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    New Guinness World Record for “The Fastest 50m Swim by a Robotic Fish”

    Supported by the Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing, a VAYU robotic fish project developed by a student team from the Faculty of Engineering sets the Guinness World Record of 26.79s for “The Fastest 50m Swim by a Robotic Fish” on January 23, 2020.

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    High-speed microscope captures brain signals

    Understanding information processing in the brain requires monitoring neuronal activity at high spatiotemporal resolution. Using an ultrafast two-photon fluorescence microscope empowered by all-optical laser scanning, Dr Kevin Tsia of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and his collaborator from UC Berkeley imaged neuronal activity in vivo at up to 3,000 frames per second and submicrometer spatial resolution. This imaging method enabled monitoring of both supra- and subthreshold electrical activity down to 345 μm below the brain surface in head-fixed awake mice. The work is part of the research funded by the NIH Brain Initiative and it has recently been published in Nature Methods.

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    High-contrast, fast chemical imaging by coherent Raman scattering using a self-synchronized two-colour fibre laser

    Recently published in journal Light: Science & Applications, Professor Kenneth Wong of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and his collaborators have demonstrated CRS imaging using a compact pulsed fiber laser that provides excellent stability over a wide frequency range. Their system produced fast, high contrast images of living human cells and mouse tissues including the kidney and brain. Moreover, the fiber-based laser beam could easily be connected to other optical imaging systems such as endoscopes, to acquire images inside the body.

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    HKU spin-off company Fano Labs and student team ClearBot won Jumpstarter 2020 Global Pitch Competition

    HKU spin-off company Fano Labs Limited has been selected as one of the top five winning teams in the Jumpstarter 2020 Global Pitch Competition organised by Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund. Meanwhile, student team ClearBot won the championship in Jumpstarter IDEAPOP!, a pitching competition for students from universities in Hong Kong.

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    Hollo, a cross-disciplinary startup, crowned Asian Champion in the Microsoft Imagine Cup

    Piyush Jha, BEng(CompSc), and his team “Hollo” won the Asian Champion in Microsoft Imagine Cup, following an intense finale against 8 other teams across the region. Comprised of Piyush Jha, Cameron van Breda (BSc(Biotechnology and Science Entrepreneurship)) and Natalie Lee (BSocSc(Psychology)), Team Hollo developed a mental health companion and therapist all in one platform for at-risk youth. They will be representing Hong Kong in the Seattle Global Final to compete for the USD$100K prize in May.

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    Award at the Communications Competition organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers

    Team COMpromICE, formed by BEng(CivE) Year 3 students Siu King-hay Kenny, Lee Wai-chung Jacky, Leung Jing-shang Gordon and a student from Faculty of Architecture was awarded the First-runner up at the Communications Competition organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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    Staff News

    Assistant Deanship and Directorship of Research Student Centre Professor S.C. Tan, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, for the period from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Promotion to...