Dr Tommy Wei of the Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering (BEEE) has been awarded the PolyU Young Innovative Researcher Award (YIRA) 2022 for his research “Human Vision-based Solutions for Lighting and Imaging Systems”. The research focuses on colour science, trying to understand how humans see colour and light using different methods (e.g., psychophysics, eye-tracking, etc). The findings help to develop algorithms and solutions for various industries, including lighting, cameras, displays, smartphones, VR/AR/MR-enabled metaverse systems, through the collaborations with world-leading high-tech industrial partners. Dr Wei is one of the six inaugural awardees of YIRA selected from 59 submissions across 22 departments. He will receive research funding support of HK$500,000 and personal cash prize of HK$20,000 as an encouragement for his research novelty and impact.
The YIRA aims to honour young PolyU researchers under the age of 35 who have demonstrated novelty, contributed to technology advancement, and propelled transformational innovation into solutions for addressing problems in society with a vision for a positive change to the future.