Alfred C.H. Yu


  • Diagnostic ultrasound: system design, advanced imaging paradigms, application development.
  • Therapeutic ultrasound: biophysics, cellular bioeffects, treatment strategies.


Alfred C.H. Yu is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a core member of the Medical Engineering Program. He was born in Hong Kong in 1980 and had moved to Canada with his parents when he was 10 years old. He received his B.Sc.(Distinction) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary, AB, Canada, in 2002. He then completed his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (Biomedical Stream) from the University of Toronto, ON, Canada, in 2003 and 2006 respectively. In between, he completed a corporate internship at Philips Research, Briarcliff Manor, NY, USA in 2005.

Alfred’s research interests are centered around the engineering science of biomedical ultrasound. He is always keen on investigating two high-level research questions: 1) how to generate nice pictures using ultrasound; 2) how does ultrasound interact with living cells to bring about therapeutic effects. His lab is now actively pursuing various inquiry-driven research studies in diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound. Their research has received quite a few accolades in recent years, including a Best Student Paper Award (3rd Place) at the 2011 ISTU Symposium and a Young Scientist Award at the 2012 USE Conference.

Alfred is an IEEE Senior Member, and he was the Chairperson of the IEEE-EMBS Hong Kong Chapter from 2010-2012 to help promote biomedical engineering as one of the high-potential research areas in Hong Kong. He is also an active contributor to curriculum innovations. In 2009, he received the IEEE Real World Engineering Project Award: an international recognition for designing high-quality, tested, society-focused project courses for junior engineering students worldwide. He currently teaches courses in both the Medical Engineering Program and the Common Core Curriculum.


  • A.C.H. Yu, L. Lovstakken," Eigen-based clutter filter design for ultrasound color flow imaging: a review", IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 2010; 57: 1096-1111.
  • BYS Yiu, IKH Tsang, ACH Yu, “GPU-based beamformer: fast realization of plane wave compounding and synthetic aperture imaging”, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 2011; 58: 1698-1705.
  • HKH So, J Chen, BYS Yiu, ACH Yu, “Medical ultrasound imaging: to GPUG or not to GPU”, IEEE Micro, 2011; 31(5): 54-65.
  • W Zhong, WH Sit, JMF Wan, ACH Yu, “Sonoporation induces apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in human promyelocytic leukemia cells”, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 2011; 37: 2149-2159.
  • CCP Cheung, ACH Yu, N Salimi, IKH Tsang, BYS Yiu, B Kerby, RZ Azar, K Dickie, “Multi-channel pre-beamformed data acquisition system for research on advanced ultrasound imaging methods”, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 2012; 59: 243-253.
  • P Qin, L Xu, W Zhong, ACH Yu, “Ultrasound-microbubble mediated cavitation of plant cells: effects on morphology and viability”, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 2012; 38: 1085-1096.
  • P Qin, L Xu, P Cai, Y Hu, ACH Yu, “Subcellular impact of sonoporation on plant cells: issues to be addressed in ultrasound-mediated gene transfer”, Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 2013; 20: 247-253.