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ME MPhil student received Young Research Award in CNERC Annual Technical Symposium 2021

Samantha LEE Hoi Yin, a MPhil student of PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the Young Research Award in the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (CNERC) Annual Technical Symposium 2021 held on 30 September 2021 at PolyU. Samantha presented the research on “Automatic vision-based seam detection and tracking system for robotic welding/sealing planning” at the symposium. The CNERC Annual Technical Symposium 2021 is a technical symposium organized by the CNERC aiming at promoting technological development, sharing and exhibiting the findings and accomplishments among researchers of CNERC projects. Through applied engineering research on steel construction, the CNERC aims to capitalize on huge potentials offered by construction professionals in Hong Kong to further enhance socio-economic development through technological advancement in sustainable infrastructure development. The CNERC receives strong support from the Development Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong SAR and the Construction Industry Council. Samantha is under the supervision of Dr David Navarro-Alarcon in the PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering. She teamed up with Peng Zhou, Maggie Xu and Victor Wu conducting research in the Robotics and Machine Intelligence Laboratory. Her research interest focuses on computer vision and collaboration in multi-perceptual robots.

30 Sep, 2021

Student News

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Warmest welcome to our Fresh Research Students!

In the new academic semester, we are delighted to welcome 28 newly admitted research students to the PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME). Led by the Department Head Prof. SU Zhongqing, fresh research students attended an online orientation in the morning on 27 Aug 2021. Training our students not just professionals of its field but leaders of the global mindset and forward vision has been the agenda of the department. Dr Tang Hui, Director of Research Committee (DRC) Chairman and Associate Head (Research), introduced the department’s 6 research areas – Advanced Materials and Processing, Aerospace Engineering, Clean Energy and Energy Storage, Robotics and Control, Sound and Vibration, Thermofluids and Combustion. They all focus on challenges faced by our society and globe in the decades to come. Dr David Navarro-Alarcon, Research Student Liaison Officer, is taking care of coordination among all research students in the department. Dr Ma Yuan and Dr Sun Yuxiang, Seminar Coordinators, are inviting guest speakers to broaden students’ exposure to the latest research and technologies. Students were thrilled to learn about the dynamic learning activities – ME Webinar Series, Research Sharing Talks, ME Research Presentation Competition. Finally, Ms Lily Tam, DRC Secretary and Administrative Support Group Leader, delivered a comprehensive introduction of the study programme and pattern, examination and grading, studentships and fellowships, funding and support, etc. The students’ responses were positive and enthusiastic. We can assure them they will have a supportive, knowledge-oriented, interactive approach experience in their studies. 

27 Aug, 2021

Department and Staff News

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International Conference on Applied Nonlinear Dynamics, Vibration, & Control

The International Conference on Applied Nonlinear Dynamics, Vibration and Control (ICANDVC-2021) was initiated by the PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering last year and successfully held in Zhuhai Charming Holiday Hotel during 23-25 Aug 2021.  The conference name abbreviation ICANDVC implies “I See AND We See” which is in line with its objective. Through exchange and collaboration, we advanced the interdisciplinary R&D in applied nonlinear dynamics, applied vibration analysis and design, and applied control theory and methods across the globe. This is also the very core R&D activity of the research group – Nonlinear Dynamics, Vibration and Control led by Dr Jing Xingjian. Amid the pandemic period, we however received some 200 paper submissions and over 150 registrations for the conference. Among the submissions, 88 papers were selected to publish in a Springer proceedings book “Advances in Applied Nonlinear Dynamics, Vibration and Control-2021” which was edited by Dr Jing and the other Co-chairs from Shanghai University and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. We had 10 invited sessions and 12 in-parallel sessions at the conference. There were 3 online and 3 onsite plenary speeches and 9 session keynotes covering all three main themes in nonlinear dynamics, vibration and control. Besides the on-site participants, we had more than 150 attendees from the Chinese mainland, Australia, the United Kingdom, Hongkong and other places via our synchronized online platform. As a conclusion of the conference, we had 12 best presentation paper awards based on onsite marking by Session Chairs from 12 parallel sessions, 7 best paper awards and several outstanding paper awards for recognizing the great efforts and engagements of the conference attendees.

25 Aug, 2021

Department and Staff News

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ME Staff Appointed New Associate Editor of Prestigious IEEE Journal

Dr Yuxiang Sun, Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed as a new Associate Editor by the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). The first appointment term is three years and can be renewed on July 31, 2024. The editorial board of this journal is composed of world-renowned scholars in the robotics research community. Published by IEEE, RA-L is a leading international journal dedicated to reporting significant theoretical findings and application case studies in areas of robotics and automation. It provides a timely and concise account of innovative research ideas and application results. RA-L publishes papers on all aspects of robotics, featuring interdisciplinary research from electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, control systems, artificial intelligence, computer science, and other fields. Since the establishment of this illustrious journal in 2015, RA-L has quickly secured its prestige, recognition, and reputation in the robotics community, playing an indispensable and vital role in the development and dissemination of original research work in the allied fields of robotics and automation. RA-L is also the only internationally established letter type of journal which covers the entire research field of robotics. Dr Sun has been working in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence over the years. His research group in PolyU has been dedicated to autonomous driving, which is an emerging direction that has attracted increasing attention from both academia and industry.

14 Jul, 2021

Department and Staff News

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Appointment of Head and Associate Heads of Department of Mechanical Engineering

Prof. SU Zhongqing assumes the position of Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering with effect from 1 July 2021. At the same time, Dr ZHANG Peng is appointed as the Associate Head overseeing teaching and learning development of the Department. Dr TANG Hui is the Associate Head in charge of all research matters and serves as Chairman of the Departmental Research Committee (DRC). Message from Head Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)! As one of the founding departments of PolyU since her establishment in the inception of 1937, ME has been substantially shaped into today’s all-round excellence in teaching, research and community service, thanks to the selfless devotion from generations of students, academics, technical and administrative staff, alumni, friends and partners. Driven by our steadfast mission to train future leaders with creativity, broad vision, global outlook, and professional ethics for industry, academia, government and communities, ME has built a solid foundation for nurturing young engineers and scholars to better the community with their knowledge, dedication and passion. In retrospect … Learn more

1 Jul, 2021

Department and Staff News

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ME Student Team won Outstanding Award in ASM Technology Award 2021

The PolyU ME student team won the Outstanding Award in the ASM Technology Award 2021. The team members, KHALID Farhan, SAFIULLAH Saad Bin and TAHIR Abdullah, supervised by Dr An Liang, competed with other local universities by a project “Design and Development of an Electrochemical Flow Cell for Green Ammonia Production from Renewable Energy”. Throughout the implementation of this project, our postdoc fellow Dr Pan Zhefei gave inspiring guidance and zealous support. The project is concerned with the development of an emerging ammonia production technology – electrochemical cells, which can utilize renewable power (from solar or wind energy) to drive the conversion from nitrogen to ammonia under ambient condition, achieving energy, environmental and economic sustainability. By utilizing the flow cell design concept, the results have shown that the flow cell structure dramatically upgraded the ammonia production rate. Hence, this significant advance opens a window of opportunity for breakthroughs in the development of ammonia production technology, making the technology to be closer to reality. The ASM Technology Award is launched by ASM Pacific Technology Limited (ASMPT) in 2015 for final year students in Hong Kong. It promotes technological innovation, and honours the best and brightest students with their outstanding final year projects on technology and innovation.

30 Jun, 2021

Student News

Success in securing GRF 2021 2022

In the 2021/22 results of grants from the Research Grants Council’s General Research Fund (GRF) announced in June 2021, ME’s success rate for the GRF was 39% in 2021/22 exercise.  Nine of our GRF proposals were funded. Congratulations to the following colleagues who were successful in securing a GRF grant in this round. Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Project Title Prof. Cheng Li Prof. Dong Hao Wen (Tianjin University) Prof Wang Yue Sheng (Tianjin University) Nonlinear Guided Wave Manipulation through Topologically Customized Meta-devices for Structural Health Monitoring Applications Dr Choy Yat Sze Nil Modelling and design of compact metamaterial absorbers for aeroacoustic noise suppression Dr Chu Henry Kar-hang Prof. Mills James K. (University of Toronto) Design of a parallel continuum robot with vision sensors for force-related task execution Prof. Fu Mingwang Nil Size effect based deformation and fatigue behaviors and performance enhancement of the lattice structures developed by SLM Dr Jiao Zengbao Dr Zheng Guangping Atomic-scale interface structure and plastic deformation mechanisms of ultrastrong and ductile high-entropy alloys with coherent nano-lamellar structures Dr Liu Tuo Dr Zhu Jie Study on waterborne spoof surface acoustic waves Dr Navarro Alarcon David Nil Robot Thermal Servoing: Fundamental Models and Applications Dr Tang Hui Dr Ren Feng (Northwestern Polytechnical University) Active flow control through deep reinforcement learning Dr Zhang Peng Nil A Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Framework for Droplet Collision Modeling in Lagrangian-Eulerian Simulation of Sprays

30 Jun, 2021

Department and Staff News

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ME PhD student wins first runner-up in Three Minute Thesis 3MT Competition

PolyU Faculty of Engineering organized the first Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) on 18 June 2021.  Seven affiliated departments nominated seventeen research students participating in it. 3MT® celebrates the exciting research conducted by research postgraduate students.  Developed by the University of Queensland, Australia, the competition cultivates students’ academic presentation and research communication skills, and supports their capacity to effectively explain their research and its significance in three minutes, in a language appropriate to non-specialist audiences.  3MT® is now a globally recognized competition that has been held in over 900 universities across more than 80 countries worldwide.  PolyU is one of the participating universities this year. The Faculty formed a panel of judges by representatives from the seven affiliated departments. The participants each delivered a high-impact brief presentation within 3-minute.  Most of them demonstrated good academic pitching skills. Congratulations to our ME student, ARIF Muhammad Irsalan, for his fabulous presentation winning the 1st runner-up in the competition. ARIF Muhammad Irsalan is currently a PhD student in ME under the supervision of Dr Randolph LEUNG.  “Study of Passive Methods for Airfoil Tonal Noise Reduction using Fluid-Structure Interactions” is his research project.

18 Jun, 2021

Student News

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ME Retreat in June 2021

The staff retreat of the Department took place on 17 June 2021 at Hotel ICON. It was an unprecedented period to organize the departmental retreat.  Subject to the social distancing measures on COVID-19, the function setting was arranged in accordance with the government policy. The staff participants stayed vigilant and practiced required measures strictly. The retreat kicked off with the Head Prof. SQ Shi’s overview and the latest updates of the Department. In the morning session, the Associate Head Prof. ZQ Su led the Scheme Leader and Programme Leaders by giving a review and an evaluation of teaching and learning. Prof. TL Chan (Scheme Leader of BEng in Mechanical Engineering) updated the admission status of the undergraduate programme. Dr Randolph Leung (Programme Leader of BEng in Product Analysis and Engineering Design) shared the success of the Co-op Scheme. Dr P Zhang (Programme Leader of MSc in Mechanical Engineering) reported the revamp in the specialism of the MSc programme. Prof. Su introduced the new “2 + 2” Undergraduate Degree (Dual Award). This was the very last ME retreat led by Prof. Shi before his retirement in late 2021. Taking the opportunity, colleagues bid farewell to the Head and expressed the greatest gratitude for his dedication and contribution to the department. The Faculty Dean Prof. HC Man presented the plaque for appreciation and honorable retirement to Prof. Shi. The incoming Head Prof. ZQ Su represented all ME colleagues to give out a big thank you card, and the morning session concluded with Prof. Shi’s heartfelt valedictory speech. In the afternoon, Dr Eunice Tam (International Exchange Officer) bought up the observed problems in student exchange participation. The Associate Head Dr H Tang elaborated the 2020 Research Assessment Exercise results, summarized different new research application schemes, and explained the key performance indicators on research aspects. Prof. Shi introduced the Global STEM Professorship Scheme. Besides, the Department will be selecting outstanding ME alumni awardees and hosting the ME 85th Anniversary Alumni Homecoming Day in 2022. Colleagues were called for nomination and participation. At the end of the retreat, Prof. SQ Shi and Prof. ZQ Su led an open forum. Over 30 staff members joined the retreat and found it being insightful and constructive for the year to come. More photos on PHOTO GALLERY

17 Jun, 2021

Department and Staff News

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Professor Cheng Li elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Prof. Cheng Li, Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering has been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). The announcement was made by President Yves Beauchamp of the CAE in a virtual ceremony on June 14, 2021. Prof. Cheng is among 50 new Fellows and 2 International Fellows elected into the academy this year. Election to the Canadian Academy of Engineering is one of the highest honours in engineering. Fellows of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession. Cheng’s CAE citation reads: “Dr Cheng Li is an internationally renowned educator, researcher and engineering practitioner in mechanical engineering. Specialized in sound and vibration, wave manipulation and structural health monitoring, he made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in these areas. In addition to a large number of high-quality scientific contributions, his research has had a direct impact on solving engineering problems through close collaboration with the industry. Dr Cheng has a prolific record of contributions to scholarly and professional organizations. He holds key leadership positions in learned societies and serves in some top-notch scientific journals in his area of expertise.”       The Canadian Academy of Engineering – Media Release: Learn more

14 Jun, 2021

Department and Staff News

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