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Outstanding Alumni Award of PolyU Department of Electrical Engineering 2022

The Department of Electrical Engineering is pleased to announce that two distinguished graduates are awarded the “Outstanding Alumni Award of PolyU Department of Electrical Engineering 2022” in recognition of their professional/entrepreneurial achievements and significant contributions to the Department. Their remarkable achievements and valuable contributions have earned them well-deserved honour and respectful recognition. Congratulations to the following awardees!  

1 Apr, 2022

Congratulations to the Winners for the President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Knowledge Transfer 2021

The President’s Executive Committee has endorsed the setting up of the President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Knowledge Transfer (KT) to recognise and reward staff members’ KT endeavours which are underpinned by research and innovation and have created significant impact on industry and society.  Any successful cases should provide evidence of how PolyU’s research and innovation has created significant impact to industry and/or society during the period of the past 7 years (From January 2014 to 2021), through collaborative/contract research, licensing of a patent, entrepreneurship, consultancy, or other appropriate means. The “President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in KT: Industry” recognises KT impact cases which can demonstrate contributions in advancing the technological or industry standards, addressing the needs of the industry, or enhancing its competitiveness through application of PolyU’s research and innovations in the form of products, methodologies, systems and/or solutions.  Professor HY TAM (Team Leader) leads his research team on an impact story: “World’s First Predictive Maintenance Railway Monitoring System” is one of the 5 teams awarded in this category.  His team members include Ir Dr Lee Kang Kuen, Dr SY Liu, Dr Stephen Cho and Mr. David Au. Our greatest congratulations to them!  

10 Feb, 2022

Congratulations to the Winners for the Faculty Research Grants Achievement Awards 2020

Faculty of Engineering Research Grant Achievement Award has been set up by the Faculty Research Committee since 2003, with a view to recognize the outstanding performance of FENG academic staff members in securing external competitive research grants.  This year, both Professors Wei Jin and Aping Zhang, and Drs KH Lam and SX Niu are the winners of this award.

31 Jan, 2022

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World’s first ammonia-powered fuel-cell EV– Achievements by Professor Eric Cheng

Prof. Eric Cheng Ka-wai and his research team developed the world’s first ammonia-powered fuel-cell EV in just three months. The ammonia inside the fuel-cell system will be transformed into hydrogen to generate power. This new development is through the support from the University of Oxford and industry partners. The research team plans to develop an ammonia-powered fuel-cell mini-bus by October 2022 and hopes to collaborate with local mini-bus companies to promote zero-emission electric mini-buses. For more details:

18 Aug, 2021

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Congratulations! Best Paper Award by IEEE IAS I&CPS Asia 2021

Professor Xu Zhao and his research team obtained the Best Paper Award, 2021 IEEE IAS Industrial and Commercial Power System Asia Conference (IEEE IAS I&CPS Asia 2021), Chengdu, China. The paper: Probabilistic Power Flow of Distribution System based on a Graph-Aware Deep Learning Network.

18 Jul, 2021

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Highly sensitive, microscopic optical fibre sensors with pioneering biomedical monitoring capability

The research team led by Professor Hwa-yaw Tam, Chair Professor of Photonics and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering at PolyU, developed the novel fibre optic microsensors that are biocompatible, supple and extremely sensitive to very small pressure changes inside the human body.  His team also made a critical breakthrough by basing their novel fibre optic sensors on an advanced plastic material, ZEONEX, that solves the problems of glass and traditional plastic. For more details, please click HERE.

1 Jul, 2021


2020 China’s Top Ten Optical Breakthroughs

Professor W Jin and his research team has worked on the “gas sensing research” which is honoured as “2020 China’s Top Ten Optical Breakthroughs” by China Laser Press.   In the applied research category, Professor Jin Wei, Chair Professor of Photonic Instrumentation, and his team developed a novel method of gas sensing called the Mode-phase-difference Photothermal Spectroscopy. The method was hailed as “a landmark technique in fibre-optic gas sensing” by a reviewer in Nature Communications, where the research results were published.  The innovation significantly outperforms state-of-the-art electrochemical and semiconductor gas sensors, and enables multi-component gas detection with a single sensing element. It paves the way for ultra-precision gas sensing for applications such as harmful gas detection in a space station and high voltage transformer condition monitoring.     

22 Jun, 2021


HKIE-LTD Best Student Paper Awards 2020

We are glad to inform that our TSE student, Mr. Wilson Kwok has awarded the HKIE-LTD Best Student Paper Award for 2020.  Wilson’s dissertation title is AI model for signalized intersections analysis. His project was on developing an AI model for arterial road traffic signal timings using Machine Learning. The objective of this project was to build an AI model to analyse and to recommend optimal signal timings, by learning from existing systems. Using Artificial Neural Network, Wilson was able to develop AI models with sufficient accuracy to be used in practice. The level of accuracy depended on the amount of training data for complex network. Wilson’s great work has spun a new project that is to determine whether the trained model features are transferable to other arterial road networks to reduce the need for large training data set. Our greatest congratulations to Wilson!

1 May, 2021


Congratulations to The Hon. Alfred Sit Wing-hang, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology as one of the recipients of Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award (OPAA)

Launched in 1996, the biennial OPAA is jointly organised by PolyU and the Federation of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Alumni Associations. This year marks the 13th award presentation and more than 80 distinguished alumni in various professions have been honoured in past years.   Ir Alfred Sit was awarded in recognition of his dedication to promoting Hong Kong’s future by spearheading innovation and technology development. Being the current Chairman of the Departmental Advisory Committee, we appreciate Ir Sit’s contribution in giving valuable advices on various aspects of the Department’s development.   More about the award of recipient, please click here.

1 May, 2021

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Award of Silver Metal by Professor Eric Cheng

Professor Eric Cheng is one of the awardees of Silver Metal Award in the Inventions Geneva.  His project is “A Smart All-electric Antilock Braking System (ABS)”.  There are also many PolyU awardees as listed here. For details, please visit the official website:

1 Mar, 2021

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