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Two endowed young scholars contribute to society by means of knowledge transfer

20 Sep 2021

Two early-career and brilliant scholars, Dr Hsu Li-ta, Associate Professor from Department of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering and Dr Gilman Siu, Associate Professor from Department of Health Technology and Informatics, have recently been appointed Limin Endowed Young Scholars. Both of them have demonstrated strong passion and have proven records in driving innovations that bring positive and long-term changes to society. The Young Scholar titles were conferred upon them in July 2021 in recognition of their contribution in creating benefit to society through knowledge transfer.

Dr Hsu has involved in research relating to aerospace navigation since his undergraduate study. He has undertaken numerous collaborative R&D projects on three-dimensional Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning for smartphones and intelligent vehicles, which are crucial to highly urbanised cities such as Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Dr Hsu has keen research interests in everything related to GNSS positioning and signal processing, including GNSS real-time kinematic positioning and ways to improve GNSS performance under challenging reception conditions. His contributions to the localisation and navigation of unmanned autonomous systems for drones and unmanned vehicles in smart cities while integrating multiple sensors are also eminent.

Dr Gilman Siu, on the other hand, is not a stranger to Hong Kong people in his efforts of battling COVID-19. Dr Siu and the team’s use of their rapid sequencing technique has played a pivotal role in identifying and stopping virus transmission chains of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, providing scientific support for the government to formulate anti-pandemic measures. Dr Siu has been actively engaged in researches related to microbial genomics, encompassing domains such as advanced molecular testing for rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases; genetic mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and virulence in highly infectious bacteria and viruses (for example, mycobacterium tuberculosis and HIV); and molecular epidemiology of newly emerging infectious agents (like the COVID-19 virus).

Dr Hsu is appointed as the Limin Young Scholar in Aerospace Navigation and Dr Siu is appointed as the Limin Young Scholar in Medical Laboratory Science. 

“I am deeply honoured by this appointment. I will continue to strive for research excellence, creating impactful and translational benefits for the betterment of society, the Nation and the world.”

Dr Hsu Li-ta, Associate Professor, Limin Young Scholar in Aerospace Navigation

The accolade of Endowed Young Scholar is the greatest honor to me ever. I regarded my work on COVID-19 as the duty of a healthcare professional and an academic during the pandemic. I am glad that my research is helpful in establishing health policies and infection control measures.”

Dr Gilman Siu, Associate Professor, Limin Young Scholar in Medical Laboratory Science 

Limin Endowed Young Scholar positions were established with the donation made by PolyU Technology and Consultancy Company Limited (PTeC), the strategic professional service arm of PolyU. The Chinese words for “Limin”, literally “to benefit the people”, was taken from PolyU’s motto “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”. The naming serves to reflect the aims of PTeC, and the University’s mission to benefit society by means of knowledge transfer.

The donation, together with a contribution from the University, will be put into an endowed fund. Through the Limin Endowed Young Scholars, Dr Hsu and Dr Siu will receive an annual funding generated from the endowed fund to support their research activities. It can also be used as seed funding for the pursuit of ideas with high potential, and the furtherance of their impact to society.

PolyU hopes like-minded philanthropies will witness the powerful impact of the Endowed Young Scholars Scheme in the appointment of Limin Endowed Young Scholars. Please contact AADO or browse the Scheme website for more information.

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