Research Grants

Research Grants

The following is a list of major research grants received by staff members in the Department since 2003. The amounts are in Hong Kong Dollars unless otherwise specified.

RGC General Research Fund (GRF)

Principle Investigator

Project Title

Amount

2014-2015

S.C. Chen

Theoretical Modeling and Development of a Microtome Optimized for Soft Tissue Cutting and 3-D Microscopic Imaging

$692,894

J. Huang

Leader following with connectivity preservation of multi-agent systems by distributed observer based approach

$692,894

W.H. Liao

Biomechanical Energy Harvesters with Electromechanical Transduction

$875,000

Y.H. Liu

Visually Servoed Flying Control of Aerial Robots without Using Global Positioning Systems

$692,894

Y.C. Lu

Elucidating the Design Principles of Carbide/Nitride-Based Lithium-Oxygen Electrodes: From Model Electrodes to Battery Application

$931,737

C.L. Wang

Hierarchical GPU-based Solid Modeling for Freeform Polyhedral Objects

$692,894

J. Wang

Intelligent Motion Control and Planning of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

$500,000

L. Zhang

Biotemplate synthesis of magnetic helical microrobots for on-demand drug delivery with high loading capacity and sustained release

$875,000

2013-2014

L.M. Bian

Development of Extracellular Matrix Hydrogels for the Evaluation of Chondrogenesis and Hypertrophy of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

$740,000

S.C. Chen

A High-Resolution Nonlinear Optical Endomicroscope Based on Tunable Micromirrors

$1,010,000

J. Huang

A Framework for Cooperative Global Output Regulation of Nonlinear Uncertain Multi-Agent Systems

$836,450

K.C. Hui

Shape Editing of Engineering Component

$500,000

W.H. Liao

Smart Prostheses Using Regenerative Magnetorheological Dampers

$645,500

Y.H. Liu

Visually Servoed Formation Control of Nonholonomic Mobile Robots

$645,500

D.Y. Xu

Exploring Boiling Heat Transfer Limits with Microstructured Hydrophilic-Hydrophobic Surfaces

$500,000

L. Zhang

Helical Swimming Microrobots for Electrical Stimulation of Biological Cells with Subcellular Resolution

$1,020,000

L. Zhang

Wideband Vibration Energy Harvesting of Flexural Structures Using 2-DOF Stretch Piezoelectric Harvesters/Resonators With Frequency Bandgap Effects

$645,500

2012-2013

J. Huang

Global robust output regulation for a class of multi-input multi-output uncertain nonlinear systems with unknown exosystems and its applications

$905,425

W.H. Liao

Magnetic Resonance Elastography on Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Using Piezoelectric Actuator

$700,000

Y.H Liu

Fast Localization of Robots Using a Vision-Based Adaptive Estimator

$905,425

J. Wang

Neurodynamic Approaches to Constrained Optimization with Generalized-Convex and Multiple-Objective Functions

$905,425

Y.S. Xu

Tree climbing robot: design and navigation

$700,000

Y. Yam

Computational-based Control System Design via Gain-augmented Tensor Product Polytopic Model Structure and LMI Validation

$505,000

D.Y. Xu

Thermal Transport in Antimonide-based Nanocomposites for Thermoelectrics

$550,000

F.T. Mak

Theoretical Modeling of the Development of Deep Tissue Injuries: Damage Accumulation and Repair during Loading-Unloading Episodes

$700,000

2011-2012

J. Huang

Global adaptive robust stabilization for nonlinear systems with integral ISS Inverse dynamics and its applications

$1,003,200

Y.H Liu

Passivity-based Force Control of Medical Robots Interacting with Soft Tissues

$681,195

J. Wang

Analysis and Design of Memristive Neurodynamic Systems

$470,427

2010-2011

J. Huang

PE condition, parameter convergence, and stability anslysis of a class of nonlinear adaptive control systems

$522,000

W. H. Liao

Magnetorheological Actuator with Multiple Functions

$576,000

Y.H Liu

Adaptive Visual Servoing of Unmanned Water Surface Robots

$1,224,000

2009-2010

J. Huang

Global Robust Servomechanism Design for Nonlinear Systems by Output Feedback Control

$793,500

W. H. Liao

Energy Harvesting from Vibration Using Piezoelectric Materials

$763,250

Charlie C. L. Wang

Robust and Parallel Reconstruction of Sharp Feature Preserved Mesh Surface from Unoriented Noisy Points

$683,100

J. Wang

Analysis and Design of Model Predictive Control Based on Recurrent Neural Networks

$541,690

Michael Y. Wang

Structural Topology Optimization with Radial Basis Function Based Level Set Method: Moving Knots and Partition of Unity Techniques

$1,068,350

2008-2009

R. X. Du

A New Technology for Die-less Sheet Metal Stamping

$324,485

J. Huang

A Class of Generalized Internal Models and Its Applications

$537,990

K. C. Hui

Constraint based axial model for complex shape design

$724,914

Tom C. Kong

On-System Form Measurement Method for Rotary Ultra Precision Machining

$355,294

W. H. Liao

Self-Powered, Self-Sensing Magnetorheological Dampers

$384,550

Charlie C. L. Wang

GPU Based Solid Modeler for Complex Objects

$768,927

J. Wang

Analysis and Design of Associative Memories Based on Recurrent Neural Networks

$326,418

Michael Y. Wang

An Elasto-Kinematic Approach to Designing Continuum Compliant Mechanisms

$779,283

Y. Yam

Automating Knife-Edge Test for Quantitative Surface Deformation Evaluation of Large

$358,660

2007-2008

J. Huang

Adaptive Robust Control for a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems and its Application to Spacecraft Control

$895,980

Tom C. Kong

Design an Ultra Precision Machine for Aspheric Optics

$569,800

W.H.Liao

Nanotube Composites for Vibration Damping and Control

$500,500

Y. H. Liu

Vision-Based Flying Control of Small Autonomous Helicopters

$1,086,040

Charlie C.L.Wang

Retrieval of Structural Parametric Surfaces from Implicitly Represented Multi-material Models

$418,000

Michael Y. Wang

Passive Compliant Assembly of Hybrid MEMS

$897,600

Y. Yam

Development of Kinetics-Based Mathematcial Models for Axon Conductance

$418,000

2006-2007

J. Huang

Theory of Input-to-State Stability with Restrictions for Time-Varying Nonlinear Systems and its Applications

$356,000

K. C. Hui

Axial Representation of Objects for Feature Based Freeform Design

$528,000

Wen J. Li

Fabrication of CMOS-Integrated Carbon Nanotube Sensors by DEP and Nano-Spotting Technologies

$1,204,500

Y. H. Liu

Dynamic Tracking of Objects in 3-D General Motion Using a Robotic Hand-eye System

$556,500

Michael Y. Wang

Precision Fiber-Optic Align and Attach Techniques for Photonics Manufacturing Automation

$534,000

Y. Yam

Footprint Acquisition and Modeling of Brush-Pen for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

$356,000

Z. Y. Yao

Research on Spiral Curves in Path Planning

$504,000

2005-2006

J. Huang

Small Gain Theory Based Robust Input-to-State Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems with Time-variant Uncertainties

$538,836

K. C. Hui

Design Automation of Customized Freeform Object

$525,852

Y. H. Liu

Modeling and Control of Mobile Robots for Active Sensor Networks

$359,224

Michael Y. Wang

Design and Optimization of Heterogeneous Objects Using Multi-Phase Level-Set Models and Topological Derivatives

$705,464

Y. S. Xu

Driver Behavior-Based Car Key

$538,836

2004-2005

C. K. Chung

Calibration of Active Camera Network

$371,394

R. X. Du

Design an Energy Efficient Controllable Mechanical Metal Forming Press

$390,651

J. Huang

Nonlinear Internal Model and the Robust Nonlinear Servomechanism Problem

$506,477

K. C. Hui

Muscle Based Character Design

$337,631

W. J. Li

Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube Sensor Arrays Using Robotic Micro-injection and Di-electrophoretic Manipulation

$413,980

W. H. Liao

Precision Positioning of Hard Disk Drives Using Piezoelectric Elements

$337,631

Y. H. Liu

3D Stereoscopic Augmented Reality System for Nano-assembly and Nano-experimentation using Atomic Force Microscopy

$506,447

J. Wang

Sequential Blind Source Extraction from Instantaneous and Convolutive Mixtures for III-conditioned Mixing Channels

$337,631

Michael Y. Wang

Analysis and Planning of Passive Force Closures in Fixturing and Power-grasping

$506,447

Y. S. Xu

Intelligent Shoes for Human Monitoring, Identification and Localization

$662,537

2003-04

J. Huang

Global Robust Output Regulation in Nonlinear Systems by Adaptive Control

$565,723

Wen J. Li

Nanofixture-Enabled Robotic Assembly of Nanodevices

$740,329

Y. H. Liu

Adaptive Visual Servoing of Robots in Un-Calibrated Environments

$565,723

J. Wang

Analysis and Design of Recurrent Neural Networks for Dynamic Optimization Subject to Nonlinear Constraints and Their Engineering Applications

$565,723

Michael Y. Wang

Structural Shape and Topology Optimization Using Level Set Methods

$636,439

Y. S. Xu

Modelling and Analysis of Human Actions for Surveillance

$740,329

Y. Yam

Synthesis of Stabilizing Controller for a Class of Nonlinear System Via Grid Point Design, Fuzzy Structuring, and High Dimensional Singular Value Decomposition

$377,149

Innovation and Technology Fund

Note:
ITF: Support from ITC
Ind: Support from Sponsors

Project Coordinator

Grant

Project Title

Amount

2015-2016

S.C. Chen

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Precision 3-D Resolved Parallel Laser Machining and Metal Additive Manufacturing

$4,598,093.54

P Guo

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

3D-Freeform Micro-Sculpturing using Non-resonant Elliptical Vibration Texturing

$1,397,800

Y.H. Liu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

A New Robot Assisting Nasal Surgical Procedures with Natural Interface and Its Clinical Trials

$6,549,248.36

Y.H. Liu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

A Robotic Assistant for Manipulating Uterus in Hysterectomy

$2,249,860

W. Ren

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Development of a Low-Cost and Ultra-Sensitive Urea Breath Analyzer for the Detection of Helicobacter Pylori Infection

$942,000

W. Ren

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Development of Ultra-Sensitive, Wide-Dynamic-Range and Portable Gas Sensing System for Air Pollution Monitoring

$1,613,200.00

2014-2015

L.M. Bian

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

The Development of Slow Degrading Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels for Clinical and Veterinary Applications

$1,431,274

S.C. Chen

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Development of a Vacuum Nanoimprinting System for Low-cost Parallel Nanomanufacturing

$1,849,061.29

W.H. Liao

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Wearable Exoskeleton Suit for Paralyzed Individuals

$1,576,969.04

Y.C. Lu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Integrated Thermal Energy Harvesting and Storage for Autonomous Wireless Sensor Network

$7,870,343.55

C.L. Wang

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

An IMU-based Wearable Real-time Body Motion Control System for Teleoperated Robot

$2,039,930.00

L. Zhang

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Development of Eco-friendly Flexible Ultrathin Supercapacitors for Next-Gen Smart Cards

$2,200,088.00

Y.S. Xu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Intelligent Robotic Technologies for Treatment of Dementia in the Elderly

$3,528,312.34

2013-2014

S.C. Chen

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Multi-Modality High-speed Microscope System for Volumetric Imaging

$4,000,000

W.H. Liao

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Regenerative Magnetorheological Dampers for Vehicle Suspensions

1,000,000

Y.H. Liu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

A High-Throughput and Low-Cost 3D Imaging System for Flowing Escherichia Coli

$990,000

C.L. Wang

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Design Automation of Customized Jigs for Bone Tumor Surgery

$1,024,994

Y. Yam

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Development of An Intelligent and Tunable Dual AOI/AVI System for Advanced Manufacturing

$4,999,950

2012-2013

S.C. Chen

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Precision Microcontact Printing for Roll to Roll Fabrication of Flexible Photonic Devices

$1,099,350

S.C. Chen

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Design and Control of Flexure-based Multi-axis Nanopositioners for Ultra Precision Applications

$1,099,350

K.C. Hui

Innovation & Technology Fund ?University-Industry Collaboration Programme ?Teaching Company Scheme

Design and Control of Flexure-based Multi-axis Nanopositioners for Ultra Precision Applications

$336,000

Y.H. Liu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

A Robotic Assistant for Manipulating Uterus in Hysterectomy

$4,999,720

D.Y. Xu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Development of a MOSFET-based On-chip Flow Cytometer

$998,200

L. Zhang

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Mobile Microvortex Tweezers: Noninvasive, Low-cost Tools for Cell Manipulation and Nanomedicine

$999,925

2011-2012

C.L. Wang

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Technology Development and Application for Solid Modeling by Layered Depth-normal Images in High Resolution

$949,900

Y.S. Xu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme - Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation

Development of Key Technologies and Industrial Demonstration of Service Robots

$4,979,310

2010-2011

Y.H. Liu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Development of a Robotic System for Nasal Surgery

$867,846

2009-2010

W.H. Liao

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Smart Assistive Knee Braces Utilizing Magnetorheological Fluids

$994, 554

Y.H. Liu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Hand-in-Hand: Feel Your Touch over Internet

$1,099,538

Y.S. Xu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme - Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation

Robot Assisted Manufacturing Automation System

$5,603,050

Y. Yam

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Technology Development for Design and Fabrication of Selected Free-form Optical Elements

$3,780,000

2008-2009

K.C.Hui

Innovation and Technology Support Programme – Normal Tranche (Tier 3)

Interactive 3D Traffic Noise Model Construction System

$941,000 (ITF)
$50,000 (Ind)

W. H. Liao

Innovation and Technology Support Programme – Normal Tranche (Tier 3)

Development of Tracking and Focusing Actuators for Optical Pickup Devices

$1,000,000 (ITC)
N/A (Ind)

Y. S. Xu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Developing of the 14V Idling Stop/Start System

$3,040,572 (ITC)
$350,000 (Ind)

Y. S. Xu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Vehicle Safety Enhancement System Based on Wireless Communication

$1,994,968 (ITF)
$240,000 (Ind)

Y. Yam

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Development of a Magnetorheological Fluid-Assistive Machine for Making Aspherical Lenses

$999,350 (ITF)
$200,000 (Ind)

2007-2008

K.C.Hui

Innovation and Technology Support Programme – Normal Tranche (Tier 3)

Noise Simulation in Virtual Environment for Urban Design and Planning

$777,400 (ITF)
$100,000 (Ind)

W. H. Liao

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Piezoelectric Actuators with Passive Damping for Precision Positioning Devices

$1,000,000 (ITF)
N/A (Ind)

Y. H. Liu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Internet Robotics Innovation Park

$2,599,966 (ITF)
$400,000 (Ind)

Charlie C.L.Wang

Innovation and Technology Support Programme – Normal Tranche (Tier 3)

Technology Development and Application for Geometric Modeling of Developable Freeform Surfaces

$1,037,425 (ITF)
$190,000 (Ind)

2006-2007

Wen J. Li

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Development of Ultra-Low-Power Alcohol Vapor Sensors Based on Functionalized CNT Sensing Elements

$871,700 (ITF)
$150,000 (Ind)

Wen J. Li

Innovation and Technology Support Programme – Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme (Platform Research Scheme)

Development of MEMS-Based μIMU for Life-Saving Applications

$2,212,025 (ITF)
$246,500 (Ind)

Y. Yam

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Technology Development and Application for Making Near Meter-Range Telescope Mirrors

$949,900 (ITF)
$500,000 (Ind)

2005-2006

R.X. Du

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Develop Technologies and Facilities to Design and Build Mechanical Watch Movement

$54,000,000 (ITF)
$ 6,000,000 (Ind)

Michael Y. Wang

University-Industry Collaboration Programme - Matching Grant for Joint Research

Structural Optimization for High Dynamic Performance in Electronics Manufacturing Equipment

$990,000 (ITF)
$1,057,000 (Ind)

Y.S. Xu

Innovation and Technology Support Programme - Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Scheme

Intelligent Omni-Directional Hybrid Electric Vehicle

$11,414,500 (ITF)
$ 2,900,000 (Ind)

2004-2005

R. X. Du

Innovation and Technology Support Programme - Guangdong-Kong Kong Technology Corporation Funding Scheme

Design and Build the Next Generation Energy Efficient Controllable Mechanical Metal Forming Presses

$4,000,000 (ITF)
$2,000,000 (Ind)

W. J. Li

University-Industry Collaboration Programme-Matching Grant for Joint Research

A Ubiquitous Digital Writing System
Using MEMS Motion Sensing Technology

$1,883,000 (ITF)
$1,883,000 (Ind)

2003-2004

R. X. Du

University-Industry Collaboration Programme - Matching Grant for Joint Research

Develop a New Air-Conditioning System Based on Ultrasonic Actuation and RMZ Heating

$2,025,000 (ITF)
$2,025,000 (Ind)

K. C. Hui

Innovation and Technology Support Programme

Enabling Tools for the Design and Development of Chinese Style Game Characters, Sceneries and Effects

$1,600,000 (ITF)
$220,000 (Ind)

Y. S. Xu

University-Industry Collaboration Programme- Matching Grant for Joint Research

Development and Technology Transfer of Intelligent Electronics Toys

$986,500 (ITF)
$1,000,000 (Ind)

Quality Education Fund

Principle Investigator

Project Title

Amount

2008-2009

Y. H. Liu

Internet-based Education for Design and Innovation

$1,760,000

2006-2007

Y. H. Liu

Innovative Technology Education via Internet-based Robotics Competition

$2,000,000