECG) signals from normal and drunk cases
were studied and analysed to develop the classifier that will be used for
detecting drunk driving.
“Statistics show that drunk driving is a major cause of traffic
accidents, and so the system will help ensure safe transportation by sending
pre-warning signals to alert the drivers, as well as monitoring their status
continuously and in real-time,” he explained.
Cheung Chiu-wing, a student in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, developed his project, “SAFETY FIRST!” - VR
Safety Training System for Construction Work, after working in the construction
industry as an intern where he found that safety management is highly complex.
“I found that the accident rate in the construction industry is the
highest rate among all industries and so I would like to offer constructive
workers an interactive, active and cognitive learning experience,” Chiu-wing
“Safety First!” demonstrates the different kinds of risks at a
construction site and makes safety training more interesting.
Another project, Touch-free
Biomedical Image Navigation System for Surgeons, involves a wearable
gesture and motion control device called Myo armband. It was designed by students from the
Department of Mechanical
and Biomedical Engineering: Lo Karen, Leung Yin and Wong
Chun-yin. 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.
VR Safety Training System for Construction Work helps
construction workers better understand rules and regulations on safety.
A touch-free system for surgeons enables the retrieval of medical images
without direct contact of unsterilised materials.
The following three featured projects, will also be shown at the Gala:
· Learning Algebra Through Play: innovative software for teaching advanced
mathematics to secondary school students and basic algebra to primary school
· Bio-Inspired 3D Printing of Lattice Metamaterials: adopting 3D printing
technology, this project makes bio-inspired metamaterials by reproducing the
cellular structure of bamboo and other natural materials;
· Waste Heat Recovery: a new energy landscape involving thermo-electric
materials that generates electricity from waste heat or acts as excellent solid
state refrigerators and heat-pumps.
Over the course of the two-day exhibition, CSE will also
hold STEM workshops and seminars for secondary school