Dr Henry Chu Kar Hang, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), has secured a fund from the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) for the research project “GPS-assisted Smart Robot with Self-exploration Ability for Litter Pick-up and Sorting on Curved Hillsides”.
Robots have been serving us in many sectors to improve the quality of our lives. Nevertheless, majority of commercial robots mainly focus on applications for indoor use with large market sizes, opening a gap in some less explored areas. In this project, Dr Chu and his research team will develop a first-of-a-kind litter picking robot and its supporting system to work alongside with cleaning workers to reduce their workload and the risk of injury, while preserving the natural scenery and environment in Hong Kong.
The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) was set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to provide funding support for educational, research and other projects and activities in relation to environmental and conservation matters. Every year, more than 170 applications are received, with only 25% of them are supported.