Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge transfer propels research efforts and uplifts technological achievements throughout the continuum from innovation to application. PolyU has long been focusing on its mission to foster knowledge transfer. On this front, the Innovation and Technology Development Office [ITDO] spares no effort in nourishing innovation to better the quality of human life through technological advances, echoing PolyU’s motto, “to learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”. ITDO’s core responsibilities are Intellectual Property Management and Technology Development & Collaborative Research.

Intellectual Property Management

ITDO is commissioned to administer the management and assessment of Intellectual Property (IP) created by PolyU’s staff members and students to heighten the recognition and protection of IP. ITDO’s missions on intellectual property management encompass invention disclosure and assessment, development of patent protection strategies, administration and maintenance of registrable IP, education for University members as well as the execution of the University’s Policy on Ownership of Intellectual Property.

ITDO strives to continuously improve our IP management process enabling the evaluation of innovative technologies from various perspectives, ranging from patentability, enforceability, scientific and technical merits to business and market potentials. While enhancing the values and impacts of our inventions, we build a successful and sustainable IP management model for PolyU.

Technology Development & Collaborative Research

PolyU is keen on encouraging the research community to come up with innovative ideas and high-impact research. ITDO is dedicated to fostering multi-faceted platforms to strengthen ties between PolyU and our potential collaborators, thereby translating research excellence into continuous improvement of human life through significant technological advancements.

Interactive Platform Building

ITDO serves to establish and promote a series of interactive communication platforms focusing on the following:

High-impact Project Initiation & Facilitation

ITDO is dedicated to identifying various initiatives on high-impact projects. We facilitate key projects by active participation as well as offering assistance in project and government funding applications. We also provide advice on a variety of subjects regarding compliance, operations and other matters related to accelerating innovative technologies development and their applications.

PolyU’s innovative inventions bring glory to Hong Kong

PolyU innovative technology and groundbreaking products were honoured as PolyU researchers scooped ten top prizes at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. including the Grand Prize (overall championship), one Grand Award, three Special Gold Medals, four Gold Medals and one Special Merit Award. Among them, the Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) Spectacle Lens for Myopia Control snatched the Grand Prize the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Grand Award and Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury. Covering a wide range of application areas, these groundbreaking technology and innovative products not only expand the boundaries of knowledge, but also enhance the well-being of our society on different fronts.

PolyU is committed to making the world a better place through research, innovation and knowledge transfer. These awards manifest the fruition of the tireless efforts of our research experts. Seven PolyU research teams come up with innovative ideas for these new inventions. These groundbreaking technology and innovative products are:

Grand Prize of the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva

Prize of the Legal Company 《Gorodissky & Partners》, Russia

Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury

Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) Spectacle Lens for Myopia Control – by Prof. Carly Lam and Prof. To Chi Ho, School of Optometry

The DIMS spectacle lens with multiple "micro-lens segments" projects myopic defocus and provides clear vision for the wearer simultaneously. This innovative technology can slow down myopia progression in children by 60%, and 20% of the test subjects experienced no increase in myopia. The new products are now available in the market.

Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury

Intelligent 3D Stereoscopic Imaging System on Plenoptic Camera – by Ir Prof. Lee Wing-bun, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

The intelligent 3D imaging system with internal reflection unit can capture multiple angles of an object at the same time. The innovative technology is able to generate high-quality 3D image or video which can be used in 3D TVs or VR products.

Gold Medal with the Congratulations of Jury

Scalable All-Textile Energy Harvesters for Electric Power Generation – by Dr Xu Bin-gang, Institute of Textiles and Clothing

Such innovative inventions can harvest ambient mechanical energy for electric power generation. It can be used as wearable power sources for portable and wearable devices, e.g. hearing aid, fitness tracker, wearable sensor, etc. The textile is super-flexible, tailorable, washable and can be fabricated by existing machines.

Gold Medal

Special Merit Award from the National Research Council of Thailand

Sprayable Smart Sensing Network Coating for Structural Health Monitoring – Prof. Su Zhong-qing, Department of Mechanical Engineering

The new breed of nanocomposites can be sprayed directly onto engineering structures, forming smart sensing network coatings for in-situ structural health monitoring and damage detection purposes. Due to its low fabrication cost, large quantities of sensors can be deployed in a sensor network, paving the way for a new era of structural health monitoring. Such innovative inventions also won the special merit award from the National Research Council of Thailand.

Gold Medal

Automated System for Surface Pitting Analysis on Airplane Jet Engine – by Dr Stephen O'Brien, Aviation Services Research Centre

The innovative inventions developed by Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC) of PolyU employ robotics, artificial intelligence and deep learning, image processing, 3D scanning, optical metrology, and non-destructive testing technologies to identify and measure "corrosive pitting" such that precise information such as pitting position, depth and diameter can be obtained.

Gold Medal

eNightLog – Nighttime Monitoring System for Caring Elderly with Dementia – by Ir Prof. Zheng Yong-ping, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Equipped with event sequence tracking, different kinds of remote sensing and imaging technologies, the innovative inventions perform intelligent nighttime monitoring of dementia patients in a non-restraint approach. In case of unusual incident, the innovative technology enables the products to send an alert message to the caregiver immediately, expediting the incident handling process. PolyU will install over 100 units of eNightLog in local elderly health centres.

Gold Medal

Micro-embossing Equipment for Precision Optical Microstructures – by Dr Li Li-hua, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

The novel micro-embossing equipment with graphite-like carbon film can produce micron-level micro-structural optical components in glass using self-developed heating technology and innovative mould design. The products enable rapid and accurate impression of small aspheric lens and fine optical microstructures such as microlens array.

PolyU fosters knowledge transfer with a mission on knowledge exchange and intellectual property management

PolyU is weaving a growing and increasingly effective global network which further facilitates our educational and research development, as well as enhancing our knowledge exchange. In recent years, a number of leading Asian universities have launched MOOCs, creating a platform for education and knowledge exchange that merges Eastern and Western cultures.

On top of knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer has always been awarded its meed of attention and due focus from the University. It has marked numerous footprints in the University’s history. PolyU has spared no efforts in sustaining its long-established eminence particularly in this area of excellence. Through a variety of knowledge transfer activities – consultancy, licensing, industry collaborations and cultivation of entrepreneurship, PolyU has made our mark in the advancement of business and industry. In 2012, the PolyU-initiated International Strategic Technology Alliance organized a Knowledge Transfer Management Forum to share the best practice in knowledge transfer with 70 academics from around the world. Knowledge transfer through licensing enables partner companies to leverage PolyU technologies in enhancing their competitiveness or creating new products.

For Intellectual Property Management, The PolyU’s Institute of Advanced Executive Education (IAEE) develops the Executive Diploma in Intellectual Property Management programme to support the Government’s Intellectual Property Trading Hub development by providing this executive diploma to equip aspiring Intellectual Property professionals with the appropriate knowledge and skillsets, and support the development of the Original Grant Patent (OGP) System and its future advancement. This is a unique opportunity to advance one’s career and improve the organisation’s Intellectual Property management. Upon completion of the programme, participants are expected to create synergy and bridge the regulatory and business perspectives in Intellectual Property Management and to facilitate protection of Intellectual Property and sound Intellectual Property management.