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Faculty KE Award

2016

An immersive and interactive virtual reality system – imseCAVE

Dr. Henry Y.K. Lau, team members – Dr. Leith CHAN, Mr. William TAM, Miss DAI Yaqi, and Mr. CHAN Ka Yik ( Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

imseCAVE is an innovative solution for people to see and interact with systems and scenarios through virtual reality. It provides a versatile, flexible and cost saving platform for industry, business and education sectors for training, skill‐evaluation, and system analysis by enabling the creation of lifelike objects and scenarios without the limits of time and space in a cost effective manner. The facilitation of operations training for DHL Central Asia Hub, Cathay Pacific Services Limited, Hong Kong International Terminals Limited and Hong Kong Police Force, to name but a few, are profound evidences of the significant contribution of the project to large enterprises as well as government bodies.

In April 2015, with an earlier version of the system, Dr. Henry Lau and his team won a silver award in the category of Best Digital Entertainment Award (Interaction Design) in the Hong Kong ICT Awards. 


2015

RFID-Enabled Real-Time Ubiquitous Manufacturing Platform

Prof. George G.Q. Huang and team members - Dr Ji FANG, Dr Ray Y. ZHONG, and Dr Zhi LI  ( Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

The project was originally funded by THREE major ITF projects totaling around HK$13M since 2007. The research received substantial sponsorship from industrial collaborators who have participated directly in pilot implementations. A new ITF grant was approved in March 2014 to transfer the technology to the construction industry with the total amount of HK$9.5M. 

To the industry field, this project upgrades and transforms the traditional manufacturing workshop practices into a level that is real-time, ubiquitous, and intelligent.  To the economy, this project directly improves the efficiency of manufacturing enterprises so that the overall outputs are increased.  To society, the technology has profound impacts not only within manufacturing industry but also on related activities such as inbound and outbound logistics services.  In terms of technology, the project has pioneered a unique approach to developing and applying Internet of Things (IoT) or Physical Internet in manufacturing and logistics industries. To teaching and learning, deliverables from this project are being put together to form a smart experiential learning environment for supply chain and logistics engineering (SCALE) using Teaching by Examples and Learning by Doing (TELD) pedagogy.


2014

Knowledge Exchange of e-Learning Technology and Pedagogy in Hong Kong

Dr. Wilton W.T. Fok  ( Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The project provides a user-friendly real-time interactive e-learning and e-textbook delivery platform through mobile devices. It has been actively deployed in some schools and training institutions in Hong Kong, Macau, Hangzhou and Shanghai. This project created many good benefits to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, and quality of life. 


2013

Fighting High-Tech Crime in Cyberspace

Dr. K.P. Chow  ( Department of Computer Science

Cyber criminals are using latest technologies in committing crime in the cyberspace, including cloud-based storage cyberlocker for sharing illegal or copy-righted materials, social media to distribute illegal information, peer-to-peer network to share contraband videos, DDoS attack against public IT infrastructure, etc. Dr. Chow and staffs of Center for Information Security and Cryptography (CISC) of HKU has focused his research effort in research and developing technologies and tools to protect against cyberspace crime in Hong Kong together with local law enforcement agencies. 

In 2012-13, CISC worked closely with HK Police and Customs and Exercise to develop tools to protect against Internet pirates using cyberlockers (Cyberlocker Monitoring System), data theft using P2P Foxy (FoxyMon), and cyberspace safety patrol (lineament IC).


2012

Ventilation for better infection control in hospitals

Prof. Yuguo Li  ( Department of Mechanical Engineering

The project demonstrates how excellence in research at the University can be applied to real problems of importance to the community, in this case how infectious disease such as SARS and influenza might be transmitted through ventilation, and eventually developed into principles and guidelines for ventilation systems in hospital environment settings. Through communication processes that involve extensive interactions with the healthcare sector and medical and engineering professionals, the project has achieved significant and global impact. This is evidenced by the work being awarded the 2010 National Science and Technology Award Second Price, and adaptation of the project findings in two sets of World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, including the 2009 WHO Publications/Guidelines on Natural Ventilation for Infection Control in Health-Care Settings.


2011

ebXML Message Gateway Hermes and B2B Connector

Prof. David W.L. Cheung  ( Department of Computer Science )  and The Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID)

Prof. Cheung's project developed into a platform technology that is successfully transferred to the business/industry sector, as evidenced by the support of at least three ITF grants for the project and its installation in government as well as public and private enterprises. Through communication process that includes pilot projects with local and overseas enterprises, licensing to companies and open source distribution, the ebXML system has achieved global impact and penetration with recorded downloads from more than 80 countries. The technology has become the most popular ebXML gateway in the world with proven quality and acceptance in many production systems, establishing the project team at HKU as a key player in ebXML technology.