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ME scholar successfully secure prestigious grant in the ANR/RGC Joint Research Scheme exercise

Dr. Randolph C. K. Leung, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering has received a HK$2.7 million, four-year grant from the Research Grants Council under French National Research Agency / Research Grants Council (ANR/RGC) Joint Research Scheme 2015/2016 for a research project on the development of innovative acoustical material technology for mitigation of low-frequency noise in industrial and urban environments. His French partner, Prof. Yves Aurégan from the Acoustics Laboratory of the Université du Maine (LAUM) also receives €0.25 million from the same grant.

The grant will allow Dr. Leung and Prof. Aurégan, through a seamless collaboration with their numerical and experimental efforts, to develop novel acoustical material technologies for mitigating low-frequency airflow noise through a systematic in-depth study of the inherent sound-flow-material interactions. The project outcomes are expected to provide ground-breaking noise control technology options to transportation, product manufacturing, and building industries, that help create quality acoustic environment in the premises and significantly reduce community-wise environmental noise annoyance in highly urbanized cities.

The ANR/RGC Joint Research Scheme aims to strengthen the collaboration between French and Hong Kong research communities in areas of mutual interest to be jointly identified in order to achieve world-class scientific and technical results, leading towards new knowledge. Both basic and applied research proposals of high academic merits in all areas are considered under the Scheme. In this round of ANR/RGC Joint Research Scheme bidding only 3 (from CUHK, HKIEd and PolyU) out of 23 proposals are supported with the grant for PolyU being the highest.